Browsed by
Category: Tours and Activities

The Mission District – Shopping and Activities

The Mission District – Shopping and Activities

Alongside the delicious restaurants and unique breweries explored in the previous post (The Mission District – Restaurants), The Mission is also home to many fun thrift stores, boutiques, bookstores, and galleries. This list gives some recommendations for shopping spots to check out during your visit: https://www.sftravel.com/article/san-francisco-shopping-guide-mission One of my favorite places to stop at is Dog Eared Books at 900 Valencia St. Dog Eared Books is known for its soothing atmosphere that encourages you to relax and explore the shelves to…

Read More Read More

Haight Ashbury and Club Deluxe – San Francisco

Haight Ashbury and Club Deluxe – San Francisco

San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury District is a popular destination for folks looking to spend a fun day enjoying the city’s history and culture, but with so many stores and restaurants to explore knowing some local favorites can help you decide which places are a must-see.  While strolling down Haight Street enjoying its vibrant street art and classic hippie hangouts, this list recommends some shopping spots you shouldn’t skip: The San Francisco Shopping Guide to the Haight-Ashbury Some local favorites include Amoeba…

Read More Read More

Green Gulch Farm – Muir Beach

Green Gulch Farm – Muir Beach

If you’re looking for a peaceful day full of natural beauty and calm, Green Gulch Farm provides a relaxing escape just 10 miles north of San Francisco. This cozy outpost of the San Francisco Zen Center is nestled between the hills surrounding Muir Beach. It is home to the Green Dragon Temple, or Soryu-ji, a Buddhist practice center offering training in Zen meditation and philosophy. Surrounded by fields, hills, and trees, Green Gulch provides a vast space for reflection and…

Read More Read More

Some useful lists from Sonoma Magazine to check out when you visit

Some useful lists from Sonoma Magazine to check out when you visit

If you’re planning a visit to Sonoma County in 2020, here are a few guides that will help you plan your trip: Best Sonoma Wineries for First-Time Visitors Best Sonoma Restaurants for First-Time Visitors 20 Favorite Hikes in Sonoma County 20 Things to Do by The Russian River The Best Hidden Gem Restaurants in Every Sonoma County Town

Bamboo Sourcery – Sebastopol

Bamboo Sourcery – Sebastopol

I have lived in this area for over 20 years now…but I had never visited Bamboo Sourcery before and turns out it is so worth seeing. Bamboo Sourcery is a unique bamboo-exclusive specialty nursery tucked among the forested hills near Sebastopol, California. They carry literally hundreds of bamboo varieties from all over the world and have beautiful and extensive demonstration gardens. You can wander through a forest of bamboo, picnic by a little pond and learn all about the over 300 varieties…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

Taking a Hike

Taking a Hike

Sonoma County offers some of the best hikes around. Here are a couple of our local favorites: Taylor Mountain Regional Park – Panoramic views make this a great hike for those who want to see panoramic views from 1,000 feet. Open daily from 7 am until sunset. Start at 3820 Petaluma Hill Road in Santa Rosa. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park – This hike offers 25 miles located in the Mayacamas Mountains between the valleys of Napa and Sonoma. There is…

Read More Read More

Geyserville History Museum

Geyserville History Museum

Are you a small town history buff? if so do not pass up a visit to the newly opened Geyserville History Museum. Owned by town historian and defect mayor 80 year old Harry Bosworth with his daughter Gretchen you will find lots of amazing memorabilia and historical artifacts housed inside this 1902 building in the center of Geyserville. Enter through the charming Bosworth Store and check out the large array of hats for sale. Open 11AM to 7PM Thursday through…

Read More Read More

Roses, Roses and More Roses

Roses, Roses and More Roses

If you find yourself in Healdsburg during the months of April and May then be sure to check out this little known treasure where you can enjoy perfume harvest tours complete with a full demonstration of a rose distillation to rose water and rose oil. The aromas will stay with you even after you leave….trust us on this one. A great nursery with a large and sumptuous selection of exquisite roses, available April thru May plus a few special events in…

Read More Read More