Local Getaways Summer 2022

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Meet the King of the Road


State's Concrete Connectors



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Features SUMMER 2022

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The Ultimate Guide to San Diego

Driving Into a Cleaner Future

A heavenly slice of the West Coast, San Diego stands out as a coastal paradise with a perfect blend of natural wonders and urban sophistication. by Ann Wycoff

Ready for a road trip in your electric vehicle, but experiencing charge anxiety? Year by year, month by month, it’s getting easier to explore California by EV. by Kirsten Jones Neff



Good Vibes

Bridges of California Counties

Not breaking news: Being in or near the ocean is good for your health. Combine this with the latest research on the health benefits of travel, and we’ve got some splashy doctor-ordered summer fun. by Grant Griffith

California has more than 50 significant bridges currently serving automobiles — significant, meaning they’re worth talking about. Here are a six of them. by Jim Wood



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SAM FRANCIS American Master

California born artist Sam Francis (1923-1994) is regarded as one of the 20th century's leading interpreters of light and color and his work holds references to Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, Chinese and Japanese art, Impressionism, and his own Bay Area roots.

Robert Green Fine Arts, established 1969, exhibits primarily painterly, abstract expressive work by painters that thoroughly take advantage of the sensually evocative nature of color and form. 154 THROCKMORTON AVENUE, MILL VALLEY CA 94941 • PHONE 415 381 8776 • ROBERTGREENFINEARTS.COM GALLERY HOURS: FRIDAY - SUNDAY 11-5, MONDAY - THURSDAY BY APPOINTMENT

Departments SUMMER 2022

Field Notes




California Living

Annual summertime events in the Bay Area.

How to make your trips all the more meaningful, heavenly — and healing — hot springs, a wildflower ID challenge, curious facts about California’s state bird and a Mendocino Coast road trip.


Eat Crabbing, clamming and oyster shucking on the Sonoma Coast and an admittedly incomplete guide to where to eat properly prepared potatoes throughout the Bay Area.


Dose of Aloha In 2021, Californians made up nearly thirty percent of the visitors to Waikiki — triple the norm. Find out why.


Local Getties


Our picks for best hotels, restaurants and activities on the Monterey Peninsula, along with readers’ choice favorites.




Known to most as the host of Bay Area Backroads, one of the longest-running regional television series in American broadcast history, Doug McConnell continues to inform and inspire audiences.

Yesterday The story of the Bourn-Roth Estate in Woodside, more commonly known as Filoli.


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What’s Your Favorite Way to Get Out on the Water? I love all water activities. These days I’ve been enjoying being part of an outrigger canoe club on the San Francisco Bay.



Canoeing down the Russian River in Guerneville.


Goofing off in hotel pools — lots of George Washington hair going on.


Kayaking — I love doing it anywhere I travel.


I love a good paddle in Tahoe!


Kathy Murray Mikalia Wood Jumping off a dock into Lake Shasta (or any lake really)! ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

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Jumping off a boulder in D.L Bliss State Park or Emerald Bay Fanette Island in Lake Tahoe!

On my surfboard. Whether it’s a small swell and you’re out socializing with friends or the waves are pumping and your adrenaline is through the roof — the ocean is always beautiful and humbling.



On a Maui sunset cruise catamaran.


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Welcome to Summer 2022! PUBLISHER It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through 2022! On many levels, it’s as if life is back in full swing. Yet we cannot deny that we are still in trying times. That being said, I’m reminded of how grateful I am to not only experience the beauty and unique local opportunities that surround us in the Greater Bay Area, but to be a part of communities that continuously band together. The last three months have been a whirlwind of activities: Local Getaways’ sponsorship of the 25th annual Sonoma International Film Festival, CFI’s DocLands, The Yerba Buena Gardens festivals, Dress for Success and Oakland Restaurant Week, where I got to see so many friends. There have been numerous openings including the only rooftop bar in Berkeley, Study Hall at the new Residence Inn, the reopening of the scrumptious Villon at the Proper Hotel, and so many parties at the Park James Hotel in Menlo Park. I’ve reconnected with many of my winery friends in Napa and Sonoma. I’ve also enjoyed a few road trips — I found out exactly where Lake County is, learned its history; stayed at the beautiful Tallman Hotel; spent the day hiking and relaxing in the 160-year-old champagne baths in Vichy Springs; went to Tri-Valley; visited one of my old stomping grounds — the tasting rooms at Wente Vineyards — and enjoyed the first-ever Mill Valley Music Festival. I could go on and on, but I think you catch my drift. As we like to say here, “Our world has changed, travel has changed, wanderlust has not changed — it’s time for Local Getaways!” I hope you find inspiration and ideas on these pages and on our website localgetaways.com that indulge your wanderlust. Ideas, suggestions, feedback? We’d love to hear from you. Cheers,

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Welcome to our first-ever summer issue, celebrating this sun-kissed, carefree season in California. On the editorial side, we wanted to be sure you are armed with at least three months of activities to get the most out of these longer days, some new musttry restaurants, as well as a few California fun facts to share at your next get-together. First off, we are thrilled to offer insight into how the “King of the Road,” Doug McConnell, former host of the popular Bay Area Backroads television program, earned his crown. I’ll use any excuse to grab an espresso with Doug and his sweet pup, Ruthie; however, in this particular interview, which took place at one of his favorite haunts in Corte Madera, my admiration grew tenfold. We hope you agree that his positive attitude and insatiable curiosity offers a blueprint on how to live one’s best life. Speaking of roads, it’s time to get out on your favorite state highways or byways. For our San Diego feature, Encinitas-based Ann Wycoff pulled out her coveted Rolodex to cover the latest and most notable places to visit in her hometown. On the [electric vehicle] fence? Writer Kirsten Jones Neff has done the research for you and provides not only a bit of colorful history but also tips on what to look for and three EV-friendly road trips leaving from the Bay Area. If you like to geek out on design and history, Jim Wood has done a deep dive into many of the state’s most iconic bridges, with interesting twists and turns to make you ponder. Last but not least, summer is about getting wet! We’ve combed the state to bring you the best ways to dip your toes, or dive head first, into the blue Pacific for a solid mental health boost. Thanks for reading!

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Contributors MARK C. ANDERSON Writer, Monterey Peninsula Getties, pg. 78 When did you start writing about Monterey? As soon as I could write? For publication, high school (‘90s!) in the Monterey County Herald and Monterey High Galleon. Would you consider yourself a foodie? To quote Sir Anthony Bourdain, “I consider myself a food enthusiast, and I love how it leads to great adventure and greater people.” Is there one secret spot you don’t want to become crowded? No. There are dozens. What’s one? Heh. Nice try.

PATRICK NELSON Artist, Driving Into a Cleaner Future, pg. 46 Where do you find inspiration? My artwork starts with a good daydream. Once my mind goes down a rabbit-hole and discovers a subject matter or technique I find interesting, then I scour photo archives for references that help me bring the idea to life. Do your other interests influence your art? I attribute my current aesthetic to my background as an advertising designer. Pair that with a long-time love of vintage and craft, and you get a graphic blend of old and new. Lastly, my reoccurring beach-casual theme is pulled from a magnetic attraction to water.

CHRISTINA MUELLER Writer, Potatoes Worthy of Knighthood, p. 70

MATTHEW POOLE Writer, Seafood Hotspots, p. 75

What’s your top tot and why? Campton Place truffle fries as I am still thinking about them almost two years later. Essence of truffle, searingly hot with a slight give to reveal a soft center. Where has your work appeared? You can read my work in Eater, Local Getaways, Marin Magazine and at christinamueller.com.

KIRSTEN JONES NEFF Writer, Driving Into a Cleaner Future, pg. 46 What was the most interesting thing you learned while writing this? There are more than 60 EV cars debuting in 2022, but investment in EV charging infrastructure, in both rural and metropolitan areas and by both state and federal governments, is critical for the industry to progress. Where has your work appeared? I am a regular contributor to Marin Magazine, Make It Better and Edible Marin and Wine Country. My work has also appeared in Modern Farmer, Stanford Magazine, and Ms. magazine.


Crabbing, clamming, shucking — what’s your favorite and why? Shucking. Why? Immediate gratification. All I need to do is buy a sack of extra smalls from Hog Island, pop the top, add a dash of mignonette and cocktail sauce, and wash it down the hatch with a sip of Gloria Ferrer Brut Rose. Heaven. Where has your work appeared? My writing and photography clients include Frommer’s, HarperCollins Publishers, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan Publishing, Penguin Books, and Berlitz Publishing Co.

ANN WYCOFF Writer, The Ultimate Guide to San Diego, pg. 32 What do you love most about San Diego? It’s a coastal playground that never gets old. I’ve been surrounded by a megapod of dolphins (literally 1000s), migrating gray whales and 100 foot blues. Where has your work appeared? Presently, I write for San Diego Magazine, Marin Magazine, Wynn Magazine, and VIA/ Westways. I have also written for Modern Luxury, Shape, Fitness, WestJet, Where and more.

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Field Notes


“Voluntourism” is on the rise globally, but what about locally? Some of the most picturesque destinations in California — Lake Tahoe, San Luis Obispo, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Santa Barbara — are also perfect places to help preserve. By Kristen Jones Neff

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Restoration Keep Tahoe Blue hosts ongoing Forest Stewardship days. The Northern California Chapter of the National Audubon Society volunteers clear trails, remove invasive plants and serve as field observers. The Sonoma Cares program offers ongoing restoration and clean up events. Protection Save The Bay offers habitat restoration projects around the San Francisco Bay. Cal Trout helps restore California’s freshwater water systems and wildlife. SPAWN protects the Coho Salmon. Keep Tahoe Blue hosts regular beach and community cleanup days. San Francisco Surfrider organizes coastal cleanup days. Farm to Pantry gleans leftover food for vulnerable individuals and families. Redwood Empire Food Bank helps food-insecure families in Sonoma County.

Regenerative Agriculture Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) offers wildflower hikes and farm tours to support sustainable agriculture.

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Restoration Channel Island Restoration removes invasive plant species. Western Monarch Count seeks volunteers annually. Point Lobos Natural Reserve hosts restoration projects in the state park. Ocean and Waterways San Luis Obispo Surfrider needs volunteers for regular beach clean-up days. Monterey Bay Sanctuary Citizen Watershed Monitoring Network has volunteer-based water quality and watershed monitoring programs. ElkhornSlough.org hosts “Garden Days” throughout the summer.

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Restoration Newport Bay Conservancy hosts clean-up and restoration events. Santa Barbara County Trails Council contributes to habitat restoration. HandsOn San Diego helps coastal dune and wetland restoration. Sea and Sage Audubon Society in Orange County offers many wildlife counting and ecology restoration projects. Ocean and Waterways Heal The Bay helps protect coastal waters and watershed. Los Angeles Surfrider hosts regular beach clean-up days. Santa Monica Bay Foundation restores dunes, wetlands and contributes in community gardens.

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CALIFORNIA'S HOLY HOT SPRINGS A rare health benefit of living in an earthquake zone.

We may be among the most powerful and influential nations in the world, but when it comes to the art of relaxing, America lags far behind. Along California’s fault line, a mere four miles below the earth’s crust, lies an enormous magma core that superheats the mineral-rich ground water. This isn’t just tepid tap water, mind you, but mineral-enriched, spring-fed, naturally heated nectar that seeps into your pores, erases your worries, and turns your skin baby-soft. Soaking in thermal water baths is known as balneotherapy, and the various minerals in the water have been shown to penetrate and benefit skin. The most common soluble ones are calcium, silicates, iron compounds, sodium and magnesium salts, and sulfur compounds. compounds, and metals, along with trace elements like selenium. For our favorite hot springs, go here.


By Matthew Poole

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Quail Tales By Kasia Pawlowska

Unlike its majestic avian brethren like peacocks and bald eagles, the California quail is a decidedly quirky bird. Chosen as a state bird in 1931 on the suggestion of the Audubon Society, as they’re common throughout California (and the world), these plump little plumed birds can fly, but hardly ever do so. And its signature comma-shaped topknot? Actually, a cluster of six overlapping feathers. Here are some other notable facts about California’s top bird. These highly adaptable birds can get by without water, acquiring their necessary moisture from insects and succulent vegetation instead.

A quail nest may have up to 28 eggs, as females sometimes lay eggs in nests other than their own — this is called "egg-dumping."

Trigger warning for the squeamish: baby California Quails eat adult quail poo. The young birds lack an organism that’s crucial for digesting vegetation and feed on the feces of adults to get it.

