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Mother’s Day Getaways

    If anybody deserves a weekend of blissful indulgence, it’s all the moms out there. As if giving birth wasn’t hard enough, then they had to rearrange their entire world to take care of you. So for all those sleepless nights she spent making sure you were safe and warm, here’s what you’re going […]

Girlfriend Getaways to Santa Rosa

Wine country weekends and romance go hand in hand. Whether you’re significant other is trying to score points or get out of the doghouse, you really can’t go wrong. But there comes a time when you try shaking things up a bit! Leave the husband or boyfriend at home (you can blame the idea on […]

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The Lost Coast

The Lost Coast is proof that if you don’t build it, they won’t come. What wasn’t built along 90 miles of pristine California coastline north of Mendocino was a road: The topography of this rugged region—steep mountain ranges abutting rocky shore—wouldn’t allow it, forcing the builders of Highway 1 to make a detour far inland. The result of this absence of asphalt is the last untamed and undeveloped stretch of coastline in California, a place so devoid of urbanization that more cows repose on its beaches than people (seriously). In fact, you can spend days roaming the coastal range and without seeing a soul, making the Lost Coast the sine qua non of “get-away-from-it-all” experiences.

Magnificent Museums

Magnificent Museums

Now that winter is upon us (and how), it’s time to plan some indoor (and warm) getaways to get you out of the house. So this week’s travel topic is about my favorite museums in Northern California. As the author of the Frommer’s California guidebook for the past 15 years, I’ve been to just about […]

Matanzas Creek Winery

Affordable Getaways – Sonoma Wine Country

The #1 complaint I receive from folks who visit the Wine Country is that it’s just too expensive. By the time you end up paying for lodging, dining, and a few bottles of wine, you’re out a thousand bucks for a weekend getaway. My advice? Book a hotel room in Santa Rosa for as little […]

Secrets of Sonoma V – 16 Ways to Woo Your Lover

Secrets of Sonoma V – 16 Ways to Woo Your Lover

Let’s face it—there’s always room for improvement when it comes to romance. Our intentions are good, but it’s the execution that’s lacking. Well, here’s a little nudge to get you moving in the right direction—a roundup of some of the most romantic hotels, B&Bs, spas, and restaurants in Sonoma County. These are all sure things; […]

Seafood Hotspots along the Sonoma Coast

Seafood Hotspots along the Sonoma Coast

One of my oldest memories as a kid was piling the family into our dad’s Volkswagen bus and driving from Sacramento to Bodega Bay every December to load up on Dungeness crab. We would set up camp at Doran Regional Park, then spend the next couple of days feasting on fresh crab, cioppino, clam chowder, fish-n-chips, and as much salt water taffy as we could choke down. Now older and saner, I usually opt for a warm and cozy suite at the Bodega Bay Lodge, but the holiday tradition continues: When crab season opens in December, we head to the Sonoma Coast.

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Secret Santa Rosa – Awesome Adventures for Kids

I love packing up my kids and hitting the road. New sights, sounds, and smells (which in my world means good food) guarantees a good time will be had by all. But now that my girls’ social schedules are more important than anything I can possibly plan, there are weekends when you just have to […]

Vineyard Adventures in Sonoma County

Vineyard Adventures in Sonoma County

If you’ve never done it before, you’re just going to have to trust me on this one: Taking a guided vineyard tour in Sonoma County is one of the most interesting and enjoyable ways for a Northern Californian to spend his or her day off. The experience of tasting a wine while you’re standing in […]

The Most Romantic Resorts in Northern California

The Most Romantic Resorts in Northern California

There are certain pleasant epiphanies that resonate with you for a lifetime, but typically they only happen if you open yourself up to the experience. For example, we’ve all stayed at nice hotels during our vacations, but when’s the last time you stayed at a hotel that was so special it was the vacation? The […]

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