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The Boat Oyster Bar

Weekender: Point Reyes

Take a couple of days to rediscover this region of natural beauty and culinary bounty in West Marin. On one of the first clear days of spring, Olema Creek tumbled past the gnarled gray tree...
MacCallum House Water tower

At the Water Line

Spend the night in one of Mendocino’s historic water towers. “Isn’t it a little ironic,” said my husband, Mike, “that we’re going to stay in a water tower and this is what’s happening?” What was happening...
falling prices bargain store

Because Everybody Loves a Bargain

It’s been funny to watch people’s eyes light up. Mention this new store out in Carmichael, Falling Prices, and they wait to hear the rest: On Tuesday, everything costs $6. On Wednesday, everything’s $4....
Peak Solitude

Peak Solitude

Whether you go glam (or glamping), Yosemite in the wintertime brings a special quiet beauty and the place to yourself. Six years ago, inside what was then The Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite Valley, while January...
City Lights

City Lights

It’s cold—it’s San Francisco, after all. It’s also crowded—it’s Union Square—but that adds to the happy energy. Your ankles are wobbly, and you don’t dare look up at the window decorations on the top...

Road Trip: Bodega Bay

This sleepy coastal town in Sonoma County, tucked in on Highway 1 about 40 miles north of San Francisco, provides a low-key locale for a quiet weekend escape. The bay, home to boat-packed Bodega...

Monterey Love

My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this past year, but we’re older than that, really. We didn’t marry till we were almost 30, even though we met when we were 14....

Oyster World

About two hours to our west, Tomales Bay extends as a finger of the Pacific Ocean into the Point Reyes National Seashore in west Marin County. As a calm saltwater inlet, it’s a prime...

Out of the Ashes

If you come into the Napa Valley on Highway 12 and head over the Napa River to Highway 29 and turn north toward Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga, you almost wouldn’t know that in...

Mandarin Madness

Off Interstate 80 before you even get to Auburn, the mandarin trees hang heavy with globes that are brilliant orange and packed with vitamin C. For a month, maybe two, mandarins are at their...


Eat Farm to Fork
Eat Farm to Fork