CALI KALEIDOSCOPE By Kasia Pawlowska / Illustrations by Audrey Towle What California lacks in fall foliage it more than makes up for in wildflowers. Even when it’s not a super bloom year, a dazzling array of colors and variety of flowers can be seen in the most unlikely of places — hello, Death Valley! Here are some of the most common kinds you’ll see throughout the state. Correctly identify them to win four tickets to the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers — email your answers to connect@localgetaways.com.


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Sparkling Joy


Whether it’s a cheerful ceramic, a captivating scent, or a dazzling piece of jewelry — all of these items are bound to intrigue and delight.

1 Circo Curve Glassware, $30 to $120 Elegant glassware hand-blown by master craftsmen in Europe with the purest lead-free crystalline glass. Featuring a removable 100% wool felt Rolocoaster, it also eliminates worries of water rings. shopcirco.com


2 Hudson Grace Montauk Candle, $125 The Montauk Candle is inspired by sunwarmed trips to the Hamptons. It’s a blend of geranium leaves, hydrangea stems, fragrant privet hedge and sun-dried driftwood. An infallible year-round scent. hudsongracesf.com

3 Harry Kotlar Bracelet, $42,945 This timelessly remarkable 18K rose gold Artisan Pavé double-row diamond bracelet features diamonds weighing a total of 10.19cts. set in a scallop silhouette. shreve.com


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4 Cabas Tote in Ocean by Vanessa Bruno, $280 Every French woman knows that the Vanessa Bruno Cabas is the go-to summer accessory essential. This effortless and lightweight linen bag is chic and versatile. theperfectprovenance.com

5 Spacecat Monsters, $50 to $450



Created by Amy Breed, a former librarian who turned to art full-time, these ceramic monsters merge weirdness and cuteness in the best way that makes people happy and lifts their spirits. poetandthebench.com


Maui’ s House O F T H E S U N A N D S TA R S


A guide to Haleakalā National Park. By Jeanne Cooper

MAKING UP NEARLY THREE-QUARTERS OF MAUI, the massive dormant volcano known as Haleakalā — “house of the sun” in Hawaiian — forms a towering presence in Hawaiian culture, history and ecology. In ancient Hawaiian lore, the demigod Maui lassoed the sun (lā) to provide regular daylight hours, and by tradition, Haleakalā’s higher elevations and 10,023foot summit were off-limits to most people. “It was a sacred space to go to practice protocol,” explains Olena Alec, executive director of Haleakalā Conservancy, the philanthropic partner of Haleakalā National Park. “That remains true today; the living resources of the park and all it contains are important to (Native Hawaiians) like myself, and the park does a good job of connecting the dots and providing free and open access to cultural practitioners.” Today, visitors can experience the majesty of Haleakalā’s Summit District, reached by the switchbacks of Highway 378 that wind through the pastures above Kula. Ranching had begun in the area in the 1880s, with cattle grazing as late as 1922. Built in the mid-1930s, the two-lane highway was a feat of engineering in its day, literally paving the way for mass tourism to an area that had become a national park in 1916. The park entrance is about an hour’s drive from Kīhei, with the summit another 30 minutes farther. Just below 7,000 feet in elevation, the park’s Hosmer’s Grove offers a drive-in campground and shelter to endangered native birds like the bright red ‘i‘iwi and nēnē, the goose-like state bird that was reintroduced into the park in 1962 after near extinction. “The protection of these birds is the number one priority of the park,” notes Alec. The trailhead for Keonehe‘ehe‘e (“Sliding Sands”) starts at the parking lot for Haleakalā Visitor Center, at 9,740 feet on the edge of Haleakalā Crater. The crater is an eroded valley, dotted with streaks of red cinders and piles of dark cinders, plus spiky gray silverswords (‘ahinahina) plants that only grow here. Hike a halfmile downhill to a scenic overlook, or trek the full 11 miles to cross the crater floor.


Practical Tips for Travelers n Plan and pack ahead: There’s no food or gas for sale in the park, and you should be prepared for varying weather of intense wind, sun or rain. n Dawn Patrol: With limited parking, online reservations ($1 per vehicle) are required for sunrise visits; see recreation.gov. Don’t forget to wear warm layers. n Seeing Stars: Explore the summit’s brilliant night skies with ranger-led stargazing or your own. Dress warmly and bring something to sit or lie on. n Touring Kīpahulu: To hike to waterfalls in the park’s remote Kīpahulu District, leave the taxing drive to experts; see roadtohanatours.com for various options. n Setting Up Camp: Campsites in Hosmer’s Grove ($5 nightly) and Kīpahulu ($8 nightly) are available only by online reservation; visit recreation.gov for full details.


Road Trip: Mendocino Coast Few things awaken a sense of adventure more than a full tank — or fully charged car — and a wide open road. Fortunately, it just so happens that California has about 400,000 miles of paved asphalt begging to be used. Here is one of our favorite routes to take, scan the code for many more online. By Kasia Pawlowska

n Originally built in 1855 as a military

outpost, Fort Bragg is still primarily a logging and fishing town. The Glass Beach is not to be missed.

n Skunk Train The nickname “Skunk” originated in 1925, when motorcars with gas-powered engines and crude oil stoves were introduced. The combination of the fumes created a very pungent odor, which drew the skunk comparison — “You could smell them before you could see them."

n Many of Mendocino’s first

residents came from the New England region, which explains why so much of the architecture resembles an old coastal village in Maine.

n Little River boasts a natural

phenomenon that hardly anybody knows about — a 60-foot deep sinkhole, also known as a punchbowl, that creates a “blowhole.”



n Hendy Woods State Park

is a popular Bay Area destination for hiking and camping in a beautiful Redwood forest.



n The Apple Farm in n The Point Arena

Lighthouse was built in 1870 after 10 ships ran aground here on a single stormy night.

Philo is a rewarding stop on your journey where you will find fresh honey and apples for sale.


Surrounded by many wineries, Boonville has a regional dialect called Boontling, developed by townsfolk at the beginning of the 20th century.






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Rediscovering Waikiki WHILE WAIKIKI HAS BEEN A COSMOPOLITAN destination for Asia, Oceania and Canada, in the past couple decades, Californians only made up about ten percent of the visitor population. However, last year, the Golden State supplied nearly thirty percent of the visitors to Waikiki. Here’s what to know when you go. Set Expectations

Waikiki is not a quiet beach with hammocks and wide-open swaths of empty sand. It’s an international destination with most visitors arriving from wealthier countries coming to shop, party and see the world-famous Waikiki.

Waikiki is also loud. Known for live music, it’s where Bruno Mars and Bette Midler got their start — there are some really talented performers — and it’s hard to walk a block without hearing live music spilling out into the streets. Some venues are louder than others. You’ll find beautiful piano playing in the lobby of the iconic Moana Surfrider, or Johnny Valentine (Bruno’s uncle) under the banyan tree on Monday nights. Duke’s Waikiki owns Sunday nights, where Henry Kapono rocks the stage as the sun sets surrounded by people dancing in the sand. Another unique aspect of Waikiki are the turtles and white fairy terns. Yes, there is the Honolulu Zoo across the



Nightlife, shopping, and world-class waters. By Mimi Towle


street from the Waikiki Aquarium where visitors can learn about hundreds of animals (terrestrial and marine species), however, it’s equally as entertaining to see visitors shriek with joy when large sea turtles who float through crowds — “the rock is moving!” Looking up you’ll see the beautiful dance of the white fairy terns, usually flying in pairs over the ocean and between buildings. Navigators have followed these birds home for centuries to find land, while they can be found throughout the Hawaiian archipelago, for some reason, they have chosen Waikiki/Honolulu as their only nesting place in the main eight islands.

Waikiki Pro Tips n Make ressies! You won’t be the only ones wanting to get dinner at sunset. n Download Waze: Go Hawaii has partnered with the app to include points of interest and advice on appropriate beaches to visit. n Be Pono: Spend an afternoon immersed in community by volunteering. n Visit history: Iolani Palace and Pearl Harbor will not

Tips from a Local

Monica Salter of Outrigger Hospitality has been luring her friends and family from California for years. “Waikiki has a surf and city vibe,” she says. “There’s always something new to see, store to shop or restaurant to visit. And it’s one of the best places in the world to learn how to surf. The waves are gracious, and the water is warm — much warmer than in California!” Find culture amidst the concrete. Don’t be fooled by the density of the high-rises, there are plenty of cultural gems, such as The Gallery Waikiki (2300 Kalakaua Ave.), which has a whimsical collection of local art. House of Mana Up is a coalition of makers throughout the islands that receives funding and supports budding

s Oceanfront Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort has just undergone an $80 million transformation with contemporary rooms and live Hawaiian music nightly.

disappoint you. n Get wet: You are staying at one of the most beautiful bays in the world ­­— book surf lessons, an outrigger tour, or even just a touristy sunset cruise. n Pack light: The shopping is as much of an attraction as the ocean. n Go through a travel agent: Local Getaways has a partner-

ship with FROSCH Travel which offers great perks such as free breakfasts and upgrades.

entrepreneurs — their flagship store is in the Royal Hawaiian Center. Day Trips

Day trips are a must when staying in Waikiki. Pearl Harbor is best done first thing in the morning to avoid crowds — same goes for hiking Diamond Head (which now requires reservations). Snorkeling the Nature Preserve at Hanauma Bay also requires reservations. The state has recently rolled out their Malama program, which emphasizes being respectful of the land and residents and many hotels are offering a third night free in exchange for volunteering‘ efforts. Some attractions such as Kualoa Ranch, Holole a Loko Ea Fishpond and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii are a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and various communities. Flights are easy, rideshares are easy, and once you get there, three days fly by like a pair of white fairy terns heading out to sea.

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Doug McConnell By Mimi Towle

IF CALIFORNIA WAS A SOVEREIGN KINGDOM — we can dream! — there is little doubt who would be crowned "King of the Road." Douglas Gene McConnell, born in Santa Monica, 1945, is known by many as the curious host of Bay Area Backroads. Although the show has been off the air since 2008, it was one of the longestrunning regional television series in American broadcast history. Doug has not only inspired us to get out and explore, but he has also been a passionate ambassador of the environment, animals and community throughout his career. These days, he continues his adventures as the host of Open Road, a weekly series, that airs Sundays at 6:30pm on NBC Bay Area, KNTV. The show explores the natural, historical, and cultural treasures of the Bay Area and Northern California, focusing primarily on parks and open spaces protected by the public and made accessible for all. His childhood was spent in both Northern and Southern California, where a favorite family pastime was just getting in the car to explore their surroundings. Journalism wasn’t necessarily his life calling back then, in fact he earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Pomona College and a master’s in political science from New Jersey’s Rutgers University. Government studies came in handy, however, as an activist in the ‘60s, and he is still actively involved in many environmental causes. He has also received many regional Emmys and other broadcast awards during his long career in television. McConnell and his wife Kathy Taft have called the bucolic town of Corte Madera, in Marin County, home since 1986. Here they raised their sons, Nicolas and Patrick, and cared for and enjoyed an ever-revolving coterie of animals. We met up with him at one of his favorite spots, Cafe Verde in Corte Madera, along with Ruthie, his charming canine companion.


Doug and producer, Dan Herz in Nantucket in 2008 as part of a fundraiser for The Taylor Family Foundation and Camp Arroyo.

Where did you develop your curiosity for exploring? It’s in my family’s DNA. I was born in Santa Monica and then we moved to Fresno when I was a kid. My dad was a car guy, and my earliest memories were jumping in the car with my mom and dad and exploring. He owned a used car lot, and I am pretty sure that every single type of car ever made came through his business over the course of my life. So during the weekends, we would explore nearby towns. And we went to Yosemite so often, I felt like it was my backyard. Sounds like your dad instilled a love for cars in you. Absolutely. I remember as a child that his goal was to create enough money to open a Ford dealership, which


eventually he did in the town of Gridley, in the Central Valley, north of the city of Marysville. When I was two years old, I was kind of a savant and he would show me off to his car buddies; he would blindfold me and say, “Dougie, feel the hub cap, what kind of car is that.” And I would say, “Daddy, it’s a Hudson or a Plymouth,” or whatever type they had presented. This came back years later when we were producing a show that involved one of my favorite roadside stops, Lido’s Hubcap Ranch in Pope, California. I tried to guess them again and unfortunately, I had lost my savantish skill. However, I benefited from his obsession in many ways; he never kept his cars — “Cars are meant to be sold, not saved,” he'd say — but he did hang on to a cute little light baby blue convertible roadster that I got to drive around town and I’m sure it boosted my popularity. Did you think you would get into the car business? Not really, but my eldest brother worked with my dad until he retired and then took over the Ford dealership. Eventually he sold that dealership, but since he had four sons, and a couple interested in the business, he helped them buy a Chevy dealership in Gridley and Healdsburg. There has been a McConnell in the car business since 1924.

throw a dart and see where it lands, we’ll find something interesting.” The dart landed on Byron and we headed out to the east side of Mt. Diablo with the camera crew. This was before cell phones, so we rolled into town, I found a payphone and called Adrianna to see what she had discovered. She said she had talked to a woman named Kathy Layton who claimed to be the unofficial historian of the town. Sounded like great credentials to me. It turned out to be one of my favorite days (I’ve had a billion favorite days). Favorite food stops? There are so many, but top of mind is Duarte's Tavern in Pescadero. Owned and run by the same Portuguese family since 1890. I’ve known a couple of the generations and whenever possible, I love stopping there and getting some olallieberry pie. Go about a block or so north to the Harley Farms Goat Dairy, which is owned by the daughter-in law of the Duarte’s.

