Six Sensational Getaways to the East Bay

  I know, it doesn’t sound very sexy, but you’d be surprised how much fun you can have on a weekend getaway to the East Bay. Think of it as a far more affordable and closer alternative to Carmel or Napa, yet with all the same (and often better) attractions: wine tasting, botanical gardens, farmers […]

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 […]

Mendocino Getaways

If you’re the type that likes to hop in the car on Saturday morning and hit the backroads for some fun and adventure, keep reading. Just a couple of hours north of San Francisco in on one of my favorite weekend getaway regions in the state: Mendocino County. With more than 4,000 square miles of […]

Lake Tahoe Adventures

There’s nothing more depressing than a Back To School Sale. If you’re a kid it’s the harbinger of doom, and for adults it means summer’s nearly over and you haven’t even gotten sunburned yet. But don’t mothball your bathing suit just yet; there are still a few months of glorious summer fun awaiting you, especially […]

My Memorable Family Getaway to Monterey

Which of the following words does not belong: a) kids, b) travel, c) relaxation? Any parent who has traveled anywhere with kids knows that c) relaxation is the answer. Sure, it can be enjoyable to watch the smiles on your kids’ faces as they explore new places and experience new adventures, but what about you? […]

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, […]

Santa Cruz Wine Getaways

Last month at a wine event in San Francisco I met a woman who used to travel throughout Northern California selling French and Hungarian barrels to wineries. I found that so intriguing that I asked her if she could write an article for about her favorite Nor Cal wine region. And here it is—an […]

Father’s Day Getaways

Some of the best memories I have as a kid are the family road trips we’d take from Sacramento—my sisters and I piling in the back of our wood-paneled station wagon loaded with luggage, fighting for a window seat while dad fires up another cigarette and checks the map. It’s the quintessential American family experience, so what better way to start summer than a fun and affordable Father’s Day road trip getaway? Right then: Here are my top tips on places to go and things to do in Northern California that I promise your dad—and the entire family—will enjoy.