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 […]

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 […]

Russian River Gulch State Park Waterfall Trail

Russian River Gulch State Park is a beautiful park in the Mendocino area. It has coastal bluffs, a sinkhole and a great trail to a waterfall. We got the opportunity to hike there a few weeks back, and it was a fun experience with shaded trails and fantastic views. The waterfall hike is one of […]

The Inn at Newport Ranch in Fort Bragg

Disclosure: This experience was provided free of charge, but all opinions are my own. As I travel around California, I am always looking for fun and unique places to stay in the state. The Inn at Newport Ranch was one of those places. Ever since I first heard about it eight months ago, I have […]

Riding the Skunk Train and Visiting the Model Train Museum in Fort Bragg

I love trains; they are one of my favorite things to photograph and to ride. I have ridden many of California’s famous trains, but I’ve never had the chance to ride the Skunk Train in Fort Bragg until a few weeks ago. This train is one of the most recognized in California, and it goes […]

Brewery Gulch Inn in Mendocino

Disclosure: This experience was provided free of charge, but all opinions are my own. If you haven’t been to Mendocino, then be sure to add it to your list. It’s a special place with a relaxed vibe, beautiful views and lots of adventures to be had. During our time there we stayed at Brewery Gulch […]

Gilroy Garlic Festival: What to do at California’s Garlic Extravaganza

Gilroy, in Northern California, is the self-proclaimed world capital of garlic and a fun stop on Highway 101. This area has been producing garlic for decades and established their supremacy in the garlic world by launching the first Gilroy garlic festival over 40 years ago. It is a famous California event, and 2018 was the […]

California State Fair in Sacramento

The California State Fair is held annually during the summer in the California state capital, Sacramento. This massive fair features rides, shopping and all of the deep fried food you can imagine (deep fried watermelon anyone?). I like going to the LA Fair each year, so I was excited to get a chance to go […]