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...
sundial bridge

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...
clear lake

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...
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...
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...
Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Winter Escapes

Get away to the lake with a stay at one of these lovely spots, where reservations fill up fast. It’s that time of year: You...

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....

Rocklin Mini Maker Faire

Rocklin Mini Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers...

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,...

Not Just Big Trees

Most drives through California’s San Joaquin Valley aren’t joy rides. Southward from Sacramento along Highway 99, it can feel like an endless tunnel of...

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