Sunlight bathes rows of grape vines in a Sonoma Valley vineyard.

The Best of Napa & Sonoma

Visiting California Wine Country can be a dizzying proposition, and that’s even before the first bottle has been opened. Here are suggestions for one- or two-day trips that make the most of Napa and Sonoma.

Anacapa Island at sunset.

Anacapa Island: A Stunning Day Trip

If you only have half a day to have your mind blown by the remote majesty of the Channel Islands, take a trip to Anacapa Island. Author Stuart Thornton shares information about how to get there and what to see.

Fog rising off of Santa Cruz Island, part of Channel Island National Park. Photo © David Wan, icensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Explore Santa Cruz Island’s Sea Caves

Santa Cruz Island is the largest island within Channel Islands National Park, and the island’s most breathing features are the sea caves that riddle the coastline and can be explored by kayak. Here is some helpful advice on planning your kayaking adventure.

Moon Spotlight Cambria & San Simeon

Moon Spotlight Cambria & San Simeon is a compact, 73-page guide covering the seaside town of Cambria, historic San Simeon, vineyard-studded Paso Robles, beautiful Morro Bay, and world-famous Hearst Castle. Author Stuart Thornton offers seasoned advice on must-see attractions, and he includes maps with sightseeing highlights so you can make the most of your time. […]