Where to Go From San Fran: 12 Trips within 4 Hours

by Crystal Meers
Photo: / Flickr

 You've gone west. Okay, so, what's next?  See . Then take a day trip in a new direction. 


Enough time to get across the bay.

1. Sausalito
Shop for classic California ceramics from 's original studio and showroom. Take in the cityscape and bay view from at Cavallo Point. Make a weekend trip of it, starting at .

2. Oakland
Start with Top Chef judge and California locavore crusador, Anya Fernald's go-to shops and eateries. Stay long enough for dinner at .

3. Berkeley
It's not as hard as it sounds to squeeze into lunch at , which would mean there would be time to hit for dinner. In between, sift through the gift shop darling of the blogosphere, Tail of the Yak (2632 Ashby Ave.; +1-510-841-9891). For the hungry and ambitious, consider a 24-hour blitz through the Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood.

Point Reyes

Point Reyes lighthouse. Photo: / Flickr


Stop at for morning buns before you hit the road and get back in time for an end-of-the-day ice cream at .

4. Point Reyes
Crack crab claws at Fisherman's Wharf but save the bivalve shucking for a picnic table at overlooking Tomales Bay. Stroll out to the on the windiest spit of land on the Pacific Coast.  makes a good case for extending your day-trip to a long weekend getaway.

5. Sonoma County
Wind through stopping for sips at and .  gather the best of the bay area food and sundries under one, giant roof. But first, check out Gentedimontagna's guide to Napa and Sonoma

6. Halfmoon Bay
Pay a visit to the or see the sights via pony on a guided ride with . Chow down on crab cioppino at the.

Yuba River

Yuba River. Photo: / Flickr


The scenery and a folk pop playlist make it easier to power through to the final destination of the day.

7. Nevada City
Pick up a and head down to the banks of the . Sleep over at the for a (possibly haunted) holiday.

8. Santa Cruz
Surf's up. Shred with pros or just lay on the beach like one. There are positive vibrations around lunch at . Here's everything you need to know from bay to boardwalk in Santa Cruz.

9. Mendocino
Hike , then bolt for the local breweries. LIsten for old-timers speaking boontling, a local dialect mashing up Gaelic, Spanish, and Pomoan steaming from Booneville's counter culture roots.


Photo: Courtesy of Basecamp Hotel


Pack an overnight bag for this one.

10. Sea Ranch
Check into the . Marvel at the '60's throwback shingled houses and the organic architecture of the .

11. Lake Tahoe
Someone must have brought sneakers. (Right?) has (almost) everything else covered. Hike the basin and recover with s'mores by the firepit. 

12. Big Sur
Cruise the coast, breaking for beach at , sunset cocktails at , and country fare from the . Cozy up to cabin life at . That's just the start; there's a whole lot more to do in Big Sur.


Gentedimontagna's San Francisco Guide
A First-Timer's Guide to San Francisco
Three-Day Weekends from San Francisco



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