Tomales Bay, Take 2: Just As Good

My dear friend from college visited this past weekend from San Diego. I sold her on basically repeating exactly the weekend experience my brother and I had a few months ago. She obliged, and it was awesome. On the itinerary: oysters at Nick's Cove, wine tasting at Gloria Ferrer in Sonoma and a beautiful hike through Lands End near my house in San Francisco.

Truckee: An Ever-Evolving Mountain Town

I spent my childhood between San Francisco during the school months and Truckee, CA, during the winter and summer months we were out of school. My folks had built cabin in the 70s before the shmancy Tahoe Donner community was established. Over the past 15 years, Truckee has become a total destination. We graduated from remote mountain town, to resort mountain town with an exclusive second-home community, to, now, destination touting both a Ritz and owner-exclusive community in Martis Camp.