From cars to road trips. My mom and dad were really great for many reasons, but one was for encouraging our wanderlust. When I went to college, my dad said, “I know you’ll work hard in college, and if you want to go Europe, that’s on you, but if you want to explore America, I’ll give you a new car and a gas card for the time you’re in college. When you’re done you can turn it in.” Every year I was in school, I'd travel on the weekends and holidays. I made it to all 48 states, Northern Mexico, and Canada. I was like a heroin addict with travel — it’s what we did for fun. Any fun surprises during your time at Bay Area Backroads? Lots of fun surprises. One of my favorites happened when a really big interview was canceled at the last minute. We were leaving the office to head to the Marin Headlands and word came that the interview was off. I thought about one of my heroes, Charles Kuralt, who hosted CBS On the Road, and said to our coordinating producer Adrianna Roome at the time, “Go get a map,



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hats was my friend Bill Lang, longtime publisher of Sunset magazine. I treasure the hats. Under the radar finds? One of my favorites is near Fresno, one of the gateways to Sequoia National Park. We lived nearby as a kid and I remember a billboard hawking a ‘50s style roadside attraction, “See the Mysterious Human Mole.” Finally in the ‘90s I learned that indeed a man named Baldassare Forestiere, a Sicilian immigrant, landed there in 1906. It was very hot, and with a pick and shovel he carved through the hard pan soil by himself and created an underground house — it is mind-blowing. Back in the ‘50s it was on a show like Ripley’s Believe it or Not!; now it’s an open air museum called the Forestiere Underground Gardens, and on the National Register of Historic Places.


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You’ve been honored by so many organizations. Any perks? Yes, hats! Two of my favorites were honorary state park ranger of the year and honorary national park ranger, both came with a hat. The the national park hat was for the Golden Gate Park conservancy, which was a surprise. To my knowledge, the only other person I knew with both

Save the Uglies! Sure, we’re all captivated by the adorable animals, but the not so classically cute structured fauna play an integral role in our ecosystems. Here are just a few organizations that are doing the right thing for all creatures great and small. While groups like the Marine Mammal Center and the Sierra Club protect many different species, here are few groups who focus on just one.

Funny episodes that almost didn’t work out? In 2007, Nissan was our sponsor and they asked us to do a show with their new hybrid. The idea was that we would stop and see things along the way and go as far as the car can go on one tank. I told the crew we would be lucky if we got to the Utah border. Well, we got to the Utah border on Hwy 50 and there was a lot of gas left. We had tight deadlines and hadn’t planned on the car making it so far, so I started flooring it and it kept going, going and going. It finally ran out of gas just before we got to the Interstate that goes from Vegas to Salt Lake City, 740 miles from the Berkeley Marina where we had started. The sun was going down, the coyotes were calling — I was blown away.

n California Condor: In 1982, only 22 California condors were left in the world. With the help of biologists, they now number over 500, with more than half flying free in the wild. The Ventana Wildlife Society is working to keep them flying. n Elephant Seals: In 1884 these pinni-

peds were hunted to extinction for their blubber. However, a few years later a tiny population of northern elephant seals


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was rediscovered near Mexico, and from those, the population bounced. Learn about these incredible creatures via Friends of the Elephant Seal. n Bat Preservation: Bats are pretty cute

— at least from a distance — but they are also integral in helping prevent the next world pandemic. Learn more from Bat Conservation International.

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By Ann Wycoff A HEAVENLY SLICE OF THE WEST COAST, SAN DIEGO STANDS OUT as a coastal paradise with a perfect blend of natural wonders and urban sophistication. As the birthplace of California, it’s rich in history. As a binational region and border town, the city is elevated by Mexico’s influence, which adds flavor and fiesta to the culture. With 70 miles of coastline, there’s always a new beach to explore. And 300-plus days of sunshine makes it a year-round playground whether you want to charge some waves, kayak to a secret cove, espy whales while hiking a coastal trail, tee off on an emerald green, stand-up paddle with dolphins, or cycle the Pacific Coast Highway. And while laid back and a favorite of beach-goers, San Diego has evolved beyond its fish-taco-flip-flop SoCal surfer culture into a dynamic cultural city with culinary flare, artistic design and adventure abound. There’s Michelin-starred chefs; authentic farm-to-table dining as the region boasts 5,500 small farms (the most in any U.S. county); 150 craft breweries; family-owned wineries; Broadway-bound theater world-class art; and the best collection of adventure parks for kids big and small. Oh, and, of course, tacos!


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From March to May, a rainbow of ranunculus flowers color a 50-acre hillside overlooking the Carlsbad coastline. Owned by the Ecke Family, whose legacy includes introducing the Poinsettia plant as the symbol of the holidays in the 1960s, The Flower Fields showcase nature’s artistry and invite guests to wander through the vibrant fields on foot or on a tractor ride. At this photogenic wonderland you can also explore the Butterfly Garden, orchid greenhouse and sunflower patch, or pick blueberries in the sunshine. There’s even a massive American flag made from the red, white and blue ranunculus flowers. theflowerfields.com


Set at the edge of downtown, this 1,200-acre green oasis is a perfect blend of culture and nature with its 17 museums, Old Globe Theatre, blooming gardens, picnic spots and 65 miles of hiking trails. You’ll find Miro and Rodin in the sculpture court, stunning Spanish Colonial architecture, 2,100 rare and exotic plants in the Botanical Building, a photo-worthy lily pond, artist studios in cobblestoned Spanish Village,

free concerts at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, cherry blossoms at the Japanese Friendship Garden and more. balboapark.org

On the USS Midway, a floating aircraft carrier museum, tour the engine room, galley and brig, or climb into the cockpit of one of the 29 restored aircrafts awaiting on the landing deck. More historic ships can be found at the nearby Maritime Museum, home to a Soviet submarine, a steam ferry from 1898 and the Star of India, the world's oldest active sailing ship. midway.org; sdmaritime.org



San Diego’s oldest enclave and the first European settlement in California may feel a tad touristy but you can explore Old Town’s historic adobes, a famed haunted house, Kumeyaay culture, Mexican cantinas, and an old-fashioned mercantile shop. Then head to the Tahona Bar for a mole flight and mezcal tasting. oldtownsandiego.org

Here you’ll find coastal hiking at its finest as the 1,750-acre coastal reserve has a network of trails that wander through the striated sandstone canyons overlooking the sea. The landscape is punctuated by


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Part of the Barrio Logan Cultural District, these colorful murals at the base of the Coronado Bridge pay homage to the city’s Mexican-American history, heritage and activism. In 2017, the park became a National Historic Landmark. chicanoparksandiego.com SURFING

A surfer’s mecca with every kind of imaginable break, San Diego has 50+ spots to paddle out — from epic Black’s Beach and Windansea in La Jolla, to Swami’s, Cardiff Reef and the Oceanside Pier where the U.S. Olympic Team trains. Newcomers should sign up for a lesson in the gentle waves of La Jolla shores with Surf Diva, an all-female surf school. surfdiva.com


No other city has more amusement and animal parks than San Diego. Commune with the koalas, pandas, penguins and panthers at the world famous San Diego Zoo, enjoy an African Savannah adventure without the jet lag at the Safari Park, swim with dolphins and ride the heart-thumping rollercoasters at SeaWorld, or explore the waterpark, aquarium, miniature exhibits and 60 rides at LEGOLAND. New to the scene is Sesame Place San Diego with a massive wave pool, interactive musical water play and Sesame Street-themed rides. sandiegozoowildlifealliance.org; seaworld. com; legoland.com; sesameplace.com ON THE WATER

Gray whales migrating to and from the breeding lagoons of Baja pass San Diego each winter from December to March, while 100-foot blue whales often feed off the coast in summer. Dolphin pods frolic year round. For intimate groups and close encounters, hop on Xplore Offshore, a Navy Seal-




the rare and endangered Torrey Pine, found only in the park and on Santa Rosa Island off Ventura. Various scenic vantage points offer prime views of frolicking dolphins or spouting migrating whales. torreypines.org

Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was the first European to step foot on the West Coast in 1542, landing at Point Loma Peninsula. The Kumeyaay were living peacefully along the coastline when the Spaniards reappeared to rule their new province. In 1769, Mission San Diego de Alcalá was founded by Spanish Friar Junipero Serra, the first of 21 missions in California, each 30 miles apart or a day’s travel by horse. In 1822, the rule of San Diego (named for Saint Diego) was transferred to Mexico and a pueblo was established (now Old Town), but a Mexican-American War win led to San Diego and all of California becoming a part of the United States under President Polk in 1850. As the waterfront city grew in the 1880s, bars and brothels appeared, along with gambling halls owned by lawman Wyatt Earp. The raucous Gaslamp District, named for the Victorian-styled lamps throughout downtown, got cleaned up when the city hosted Panama­– California Exposition in 1915 in beautiful Balboa Park. The naval and tourism industries grew in the 1900s, as did education opportunities at the many universities. Today, San Diego is known for bio-tech, medical research, incredible beaches and recreation.

Times to Visit San Diego is a year-round outdoor playground with 300+ days of sunshine and 72 degree average. But beware: May Gray and June Gloom mean coastal fog and cold beach days. September and October are often the most glorious months with warm sunny weather and uncrowded beaches. Kids Free October means complimentary admission at many local attractions, free meals at restaurants and comp’d amenities and experiences at certain hotels. Summertime brings outdoor seaside concerts, myriad marathons, horse races, boating events and street festivals featuring craft beer, wine and food, LGBTQ+ Pride events, tacos, crawfish, mariachis and many more.

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certified rigid inflatable fast boat, while larger groups can enjoy The Adventuress, a 60’ luxury catamaran. Sailing fans should climb aboard Yacht America, the 139-foot schooner, while families should buckle up for a wild ride on the Patriot Jet Boat, as this turbo-charged boat does 360-degree spins while cruising the harbor. xploreoffshore.com; adventuressluxurycatamaran.com; nextlevelsailing.com; flagshipsd.com



The city's love affair with thoroughbred racing dates back to 1937 when crooner Bing Crosby and his Hollywood pals opened the Del Mar Race Track — “where the turf meets the surf.” Summer season runs from mid-July through early September and Opening Day is a spectacle to behold as race fans don their finest hats and threads, and sip champagne while placing bets on their favorite horse or jockey. Free concerts and food festivals also highlight the season. A second Bing Crosby Season runs in November. dmtc.com


Downtown lights up during the holiday season with colorful buildings and boat parades. 100,000 lights illuminate Hotel del Coronado and its many stunning Christmas trees.

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o Layers of clothing: San Diego can be deceptively chilly so bring a fleece and Uggs in addition to your board shorts and flip flops.



Foodies should pilgrimage to this iconic Japanese-owned farm in San Dieguito Valley that played an integral part in the farm-to-table movement. Chef Alice Waters first publicized the quality of its produce and soon other chef legends like Wolfgang Puck became devotees of their fine fruits and vegetables. Their produce pantry is famous for sweet corn, strawberries, and exotic melons to name a few delights from the bounty. chinofamilyfarm.com THEATER

Built in 1935 and modeled after Shakespeare's Old Globe in London,

this renowned theater has launched Broadway-bound and Tony Awardwinning productions over the years. Each summer the Old Globe celebrates The Bard with performances of his work, and families loves the annual How the Grinch Stole Christmas during the holidays. The La Jolla Playhouse, set on the UC San Diego campus, has great Hollywood history as it was founded by Gregory Peck and Mel Ferrer. Today, it’s known for its Broadway productions and progressive performances like their Without Walls interactive, siteinspired theater. theoldglobe.org; lajollaplayhouse.org


o Ocean-friendly sunscreen: Opt for sun protection without harsh chemicals that pollute the ocean and beach to keep the water pristine and aquatic life safe. o Passport: Tijuana and the playas of Baja are just a border crossing away so you may want to bring your passport in case you decide to head south for margaritas and surf sessions.

o Furry Family Members: Many of San Diego’s hotels are pet friendly and dog-friendly beaches are scattered around the county, but research the rules as some require leashes during busy summer months.

