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Muir Woods National Monument: Hiking the Bohemian Grove Trail

Muir Woods National Monument is a fantastic place to see redwood trees right near San Francisco. There are dozens of miles of trails and a couple incredible groves. … [Read More...]

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California Surf Museum in Oceanside

Located in the heart of Oceanside, the California Surf Museum is one of my favorite spots in the city. This museum, which has been here since the 80’s, is full of … [Read More...]

Recent Trips

Malibu Wine Hikes: Meeting Stanley the Giraffe at Saddlerock Ranch

In the hills above Thousands Oaks, there is a fantastic property known as Saddlerock Ranch. This area has animals, rocks, cave paintings and vineyards and you can access it via safari car or on foot. I did the safari version previously which you can read about here, so I decided to connect with Malibu Wine […]

Visiting Dodger Stadium on Non-Game Days

While I am not a huge baseball fan, there is just something amazing about being able to see a massive stadium like this completely empty. Many people don’t know that you can actually visit Dodger Stadium on non-game days and go to the store, take a tour or sit in the upper deck. If you […]

Mt Hollywood: Hiking Above Griffith Observatory and Downtown LA

While there is no shortage of great hikes in Griffith Park, it is hard to beat the 2.5-mile round trip hike to summit of Mt Hollywood. The trail is gradual, but will still get your blood pumping. Along the way, you will see some of the best views the city has to offer of the Hollywood […]

Vignette Pizzeria in Sebastopol: Fantastic Wood Fired Pizza

Located in the outdoor shopping area known as The Barlow in Sebastopol, Vignette Pizzeria is a big foodie standout for me in terms of quality and unique preparation for something as ordinary as pizza. The menu here is created by Chef Mark Hopper, who worked under famed Chef Thomas Keller (French Laundry) and the work […]

Monti’s Rotisserie & Bar Restaurant in Santa Rosa

Monti’s Rotisserie & Bar Restaurant in Santa Rosa has become a local favorite over the years with their unique rotisserie style preparation to their food. Each day there is a different meat slowly roasting on the spit in the middle of the restaurant. This style is not one you often see and because of that, […]

Belly Left Coast Kitchen & Taproom in Santa Rosa

While staying in Santa Rosa, there is no shortage of great places to eat at, but if you are looking for a fun atmosphere with good, upscale pub food then look no further then Belly Left Coast Kitchen.  At only a few blocks from Russian River Brewery, you can come over here for dinner then […]

Bistro 29: French Inspried Food at one of Santa Rosa’s Best Restaurants

As far as fine dining goes in Santa Rosa, it is hard to beat the amazing Bistro 29. Located right in the heart of downtown Santa Rosa, this upscale French-inspired eatery has a quaint, warm atmosphere and it serves fantastic food ranging from mussels and buckwheat crepes to pork belly and scallops. Be sure to […]

Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa in Santa Rosa

When I travel, I always look for unique hotels to try during my stay. So during my recent trip to Santa Rosa, I chose to stay at the historic and mid-century modern spot known as the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa. With a history that includes being a playground for celebrities in the mid-1900’s, and […]

Dierk’s Parkside Cafe In Santa Rosa

If you ask the locals where the best food in Santa Rosa is for brunch, you will no doubt here Dierk’s Parkside Cafe rank among the top. This much-loved diner is hard to beat as it takes the traditional diner options and gives them a much-needed upgrade, duck confit hash anyone? I went on my […]

Ziplining in the Redwoods with Sonoma Canopy Tours

When you are in Santa Rosa, and you hear about a ziplining course that takes you through a redwood forest you can help but do it, right? My wife and I took the 40-minute drive from our hotel in Santa Rosa on an early fall morning and got there just in time for our 2.5-hour […]

Kayaking the Mouth of the Russian River in Jenner with Getaway Adventures

While staying in Santa Rosa or driving up Pacific Coast Highway, a nice paddle on the mouth of the Russian River is something everyone should try. This area is right along the ocean but blocked from the waves, so it allows you to have a peaceful few hours kayaking around the calm water with lots […]

Paradise Ridge Winery In Santa Rosa: Sculpture Gardens, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Walks

Paradise Ridge Winery is one of my favorite wineries I have visited in California. It is located on a beautiful property outside of Santa Rosa, has a full sculpture garden with dozens of massive sculptures and the tasting room sits at one of the best viewpoints in the area. If you are visiting Santa Rosa […]

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