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Barnett Vineyards in St. Helena, Napa Valley

Explore: Napa Valley

In 2019, several of my girlfriends eagerly shepherded me to Napa Valley two days before my wedding. On the classic bachelorette romp, we wine-tasted, went for a short hike in Bothe-Napa Valley State Park...
the pool at the Montage Healdsburg

What’s New in Healdsburg

Montage Healdsburg—The recently opened Montage Healdsburg offers 130 bungalows nestled among 22,000 carefully preserved oak trees and vine-covered hills. Nearly 20 acres of vineyards overseen by winemaker, Jesse Katz, provide a stunning backdrop for...
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Historic Healdsburg

More than 10,000 years ago, according to archaeologists, Healdsburg in Sonoma County was a busy place. Southern Pomo and Wappo Tribes lived here, fishing and hunting amid the rolling hills and lush valleys that...
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Explore Carson Valley

Suburban sprawl surrounds Highway 395 around Carson City, Nev., enough to prompt anyone to move onward, north or south. Countless times, it has done so to me.But one spring day along the asphalt ribbon leading travelers south into the Mojave Desert or...
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Traveling with Julia Morgan

Our travel writer visits some properties designed by Julia Morgan, who is responsible for the look of more than 800 buildings in California and beyond.The first time I stayed at Asilomar Hotel & Conference...

Escape to Capay

An hour’s drive northwest of Sacramento, surrounded by grassy hills and a few craggy peaks, the very picturesque Capay Valley is familiar to you if you order organic fruits and veggies from one of...
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After the Flames

Our travel writer visits Shasta County after the Carr Fire devastated so much acreage this past summer.In the mid-1980s, Fou Choy Saechao, a Laotian immigrant to the United States, traveled from Central California north...
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Clear Lake and Beyond

Lake County’s treasures await visitors who are ready for some gentle adventure.At the corner of Main Street and Konocti Road in Kelseyville, a modest brown sign points travelers westward to Mount Konocti, a looming...

Country Roads

Several years ago, my mother and I took a leisurely drive to Oroville to see the Buddhist temple there, built during the Civil War. We spent a quiet afternoon at the temple, enchanted with...

The Eastern Slope

When the painter Hans Meyer-Kassel arrived in Nevada in 1937, his native Germany was on the edge of chaos and genocide. In the serene, expansive Carson Valley, where he and his wife, Maria, would...