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coastal-inspired design, Art Deco touches and ocean view balconies. Their intimate Birdseye rooftop bar calls for craft cocktails, small plates and panoramic views. Curated coastal picnics available, too. cormorantlajolla.com

of Pasadena, overlooks the famed golf course. Kilted doormen, oversized fireplaces, stained glass, Tiffany-style lamps, and a sprawling croquet lawn add to the early 20th century splendor. Watch the paragliders while lounging by the pool or enjoy white tablecloth, farmfresh dining at A.R. Valentin. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a short walk away. lodgetorreypines.com


This stunning Craftsman-style hotel, an architectural homage to the Gamble and Blacker houses


The legendary 1888 Victorian resort with its red turret roofs and white wedding cake trim is truly a seaside gem, modernized while still retaining its old world charm. On-site you’ll discover historic touches like the original 1905 Windsor Cottage and crown chandeliers designed by L. Frank Baum, creator of Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz. In addition to the main hotel, Beach Village at The Del offers an enclave of luxury oceanfront cottages and villas with VIP concierge services, plunge pools and fire pits. The Del has its own private, cabana-lined beach club, stunning pools, myriad ocean view eateries and water sports galore. hoteldel.com CORMORANT

La Jolla’s newest arrival is walking distance to La Jolla Cove. Each of the 26 chic guestrooms features



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a hacienda-style property set on 45 acres of olive groves and gardens with 49 Spanish-style casitas. It’s hard to find an un-photogenic corner of the Rancho Valencia, which offers its guests plenty to do — from yoga by a reflecting pool and tennis, to a day at their glorious spa or beauty session at the new salon. ranchovalencia.com LEGOLAND HOTELS

If you want to win parent of the year, check into either of the theme park’s kid-centric hotels. Pirates and ninjas may prefer the California Resort

Hotel while princess and dragon-fans should opt for the Castle Hotel. These fantasy wonderlands have smokebreathing dragons, spectacular Lego models, kid-friendly buffets, discoball-dance-party elevators and Lego palm tree-lined pools. legoland.com THE GREEN ROOM

Surfers and singles may enjoy a stay at this newly converted 1950s motel, now a bungalow-style boutique hotel in Oceanside with mid-century furnishings, cute kitchenettes, and grab-and-go surfboards and beach cruisers. Enjoy the hot tub, fire pit, and curated playlists during your post-surf sesh in the backyard communal area. thegreenroomhotel.com


These art-forward and affordable oceanfront hotels are steps from the sea and pier in Oceanside and offer great culinary and toes-in-the-sand experiences. Mission Pacific has a lounge-y rooftop bar for sunset drinks, DJs by the pool, and a renowned Baja chef, while the family-friendly Seabird has a splash-worthy pool, kids’ club and beach concierge. Adults will dig the sunset champagne sabering ritual and creative craft cocktails at The Shore Room bar. missionpacifichotel.com; theseabirdresort.com

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At age 49, 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater said winning the Billabong Pro Pipeline event this past February was his sweetest victory ever. While the GOAT did not need to high five second place finisher Seth Moniz on his way back to the beach after winning the event, he did so anyway, exhibiting the spirit of Aloha.


Vibes The ocean is a playground for pros and those who just wanna have fun.


BY GRANT GRIFFITH Not breaking news: Being in or near the ocean is good for your health. Combine this with research on the health benefits of travel, and we’ve got some doctor-ordered summer fun. Coming in at number three in terms of coastline in the U.S. with 841 miles, California’s bejeweled beaches are a natural and easy choice. For those counting, Alaska is number one with 6,640, then Florida with 1,350 — Hawaii is fourth with 740 miles. The good news is being stoked in the ocean is not something reserved for world champion surfers as portrayed here. “Vast emotional and physical wellness benefits of water are available to everyone, from elite surfers and swimmers


to kids splashing at the water’s edge or sunset beachcombers,” says author and marine biologist, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols. “The key is to connect with your local waters as often as possible wherever you are. We can all use a bit more Blue Mind in our lives these days.” Back in 2007, Nichols rode a wave of success when he created the Blue Mind concept based on his book, Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. The book focuses on the scientific evidence that being close to bodies of water promotes mental health and happiness. His ideas reached a national audience, including Barack Obama. Turns out Barack Obama

understands and lives Blue Mind quite well, and said that in stressful situations he just remembers the feeling of body surfing with sea turtles. “My social media game leaves much to be desired,” says Wallace, “it was my kids who told me 'Dad, the President is following you on Twitter!'” As reported by Nichols, research shows that immersing yourself, or even just being near the ocean or large bodies of water, offers up health benefits for our mind and body. This includes lowering stress and anxiety, increasing an overall sense of well-being, a lower heart and breathing rate, and safe, better workouts. Aquatic therapists are increasingly looking to the water to help treat and manage PTSD, addiction, anxiety disorders, autism and more. Want to get in on the Blue Life stoke? Here are some activities and places where you can reap these good vibrations.

Surfing Introduced to California by three Hawaiian princes at a San Mateo boarding school in 1885, the young men navigated redwood logs through the tricky Santa Cruz surf and made it look easy enough — the sport caught on. Fast forward 136 years and it’s the official sport of both Hawaii and California, an official Olympic activity, a lifestyle apparel industry, and a sport shared by men and women alike of all ages. It’s also an enjoyable spectator sport.


Leadbetter Beach, just west of the Santa Barbara Harbor, is an ideal spot for new surfers.

SANTA CRUZ Santa Cruz, aka Surf City, provides many gently rolling waves. There are a few surf schools to choose from including Club-Ed, which offers surf and SUP lessons and rentals.

SANTA BARBARA Great for all ages, but for the groms-to-be, the Santa Barbara Surf School is among the best summer activities. Three-hour camps, mornings or afternoons, give mom and dad a chance to catch their own waves as their little ones get some proper training and make friends.

NEWPORT BEACH For some old school schooling, Endless Sun Surf School has you covered. Established in 1963, this is Newport Beach’s original surf school located at one of California’s best learning beaches, Newport Pier. Open every day for lessons as well as summer camps.

Wait, what? Go inland on Interstate 5 to find surf? Yep, it’s not new, but some people still don’t know about one of the most famous man-made waves in the world at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch. It’s completely solar powered, and costs on average up to $400 per wave, and $50,000 to rent out the park for the day. One could call this Billionaire’s Break.





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Stand -Up Paddleboarding The roots of stand-up paddleboarding (SUPing) go back to the 1940s in Hawaii. The Waikiki beach boys would bring paddles out to help them stand up on their boards while teaching surf lessons, and keep an eye on their surfers and incoming swells. The sport didn’t really become an every man and woman sport until the 1990s when Laird Hamilton, among a few other surfers, innovated and modernized SUPing into a sport. Beyond surfing, SUPs offer a different perspective as you glide over the surface and explore up rivers, over coral reefs, or on lakes. There are also gorgeous SUP locations to be found on along coast or harbor in California.

HALF MOON BAY KAYAK CO. The natural beauty of Half Moon Bay is best to explore, so some say, atop a stand-up paddle board — or kayak — and the best option for these is located right at the mouth of the

harbor. Choose from a variety of tours: Sunset, Moonlight, Pillar Point Harbor Tour, or Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.

LAGUNA BEACH Paddle Laguna Beach’s pristine marine reserve with La Vida Laguna along the beautiful Southern California coastline and discover hidden caves and wildlife galore. Various launches include North Laguna and the town’s most waveprotected cove. Tours and lessons available daily.

MARIN COUNTY Voted the number one SUP shop in the country, 101 Surf Sports in San Rafael is a water sport community center situated on the canal, allowing access to miles of open water. Lessons, tours and rentals available daily.


Kayaking Nothing beats gliding over glassy water and looking across the beautiful scenery to see picturesque mountains or a whale breaching in the distance. Kayaking, unlike SUPing, allows you to do this while sitting down. For many, it is the go-to means of above-water exploration and basic adventures require little balance or skill, enabling almost anyone to get out on the water. Kayaks have been around for over 4,000 years and were first used for transportation and hunting by native arctic tribes like the Inuit. Check out kayak tours in Santa Barbara, La Jolla Shores, Marin County, and Morro Bay, as well as Lake Tahoe and the Russian River.

SANTA BARBARA Discover the legendary Channel Islands, national park dream come true located just off the coast of Santa Barbara. Cruise through crystal clear waters, gaze at breathtaking cliffs, dolphins and more.

MORRO BAY Hook up with an expert nature guide and explore Morro Bay, along with the resident harbor seals, sea lions and sea otters, as well as hundreds of species of birds. Central Coast Outdoors offers an array of tours.

MARIN COUNTY LA JOLLA SHORES Float through the La Jolla Ecological Reserve and Underwater Park, a famously beautiful marine preserve popular for snorkeling, diving, swimming and kayaks. Here you’ll see lots of sea lions, seals, leopard sharks, California’s state marine fish — the Garibaldi — maybe dolphins and possibly even an orca. Family- owned and -operated since 1994, look for La Jolla Kayak.

Have you ever toured a wilderness reputed to be the first place Europeans landed? Well, now’s your chance. Tomales Bay, on the western edge of Marin County, is a picturesque body of water between California coastline and a wandering slice of soil known as the Pacific Plate, which is creeping north at an average rate of two inches a year. Fun fact: following the 1906 earthquake, it moved a whopping 20 feet.

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Lift Foils are among the favorites for trying out this new trend.

E-Foiling E-Foiling is a relatively new sport and is the closest thing we humans have to flying over water. However, the concept of a hydrofoil isn’t new — it was invented in 1906 to help boats move more quickly in the water. Hydrofoils create less friction between the surface of the water and the bottom of a craft. Today, they are used by the fastest sailboats in the world, surfboards, and much more. E-foils are similar to a surfing foil, which use a small and thick board attached to a foil. However, an E-Foil is fixed with an electric propeller over the wing of the foil, which allows the rider to glide through the water using the power from the battery.

SANTA BARBARA Take flights in Santa Barbara harbor with iSurf.com. E-Foil lessons are typically two hours and are offered seven days a week, year round — weather permitting. They will provide wetsuits, helmets, impact vests, and E-Foils so all you have to do is show up and have a great time.

SAN FRANCISCO Learn to fly on and over the iconic San Francisco Bay via 101 Surf Sports foiling division. Up to four boards available at a time for group lessons, with various launch points around the Bay. Their Sprinter van comes equipped with boards and wetsuits available for rent.


MALIBU Killer Ocean Adventures is based in Marina del Rey and offers lessons from state-of-the-art boats seven days a week. Lessons include a thirty-minute boat ride, and thirty minutes of water time. The lesson includes basic riding and safety skills needed to fly over the water on the Lift E-Foil. For more info, scan here




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Environmental impacts, incentives and realities of owning an electric vehicle.

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ANYONE ELSE HAVE GAS STATION ANXIETY? THESE DAYS IT can cost over a hundred dollars to fill up your car. With gas prices near $6 a gallon in California, Steve Moazed of Mill Valley, California, who owns a fully electric Chevy Bolt, is grateful for his at-home charge station every time he sees gas prices listed at his local station. “It’s those high gasoline prices, combined with the annual wildfires here in Northern California that remind us all about the reality of climate change due to fossil fuel emissions,” he says. “An electric vehicle just makes sense.” It was not so long ago that kids kept their eyes peeled for a Tesla and shouted out excitedly if they saw one, as if they’d seen a zebra running down the freeway. Today, Eclectic Vehicles (EVs) have entered mainstream consumer consciousness. Teslas are a dime a dozen in the metropolises and suburbs of California and Car and Driver magazine recently declared, “Electric cars are the future.” Based on the number of people buying electric vehicles in California, the future is here. According to statistics compiled by the EV advocacy nonprofit veloz. org, in 2021 California became the first state in the nation in which sales of plug-in electric vehicles exceeded one million. Most major players in the car industry have entered the electric vehicle game to rival Tesla. Big names like Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevy, Chrysler, Ford, Volvo, and GM have joined newcomers such as Polestar, Lucid,


r Range Rover PHEV, a plug-in electric hybrid is available in the U.S.

