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The Pelican Inn and Muir Beach

The Pelican Inn and Muir Beach

If you’re looking for a beautiful spot near San Francisco to explore on a sunny day, Muir Beach is a wonderful option. The beach is popular with surfers, family picnickers, and hikers exploring the extensive trails nearby. During summertime, you will often find beachgoers using the established fire rings for barbecues and evening bonfires. If you’re looking for the perfect photo opportunity, be sure to check out Muir Beach Overlook which is only a short drive from the beach. The…

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The Thatcher Hotel – Hopland

The Thatcher Hotel – Hopland

I recently had the opportunity to visit and tour this newly renovated and opened hotel in the tiny town of Hopland. Situated amongst the oak-covered rolling foothills of Northern California, Hopland sits on the west bank of the Russian River and serves as a gateway to the Redwoods of Northern California and the Emerald Triangle. Here you’ll find vineyards, ranches, and farmland alongside wineries, antique shops, and a rich local culture. While not yet really on everyones radar, this historic landmark building…

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Need a Local Concierge?

Need a Local Concierge?

Sometimes you just need a little more help planning your visit to Sonoma County, and especially the Sonoma Coast. We are pleased to recommend Sonoma Concierge, who can provide everything from airport transfers to customized tours focused on Wine and Cheese, Beer and Oysters, and even a Bodega Bay Beach and Hitchcocks’s “The Birds” tour. Let these experts give you the true lay of the land, and tell them the folks at Locals Travel Tips sent you to receive a…

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Car Camping at Harbin Hot Springs

Car Camping at Harbin Hot Springs

Recently I decided to pay a visit to Harbin Hot Springs just outside Middletown in Lake County. This beautiful property was almost lost to The Valley Fire of 2015.  With an estimated half-million Harbin trees burned, it has been a priority for Harbin to protect and ensure the long-term safety and health of land, groundwater, and wildlife. Since I had not visited during the properties heyday, I was able to enjoy the property without comparing it to years past. This particular trip also marked…

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A Visit to Anderson Valley

A Visit to Anderson Valley

Last Spring I took a little side trip with some friends to spend a few days in Anderson Valley. We drove about an hour north from Geyserville  through beautiful scenery to get there. The region is most known for its Pinot Noirs and growing some of the best Pinot grapes around. We checked into the Boonville Hotel, run by Johnny and Marcus, two very lovely gentlemen. The hotel has a charming, rustic feel and we got to stay in some…

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Two-day side trip to Mendocino

Two-day side trip to Mendocino

On a recent trip to California from the East Coast, I was lucky enough to be able to take a two-day side trip to Mendocino.  What a treat!  The drive from Geyserville (my home base) to Mendocino set the tone right from the start.  For anyone that has not had the opportunity to take Highway 128 from Cloverdale to Mendocino I highly recommend it.  Be prepared to take your time and enjoy.  The road is small and very windy.  At…

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Climbing Rose Cottage & Studio

Climbing Rose Cottage & Studio

I have been getting a lot of requests lately asking about places to stay in Geyserville. I can personally vouch for this one…and the best part is you can walk right to Locals. Take a look. Located in the Heart of the Alexander Valley in downtown Geyserville, and named for the ancient rose bush that climbs seductively along a tree on the private driveway; the cottage has two queen-size bedrooms and one bath, a living room with fireplace, fully-equipped kitchen…

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