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Travel

Soak up SoCal culture while exploring West, spices & art


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
The meandering path through the courtyard to SpiceStation in Los Angeles’ Silverlake District beckons visitors to explore the shop’s exotic selection of spices, herbs and teas.

If you’re visiting relatives in a strange city over the holidays, take advantage of the local museums and exotic shops. Most museums hire family education directors whose job it is to devise ways to entertain families while encouraging the kids to soak up the exhibition.

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Weekday Wanderlust highlights the joys of armchair travel


Dan Prothero/Special to the Town Crier
Travel writers at the October gathering of the Weekday Wanderlust group include, from left, James Nestor, Kimberley Lovato, Paul Rauber, Marcia DeSanctis and Lavinia Spalding.

Travel writing should either “inspire you to go somewhere or tell you about someplace you would never go because it scares you,” according to Lavinia Spalding, author and co-founder of Weekday Wanderlust.

Weekday Wanderlust is a monthly reading series in San Francisco featuring Bay Area travel writers. Speaking at the end of the October Wanderlust meeting, Spalding applauded that night’s readings from authors Marcia DeSanctis, James Nestor and Paul Rauber, senior editor of Sierra Magazine.

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Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boasts more than just top-of-the-vine wine tasting.

The heart of the tree-lined town centers on the historical Sonoma Plaza.

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Scaring up some Halloween fun


Courtesy of CambriaScarecrows.com
Handcrafted scarecrows dot downtown Cambria during the coastal town’s annual Scarecrow Festival.

Cambria’s annual Scarecrow Festival features hundreds of high-tech scarecrows through the end of October.

More than 350 scarecrows line the streets of Cambia for the entire month, each with a barcode visitors can scan with a smartphone to access information about how it was constructed.

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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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