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11/11/2011

If it’s happened once, it’s happened a hundred times: Wandering from winery to winery up Highway 29, you forget about food. Then the munchies... More»

5/1/2011

If I didn’t know better, my view from high atop the Shelf Road bluffs could easily be of the Loire Valley. Instead, it’s Ojai, a small... More»

5/1/2011

For all the outdoor adventuring and camping I’d done, I’d never set foot in a yurt—until I caught wind of a new development at the verdant... More»

4/30/2011

The Pinnacles seem like a legend—could this exotic jumble of minarets, said to be hidden among the rolling hills between Salinas and nowhere, really... More»

4/30/2011

The fresh-out-of-the-water oysters and salt air of Tomales Bay are rarely enough to lure me an hour’s drive north, since our own bay is just a stone... More»

2/4/2008

BIG SUR: $275 AND UP (and up and up) THE BIG SPENDER'S BREAKDOWN: Ventana vs. Post Ranch Unless you've stayed at these two grandes... More»

12/28/2007

Tell someone you’re spending a weekend in Murphys, a gold mining town about 150 miles east of the city, off Highway 4, and you’re likely to get... More»