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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...

Wine Weekends

For Sacramentans who are surrounded by grape-growing country, a wine getaway can be a day trip, or it can be more. We vote for more: a road trip, a picnic basket, a suitcase, a...

Taste of Carmel

As springtime breezes in on the Central Coast, the foodie world blossoms with festivals that bring in some of the world’s leading culinary thinkers, from winemakers and brew masters to chefs and purveyors. They...

Foodies, Get on the Boat!

We had it all figured out: I would ferry across from Vallejo to the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace, meet Mike at the gangplank, and we’d go straight to the Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick Cafe...

Sex on the Beach

It’s an awful noise. Like that guy you knew in college who could rip the biggest beer burp ever—but worse.The racket starts with the elephant seal men, who arrive on the beach first and...

Away From Home for the Holidays

Sacramento has some fabulous holiday traditions: Run to Feed the Hungry, Sacramento Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” the Fab 40s Christmas lights (complete with horse-drawn wagons), Cal Expo’s Global Winter Wonderland, even Black Friday at Roseville...

Travel: Roaming Rockridge

In covering travel for this magazine, I’ve taken lots of road trips around Northern California, staying at lovely inns and big resorts, dining in four-star restaurants and corner mom-and-pops. I’ve taken solo trips: a silent...

Pismo Dreamin'

From the outside, it might not look like much. An older place off a side street, with a Tiffany-blue roof and a dungeonous parking garage leading to a lobby. Inside, sand crunches beneath feet,...

Travel: Backroads Getaways

Northern California’s big highways traverse hills and valleys, run along beachy blue coastline and bisect mountains glistening with snow. Through the car windows, cities and suburbs flash repetition: Starbucks, Chevron, In-N-Out, Carl’s Jr., Shell, McDonald’s,...

Travel: Backroads Getaways

Northern California’s big highways traverse hills and valleys, run along beachy blue coastline and bisect mountains glistening with snow. Through the car windows, cities and suburbs flash repetition: Starbucks, Chevron, In-N-Out, Carl’s Jr., Shell, McDonald’s,...

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