California is the most beautiful state in the USA (totally bias here!) and is filled with plenty of National Parks. We love the outdoors and wanted to share a short introduction to each park and our experiences at each one. Hopefully these will inspire you to visit one or more!
One of the world’s most beautiful National Parks is located right in our backyard! More than 5 million people visit Yosemite each year, the majority of them spending all of their time in Yosemite Valley. The valley is a spectacular sight to see, but the park as a whole is 1,189 square miles! There is so much to explore and discover year round. We want to share with you some of our favorite Yosemite spots and hope to continually add to this list as we check more off our Yosemite bucket list!
There is something about a stay at The Ritz Carlton that is always a bit magical. Add a coating of snow and a cozy fireplace and you’ll never want to leave. Their Lake Tahoe location is truly a vacation destination in itself. Perched upon a ski hill there are plenty of experiences right at your doorstep. Adventure and luxury are two of our favorite things. They don’t always mix, but The Ritz somehow always delivers.
We are so lucky to have a world renowned wine region right in our backyard. Napa Valley is 30 miles long, by 5 miles across (at the widest point). The valley is comprised of a variety of soil types and climates, which make it ideal for winemaking. Napa is the valley’s largest city, but along the 30 miles are plenty of smaller towns, each with their own unique characteristics and charm.
Road trip! Lucky for us, we live in California where the options are endless and the coastal views are a dream. We heard a new Airstream camp, Caravan Outpost opened in Ojai and since we had never been there, our destination was set! We took off from the South Bay and drove along Scenic Highway 1 to enjoy some sights in Big Sur. After a couple of restful nights at Rosehaven Cabins we continued down through San Luis Obispo and made a few more stops along the way before hitting our final destination.
When it comes to powder skiing, nowhere in Tahoe has quite the same terrain. After a snow storm you’ll find pockets of powder all over the mountain and in between the trees.
Las Vegas is one of the least expensive flights out of the SFO, OAK or SJC. In under two hours you can land yourself in the city of sin. While bright lights, gambling, shows, gourmet food, and pool parties are great, sometimes fresh air, a little hiking, and glorious scenery can be even better. Las Vegas is a central jumping off point for some amazing outdoor adventures. Here are our recommendations for the 5 best outdoor weekend warrior trips from Vegas. Get your tush up off the blackjack table and venture outside!
Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, and Danville make up what is known as Tri Valley. It’s an excellent getaway for food and wine lovers without breaking the bank.
Reno is known as “The Biggest Little City in the World” and lives up to its name! The town boasts, casinos, good restaurants, concerts, shows, family friendly entertainment, and is in close proximity to many outdoor activities.
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 Cruz on a few occasions and most likely know about the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, UC Santa Cruz, and some of the more popular beaches. We wanted to make a list of a few places that may not be as well known, but are just as wonderful!
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.
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.