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Byton, Canoo and Rivian. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, today, there are 23 plug-in electric car models available with many more in development — from tiny Smart cars to SUVs and trucks, including the soon-to-be-released $40,000 electric Ford F-150 Lightning, with a pre-purchase reservation list of 200,000 buyers. While electric vehicles have only recently entered mainstream consciousness, they have been around for a surprisingly long time. The first EV in the United States was invented in 1890 by a chemist named William Morrison who built a buggy-like vehicle that hit a whopping 14 mph. In the years that followed, technology improved and access to electricity grew, and by the early 1900s, a full one-third of U.S. vehicles were electric. During this time, inventor Thomas Edison and carmakers such as Ferdinand Porsche were working to improve the electric car battery. But in 1908 Henry Ford introduced the affordable and widely available Model T, featuring an internal

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combustion engine, and from that moment on electric vehicles have taken a back seat to gasoline-powered cars. Investment in EV technology then languished for decades, with a slight uptick during the oil crisis of the 1970s when gas prices skyrocketed. Over the past two decades, as the connection between fossil fuel usage and climate change has become more clear, and environmental disasters began to impact our everyday lives, consumer interest in EVs, and private and governmental investment in EV technology, increased. The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendment and the 1992 Energy Policy Act, along with emissions regulations issued by the California Air Resources Board, further boosted consumer interest in electric vehicles. In September of 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035. These state and national policy mandates are based on research confirming the long-term


environmental benefits of a transition to electric vehicles. A 2019 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative study compared EVs to gas-powered vehicles and found that while the manufacturing of an EV can produce 30-40% more CO2 emissions than manufacturing a traditional gas-powered auto, over time those emissions are offset by the fuel efficiency (zero to low emissions) of an EV car. The extent to which a state’s power grid is fueled by renewable energy affects the lifetime emission total of an EV. Additionally, the ongoing “decarbonization” of the EV manufacturing industry and the fact that gas-powered vehicles are locked into using fossil fuel means that the delta between electric and gas vehicles in terms of overall emissions will expand. State-of-the-art EVs are quiet, luxurious, handle well and can get you a ride in the HOV lane. Yet, for all the EV market momentum, four things have held some consumers back: price of purchase, charge range, time it takes to charge and a dearth of charging stations, especially in rural areas. According to the Kelly Blue Book, the current average price of an EV is almost $60,000 which is more than $10,000 higher than the average price of $47,077 for all types of car sales. That differential is expected to diminish as the cost of battery production goes down in the coming decade, and the price difference is offset over time by the estimated reduction in fuel costs for EV owners. The savings will vary depending on the local price of gas and electricity rates, but in 2020 Consumer Reports estimated an average of 60% savings for EV owners. Federal and state incentive programs can also help offset the price of an EV. Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles purchased new in or after 2010 may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500, according to the US Department of Energy, which calculates the tax credit based on income tax and the size of the electric battery in the vehicle you own. In California, Governor Gavin Newsom committed $10 billion to expand implementation of “targeted policies to help more middle- and low-income consumers buy these ultra-clean vehicles.” The driveclean.ca.gov website offers a detailed list of rebates and incentives available to those who invest in a low or zero-emission car, some

up to $7,000, and a database to help buyers find a new or pre-owned electric vehicle. The California Clean Fuel Reward program allows buyers to save up to $750 when purchasing or leasing a new electric vehicle. As with all things EV-related, the landscape around battery range is evolving. Currently, the average EV vehicle will travel 250 miles between charges, although outliers such as the brand new Lucid Air can go as far as 500 miles. Tesla has invested in widespread charging station infrastructure (called Supercharger stations) for their vehicles, but the configuration of the charge connectors for the Tesla is different from that of all other autos. Steve Moazed, who recently drove from the Bay Area to Oregon, described his “range anxiety,” a term used to describe the worry about whether you will find a charge station. “We passed dozens of Tesla charge stations along the route, but they didn’t help us at all,” he says. “There was some serious nail-biting until we finally arrived at a charge station that worked for my Bolt.” The great news? Charge stations should multiply in the coming years with the passage of a bipartisan infrastructure bill that President Biden signed into law last November. The bill provides $7.5 billion to states to establish EV infrastructure, requiring states to provide charging stations of at least four DC charging plugs (20-30 minutes for full charge) no more than 50 miles apart on highways. The goal is to have 500,000 public EV chargers by the year 2030 — approximately 400,000 more than exist today. Additionally, last July, Elon Musk announced that he will open up Tesla charging stations to other makes of EV cars, and Tesla has established a pilot program in the Netherlands. The recent state and federal laws funding the transition from gas to electricity mean the EV options and infrastructure will expand rapidly in the coming years, making road trip concerns like that of Steve Moazed just a memory in the rearview mirror. “Transportation is the largest contributor of climate pollution in the United States. I could no longer stand the idea that I was contributing to climate change every time I drove my car,” says Moazed. “I try to ride my bicycle as much as possible at home, but for road trips, my Bolt has changed everything.”



California EV Road Trips Are you ready for a road trip in your EV, but experiencing “charge anxiety” about where and when you’ll find charging stations? Year by year, month by month, it is getting easier to explore California by EV. Already, California has more EV chargers than any other state — and it’s no contest. Of the 113,600 chargers currently in the United States, 41,300 (over one-third) are in California. And travelers will find several useful apps to help plan a trip: PlugShare, ChargeHub and Chargemap all allow roadtrippers to find the location of public and private charge stations along a given route. Importantly, these apps also signify which type of plug-in you will find at a charge station: level 1, 2 or 3. Level 1 is the slowest type of charge port, taking up to 24 hours for a full charge

(these outlets are best in a home garage). Level 2, common at public charge stations, is faster, but only provides 10-20 miles per hour of charging and can take up to 8 hours for a full charge. Level 3 (otherwise known as DC fast chargers) are the golden ticket as they give you 80 percent charge in 20-30 minutes, perfect for a stretch, bathroom break, a little shopping or a quick bite to eat. These DC fast chargers are popping up everywhere, and a significant portion of the $56 million coming to California for EV development from President Biden’s infrastructure bill will fund Level 3 chargers along all major roadways. Here are three EV-friendly road trips in favorite California destinations where regional governments and businesses recognize that EVs are the way of the future and are investing to make sure you are able to “re-charge” (in every sense of the word).



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Wine Country Imagine sitting, overlooking the waves of green and gold vineyards, worry-free as your EV charges. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Napa County is home to 355 ports at 150 charging stations, and that number is growing as the California Energy Commission aims to triple the amount by 2025. Beyond the 16 free public chargers in downtown Napa, several hotels, wineries and even the Napa Outlets have all added charge stations in recent years. At the Carneros Resort and Spa, you can plug in and enjoy an afternoon of treatments on-site. Or make your way up to Yountville for a stay at the Napa Valley Lodge; you could even charge your car while you lunch at the world-renowned French Laundry or Bistro Jeanty (reservations needed). Head even further north up Highway 128 or the Silverado Trail along a corridor of wineries with charging station options. Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford offers charging options while you dine or stay the night, and Indian Hot Springs is a perfect landing pad if you want to explore the many wineries in St. Helena and Calistoga. Nearby Sonoma County wineries and businesses have been equally proactive in building charging infrastructure. Ram's Gate Winery offers sprawling vistas and lovely wines as you charge. On Highway 12, the Sonoma Mission Inn north of the town of Sonoma and Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen both have charge stations, as does Benziger Family Winery outside of Glen Ellen. Lake Tahoe Famous for cobalt blue waters surrounded by snowcapped mountain peaks, California’s Lake Tahoe beckons travelers year round. From Palisades Ski Resort, just northwest of the lake, to Heavenly Mountain Resort to the south, charging stations are appearing around the lake at an exponential rate, making Tahoe an ideal EV road trip destination. California’s Drive the Arc program — offering a corridor of electric chargers from Monterey to both North and South Lake Tahoe — means that EV drivers from coastal California can easily locate

charging stations along the route to the mountains. Additionally, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) has teamed up with the California Electric Commission (or CEC) to provide increased access to free charging stations for both locals and visitors. If you prefer the North Shore, Resort at Squaw Creek and Palisades Ski Resort both offer plug-in stations. The Village at Northstar is a great place to eat, hike and bike in the summer while you charge. Closer to the lake, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village offers charge stations for guests at the hotel, spa, restaurants or casino. On the South Shore, you can shop and dine while you charge at shopping centers such as The Crossing and South Y Center. Heavenly Village at Heavenly Mountain Resort has chargers, as do many of the casino resorts along the stateline, including Harrah’s, Harveys and MontBleu Resort.


Monterey and Carmel Highway 1 winds its way along California’s coastline, threading itself between wild beaches, open stretches of farmland and wildflower-dotted coastal ranges, making the drive itself a main attraction. The cities of Monterey and Carmel are picturesque and well-equipped for visitors who need an EV charge. The Hyatt Regency Monterey as well as several hotels along Cannery Row near the Monterey Bay Aquarium have charge stations, among them The Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa, the Victorian Inn and the InterContinental Clement Monterey. Travelers with children can charge while enjoying the Monterey Zoo in nearby Salinas and, in the opposite direction, toward Pebble Beach Golf Course, The Inn at Spanish Bay offers charge stations for guests. In Carmel-by-the-Sea, Hyatt Carmel Highlands near Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and Carmel Mission Inn have EV charging stations on the property. Inland, in the majestic Carmel Valley, known for fine wineries, golf courses, dining and boutique shopping, travelers will find charge options at Carmel Valley Ranch, Quail Lodge, and Bernardus Lodge & Spa.



Bridges of

California Counties BY JIM WOOD

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C alifornia , with almost 40 million people, has over 400,000 miles of highways. But when it comes to bridges, most think it’s slim pickings. There’s the Golden Gate, the Bay Bridge and the Bixby Bridge near Big Sur that’s in car commercials. That’s it? Think again.


But if drawbridges often malfunction, here’s a bridge in an even worse plight: It’s the Bridge to Nowhere. Built in 1936 to span the San Gabriel River between Azusa and a resort named Wrightwood in Southern California, it never felt rubber meet its roadway. A flood in ’38 washed out unfinished highways leading to and from it; now it’s only reachable via a three-hour hike where it’s used for bungee jumping. However, that’s an exception. California bridges provide vital recreational and economic links along the state’s 400,000 miles of roadways. Here, arranged according to length — longest to shortest — are six California bridges worth talking about.

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

a tube between the two cities; which also proved unworkable. In 1929, a Hoover-Young Commission decided the only feasible approach was to use Yerba Buena Island as midpoint; saving considerable costs. However, the island was a Naval base requiring Congressional approval to be a public thoroughfare. Once political, designing, bonding, engineering and regulatory procedures could be completed, construction began on July 8, 1933, and 24 workers died before the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was completed. It opened on November 12, 1936, six months ahead of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Bay Bridge is actually two bridges of relatively equal size with Yerba Buena Island in the middle. The western bridge, named for former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, is a double span suspension bridge with traffic heading into San Francisco on its upper deck and Oakland-bound cars on its lower deck. A similar bridge arrangement between Yerba Buena and Oakland partially collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, resulting in being entirely rebuilt as a combination causeway and selfanchoring suspension bridge. All traffic on this portion is on one deck resulting in it being one of the nation’s widest bridges. Of note: The cost of seismic retrofitting the bridge's eastern portion was estimated at $250 million. After political infighting, it was decided a new bridge LENGTH: 23,556’ (4.5 mi.) would be constructed. It CLEARANCE BELOW: 190’ cost $6.5 billion and took HEIGHT: 525’ six years to complete. OPENED: November 12, 1936

In 1849’s Gold Rush, supplies, along with hundreds of miners, arrived by ship in San Francisco. The City by the Bay was indeed on its way. But 20 years later, when the crosscontinent railroad terminated in Oakland, San Franciscans felt they’d no longer be the area’s preeminent city. In an effort to mitigate, in 1872 a civic character named Emperor Norton proposed a bridge across the bay, threatening arrest if city fathers didn’t respond. Respond they did, but engineering studies indicated the bay was far too deep for crossing. Thus, the idea languished for nearly 50 years. A 1921 commission explored the idea of

ARCHITECT: Charles Henry Purcell



CALIFORNIA HAS MORE THAN 50 SIGNIFICANT bridges currently serving automobiles. Significant, meaning they’re worth talking about. These are truss, arch, beam, cantilever and suspension bridges. And the state has at least four working drawbridges — the number varies, as drawbridges aren’t always working. One interesting drawbridge is Tower Bridge, which spans Sacramento River connecting Yolo County with the state capital. Completed in 1937, it’s a mechanical marvel that’s begs comparison to its namesake, London’s iconic Tower Bridge. Both are vertical lift bridges — meaning the roadway remains level as it rises between two towers, allowing watercraft to pass below.

