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 […]

Independence Day Getaways

Let me guess: It’s June 29 and you still haven’t figured out what you’re going to do for the 4th of July. Well, even though it falls on Wednesday this year, it’s still a great reason to take the day off (or a loooong weekend) and have some outdoor family fun, and there’s hardly a community […]

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 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.

Spring Whale Watching

It’s time to witness one of the greatest wildlife migrations on the planet, and it’s happening just west of you. Every March and April herds gray whales can be spotted from shore as they journey northward along the coast, completing the last leg of their 14,000-mile annual round-trip. The proud parents are heading back to […]

Family Adventures in Southern Oregon

A fan of LocalGetaways, Laura Joseph, sent me an email about her family vacation in Southern Oregon. I liked it so much I asked if I could publish it for her, and voila! Here it is. If you have a favorite local getaway that you’d like to share, send it to – Matthew Over […]

New Year’s Eve Getaways

Tis’ the year to procrastinate, eh? It’s December and you still haven’t decided what you’re going to do for New Years Eve. Heck, you barely started your Christmas shopping. Well it’s not too late to plan a relaxing winter getaway that will help release the tensions from all this holiday hubbub. At LocalGetaways we put together some special holiday hotel deals and combined them with our top picks for fun end-of-the-year events for friends, couples, and families. Think of it as a present to yourself for being such a wonderful person all year.

Walnut Creek: A Shopper’s Paradise

I shop for a living. It started as a favor, sizing up my friends and helping them buy a few things here and there that I thought would look good on them, but always at a steep discount. Eventually I got so good at it that people started paying me to shop for them, especially […]

Half Moon Bay: The Perfect Coastal Getaway

One of the questions I get asked the most as a Bay Area-based travel writer is “Where’s a great place get away for the weekend?” And my answer is always the same: Half Moon Bay. It has everything you could possibly want for a fun, relaxing, romantic, and adventurous getaway: superb restaurants, pristine beaches, a […]

Fall Foliage Getaways in Northern California

Now that autumn is upon us, it’s time to consider taking a weekend getaway to enjoy some of the best fall foliage viewing in California. Listed below are some of my favorite places to visit (and things to do) this time of year, such as riding bikes through Sacramento’s Capital Park, strolling around historic Nevada City, or taking a scenic drive along Ebbetts Pass, one of the prettiest byways in the country. It’s the perfect kind of getaway for a romantic weekend, snuggled up in a cozy B&B by the fire while looking though your photos of blazing elms, maples, and oaks that you captured during the day.