Pacific Coast—Rolling Down Route 1 From Mendocino to Bodega Bay California

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State Route 1 runs along the Pacific Coast in California. We recently drove it for approximately 100 miles from Mendocino to Bodega Bay. The vertigo-inducing twisty coastal route traces steep cliffs, secluded beaches and occasional fishing/tourist towns along the Pacific coast. The road is slow going but very rewarding. While gas is available, we still [Read more …]

Mendocino Walking Tour

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Mendocino on the northern California Pacific coast is a beautiful small historic town that attracts nature lovers of all kind. Actually, Mendocino isn’t a town at all—but an unincorporated slice of Mendocino County. But for convenience, we will continue to refer to it as a “town”. While we have visited Mendocino many times, we wanted [Read more …]

Mendocino California Hikes and Parks

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Mendocino is a small unincorporated area on the northern California Pacific coast. It has breathtaking views. While it is neither a town nor a city, we will refer to it as a town for simplicity. The lovely town and its headlands have been designated a National Historic Area and are well worth spending some time [Read more …]

Exploring Santa Cruz California

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Santa Cruz Santa Cruz is a town located at the northern edge of Monterey Bay, about an hour south of San Jose. It is known primarily for its beach, its surfing, and its university. It has plenty of places to stroll, relax and people watch. The Beach Boardwalk is home to an amusement area with [Read more …]

A Retrospective of the Paintings of Joan Mitchell

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The SFMOMA retrospective, Joan Mitchell San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) currently has an exhibit on Joan Mitchell (September 2021 – January 2022) called Joan Mitchell: A Life Lived through Color. It traces the evolution of her art over 50 years from 1940 through her death in the 1990s. Abstract Expressionism Joan Mitchell was [Read more …]

Mendocino California Restaurants–Updated 2021

We love good food with fresh local ingredients. If you are looking for a place to eat in the Mendocino California area, you might want to check out some of our favorite places. And you can tell, we return to our favorites time and time again. Wild Fish Wild Fish is a short car ride [Read more …]

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has been said to be the world’s premier celebration of the automobile. Whether it is or not, is an opportunity for car enthusiasts to see (and buy if they have big bank accounts) antique cars as well as to see new car debuts at this multi-day event at Pebble Beach. It [Read more …]

Napa California Restaurants

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Napa is so close to San Francisco that we frequently take a day or several-day trips to the area. This is a summary of our restaurant reviews throughout the years. Some places we loved on our first visits but second visits turned us off from them. Others are new. Torc We first ate at Torc [Read more …]

Monterey Peninsula

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The Monterey Peninsula is under a 2-hour car trip south from San Francisco. The area has a wide range of things to do in addition to just taking in the beautiful views. You can: Kayaking in the Bay; Horseback riding through Pebble Beach; Visited the incredible Monterey Aquarium; Walk or bike Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, [Read more …]

Santa Barbara California

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Santa Barbara is a lovely, historic city on California’s Central Coast region. It has a growing number of interesting boutique wineries/tasting rooms in the “Funk District” and tasting rooms of some of our favorites Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley wineries. That is more than enough incentive to return to one of our favorite [Read more …]