LENGTH: 8,981 (1.7 mi.) CLEARANCE BELOW: 220’

HEIGHT: 746’ CONNECTS: San Francisco with Marin County over the Golden Gate strait OPENED: May 27, 1937


Golden Gate Bridge Credit that a Golden Gate Bridge exists largely goes to one man, Joseph Strauss, a diminutive engineer (and poet) whose early ambition was to build a bridge across the Bering Straits, connecting Asia with North America. Following the earthquake of 1906, city fathers wanted San Francisco to be the west’s most prominent metropolis and building a massive bridge sounded intriguing. So they lured Strauss west, where, in 1917, he quickly saw that wind, fog, and fierce tidal surges and currents — not to mention 350-foot deep icy water — would be major challenges. Also opposing a bridge would be ferryboat owners/operators and wary taxpayers; along with shipping and military interests fearing a collapsed bridge would corral them. And then came the Great Depression. Still, a mere two decades later, autos by the hundreds would gleefully glide across a completed Golden Gate Bridge. Once building a bridge was approved, an exhausted Strauss mysteriously disappeared and Clifford Paine, his young engineering partner, assumed control. After several near disasters, Paine solved the immense problem of constructing piers in deep, swirling and icy water. And after bonding became the least objectionable means of financing, A. P. Giannini, father of the Bank of America, declared, “California needs that bridge, we’ll take those bonds.” On January 5, 1933, construction

began and a rested Joseph Strauss reappeared, bringing with him Irving Morrow, an architect known for radical modernism. Morrow covered the bridge’s skeleton with steel Art Deco cladding and, most controversially, decided that the Golden Gate Bridge would be painted red (actually, international orange). The bridge opened on May 27, 1937, at cost slightly less than what Joseph Strauss said it would cost back in 1917: $27 million. American civil engineers list it, along with the Panama Canal, Eiffel Tower and the Chunnel, as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. For more than 25 years following its opening, the Golden Gate Bridge was the longest and tallest suspension bridge in the world. Unfortunately, over the years, it has also been a magnet for people wanting to end their lives by jumping off it. A human jumping from 220-feet reaches 80 miles per hour during the four seconds it takes to hit the water. If that doesn’t bring death, drowning, in all but very rare instances, does. In all, over 1,600 people have possibly ended their lives by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge; so many so that bridge suicides are no longer reported by local media, fearing they cause a “copy-cat” response. A plastic-covered steel suicide-preventing net is presently being installed of both sides of the bridge. Its cost: $76 million. Today, well over 100,000 cars, buses and trucks a day cross San Francisco Bay on the Golden Gate Bridge.


LENGTH: 11,178’ (2.1 mi.) CLEARANCE BELOW: 200’ HEIGHT: 205’ CONNECTS: San Diego and

Coronado over San Diego Bay COMPLETED: August 1969 ARCHITECT: Robert Mosher

San Diego and Coronado Bridge Building a bridge near a military base is never small potatoes. The military’s concern was an enemy could destroy it, trapping shipboard response in port. The Coronado Bridge was no exception. A bridge across San Diego Bay was proposed nearly 100 years ago, but voters nixed the idea. And in the 1950s, an admiral said the Navy would leave San Diego if a bridge were ever built. A decade later, in a turnaround, the Navy agreed to a bridge if an aircraft carrier could safely sail beneath it. That meant the Coronado Bridge had to hang 200 feet in the air; a worthy challenge seeing the distance to be spanned was less than two miles. In order to achieve a reasonable grade for traffic (4.5%) the bridge was designed to dramatically curve as it approached Coronado, thereby increasing its length to 2.1 miles. Construction started in February of 1967 and was finished in two and a half years.

Upon its opening, the Coronado Bridge had five lanes: Two in each direction and one defined by moveable cones, which varied in direction depending on traffic loads. But in 1981, a speeding drunk driver crashed through the cones killing a Coronado resident. The accident resulted in a barrier transfer machine being installed in 1993. The Coronado Bridge has no pedestrian or bike lanes and no shoulders. However, starting in 1986, a-once-a-year “Run/Walk the Bridge Day” was declared. Adding character to the Coronado Bridge is the presence of several enormous Chicano-inspired murals on the last few of the 27 girders supporting the span; the splash of color occurring as traffic exits the bridge and passes through a popular San Diego barrio. A far less celebratory aspect of the Coronado Bridge is that with over 400 deaths, it is second only to the Golden Gate Bridge in number of suicides resulting from leaps from its heights.


Carquinez Bridge


Following 75 years of cumbersome and dangerous ferry crossings, the first bridge across Carquinez Strait was completed in 1927 and it immediately became part of the famous Lincoln Highway that stretched all across the country. Prior to that, San Francisco-Sacramento traffic went south to Stockton then turned west into the Bay Area. The bridging of the Carquinez Straits, once considered impossible, created a direct route between the two areas as shaved considerable time off the journey. Seventy-five years later, there were three Carquinez Bridges; all in close proximity to each other. The Carquinez Bridge that opened in 1927 was a technologically advanced cantilever bridge that cost $8 million to construct. Just over 30 years later, due to heavy traffic use, a second bridge, costing $38 million, opened; it was also a cantilevered bridge. Then, due to the Loma Prieta Earthquake, a third Carquinez Bridge opened

in 2003. Bridge #3 was a suspension bridge that cost $240 million to construct. To handle traffic while bridge #2 was being retrofitted, bridge #1 was brought into service and it wasn’t until 2007 that it was dismantled. So now there are two Carquinez Bridges. The Carquinez Bridge that opened in 2003 carries westbound traffic along with lanes for pedestrians and bicyclists. It’s officially called the Alfred Zampa Memorial Bridge, named for an ironworker who labored on several Bay Area bridges, among them the original Carquinez Bridge as well as the Golden Gate Bridge. However, it could easily be called the International Bridge as its deck sections came from Japan; cable wire from Canada; cable bands from France; its suspender cables were fabricated in Missouri, its tower saddles in England and its steel caissons arrived from nearby Vallejo, California.

LENGTH: 3,465’ (.7 mi.) CLEARANCE BELOW: 148’ HEIGHT: 394’ CONNECTS: Northern California

cities of Crockett and Vallejo over San Francisco Bay COMPLETED: November, 2003


Colorado Street Bridge At slightly more than a quarter mile long, Pasadena’s Colorado Street Bridge isn’t California’s longest bridge, and at 144-feet it’s certainly not the tallest. However, having opened in 1913, it’s possibly the state’s oldest. However, the graceful concrete arch bridge, designed by architects in Missouri, soon became known as “Suicide Bridge.” Once opened, over a dozen people ended their lives by jumping — possibly led into that desperate act by the story of a worker who fell from the bridge and died after landing in wet concrete at the bridge’s base. And as America entered the Great Depression, leaps from the bridge only increased. Another publicized suicide didn’t help Colorado Street Bridge shake its gruesome nickname. In this case, a young mother threw her child off the bridge before she leaped. The result was the woman died on impact, but the infant landed softly in a tree and survived unharmed. Soon thereafter, the original railings were raised to eight-feet, yet the suicides continued. On the positive side, the Colorado Street Bridge was part of the original Route 66 until 1940 when the Arroyo Seco Freeway took away that designation, along with most of its traffic. Despite deferred maintenance also taking a toll, the bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. But in 1989, the Loma Prieta Earthquake resulted in the bridge being closed until 1993. It was then that $27 million was put into retrofitting it, restoring its Beaux Arts details and reopening it. However, suicides continue to cloud the picture. Even though in the 2016 romantic musical La La Land, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling took an evening stroll across the 109-year-old Colorado Street Bridge, its sides have 10-foot tall chain-link fences in an effort to contain suicides. Now locals now say the bridge is haunted.

Pasadena and Los Angeles over the Arroyo Seco gorge COMPLETED: December, 1913 ARCHITECT: Waddell and Harrington of Missouri For more info, scan here



LENGTH: 1,486’ (.3 mi.) CLEARANCE BELOW: 144’ CONNECTS: Traffic between

Tower Bridge Mention Tower Bridge to a bridge aficionado and immediately London’s iconic Tower Bridge will come to mind. That’s OK. They’re both, in a way, vertical lift bridges and they have rather similar appearances. But the London bridge (it’s not the London Bridge) is 50 years older and more ornate than Sacramento’s Tower Bridge. However, seeing that it was built in the Art Deco-mad mid-1930s, and its architecture style is called Streamlined Moderne, Sacramento’s Tower Bridge has its share of embellishments. And it’s easily spotted approaching California’s state capital. Sacramento’s Tower Bridge opened on December 15, 1935, with Governor Frank Merriam releasing 1,000 white doves to spread the news. Originally, it had a large middle lane for trains to pass across, but in 1963 rail was eliminated and now only cars, bikes and pedestrians cross on it. Also of note: The span that’s lifted when ships approach that weighs over 1,000 tons. However, thanks to an equal amount of counter weights hidden in each of the towers, two measly 100-horsepower electric motors appear to do all of the, well, heavy lifting. Then there’s the matter of the Tower Bridge’s color. For years it was painted silver — and locals complained it was too glaring. Then in 1976, it was painted gold — and locals complained it faded fast and looked blah. So in 2001, a vote was taken: Should Tower Bridge be painted gold and green; gold and silver; gold and burgundy; or all gold. All gold won — and locals complained it wasn’t as gold looking as it was promised to be. But the paint job was guaranteed for 30 years; so it won’t be repainted until 2032. Stay tuned.

LENGTH: 737’ (.14 mi.) CLEARANCE BELOW: 98’ CONNECTS: Yolo County with

the state capital over the Sacramento River. COMPLETED: December, 1935 ARCHITECT: Alfred Eichler



Annual Summer Events A R O U N D T H E B AY A R E A


JUNE For more than 30 years, SFJAZZ presented the San Francisco Jazz Festival in venues around the Bay Area. But since 2013, when SFJAZZ Center opened, the festival is now concentrated in the Center and offers more than 30 shows. sfjazz.org

The Artichoke Festival takes over the Monterey County Fairgrounds with a focus on local food and entertainment and the iconic thistle. Expect artichokes prepared in a variety of ways, including: fried, grilled, steamed, ice-creamed, wrapped, sauced, reinvented and elevated in myriad ways. artichokefestival.org


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The first beer festival in Northern California to make lagers the main attraction, the Pride + Purpose Beer Festival will showcase over 50 different beers and benefit the Rosie The


Summer Concert Series. Artists

performing this year include Norah Jones, Train, Dave Matthews Band, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss to name a handful. tahoesouth.com

AUGUST If you’re a classic car enthusiast and sports car fanatic, there is no better series of events on the planet than Monterey Car Week. It’s full of auto shows, tasting events (with autos), auto memorabilia and so much more. seemonterey.com Showcasing the best in arts, crafts, food, wines and brews, games, entertainment and farm life activities, the Gravenstein Apple Fair celebrates the eponymous apple. gravensteinapplefair.com

Riveter Trust in Richmond. eastbrotherbeer.com First run in 1905, the Dipsea is the oldest trail race in America. It is run every year on the second Sunday in June. The scenic 7.4 mile course from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful courses in the world. dipsea.org

JULY This year the Marin County Fair is focusing on outdoor headline entertainment (free with the cost of fair admission) and performers such as jugglers, unicyclists, and stilt walkers roaming the grounds. Returning fair favorites include traditional

carnival rides, the Global Marketplace, food and drinks, and fireworks over the Civic Center’s Lagoon Park. fair.marincounty.org Curated by RAWdance’s Artistic Directors, Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest highlights the spectacular strength, diversity and vibrancy of the Bay Area contemporary dance scene through a two-weekend mini festival of site-specific work. ybgfestival.org World-class performances paired with culinary and wine pursuits staged in iconic wine country settings come together at Festival Napa Valley. festivalnapavalley.org. South Lake Tahoe concerts heat up in the summer and each year the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys hosts the Lake Tahoe


Take part in wine and microbrew tasting, feast on seafood and other yummy edibles, and enjoy live entertainment, top-quality arts and crafts, environmental exhibits, a kid zone and carriage rides, all at the Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Festival. bodegaseafoodfestival.com

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The Sonoma Valley Authors Festival will bring people together to hear authors from a variety of liter­a ry genres, and speakers who discuss advances being made in science, technology, and medicine. This year’s authors and speakers include Amor Towles, Isabel Allende, Mary Roach and John Markoff among others. svauthorsfest.org

Trail Blazers



Trail Blazers Is it the soil, the air, the vibe?

