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Just south of San Francisco, but a different scene TASTE News Service August 18, 2014 – Located just 15 minutes from San Francisco, the beach-front town of Pacifica is an ideal destination for a quick three-day getaway. While there are so many attractions and things to do in Pacifica, it's important to build in plenty of quiet time to unplug, unwind and chill. So, take it easy and understand that this list of suggestions for three perfect days in Pacifica is merely a summary of some of the visitors' favorite pastimes. Day One - Check into one of six hotels,…
TASTE News Service August 13, 2014 - Santa Clara Valley’s 20-plus wineries will soon benefit from the visibility of a new signage program directing visitors throughout one of the state’s oldest viticultural regions. Earlier this year, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail Route. It will feature 70-plus directional signs bearing the logo of the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley that will guide visitors to South County wineries. Supervisor Mike Wasserman, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, commented, "I believe strongly in promoting our County's assets, including…
  TASTE News Service August 1, 2014 - San Francisco visitors can now learn about the world famous California sea lions that inhabit the docks at the end of PIER 39. The Sea Lion Center, which opened earlier this year and is operated by Aquarium of the Bay, overlooks K-Dock, the usual hangout of these charismatic mammals, and features interactive displays, educational videos, and one-on-one interactions with naturalists.  Guests can touch real sea lion artifacts including pelts and skulls, and size themselves up next to a life-size sea lion skeleton. “We are excited about this opportunity to continue to share…
People and dogs romp by Golden Gate Bridge TASTE News Service July 21, 2014 - When visitors in other cities swelter in summer's heat and picnic plans are abandoned for air conditioned cafes, San Francisco's typical weather report is an invitation to gather up the picnic basket, blanket and head out. For a new take on the traditional picnic lunch in the sun, visitors can orchestrate their al fresco dining around San Francisco's fabulous spectacle of summer fog.  Summer fog is common, but not an everyday event, so a bit of spontaneity works in favor of those in pursuit of…
TASTE News Service July 16, 2014 - It's Lights, Camera, Action for Yosemite Gold Country/Tuolumne County, California. Over half of Yosemite National Park is located in Tuolumne County, which is located two and a half hours east of San Francisco and two hours south of Sacramento. In addition to Yosemite, Tuolumne County is home to Gold Rush towns, two state parks, eclectic shopping, wine tasting, fun dining, four-season recreation, scenic vistas and a variety of excellent lodging opportunities. All these amenities have helped shape Tuolumne County's rich film history and make it a great destination for current film projects. Tuolumne…
Welcome to Dori's Tea Cottage TASTE News Service June 24, 2014 - Dogs and their humans will have a great time experiencing Tuolumne County, also known as Yosemite Gold Country. Whether hiking an urban trail or taking a ride on a stagecoach, dogs definitely dig it here. Yosemite Gold Country embraces the northern half of Yosemite National Park and some of the best preserved old west towns in the US from the 1849 California Gold Rush. Located 2 ½ hours east of the San Francisco Bay Area and 2 hours southeast of Sacramento, the area offers visitors a fun variety…
Yosemite Valley in June as captured by Guy Francis TravMedia April 30, 2014 —Yosemite National Park in Northern California is popular year round, but in summer and autumn its popularity swells with full hotels, campgrounds and queues at entrance points.  Many visitors aren't aware of the abundance of lodging options in communities at three of the park's main entrances.  The park and its surrounding Gold Country communities offer visitors easy access to attractions such as El Capitan and Yosemite Falls, and offer insight on lesser known, yet worthwhile experiences both inside and outside the park.  The communities to the north,…
"Look up. Look down. Look all around." by Dan Clarke Think you know a lot about Carmel? After a walk with Gael Gallagher, you'll know a whole lot more. A transplanted Bostonian, she has been leading tours on the Monterey Peninsula since 1984. Tuesdays through Saturdays she meets with visitors in the courtyard of the Pine Inn before leading them on a two-hour tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea. It's beautiful here. Anybody can see that. But even a frequent visitor will appreciate the area so much more after getting the stories and back stories from Gallagher. Part historical, part architectural, her tour…
DEATH VALLEY, Calif., April 10, 2014 – Monet would have a field day. California’s Death Valley National Park is enjoying a colorful spring and looking forward to a vibrant summer thanks to a surprisingly good emerging wildflower season. In recent weeks, the rugged desert park has become reminiscent of a Monet painting, with shades of gold, pink, purple, orange and white dotting the landscape of the 3.3 million acre park. “We’d heard from the National Park Service that 2014 wasn’t going to be a particularly strong wildflower year, but happily, those predictions were not accurate, and we are now enjoying…
  Original cottages are well maintainedby Dan Clarke   Never before have I written the word charming and won't now. A visit to Roget's Thesaurus may now be necessary, however, because Carmel is special. Situated on the Monterey Peninsula, about 120 miles south of San Francisco, Carmel is actually more than one place. Carmel-by-the-Sea, the original settlement developed by James Devendorf and Frank Powers lies just west of Highway One. Carmel Valley is accessed from just a bit south on Highway One. It, too, is beautiful, but in a different way. Like avocados, foie gras and cigars, Carmel may be…
The pier at dusk in photo from Visit OceansideLocated along the beautiful Southern California coastline, Oceanside is considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside enjoys a rich history as an ideal place to stay and experience California's casual spirit. The city boasts a number of important historical and cultural attractions such as Mission San Luis Rey (The King of Missions), California's longest wooden pier, vintage 101 Café, 1920's era Robert's Cottages, Top Gun House, California Surf Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art. The city has served as a…
Goleta, Santa Barbara’s neighbor to the north is a respite for families, offering countless activities for those who want to explore more of Santa Barbara County. From the undiscovered treasure of the Goleta Butterfly Grove to Goodland Organics, the continental United States’ only coffee plantation, there is something for every family.Approach to bunkered green at Sandpiper is scenic, but formidable. Photo: Aidan Bradley Families that don’t mind getting a little dirty will appreciate Goleta’s outdoor offerings. Hike the bluffs in the Ellwood Mesa with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean en route to the Goleta Butterfly Grove. Every winter (mid-November…
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