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San Francisco, Santa Rosa Holiday Highlights.

San Francisco, Santa Rosa Holiday Highlights.

 Broadway Stars launch the holiday spirit If you can’t go to New York this season for a Broadway show, the next best thing, in fact, even better, is the musical review “Joy to the World” in Santa Rosa. We award 5 stars to the live performance of the Transcendence Theatre Company’s “Joy to the World”. […]

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Marin County. Easy getaway near San Francisco.

Marin County. Easy getaway near San Francisco.

When the frigid fog rolls into San Francisco, locals head across the Golden Gate Bridge to hike, bike or drive to Marin County where the wether is sunnier and the temperatures are warmer.     Although Marin was the birthplace of George Lucas’ Obi Wan Kenobi and home to the Grateful Dead, it is the […]

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Romantic Ocean View Resorts in Southern California

Romantic Ocean View Resorts in Southern California

Eat, sleep and soak in Southern California’s most romantic ocean view resorts. The Lodge at Torres Pines, La Jolla and Bacara Resort and Spa, Santa Barbara Balanced on the coastal clips overlooking the Pacific Ocean, above the community of La Jolla, the Lodge has been drawing avid golfers and lovers to its sunny climate and majestic […]

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San Francisco Locals Share the 6 Best Things to Do

San Francisco Locals Share the 6 Best Things to Do

By Marybeth Bond/GutsyTraveler The tourist season, when we have lots of out-of-town visitors is almost here and we’re gearing up for it.  Here are our suggestions of where to go beyond “must see” tourist places: Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Ghirardelli, and The Golden Gate Bridge. Free Wildlife Viewing. PIER 39  Watch mammoth sea lions cavort in the […]

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California Wines From Napa to Santa Barbara.

California Wines From Napa to Santa Barbara.

Visitors to San Francisco and locals head to the Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Carneros, or Santa Barbara to taste and discover new varietals at the many of the wineries and wine country towns. Consider these California wine pairings: Sauvignon Blanc & Oysters. A romantic, sensual classic: the bright, crisp liveliness of a California Sauvignon Blanc […]

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Best Walks in San Francisco. Secrets From the Locals.

Best Walks in San Francisco. Secrets From the Locals.

The best walks in San Francisco are free.  As local residents, here are our secrets. Golden Gate Bridge Walk The Golden Gate Bridge is the icon of San Francisco and is considered to be one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Luckily, visitors have the opportunity to walk across the 1.7 miles span […]

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Mellow Mendocino – A favorite San Francisco getaway

Mellow Mendocino – A favorite San Francisco getaway

There are many reasons San Franciscans drive north along the rugged, dramatic coast to Mendocino. With so may San Francisco-based IfOnly experiences, its hard to believe anyone would ever want to stray. Some of us seek distance from our stressed lives; others room for romance, or quiet for renewal. I go with my dog and […]

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California road trip through the vineyards

California road trip through the vineyards

Many travelers think only of Napa or Sonoma when they plan a California wine road trip.  Don’t miss out on Santa Barbara County, where the “mountains meet the sea”. Santa Barbara County has a 200-plus year history that was put in the spotlight by the indie hit film, Sideways, and travel magazines worldwide. Located about 90 […]

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Getaway to Carmel and Monterey Bay Aquarium

Getaway to Carmel and Monterey Bay Aquarium

        A shared obsession with with the ocean was the unlikely impetus for a family trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium. Our children are now adults, are 23 and 26 years old – and they are still obsessed with the aquarium. In fact, we all are passionate about the aquarium. Given all this, it […]

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Romantic Wine Country Getaway in Sonoma Valley

Romantic Wine Country Getaway in Sonoma Valley

From the moment I pulled into the discrete entrance to the Kenwood Inn and Spa, I felt like I’d returned to Tuscany.  I almost expected the friendly Concierge to welcome me with the familiar greeting — Ciao Bella. Yes, it really feels like Italy; from the honey-colored Mediterranean-style buildings to the fountains and flower-filled courtyard.  […]

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