Lake Oroville California

Lake Oroville ~ The Perfect 3-Day Summer Getaway

As a travel writer, one of my favorite things to write about is secret getaways to places that most Californians have never experienced. Well, here’s another gem: Lake Oroville. Located 70 miles due north of Sacramento, Lake Oroville is the sleeper vacation spot that really does offer something for everyone: houseboating, fishing, biking, hiking, sailing, […]

The Top 10 Hiking Getaways in Northern California

When I was a kid my mom would retain her sanity each summer by sending me off on a 10-day YMCA backpacking trip with a bunch of strangers (which, by the way, I highly recommend for all you over-protective parents out there). Not only did these hiking trips get me out of the house and […]


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.

ACE Hotel Rooftop Pool, Los Angeles

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 […]

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Gold Country California

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

Royal Gorge Cross Country Skiing Area Lake Tahoe California

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 […]