Alpine Slide in Big Bear Lake

The Alpine Slide has been a fixture of Big Bear Lake for decades, and to this day it provides an excellent opportunity for people visiting the area to try their hat at a bobsledding experience. I have driven by it many times over the years but never had a chance to stop until late 2018. […]

Oktoberfest in Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake celebrates Oktoberfest by going all out on a two-month festival that happens every weekend during September and October. Their Oktoberfest is one of the largest in Southern California, and it is a great excuse to get out of Los Angeles and come up into the mountains for a few days. I finally […]

Inn at the Presidio in San Francisco

Disclosure: This experience was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own. The Inn at the Presidio is a fantastic hotel located in an old historic building right in the middle of San Francisco’s Presidio Park and with all of the modern conveniences you have come to expect from upscale hotels. While the Lodge […]

Lodge at the Presidio in San Francisco

Disclosure: This experience was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own. The Lodge at the Presidio is the newest hotel in San Francisco’s Presidio park. This beautiful old building has been meticulously renovated to maintain that historic charm but provide a relaxing experience in the city. I got a chance to stay here […]

Mendocino Coast Guide: Exploring the Best Spots in Fort Bragg, Mendocino & Point Arena

Mendocino County is one of my favorite places in Northern California. The entire area is a coastal wonderland with lots of amazing views, great places to eat, beautiful state parks to explore and even a strong wine producing region. While I could talk about each of these places alone, a true visit to the Mendocino […]

Mendocino Headlands State Park Bluffs Hiking Trail

The Mendocino Coast of Northern California is a beautiful area with many amazing coastal views and places to explore. If you haven’t spent much time in the area though, then I highly recommend that your first experience is walking the 2-3 mile trail along the Mendocino Headlands. This trail can be as long or as […]

B. Bryan Preserve: Conservation and Giraffe Kisses in Point Arena

B. Bryan Preserve is a conservation group that works to preserve African hoof stock along California’s northern coast. The ranch has tours that you can take to see the animals and the property daily. The highlight of these tours is the opportunity to feed the giraffes at the end, including getting a “giraffe kiss” where […]

Pacific Star Winery in Fort Bragg

I don’t often write about wineries outside of the major wine regions, but Pacific Star is one of the most beautiful winery properties I have been to in California, so it deserves mention here. This winery, about 20 minutes north of Fort Bragg, is situated right on the cliffs and has fantastic coastal views that […]

Little River Inn: Oceanside Hotel on the Mendocino Coast

Disclosure: This experience was provided free of charge, but all opinions are my own. Situated above Van Damme Beach in the town of Little River (south of Mendocino), Little River Inn is an awesome, historic building that houses an upscale hotel. The hotel features a golf course, tennis courts, spa and restaurant and I got […]

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse State Historic Park

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse is a beautiful old lighthouse on the Northern California coast that is still on active duty. The lighthouse is open to the public daily on a short half mile walk from the parking area. On the bottom floor there is even a small museum, and there are other houses you can tour […]