24 Hours in Dana Point: Exploring Caves, Beaches, Ships, Restaurants & Resorts

Nestled in between Laguna Beach and San Clemente, right on the outskirts of Orange County, Dana Point is a great beach community that is worth taking the time to explore. What I like about Dana Point most is that it feels more relaxed than many of its other coastal counterparts like Newport and Huntington Beach. […]

8 Places to Explore in Placerville: A Gold Mine, Saloon and Much More

On the way to South Lake Tahoe from Sacramento, you will go right through the historic California town of Placerville. Most people don’t stop for more than gas or a drink, but if you have a little time, Placerville is a great place to dive into California history and get some good food. Check out […]

San Francisco’s Chinatown: 6 Places to Visit

Chinatown in San Francisco is the oldest Chinatown in North America and it covers 24 square blocks of the city. It has been in the heart of San Francisco since the 1850s, and it is visited by more people each year than the Golden Gate Bridge. Taking a few hours to walk the streets, visit the […]

24 Hours in Torrance Itinerary: Restaurants, Beaches, Movie Locations & Malls

The city of Torrance is situated in between Redondo Beach and San Pedro. With its booming population and long history, the city has plenty to offer those that stop by for the day or stay for the weekend. I got a chance to spend a day there, and here are my recommendations for how to […]

Oakland City Guide: Restaurants, Historic Saloons & Outdoor Activities

Across the bay from San Francisco, Oakland is a city that has changed many times over the last hundred years. The sprawling metropolitan area has become an escape from the rising housing market in San Francisco and transformed into a community of arts, restaurants and outdoor activities. Here are some of my favorite things to […]

Santa Barbara Guide: Restaurants, Historical Sites & Hiking in this Famous Coastal Town

The coastal city of Santa Barbara on Highway 101 in Southern California is one of the drives best coastal cities. The town has centuries of history, large mountain ranges for hiking and some of the freshest seafood around. I have been many times, and it is still a spot that I go back to often […]

Sonoma City Guide: Wine, Restaurants, History & Hiking

Sonoma is the closest wine region to San Francisco and is a city and county of extensive history and beauty. The historic Sonoma Plaza sits in the heart of downtown Sonoma and is surrounded by wine tasting rooms, eateries and a state park. I have only been to the area twice, but on both occasions, […]

Atascadero Weekend Itinerary: Where to Eat, Drink, Hike & Explore

Atascadero was one of the first popular cities on the central coast, and it has a unique history that goes back to the early 1900’s. While today it has been overshadowed as a destination by cities like Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, and Paso Robles, Atascadero has a lot of fun places for you to […]

What to do in Eureka: Sculptures, Bookshops, Dining & Antiques

Eureka, California is an old historic fishing village, which is now a major Northern California city and it is full of personality and culture, a great spot to visit. I spent a few days here and was blown away by the beautiful old downtown, how close it was to a bunch of great state parks and […]

Three Winter Weekend Adventures for Bay Area Explorers

When living in the Bay Area, it can be easy to forget how close the Sierra Nevada mountains are and how many awesome opportunities they hold. I know that in San Francisco I love driving the coast, exploring the rich culinary scene and wandering Muir Woods, but I also like getting out of the area […]