Sonoma Mission. Photo © Mariusz Jurgielewicz/123rf.

Highlights of the Sonoma and Carneros Wine Region

The Sonoma and Carneros wine region features beautiful scenery, excellent and unique wineries, and wonderful spas. Make sure to spend time in the small city of Sonoma, which includes the famed Sonoma Mission Inn, historical sights, and a charming town square with plenty of shopping and great places to grab a bite. Here are the highlights.

Seismic activity is a common occurrence in California. Photo © crystaleyemedia/123rf.

Staying Safe in a California Earthquake

Visitors from outside California may have the impression that big earthquakes happen here all the time. Well, that’s only partly correct. Earthquakes do happen all the time, but most shakers aren’t strong enough to be felt by people. In the event of a big one, though, the California Office of Emergency Services has a list of some things you can do to protect yourself during an earthquake.

Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco. Photo © jejim/123rf.

Spend a Day in San Francisco Like a Local

Dedicate a day to living like a true San Franciscan by jumping on a bike, pedaling through the hippest neighborhoods, shopping for local designs, and—most importantly—eating and drinking your way through the city.

Warning signs are posted in areas where wildlife are likely to block the road. Photo © Harris Shiffman/123rf.

Driving Tips for a PCH Road Trip

Before you gas up the car and go, make sure you’re prepared for the challenges of the Pacific Coast Highway! The highway has many sharp curves, steep ledges, and high cliffs without guardrails; long, isolated stretches of blacktop; low visibility at night; wildlife encounters; and the chance for inclement weather any time of year. Slow down, stay safe, and enjoy the scenery!

Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Photo © Ann Marie Brown.

Sights Near Glacier Point in Yosemite

Often referred to as “the grandest view in all the West,” Glacier Point is a 7,214-foot overlook with a vista of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and all its granite neighbors, and the High Sierra. Nearby are other amazing–and often overlooked–vistas, along with the Badger Pass Ski Area. Badger Pass is the oldest ski resort in California, great for playing in the snow or simply stopping for lunch on a sunny day.

Avenue of the Giants. Photo © Suppavut Varutbangkul/123rf.

Explore Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Surprisingly, the largest stand of unlogged redwood trees isn’t on the coast, and it isn’t in the Sierras; it’s here in Humboldt, bisected by U.S. 101. Come to this park to hike and camp beneath the 300-foot-plus old-growth trees of the Avenue of the Giants, and cool off with a swim or boat trip down the Eel River.

The Pacific Coast Highway. Photo © Dreamstime.

Planning a PCH Road Trip

The Pacific Coast Highway is an epic journey, offering up 1,700 astounding miles to those with playful hearts and the passion for adventure. Expert author and Pacific Northwest resident Victoriah Arsenian offers advice on the best times of year to hit the road, tips on both high- and low-season conditions, and highlights of each region from the Washington Coast to sunny Southern California.

Dinner on the courtyard at Foreign Cinema. Photo © Charlie Villyard, courtesy of Foreign Cinema.

Best Restaurants in San Francisco for Every Occasion

There’s no shortage of great restaurants in San Francisco, or unique dishes and venues, either. But when you’re looking for something specific–you’re dying to dine outdoors, you want an especially romantic evening, or maybe it’s your last morning in the city and you’re craving the best brunch you’ve ever had–this every-occasion list has what you’re looking for.

Downtown Guerneville. Photo © Elizabeth Linhart Veneman.

Guerneville, California’s LGBT Resort Town

There are a number of wineries in California’s Guerneville area, but most people come here to float, canoe, or kayak the gorgeous Russian River that winds from Healdsburg all the way to the Pacific Ocean at Jenner. Guerneville is also a very popular gay and lesbian resort area. The rainbow flag flies proudly here, and the friendly community welcomes all.