Redwoods. Vineyards. Mountain towns nestled in pine trees. Scenic coastal views. Otters. Sea lions. Ponies, for some reason? Fresh oysters. It kinda sounds like I’m describing a bunch of different locations, doesn’t it? Nope: I’m describing one small destination in Northern California, located just a couple of hours north of San Francisco. It’s the PERFECT romantic weekend getaway from San Francisco!
This is the story of our very first hiking disaster: the first time we ever attempted to casually complete a hike only for it to go horribly, terrible, very very wrong. Learn from our mistakes, laugh at our stupidity, and learn what to do if you find yourself bawling on the edge of a cliff miles away from civilization. But the real moral of the story here is never listen to Jeremy
when it comes to hiking.
Don’t call it Frisco. The fog is named Karl. You can be naked in public. There’s a herd of bison on the park. There are so many weird, unique things about San Francisco that totally threw me when I moved to this odd little microcosm, expecting to find some kind of cross between New York and Los Angeles (lol, no). I could not have been more unprepared for the culture shock I experienced: San Francisco is a city unlike any other in the United States. So I thought I’d take a stab at depicting this amazing place in the only way I know how: with a mildly helpful guide to random stuff nobody tells you about San Francisco.
Paso Robles, California is the Central Coast’s answer to Napa. But there’s so much more than just world-class wine: there are also spirit distilleries and craft breweries galore, plus an incredible local food scene. I’m not going to lie: we went full lush in Paso Robles. It’s the booze tourist’s dream destination! Here’s where to get your drink on, and what to eat in between delicious tastings.
We’re San Francisco coffee snobs. Like, if it isn’t single-origin specialty coffee roasted to absolute perfection and brewed to order using a system of convoluted scientific-looking objects made out of glass and wood that takes at least 15 minutes longer than necessary to create, we just won’t drink it. We asked a local barista friend for his list of the 10 best coffee shops in San Francisco that are up to our snobby standards. Bonus FREE map included!
I grew up on the Central Coast in California. The Central Coast offers everything from scenic vistas and stunning outdoor beauty, to foodie finds, a booze traveler’s dream destination, and adorable marine wildlife critters (like adorable otters, harbor seals, and sea lions). Sadly, this part of California is relatively unknown outside of the state. As such, my wife seems to think that the Central Coast must be either Norcal or SoCal. Let the record stand: the Central Coast is it’s own thing. And it’s AWESOME.
When people think of the Bay Area’s amazing food scene, they typically think of San Francisco. In our extremely biased opinions (as Oakland residents for 4 years) the food in Oakland is hella underrated: chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits, spongy Ethiopian injera bread, sizzling Korean bulgogi, bubbling mac & cheese… these are Oakland’s flavors. If you haven’t explored Oakland as a foodie (I see you, people who only come to Oakland for Warrior’s games), here’s a complete list of our favorite restaurants in Oakland to get you started on your next trip to the Bay Area!
We designed an incredible self-guided craft beer bar crawl – by bike – on the Strand in South Bay, Los Angeles! Drink locally brewed craft beer in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Manhattan Beach as you and your fave dudes ride around on gnarly beach cruisers catching chill vibes.
We may have packed up all of our belongings and flown to South America, but we left our hearts in San Francisco. Over the 7 years Jeremy lived in the Bay Area and the 4 years I lived there, we amassed a wealth of knowledge about the best things to do and see in San Francisco. This walking tour covers 8 unique neighborhoods in 6 miles. Plus, get a FREE San Francisco Walking Tour Printable Map and Directions!
When it comes to your partner or companion, it’s important to be able to read each other. Lia and I have a few different check-ins that we say to each other that hold different meanings in our partnership. One of them is “Is this surfing?” This is the story of the birth of that expression, and a lesson of caution about trying new things. At least, that’s how I introduce this story. Lia likes to call it “that time I almost got stung to death by a million jellyfish.”
The year I turned 21, I worked at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I did an internship through the College Program at Walt Disney World and worked at Soarin’ Over California, in Epcot. Of course, it was magical. One very useful thing I learned from my time as a Disney Cast Member was what I call Disney Parks Strategy (“strat” for short, because it makes me sound like a spy or someone very important). I’ll never visit Disney World or Disneyland the same way ever again. And I want to share all of my insider Disney tips with you, too! Here are the things you need to know before you go to the Disney Parks!
One of the most important people you will meet in your life is your travel companion. We didn’t realize we were perfect adventure partners at first. We had to find our stride. And we found that stride after a diabolical rock, a totaled car, mountain stoners, a broken French Press, and a 10 hour ride in a tow truck.
If you live in the Bay Area, very weekend is a chance to explore one of California’s many iconic destinations. Within a few hours drive from San Francisco at any time of the year there’s beach, forest, mountains, snow, desert… anything your heart desires. If you leave Friday night and come back Sunday night, your weekend will feel like a vacation. It’s our favorite way to satiate our wanderlust between big trips!
I haven’t always been a hiker. In fact, when I moved out to the San Francisco Bay Area, a 5 mile hike sounded like a huge challenge. Anything over 5 miles required a day-pack filled with water, snacks, first aid, emergency supplies, an emailed itinerary to friends and family … you know, preparation.But now that I can safely call myself a (very slow) intermediate hiker, anything under 5 miles feels like a walk in the park (literally – ever tried walking through Golden Gate Park??). So after a few years of experiential research (there were spreadsheets) I’ve put together a list of my favorite intermediate level San Francisco Bay Area hikes! I bet you haven’t heard of some of these!