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Right Now: Wildflowers by the River

To catch a glimpse of wildflower blooms before they fade away, head out to Folsom. Park in the Historic District and walk down the hill and across the truss bridge—no cars, just bikes, scooters...
916 ink

For the Love of Lit

In the past, 916 Ink’s major fundraiser—Hot Literary Nights—has been a fun-packed evening on location at the organization’s Imaginarium and described by founder Katie McCleary as “a whimsical adult school carnival.” Complete with readings by youth writers, literature-themed...
tomales point trail hike

Take a Hike: Tomales Point Trail

In the wilds of West Marin County, within two hours’ drive of Sacramento, the Point Reyes National Seashore is home to many windswept trails. This one is a favorite for its visible wildlife, historical...
strawberry season

Strawberry Season

Look, nothing against those huge, not-quite-ripe grocery store strawberries, but come May, it’s time for some sweet local strawberries—the ones that are red all the way through, so juicy they run down your chin...
carmel and monterey valleys

Two Monterey Valleys

It’s tempting to go to the Monterey-Carmel area and think only of the coastline. Cannery Row, fronting the bay. Pacific Grove, with its ocean-splashed trail and blooming ice plant. Carmel Beach, where dogs and...

Touring Tuolumne

It was, as they say, a step back in time. We parked just off Parrotts Ferry Road, seeking coffee, and wandered into a town that could’ve been straight out of “Little House on the...
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...