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Small Towns by the Sea

Winter brings a particular charm to the California coast—fewer people, mainly, so you can find a place to park and you’re likely to discover vacancies at small-town inns. In the stretch of coastline just...
holiday street festivals

Holiday Street Festivals

Last year, so many events were canceled. This year, holiday parades and street festivals are on—at least as of this writing. Here are several holiday street celebrations going on in and around the region. 12...
kira o'donnel babich of real pie company

Kira’s Pro Pie-Making Tips

Have you ever made a pie and it did not come out how you wanted? Check out some tips from piemaker Kira O'Donnell Babich.Make it a group effort“Old-school, by-hand pie-making is labor-intensive—but that’s why...
roasted pear and cranberry galette

Recipe: Roasted Pear & Cranberry Galette

“Galettes are my personal go-to in November and December, when I want a dessert that’s rustic, fruit-forward and looks lovely on a holiday table,” says Kira O’Donnell Babich, owner of Real Pie Company. Here,...


Few foods elicit as much nostalgia as pie. Practically everyone, whatever their family’s culinary tradition, carries a tender memory of their favorite pie and, more than likely, the person who baked it. In my...
twelve wine experiences

12 Wine Experiences

For many, a day spent wine tasting is an escape. Many wineries are set in the midst of gorgeous natural surroundings, and while sipping wine, we often feel transported to some far-off place. For...
jones creek trail loop

Sierra Hike: Jones Creek Loop Trail

Galena Forest is a heavily wooded area in Reno, and Galena Creek Regional Park (which also offers camping and a visitors center that hosts events and offers educational programming) includes the Jones Creek Loop...

Small Towns: Columbia

In this working Gold Rush-era town, prices are modern day, but the rest takes you back to the 1850s. Columbia has the largest collection of Gold Rush-era structures in the state—livery stable, saloon, schoolhouse,...
eagle lake trail views

Sierra Hike: Eagle Lake Trail

There are several big draws to this moderate hiking trail located near Tahoma on Tahoe’s North Shore. For one thing, a staircase of Instagram-worthy stone steps offers a steep ascent to flowing waterfalls before...
main street jamestown

Small Towns: Jamestown

The first place gold turned up in Tuolumne County, Jamestown has buildings on its Main Street dating back to the 1870s. Take the Walk of Fame from downtown to Railtown 1897 (a state park...