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Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades


Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch recently upgraded its Vineyard Oak suites, which feature sweeping views, rocking chairs and private outdoor tubs for soaking under the stars.

Things are heating up at Carmel Valley Ranch, with 30 new suites targeting couples, according to a resort spokeswoman.

The 700-square-foot Vineyard Oak one-bedroom suites feature outdoor fireplaces, a concrete soaking tub, daybeds, rocking chairs, picnic tables and tree-top views with filtered light through the oaks. Natural stones and woods and glass and mosaic showers highlight the bathrooms.

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Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarters on the right and enlisted men on the left. Now it’s a resort where you can recharge your batteries.

The luxurious Cavallo Point Lodge and Healing Arts Center & Spa sits on 55 acres of sprawling National Parks land at Fort Baker, the former U.S. Army post at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito. Renovated turn-of-the-century buildings dot the horseshoe shape around the old parade ground, where pomp and circumstance once reigned. History buffs can download a guided tour.

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Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery through March 11.

The KCI Gallery at Foothill College has scheduled the exhibition “Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller,” the first solo show in the western U.S. by the Cuban photographer, through March 11.

Cañibano is slated to discuss his work 6 p.m. today in Room 1501 in Appreciation Hall at Foothill. Following his presentation, a guided walk will take guests to the nearby KCI Gallery for a reception set for 7-9 p.m., where exhibition catalogs will be available for purchase and for signing by the artist.

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Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in pockets all across the state – not as intensely as in New England, perhaps, but enough to warrant hikes and photography.

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Skylines and seagulls: Nearby getaway offers world-class views


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
Sailboats docked near The Spinnaker restaurant bob in the waters off Sausalito. The city’s Inn Above Tide boutique hotel offers scenic views of San Francisco Bay.

We woke to seagulls squawking and the San Francisco skyline in the distance resembling a pop-up greeting card.

Sausalito’s The Inn Above Tide boutique hotel has the kind of view that bigger downtown hotels can only dream about.

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