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Colors in Nature by Fran Estrada

  The island just off of Oakland can be easy to overlook—or dismiss. Sure, Alameda might have a different pace of life than Soma—... More»


  If you picture Palm Springs as a retiree enclave trading on the faded glory of its Hollywood past, think again. The city has transformed in... More»

Safari West

  Forget paying a quarter of your rent for two nights at an overpriced hotel, or schlepping heavy tents and equipment to a campsite, only to... More»


  DRINK Apothecary-themed joints might feel a little played out, but at the... More»


  With this week’s gusty winds and perplexing weather patterns confusing San Francisco natives and tourists alike—parka in the... More»

Highway One

  With road trip season almost here, it’s time to hash out that summer bucket list. Taking Highway 1 to LA tops it for many. While the... More»

Timber Cove Inn

  When it comes to coastal North Bay towns worthy of a day trip or weekend escape from the city, Pt. Reyes Station tends to hog all the love.... More»

Mercado Roma

  At 573 square miles, the D.F. (Distrito Federal) is one of the planet’s biggest, most eclectic megalopolises. But just southwest of... More»


  Downtown Austin may be ground zero for live music, but these days the opposite side of 35 is the Texas capital’s seat of good eatin... More»


  Gone are the days of it being cool for thunderous land yachts to barrel down Highway 1. But since the gas guzzlers have been socially shunned... More»


  The straight lined road. The lack of views. The traffic. The drive from the Bay Area to Los Angeles along I-5 can be a bit of a slog. But it... More»

The view from Summerland

  Just a few miles south of the tour buses and fanny packs of Santa Barbara lies the oft-overlooked beach town of Summerland. Its half-mile... More»