CheeseandWine

Gourmet Getaways – The Cheesemakers of Sonoma County

Say Cheese! I know, it’s a tired phrase, but so many of us here in the Bay Area are food-obsessed and can’t get enough of the creamy chevres, sharp cheddars, and herbaceous triple crèmes produced in the region. Lucky for us, more and more “swoonable” cheeses (as I like to refer to them) are made […]

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Girls’ Getaway to Downtown LA

Sipping frozen daiquiris always tastes better in a pool on a hot day, especially if that pool’s on a sexy Los Angeles rooftop with 360 degree views and surrounded by stunning architecture. So there we were at the ACE Hotel Los Angeles, five ladies on a weekend getaway to celebrate my friend Julia’s exciting move […]

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Why We Live in California

In my early 20s I took the requisite college student’s pilgrimage to Europe, exploring its finer train stations and sleeping on the premier park benches from London to Istanbul. I was relatively anonymous—just another tanned and skinny, blond and blue-eyed American with a backpack. That is, until I crossed into the former Eastern Bloc. The […]

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Yosemite & The Gold Country: A 4-Day Dream Getaway

Add to the list of things you never knew existed in California’s Gold Country is a German Baptist apple farm and bakery that makes the best apple turnover you’ve ever had (even their playground—complete with a miniature train—is road-trip-worthy). And if you don’t quite care for hard apple cider, that’s because you’ve never been to […]

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10 Essential Travel Tips

I recently read a fantastic article in the Travel section of The New York Times on travel tips called “How the Tough Get Going” by Stephanie Rosenbloom. She interviewed a cadre of Bay Area travel gurus (criminally, not me) to glean their top travel tips for ameliorating many of the common inconveniences of being on […]

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The Top 5 Scenic Drives In Northern California

Some of the best memories I have as a kid growing up in Sacramento include piling into the Country Squire station wagon (Seatbelts? What seatbelts?) and taking road trips to the mountains or coast. Every trip was a mini-adventure filled with discovery and danger (Don’t make me pull this car over!). Even now I still get that tingle of anticipation as I load up the car with luggage and hit the open road to anywhere but my office. So in the spirit of good times and grand adventures, I’d like to share you five of my favorite scenic drives in Northern California. – Matthew

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Matt’s Top Tips to Yosemite National Park

It always amazes me to meet people who’ve lived in California for years and have never been to Yosemite National Park. But trying to explain the majesty of Yosemite Valley in words is impossible; you simply must experience it firsthand, and early spring—when the wildflowers are going nuts—is the best time to visit. Here’s what you need to know…

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Huntington Beach ~ Surf City USA

Huntington Beach dominates the California coast with 10 miles of uninterrupted beach bliss. A mixture of classic California surf scene and modern outdoor malls where cliques of teens coexist with families, Surf City USA continues to lure surfers who still flock here, drawn by Huntington’s legendary place in surf lore. Hawaiian-born George Freeth is credited with […]

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A Stay Aboard The Queen Mary

If you’ve ever been to Long Beach you’ve probably seen it from a distance—the majestic RMS Queen Mary, one of the most beautiful ocean liners ever built and a pristine time capsule of Art Deco artistry. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Queen Mary was officially retired from service in 1967 and […]

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Blue Whale Watching Getaways

SPECTACULAR!! ORCAS-”KILLER WHALES!!”THE MIGHTY GIANTS “BLUE WHALES!!” HUMPBACK WHALES!! BEAUTIFUL WEATHER!! That’s a typical “Sightings Report” from the Princess Monterey Whale Watching company. Each year from May through November, whales and dolphins are routinely spotted off the California coast, and so far this is one of the best years for sighting the big blues and playful humpbacks in recent memory. Here are my picks on the best humpback and blue whale watching tour companies in Northern California.

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