What is it about California that makes

it arguably the most famous of the 50 states and fifth largest economy in the world? According to the Real California Cheese campaign, it’s the sunshine. Could be, but there is something pretty darn special about the 31st state. Living in California seems to encourage innovation, inspire visionaries to actualize their visions and wow the world. From the early days when the miners of gold needed clothes tough enough to endure extreme weather and rugged terrain, a businessman named Levi Strauss solved this problem and his red-tabbed denim became recognized internationally as a symbol of quality. A fantasy-minded youth named Walt not only imagined the happiest place on earth, but fostered the Imagineering division of his eponymous company, which is now responsible for the creation, design, and construction of Disney theme parks and attractions




imagination — would anyone have thought we could hold the whole world in our hands? Steve Jobs did. And yep, California was his home. Let us introduce you to some fellow dynamic Californians.



Luxury to me is not the price of an item but the value you place on it.


Lisa Lori The Perfect Provenance Founder As the founder of The Perfect Provenance, an award-winning luxury lifestyle company, Lisa Lori has a keen appreciation for craftsmanship, quality and tradition of design. “A marriage of all my passions in one place, The Perfect Provenance brings art in all its forms — through fashion, fragrance, food and home décor — to our stores and online,” Lisa explains. The luxury boutique’s rotating collections of international, European, and American designers, along with The Perfect Provenance Signature Circle of Life fine jewelry and Smile Collections, change seasonally, inspired by culture and lifestyle trends seen around the world. In addition to Lisa work in luxury goods, she has been a passionate advocate for numerous charities including international children’s charity Operation Smile. As the mother of three children with facial anomalies, she has a unique understanding of children and families that have faced medical challenges. Since 2010, Lisa and her family have raised more than $3 million for Operation Smile through fundraising, advocacy and now, The Perfect Provenance’s Smile Collection. Originally from the East Bay, she spent more than 25 years in New York City & Greenwich, Connecticut before returning to the Bay Area in 2019. Lisa and her husband live with their family in Belvedere, California.

Lisa Lori • The Perfect Provenance • 415.797.6054 Founder@theperfectprovenance.com • theperfectprovenance.com


Why did you decide to pursue this line of work? I worked in luxury goods marketing and PR for more than 25 years and I had always wanted to open my own store. When I turned 50, I thought it was too late, but my friends and family encouraged me and I thought, “If not now, when?” Having people around you to support you is the secret sauce of life. Where did your passion originate? I have always loved fashion, travel and discovering the story behind products — luxury to me is not the price of an item, but the value you place on it. It is exciting for me to share special items I have discovered from around the world. Who has served as an inspiration to you? When I began my career, I was lucky to have a couple of female mentors who cheered me on — women who were successful but also managed family, friends and a social life. It showed me there was never an either-or choice for a career or family, but something we can create as we go along. Having your own business enables you to do that. I feel lucky every day to have a career that I love.

Trail Blazers


Our belief is that you do not have to be sick to want to feel better.

Qs Isn’t ketamine a horse tranquilizer? Yes. Like many medications, ketamine is used in both human and veterinary medicine. Ketamine is a human anesthetic; it is also an incredibly effective medication for depression. Is TMS the same as electro-shock therapy (ECT)? No. There are a multitude of differences between those modalities.

Be The Change in Mental Health Mental Wellness Clinic Be the Change in Mental Health (BTC) is a new kind of mental wellness clinic, now open in Santa Rosa and serving the North Bay. This medical clinic offers effective treatment for depression, anxiety, and PTSD using ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to help individuals suffering from these mental illnesses, as well as improve the lives of those who just want to feel better. As part of a growing movement, BTC uses psychedelic medicines to improve the mental clarity and overall psychological health of their clients. Their belief is that you do not have to be sick to want to feel better. These treatments are for anyone that wants to take that “meh” feeling out of their lives and acknowledge that “a little better” is simply not good enough. If you are curious, BTC is offering Local Getaways readers $200 off the cost of a single ketamine experience. If you decide that you want more, you may apply the discount for your single experience toward the cost of a series of treatments. Today is a better day than any to start feeling like a happier, healthier you. Be the Change Mental Health • 707.800.7568 Info@btcmentalhealth.org • btcmentalhealth.org


If BTC is doing psychedelic psychotherapy, does that mean ‘shrooms or MDMA? No. At this time, both psilocybin and MDMA are illegal in spite of growing evidence that these substances are useful for the same conditions that we are targeting for treatment at BTC. Until they are approved by the FDA the treatments at BTC will be restricted to what is legal. Is what you do like micro-dosing? No! BTC is macro-dosing! Microdosing is essentially the same as taking any other pharmaceutical medication on a daily basis. The philosophy at BTC is intensive treatment can create a discrete change to their biology and psychology to the extent that they do not need to use a substance daily to be “ok.”


Success takes persistency, consistency and determination.


Nathera Mawla Real Estate Professional As a real estate veteran in the South Bay, Nathera Mawla attributes much of her success to her worldwide travels, her love of people, and her appreciation of diverse cultures. To her clients, she is a problem solver and meets each transaction with boundless energy, creativity, and many years of experience in the ever-changing real estate market. Although luxury real estate is her specialty, Nathera is often called upon to negotiate a broad range of real estate transactions. She has successfully negotiated purchases of land, subdivisions, houses of worship, townhouses, condos, and construction projects throughout Silicon Valley. This depth of experience and knowledge have made her one of the top real estate producers in the region. Mawla is a licensed real estate broker and holds a master’s degree of fine art from San Jose State University and graduate business studies at USC. Nathera Mawla • Coldwell Banker Realty, Los Gatos 408. 348.8303 • nmawla@cbnorcal.com Nmawla.cbintouch.com • CA DRE# 00786544


Why did you decide to pursue this line of work? As a young married woman in the 1970s, I figured out that a healthy income brings freedom, power, independence, and the opportunity to make a difference in others’ lives. The real estate business gave me that opportunity. To what do you attribute your success? I love people, which makes it easy for me to connect with them and help them buy and sell homes. Success takes persistency, consistency and determination. I’ve received many awards and recognitions, and have been in the top 1% of realtors nationwide. What are your thoughts on expanding your business? I have been in the business since 1975, and I am still enjoying my work and the unique challenges each transaction offers. I am blessed to have great technical staff, and a team of lenders, title companies, and movers. We are a one-stop shop.

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Lessons I learned at a very young age informed me that it is essential to be a totally caring and conscientious listener.

” Qs Why did you decide to pursue this line of work? I love to meet people from all walks of life, and therefore it is a great joy for me to have the opportunity to support my clients with all of their real estate needs.

Zachary Cohn Real Estate Professional A sixth-generation San Franciscan, Zachary Cohn was raised in Tiburon, a waterfront community across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. An avid hiker, musician, camper and curious soul, he has explored every town, music venue and many trails throughout his home county, creating his extensive knowledge of Sausalito, Tiburon, Kentfield, Mill Valley, Novato, San Rafael, Larkspur and West Marin. On the board of Mill Valley Streamkeepers, Zach can also be found volunteering on weekends to protect these fragile habitats. As a local real estate agent, his clients have commented on his integrity, honesty, professionalism and patience. Zachary will always dedicate his full attention to everything his clients present to him. Zachary Cohn • 415.847.1983 • zachary.cohn@evusa.com Zacharycohn.evusa.com • DRE# 01314786


Is there something about your circumstances/upbringing that prepared you or set you up for success? Caring for my mother with Alzheimer’s has influenced my motivation significantly. It enabled me to provide the very best advice and service to my clients. What sets you apart from your competition? Lessons I learned at a very young age informed me that it is essential to be a totally caring and conscientious listener — every single word matters! I apply this to my clients because understanding all their goals is always my top priority.


People need to be more gentle with their skin.

Qs What are some common misconceptions people have about cosmetic surgery? That the work is done when you leave the doctor’s office. A week after surgery, when the stitches are out, patients should begin a series of postoperative wellness treatments to boost the lymphatic system. This helps relieve pain, reduces swelling, minimizes bruising, and speeds up the healing process.

Eva Claiborne Master Esthetician Schooled in the renowned Hungarian tradition of effective skincare therapy, Eva Claiborne is an innovative and experienced Master Esthetician and Perioperative Aesthetic Specialist with over forty years of experience. Eva provides the highest level of skincare and spa services, designed to achieve and maintain healthy beautiful skin from head to toe. In addition to her extensive European and American training, Eva has developed her own approach to skincare and launched a comprehensive line of pre- and post-operative products for plastic surgery patients — TITOK naturals®. TITOK naturals® patent pending Pre & Post Operative Wellness Treatments were formulated in conjunction with top dermatologists and plastic surgeons to address all patient needs. The line is a result of decades of experience on a global scale that embodies Eva’s unique philosophy — people need to be more gentle with their skin. Instead of stripping the skin with harsh products, a regimen of non-abrasive products and custom treatments will bring overall well-being, both before and after cosmetic procedures and surgery. The treatments are beneficial for both elective and required surgeries. Eva Claiborne • 415.435.4326 evaclaiborne@gmail.com • tiburonskincare.com


What kind of facials do you offer? So many! Along with the 80 minute HydraFacial-Platinum, one of our most popular treatments is the Hungarian Bliss. This facial combines the remarkable effects of Hungary’s mineral-rich thermal waters with the science of mineral cosmetology — a delivery system that enables a potent blend of minerals to be absorbed by the epidermis and dermis to cleanse, nourish, protect, and restore the skin’s natural balance. What is your favorite summer skin care product? I love layering TITOK naturals® Antioxidant Serum under my SPF. This high potency multi-C cocktail drenches the skin in an infusion of powerful antioxidants and offers advanced protection from photo aging, UV damage and hyperpigmentation. It’s loaded with good-for-you ingredients like astaxanthin — the strongest antioxidant vitamin in nature — and ferulic acid, which neutralizes free radicals and helps to prevent UV damage.


Potatoes Worthy of Knighthood

Hear ye, hear ye! The humble potato hath risen in rank. By Christina Mueller

just a few. (A resurgence is bringing them back.) It’s also worth noting that boiled potatoes are ranked number one in terms of satisfying foods, beating out protein-packed eggs, cheese and even steak. As humans rediscover the fleshy, surprisingly nutritious tuber as a

global comfort food, potatoes are stepping out, getting makeovers (in the hands of chefs) and becoming something we can once again cheer. Carbs be damned, here come the potatoes! For more info, scan here

BAY AREA POTATO STYLINGS An admittedly incomplete guide to where to eat potatoes done up as they should be.

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Gregoire Berkeley Potato Puffs On the menu for over 20 years is chef Grégoire Jacquet’s signature potato puff. A batter made with baked Russet potatoes is scooped into the fryer and cooked until the exterior is golden and crispy but pillowy soft and hot on the inside. Chef serves them with a seasonally flavored house-made mayonnaise.

Low Bar Oakland Corn and Sweet Potato Fritters Chef Matt Meyer plays with American and Mexican ingredients creating instant

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classics like his potato and corn fritter. Adding sweet potato puree to nixtamalized corn flour and roasted corn adds sweetness and heft to the fritters before they are fried in rice bran oil, then seasoned with salt and ancho chile powder. The flavor is at once true to Mexico and right at home in NorCal.

Horn Barbecue Oakland Granny’s Potatoes Russet potatoes are cubed while slightly firm and blended with green onions, sharp cheddar and house-made cream of mushroom soup before more cheddar cheese is added, resulting in gooey potatoes with a crisp edge. It’s a dish to cherish, one that lodges chef Matt Horn’s tribute to a casserole his grandmother made for family gatherings in the firmament of hallowed family memory and of modern barbecue side dish in equal measure.


