Santa Cruz Weekend Fun Guide

Santa Cruz, CA is a world famous destination known for it’s for great beaches and a casual surf town atmosphere. It’s only a short drive from most of the Bay Area, making it a perfect weekend getaway or even a day trip. Most of us who live in the Bay Area have already been to Santa…

Bay Area Buzz Healdsburg Getaway Guide

Healdsburg is a wonderful Bay Area wine weekend getaway. It’s not too far, so even coming for a day trip is very doable. While we came for the wine, we also discovered all of the other great agriculture practices happening in the area. It’s truly a farming community. There are also a vast variety of food and drink options ranging from quick and casual, to a slow and relaxing meal.

We had a great weekend away with friends and can’t wait to return to see more of what this great town has to offer! Below is a list of what we experienced on our trip. Let us know your Healdsburg favorites in the comments below.

Gear Review & Recs

We often get asked what gear we use for taking photos and what equipment we bring with us on our outdoor adventures. Well, we have finally compiled a list! Everything below has been personally tested by us and is what we have truly found to work best for our needs. We hope you find it useful! Feel free to comment below and share your favorite photo and outdoor products with us.

Our Barre Experience at Campbell’s Newest Fitness Studio: Flex Fusion

Flex Fusion is a brand new fitness studio in Campbell that opened it’s doors on June 4, 2016. When they asked us if we wanted to come check out their new studio, we quickly agreed. We have always wanted to try our barre and thought this would be the perfect opportunity. We signed up for an hour Barre Burn Class, which combines sculpting barre with cardio.

Half Moon Bay Guide

We love to visit Half Moon Bay when it heats up in the South Bay. You can’t beat the cool ocean breeze and the coastline is just gorgeous. The fresh seafood is also a big plus. With many classic seafood and chowder stops that draw a big crowd, this time we tried out some new spots (for us) that we are excited to share with you. We also crossed a big one off of our bucket list…a stay at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay! Below is an overview of our weekend getaway. Feel free to share your own favorite Half Moon Bay spots in the comments below.

Pokémon Go Bay Area Hot Spots

Pokémon Go has taken the Bay Area by storm! We know you “gotta catch ’em all” and we’re here to help you. Many Bay Area businesses are joining in on the fun, so why not grab a bite to eat, or something to drink while you are on the hunt? Below are a list of local businesses where you can catch two pidgeys with one pokéball (okay, bad joke).

Know of any more businesses that are Pokémon hot spots? Please comment below so we can add it to our list.

Off Roading Adventures with Jeep Ventures

There’s a first for everything and a few weeks ago we got a chance to experience our first off roading adventure. Not knowing what to expect, we headed to Hollister bright and early to meet up with the crew at Venture Jeeps.

What exactly is off roading? Wikipedia says: Off-roading is the activity of driving or riding a vehicle on unsurfaced roads or tracks, made of materials such as sand, gravel, riverbeds, mud, snow, rocks, and other natural terrain. Traveling on off-road terrains require vehicles capable of accommodating off-road driving such as ATVs. These vehicles accommodate off road conditions with extended ground clearance, off-road tires and drive-train. Some manufacturers offer vehicles specifically meant for off-road use.

Discovering Yolo County

For me, Yolo County is synonymous with UC Davis, my alma mater. However, much to my surprise, there is much more to Yolo than expected. Just over the mountain range from Napa Valley, it is an up and coming wine region; you can find a fine bottle of wine for very reasonable prices. Yolo also has strong roots in agriculture, which explains why farm-to-table food is becoming more and more prevalent here.

Discovering Eureka! In the Bay Area

If you grew up in California you have probably have heard of, “Eureka”. The term is used as an exclamation of “triumph at a discovery”. We were lucky enough to discover, Eureka! as they have been expanding to new locations all over the Bay Area. We found unique drinks, delicious eats, and great vibes!

Pier 23 Cafe: A Tasty Piece of SF History

In San Francisco’s early days, there were many waterside shacks along the bustling waterfront. These buildings served the longshoremen who were working the docks and gave them a warm haven to wait it out while ships were late to dock. The Pier 23 Cafe building was one of many “coffee houses” that existed on the bay side of The City. While some food and a warm cup of joe was the standard fare at these type of establishments, it was rumored that all sorts of libation could be found here.

Nasch: A Taste of Austria in Los Gatos

We heard about Nasch’s recent opening through the grapevine and wanted to check it out. After all, there aren’t too many places in the Bay Area to try authentic Austrian food. As the more simple and casual sister to Naschmarkt in downtown Campbell, Nasch is the perfect place to relax. The restaurant is brightly lit with natural light and they serve all of the essentials: cold beer, Schnitzel, and freshly made sausages.