Getaway Adventures to Marin County

Spend some time in Marin County, at the “other” end of the Golden Gate Bridge, and it doesn’t take long to figure out that the redwood-shaded, coastal hill country north of San Francisco has a ridiculous number of things to do. Miles of coastal wilderness and redwood forests to explore by foot or by bike, farm-to-table restaurants and artisan food-makers, charming towns, theaters and clubs where locals like Robin Williams, Carlos Santana, and George Lucas might be on stage or in the crowd—what’s not to love about Marin?

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7 Summer Adventures to California’s Great Outdoors

Now that winter has passed, it’s time to start planning your summer getaways to the great outdoors. But instead of sitting on your fanny in a camp chair all weekend (not that there’s anything wrong with that), consider taking a recreational getaway that gets your blood flowing and calories burning. As a serious outdoors nut I could write a book on Northern California’s recreational getaways, but for this week’s theme I’ve narrowed it down to my seven top picks for getting some healthy exercise while exploring some of my favorite outdoor adventure destinations.

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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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The Best Kid-Friendly Museums in Northern California

Now that winter is upon us (and how), it’s time to plan some indoor getaways to get everyone out of the house. So here’s a roundup of my favorite kid-friendly museums in Northern California, starting with FREE ADMISSION DAY at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. As the author of the Frommer’s California guidebook for the […]

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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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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 […]

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Cross Country Skiing ~ A Beginner’s Guide to Tahoe

A good friend of mine recently decided to take up cross country skiing, and the experience was so moving for her (tears even), that I asked if she was willing to share her experience with you. She agreed, and below is the result. If you’ve ever thought about trying cross country skiing—or taking on any […]

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Fun Fall Getaways to Southern California

Hello, sweet autumn. So nice to have you back. While it’s difficult saying goodbye to those carefree summer days and balmy nights, California in the fall is always a treat. Take it or leaf it, we rustled up some fun SoCal fall getaway suggestions, including family-friendly apple picking, Day of the Dead fest, a WeHo Halloween Carnival, Knott’s SCARY Farm, The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor and, of course… there’s still plenty of time to celebrate Octoberfest. PROST! – Trisha Clayton

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Endless Summer in San Diego

If you’re having a hard time letting go of summer, read this and you’ll be booking your family trip to San Diego faster than fall got here. When autumn arrives, San Diego’s the place to be where the weather stays warm while summer crowds quickly vanish. Fall offers some of the best reasons to visit San Diego, with “Kids Free San Diego” topping them all in October, not to mention beer and food festivals, horse racing, street fairs, and music fests that’ll take you into November. Seriously. San Diego goes child wild in October with special deals for families, so those of you traveling with the kiddos can enjoy your time in San Diego without emptying your wallet. Here’s a checklist of all the San Diego highlights to hit with the family… all October long and beyond!