25 Ways to Fill the Long Glorious Days—Adventures, Road Trips, Peaceful Parks, Outdoor Music, Food, and Festivals.
California is home to dozens of hidden glamour camping gems.
Just when you thought you had seen and done it all in the East Bay, places pop up on the radar. With ample parking and minimal traffic, you’ll feel so close to home, and yet so far away.
Here are several charming northern California destinations that will lure you with hospitality, great food and plenty of wine, whether you visit for a day or the weekend.
Every great wine country adventure should begin or end in Yountville, the place Thomas Keller put on the map with his chic restaurant French Laundry. A food lover’s paradise, Yountville is also bursting with boutique hotels and wine collectives.
Located in the heart of California’s famed Napa Valley, residents of St. Helena love to talk about the days when wine tastings were free at the handful of wineries that lined Highway 29. Today there are more than 530 wineries in the valley and counting.
Geyserville has long attracted tourists to its geothermal hot springs. Add to that gourmet food, wine, art, and an abundance of outdoor activities, and people keep coming back to this tiny town.
Just south of Healdsburg in the Russian River Valley lies low-key Forestville, whose vineyard vibe, coastal effect, and beautiful wooded forests have given the town its motto: “Where the Redwoods meet the Vineyards.”
Healdsburg has come a long way since its agricultural days drawing star chefs, vintners and restauranteurs from around the globe.
Carmel is one of Northern California’s most charming escapes. You're probably already familiar with its seaside splendor and famed nearby aquarium, so here are some other stylish spots where you can eat and drink and play golf, then cozy up next to a rustic hearth come nightfall.