Sausalito: Explore the historical city with world-class views

Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
Sausalito offers panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay. A number of companies schedule boat tours that sail past Angel Island and Alcatraz.

On a clear day, Sausalito offers spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, ideal for impressing out-of-town guests. The tourist vibe, however, may impede Bay Area residents from taking Sausalito seriously as a weekend getaway.

“I don’t think we have enough of a draw on social media,” said Teri Goldstein, owner of Travels with Teri ( walking tours in Sausalito and an international tour operator. “We have a bad reputation” because of the hordes of tourists getting off of tour buses “Blazing Saddles-style.”


Enchanting Carmel: A fairy-tale town fit for for Snow White

Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
Some cottages in Carmel-by-the-Sea resemble dollhouses. The town’s quaint shops and meandering passageways evoke the delights of an English village.

Like most popular sites, Carmel-by-the-Sea presents a tale of two cities: the expensive, flashy and booked-up hot spot versus the low-key, fairy-tale village.

Ocean Avenue and its satellite streets deliver the shiny shops and trendy trattorias, like lively Dametra Cafe at the corner of Ocean Avenue and Lincoln Street, with long lines out the door.


New Tahoe resort offers five-star experience, with views

Courtesy of The Landing Resort & Spa
The Landing Resort & Spa in Lake Tahoe boasts guest roomswith fireplaces, flat-screen televisions and panoramic views of the lake.

The Landing Resort & Spa debuted with a big splash on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore.

The recent grand opening of the five-star, 88-room boutique hotel, restaurant, spa and conference center drew a crowd of celebrities that included model Heidi Klum and singer Babyface Edmonds.


Literary landmarks: Independent bookstores reveal cities' character

Locally owned and operated bookstores – like Shakespeare and Company in Paris – offer insight into a city’s vibe.

Travel writer Arthur Frommer, who founded the “Europe on $5 a Day” guidebooks more than a half-century ago, suggests that bookstores are a great place to meet local residents when traveling. You can find out a lot about a place and maybe even dine with natives if you attend an author lecture.


Watch the sunset under the Ojai sky for Valentine's Day

Courtesy of Meditation Mount
Meditation Mount in Ojai offers glimpses of that “pink moment” when the evening sun dips below the foothills.


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