Mendocino is a beautiful seaside town brimming with character and a culture all its own. A weekend away will slow down your busy life for a bit and allow you to enjoy the simple and finer things in life. It’s close enough to the Bay Area that you can do a quick road trip, but it’s far enough away to feel like you are far from city life. The temperatures are cool and foggy year round, but on lucky days you can catch some sun rays.
Sedona has been on my list of places to go for some time. So when planning our last trip before the baby comes (a.k.a. babymoon) we decided to go for it. Most people plan babymoons in relaxing, tropical locations. I, on the other hand, can never sit still for too long. Spending all day on the beach didn’t sound adventurous enough for me. Even though we weren’t able to do the more challenging hikes, Sedona and Page offer shorter excursions with beautiful views.
For an easy, adventurous and outdoorsy international jaunt, consider a plane ticket to Calgary. Calgary is the gateway to Banff and Jasper: two of Canada’s most awe-inspiring National Parks. From SFO you can hop on a non-stop flight to Calgary, which is surprisingly only 2 hours and 45 minutes away! Enjoy a night or two in the city then get the show on the road and see some of the most beautiful natural sights you’ve ever laid eyes on.
Everyone wants to go chasing waterfalls every once in a while. With our diverse and amazing nature surrounding the Bay on all sides we’re lucky to have some amazing and wonderful waterfalls. Here’s a short list of some waterfalls in and around the Bay Area when you need a little splish splash in your life….
South Africa is a hop and a skip away from the Bay Area and a great place to explore a whole different world. We divided our trip into two main parts: Johannesburg area for safaris in the North, and Cape Town for some coastal vibes and a visit to their wine country. See below for a breakdown of our trip by day.
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!
This year we are lucky that the rains brought a spectacular showing of blooms to California. Southern California’s deserts blossomed and just last week the Super Bloom migrated north and graced Carrizo Plain National Monument with a wild array of flowers. Typically wildflowers can be found in this region from late March to mid April. The blooms are currently at their peak, so we decided to waste no time and headed down south.
You’ve heard of them, you’ve seen awe inspiring photos of them all across social media. The Auroras, also known as the Northern Lights is an amazing experience that cannot be compared to anything else. The lights don’t just glow, they dance across the night sky. It’s elusiveness adds to the excitement!
Once and awhile we do leave the Bay Area! Our recent travel adventures brought us to New Zealand and Australia. We absolutely loved New Zealand, with stunning views wherever you look. It’s the perfect place for outdoor adventurers and thrill seekers.
Just a short plane ride away, we hitched a ride to Melbourne and explored the city before heading to Cairns and Port Douglas. Feeding kangaroos, and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef…we checked off quite a few things off our bucket list!
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.
Whether you are entertaining out-of-town guests or looking for entertainment, go and have some Filoli fun under the summer sun.
Las Vegas is known as the city of sin: bright lights, gambling, and booze. However, it is also a great gateway for outdoor adventurers, like ourselves. A quick and inexpensive 1-2 hour flight from the Bay Area can land you in Las Vegas for an easy Bay Area getaway.