The humble potato should be knighted. Densely caloric, it has sustained human populations across the globe for millennia. Peru, where the tuber first flourished some 7-10,000 years ago, nurtured over 4,000 varieties before the Spanish conquest of the region reduced the cultivars to

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Magnolia Park Kitchen Potato Chips Proprietor Robert Wellbeloved swears by Chipperbec potatoes for his San Rafael restaurant’s perfect potato chips. Grown for low sugar and low moisture, Chipperbec’s are a fryer’s dream — “They are the best for frying,” Wellbeloved confirms. Available alongside the restaurant’s sandwiches or as a side order, these chips are manually sliced on a mandolin and soaked in a water bath before hitting the fryer for a 350°F stint in canola oil. Emerging golden, the chips are hit with a 10-ingredient sprinkle that adds a smoky, spicy sweetness, the perfect foil for the firm snap of the chip.

La Q Sweet Potato Taco One of seven fillings for the street tacos and calzados (a type of riceless burrito), red garnet potatoes already pack a flavorful punch. The team maximizes the seductress’s assets by griddling diced potato — some with peel still attached — with rice bran oil until brown. The deep red potatoes are then tossed in La Q’s mojo seasoning (trust us, it’s delicious) before a final steam softens their texture. Only now is the singular potato ready to be wrapped in a tortilla before it makes its way to your mouth.


Johnny Doughnuts Vegan Sweet Potato Doughnut Made with a raised dough, the addition of roasted sweet potatoes adds subtle nutty flavor and moisture while creating a soft yet somehow lofty bite. While the cooking oil and temperature surely an important part of Johnny’s inimitable texture, the Larkspur and San Rafael teams kept this detail under wraps, preferring to let the dough speak for itself.


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Mr. Potato Chef Manish Tyagi is known for updating traditional Indian dishes at his Los Altos restaurant and his spin on a russet blends influences from his world travels. Affectionately known as a potato tornado for its hasselback-ish shape, the russets at the heart of the dish are double-fried for enough crispness to support the dish’s unique architecture. Placed atop a trio of chutneys and sprinkled with cilantro chutney powder and black salt, it redefines the fried potato in the best way.

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Beloved throughout Spain is a classic dish from the Barcelona region equitably named for its accompanying sauce. In Los Altos, executive chef Oscar Cabezas makes his bravas with Yukon Golds, soaking the spuds for 24 hours to remove excess starch. Deep-fried, the potato triangles are topped with house made aioli and a sauce thick with tomatoes, garlic and onion for a taste of “Barca” that resembles no other. “There are countless nuances between potato types and this dish is definitely our most loved tapa — in our restaurants but also in Spain in general,” Cabezas says. “It is always appealing."

ROOH Palo Alto Sweet Potato Chaat A popular North Indian street food snack, aloo (potato) chaat originated in northern India in the late 17th century during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. At Rooh’s peninsula location, cubes of sweet potato are steamed, then lightly coated with spices, rice flour and corn flour in preparation for a dip in the fryer. More spices, red onion, cilantro and a dash of sweet and sour yogurt mousse flavored with rose water grace the concoction, which is further topped with kale tempura and a chutney holy trinity — cilantro, tamarind and mint. Crispy dried chickpea discs push the dish to 11 on the crunchy scale.

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San Francisco Bix Potato Pillows

“It’s been our signature item since 2002,” says chef-partner Bruce Hill. Hill prefers Kennebecs, using them in Bix’s fries as well. Inspired by a Chinese recipe for taro puffs, Hill’s pillows went through plenty of trial and error before landing on a lacy, football-shaped concoction that is puffy and creamy. The batter is about ¾ potato, ¼ taro made with baked Kennebecs that, once they hit the rice bran oil at exactly 375°F, look like they are falling apart but results in layers of lace. “It seems like a mistake, Hill says. A craveable mistake that has become synonymous with the restaurant. Hill tops his with American sturgeon caviar and Straus crème fraiche. Could a glass of Champagne be far behind?

Campton Place Bistro Bar Truffle Fries The perfect French fry is a deceptively simple dish and, in this case, the black truffle shavings atop the fries hog all the glory. Yes, the essence of truffle is

remarkable and embeds the dish deep into your senses, but it is the crisp on the Russet potatoes, searingly hot with a give under your teeth, that exposes the potatoes peacock-like strut and reignites the truffles’ aromas in the best way. Ernest BBQ Japanese Sweet Potato Baked until creamy, Japanese sweet potato gets the royal treatment in the hands of chef and owner Brandon Rise. Cut in half, then smoked over fig wood, the purple-skinned potato with cream-colored flesh is grilled and coated in tare glaze and honey butter. “The sum of everything together is greater than its parts,” Rise says.

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Seafood Hotspots ALONG THE SONOMA COAST By Matthew Poole

One of my oldest memories as a kid is my family piling into our Volkswagen bus and driving from Sacramento to Bodega Bay to load up on Dungeness crab. We would set up camp at Doran Regional Park, then spend the next couple of days feasting on fresh crab, cioppino, clam chowder, fish and chips, and as much salt water taffy as we could choke down. Now older and saner, I usually opt for a cozy suite at The Lodge at Bodega Bay, but the family feasting tradition continues — when it’s time for fresh straight-out-ofthe-ocean seafood, we head to the Sonoma Coast.


Oyster Shucking The world is definitely your oyster at Bodega Bay Oyster Company, which has been family-owned and -operated since 1985. Martin Strain and his children, Whittaker and Lindsey, farm 92 acres of plankton-rich waters in Tomales and Bodega Bay with the mission of supplying sustainably-farmed shellfish while maintaining their standing as active stewards of the marine environment. Grab oysters to go or eat them outside at one of the picnic tables, but I suggest checking out their on-site tasting room, Bodega Cellars. w

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Dungeness Crabbing There are two ways to do Bodega Bay right, depending on your skill set, budget, and willingness to get your hands dirty. The old-school way (and highly recommended for adventurous families) is to set up camp at Doran Regional Park, buy a crab net at Diekmann’s Bay Store and head to the Spud Point Marina pier. Because it is a public pier, you don’t need a fishing license; 10 Dungeness crabs is the daily limit for recreational crabbers, and all crabs must be a minimum size of 5 3/4 inches. Walk to the end of the pier, tie some raw chicken parts to the bottom of the crab net with string (necks and backs work best — other options are fish carcasses

and cat food), and plop it in the bay. While you’re waiting for the crabs to fight over your chicken parts, head across the street to Spud Point Crab Company, a tiny take-out stand with picnic tables in the front. Everything, including the clam chowder, crab cakes, and crab sandwiches is homemade. I’m going to start an argument here and claim they make the best clam chowder in California (and people, I’ve tasted a lot of clam chowders). After your seafood feast, walk back over to the pier and pull up the nylon rope to see what’s for dinner. You’ll want to bring an ice-filled cooler to keep your catch in, and some camping chairs as well (crab fishing involves a lot of waiting). To learn more about crabbing go to the Crab-o-licious website. crab-o-licious.com


Clam Digging Since you’re already grubby, get down and dirty at the beach by hunting for clams, which you can do year-round at Bodega Bay. The only skill required is digging (kids love doing this), and the only equipment is a shovel and a sturdy bag. A good pair of rubber boots is nice too, but not a deal breaker. The rest is pretty straightforward. 1) Find a good spot. (Hint: try the western side of Bodega Bay.) 2) Wait for low tide. 3) Search the sand closest to the water for a small, bubbling siphon hole, then dig like heck with whatever’s handy. (A narrow clamming shovel works best.) A California fishing license is required for anyone over 16; you can get a single-day license at many sporting-goods stores and bait shops. Limits apply.

View Dining Okay, so camping, crabbing, shucking and clamming isn’t for everyone, so for those of you who prefer their crab pre-caught, pre-cooked, pre-cracked, and served on a platter in a warm restaurant with drawn butter, cocktail sauce, and a flute of champagne — not a problem. In the center of Bodega Bay are two large seafood restaurants, The Tides Wharf & Restaurant and Lucas Wharf Restaurant & Bar that serve Dungeness crab in all the classic variations: cakes, cocktails, cracked, hot sandwiches, salads, chowders, cioppino, and more. Be sure to ask for a table overlooking the ocean. r

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Monterey Peninsula Getties

Readers’ Choice

Welcome to our second-ever Getties! This time we’re homing in on the gorgeous swath of land that encompasses Monterey and its surrounding municipalities — including Carmel-by-the-Sea, of course — down to Big Sur. Known the world over for its beauty, California’s rugged coast is also lauded for its farm-fresh and innovative cuisine, as well as its wide assortment (read: not just expensive) of remarkable lodging options. Consider this your fail-safe guide to the region. Bolded selections are Readers’ Choice. By Mark C. Anderson


BEST LUXURY HOTELS Bernardus Lodge & Spa Carmel Valley Ranch Casa Palmero L’Auberge Carmel

Post Ranch Inn The Inn at Spanish Bay The Lodge at Pebble Beach Ventana Big Sur

Monterey Tides Sanctuary Beach Resort Spindrift Inn The Inn at Spanish Bay

BEST WATERFRONT HOTELS InterContinental the Clement Monterey Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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BEST ROMANTIC HOTELS Casa Palmero Cypress Inn L’Auberge Carmel Tally Ho The Hideaway Ventana Big Sur

BEST WELLNESS HOTELS Bernardus Lodge & Spa Carmel Valley Ranch Esalen Institute Hyatt Regency Monterey Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa Ventana Big Sur


BEST VALUE HOTELS Big Sur Campground and Cabins Carmel Mission Inn Carmel Valley Lodge

Portola Hotel & Spa Tickle Pink Inn The Getaway

BEST GROUP GETAWAY HOTELS Asilomar Lodge Carmel Valley Ranch Hyatt Carmel Highlands Quail Lodge Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa Sanctuary Beach Resort

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BEST BREAKFAST Big Sur Bakery The Butter House


Big Sur River Inn & Restaurant Corkscrew Cafe Epsilon Haute Enchilada Café Hula’s Island Grill La Bicyclette Restaurant Lucia Restaurant & Bar Mangia Eat on Main


Nepenthe Pescadero Carmel Phil’s Fish Market & Eatery Sandbar and Grill Schooners Monterey Villa Azteca


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Aubergine Bistro Moulin Casanova The C restaurant + bar Cultura Comida y Bebida Grasing’s Gusto Handcrafted Pizza and Pasta Heirloom Pizza Co. Il Tegamino La Balena Nepenthe Passionfish


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Sandbar and Grill Vivolo’s Chowder House



Big Sur River Inn Big Sur Smokehouse Big Sur Taphouse Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn Nepenthe Sierra Mar at Post Ranch The Sur House at Ventana Wild Coast Sushi Bar

Bayonet and Blackhorse Grill Beach House at Lovers Point Cafe Fina Coastal Kitchen/Schooners Mission Ranch Monterey Bay Aquarium Osteria Al Mare Pacific’s Edge Highlands Inn Sierra Mar Stillwater Bar & Grill/The Bench Tides Waterfront Kitchen


Abalonetti Bar & Grill Fisherman’s Grotto The Fish Hopper Fishwife Flaherty’s Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar

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A Magical Place

purchased Filoli. Mrs. Roth was heiress to the Matson Shipping fortune and her husband was president of the firm. At the time of purchase, the couple had a 21-year-old son and twin teenage daughters. The Roths entertained lavishly; their most notable party being the 1939 debutant ball where, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, “the twins were launched like luxury liners.” Then in 1943, William Roth suffered a stroke and later died at age 83. Lurline Matson Roth continued to maintain the estate indulging her interests in horsemanship and gardening. In 1975, Filoli was put on the market for sale. When a buyer made a serious offer, but Matson Roth learned they would not allow public visitors. This caused her to donate the estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Ten years later, Lurline Matson Roth died at age 95. Today, Filoli employs a staff of 60, more than 1,200 volunteers and is open daily in Woodside. filoli.org


The Filoli Estate and Gardens is a popular Bay Area destination for horticulturists and history buffs alike. The 54,250-square-foot country estate 25 miles south of San Francisco sits on 654-acres with a 56-room manor that includes 17 fireplaces, 16 baths and 24 bedrooms. Diverse and lavish gardens occupy 16 acres. Development cost was $425,000 in 1917, approximately $16 million in today’s dollars. The name Filoli? It’s from William Bourn’s motto: FIght for a just cause; LOve your fellow man; and LIve a good life. The country estate was built by Agnes and William Bourn, II. Bourn’s money came from gold mining, supplying water to San Francisco through the Spring Valley Water company and forming a company that would eventually become Pacific Gas & Electric. At age 55, he believed it was time to “grow young” at Filoli, but in 1921 he suffered a stroke which kept him in a wheelchair until his death in 1936. In 1937, William P. and Lurline Matson Roth

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