Thu04242014

Travel

Girls' getaways: From desert to deluxe, adventure awaits


Courtesy of JW Marriott
With three pools and gondolas that travel the hotel’s waterways, the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa provides the ideal backdrop for a girls’ getaway.

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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 (travelswithteri.com) 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.”

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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.

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Wonderful Watsonville: Day trip highlights agricultural roots


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
A mural painted on the side of a Watsonville building pays homage to the area’s agricultural legacy and promotes its bounty of crops.

It may not have the cachet of some other Northern California hot spots, but a day trip to Watsonville brings you closer to nature and to Steinbeck country.

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