Palm Springs California Pool Shot

PALM SPRINGS: Your 5-Day Dream Getaway

Palm Springs in the summer? It certainly isn’t the place to go for ocean breezes and kite-surfing, but if you’re looking for a smokin’ hot deal to match the sizzling temperatures, summer is the time to go. As a kid I loved spending my July 4th birthday in Palm Springs with no crowds, hours of […]

Tidepool Adventures

Family Adventures in California’s Wine Country

If you want to win that “Parent of the Year” award for 2012 keep reading. Luckily for you I’m 45 going on 12, which means I spend a lot of time goofing around on weekends, checking out new places to play in Northern California. So here’s a round-up of some fun and affordable things to […]

Winter Wildlife Watching Elephant Seal Mating Season at Ano Nuevo State Reserve

Winter Wildlife Watching in Northern California

If you’re looking for something interesting and affordable to do this winter in Northern California, Mother Nature is putting on some pretty good free shows this time of year. Much of the winter wildlife in Northern California is doing the wild thing, and they don’t care who’s watching. Some of the most fascinating eco-excursions in […]


Amazing Getaways to Mammoth Mountain

There are certain people who will do just about anything to fulfill their dream. When Hugh Hefner decided to launch Playboy magazine in 1953, he mortgaged his furniture to pay for the first edition. In 1945, Dave McCoy, a hydrographer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, mortgaged his motorcycle so he could […]

Laguna Beach California

Laguna Beach: 4 Days of Coastal Fun & Romance

Looking for an easy, breezy romantic getaway? Well, picture this: 7.8 miles of sandy beaches, crashing waves, breath-taking views of the Pacific and sea lions, too. The artist enclave of Laguna Beach offers an eclectic fusion of sandy coves, stunning coastal bluffs, delectable treats, high fashion, coated with a surfer cool sheen. Halfway between L.A. […]

Sea Otter Monterey Bay California

Beat-The-Heat Getaways

Have you ever actually tried frying an egg on the street? If you were as bored as I was growing up in the Sacramento burbs you probably gave it a try (FYI, it bubbles a bit when the egg hits the asphalt, but that’s about it). Dad was too cheap to buy an air conditioner, […]

Snow Geese in Flight California

Northern California’s Best Bird Watching Getaways

If you’re looking for something interesting, affordable, and local to do this winter (yes, summer’s really over), Mother Nature is putting on some pretty good free shows this time of year. Some of the best bird watching excursions in the state only take place in the early winter, such as the millions of migrating waterfowl in Sacramento Valley and raptor gatherings at the Marin Headlands. So grab your day-planner right now and carve out a few days for getting outdoors and enjoying a bird watching getaway to one of the top bird-watching spots in Northern California.

Ojai Pink Moment

Ojai: Your 5-Day Dream Getaway

by Guest Guru Nancy Geller If romance is your goal, Ojai is your destination. And it all starts with a sunset. It’s a fleeting occurrence, but sunset in Ojai is just about as stunning as it gets. Twelve miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, the city of Ojai lies in a small valley, north of […]

Carmel Valley Corkscrew Pizza Oven

Carmel Valley Winetasting

by Guest Guru Deborah Passin I love wine so much I made it my career. On California road trips, I can’t help but seek out some of the state’s more than 100 AVAs (American Viticultural Areas). But just as with my wine, I like balance in my vacation. Sure I do plenty of wine tasting, […]

Earth Day 2013 California

Earth Day Getaways

On the weekend of April 20-21, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2013. Charitable events will taking place on and around this day throughout the world, and you can be a part of it via the dozens of volunteer opportunities available throughout Northern California that only require a few hours of your time, yet do a world of good. Check out the Earth Day getaways below, then rally your friends and family and help make a difference.

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