Downtown Berkeley California's Arts District Culture offers three main venues: The BAMPFA Museum for art, Berkeley Rep for theater, and Freight & Salvage for music.
Though the great burst of the California Gold Rush occurred in the foothills east of Sacramento, one intriguing more northerly strike happened west of the present-day city of Redding at Shasta.
The unexpected and explosive eruption of volcanic Lassen Peak in far northern California, in the spring of 1914, caught the imagination of the entire U.S.
Creating Redwood National and State Parks, preserving the tallest of the tall trees, was a milestone in California's awakening environmental awareness.
Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto, a Berkeley landmark restaurant in the culinary history of the West, recently closed, after 128 years of serving seafood. California magazine used two of my photos to illustrate its retrospective article.
A relatively new art form now proliferates in San Francisco. It is called "light art," meaning the use of light to create art sculptures, at night, with the City as the dark canvas.
The December Holidays/Christmas in San Francisco presents a magical and festive time. Enjoy it with an abundance of no-cost or low-cost celebration at three main venues—Union Square, Embarcadero/Market Street, and Pier 39.
More than a million migratory geese and ducks in California's north-of-Sacramento wildlife refuges breathe California Camp Fire smoke. This same smoke disrupts life for humans in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A wondrous natural event occurs north of Sacramento each winter in California. The phenomenon is the annual migration from Canada and the Arctic (including Russia) to Northern California of millions of waterfowl, both geese and ducks.
Travel to historic Eureka, California, takes you back to the boomtown era in redwood lumbering. See lumber baron William Carson's Victorian palace home.
Ferndale is a pleasant village with striking Victorian architecture along the northwest coast of California. Lumber and dairy industries created the original prosperity here. Tourism and art now augment as engines of the local economy.
The historic and ongoing struggle to save redwood trees is one of the major stories in Northern California. Immerse yourself in this saga of redwood grandeur with a journey north from San Francisco on Highway 101 to the Avenue of the Giants.
If you’re looking for a travel-excursion antidote to depressing environmental news, consider an outing to view the saved-from-extinction Tule Elk at Point Reyes National Seashore in Californa. Point Reyes is about an hour north of San Francisco.
Many in the writer community now ponder strategies for improving our blogs and websites as writers, authors, and publishers. Several of us present on these subjects at publishing events.
Barbados is a Caribbean island offering the traveler Bajan civility under the Caribbean sun. From its white sand beaches to its seafood cuisine, Barbados presents an appealing option for the Caribbean traveler.
If you enjoy natural beauty in California, seeing the pageant of fall color in the aspen trees along Highway 395 in the eastern Sierra should be high on your to-do list.
Google asked me to participate with Local Tips on the San Francisco segment of its new product, called Touringbird, now covering 20 worldwide cities.
When it's autumn in America, during September and October, Pumpkin Patches are springing back to life, with many children dreaming of their pumpkin of this year. One example is Ardenwood Park, featuring the historic Perry Farms, in Fremont, California. The October Pumpkin Patch celebration leading up to Halloween is an ideal time for a visit.
California's Healdsburg is a quintessential small town in the Sonoma Wine Country north of San Francisco.
One of the most engaging early books about 19th-century California is Robert Louis Stevenson's account of his 1880 visit to the Napa Valley, titled The Silverado Squatters.
Mormon entrepreneur Sam Brannan was among the first to see the possibilities of the hot springs of Calistoga as a major travel attraction in Northern California's Napa Valley.
While many adventurers were drawn to California in search of gold nuggets, some discovered that the true gold was to be found in agriculture. No agricultural product was pursued with more passion than the growing of grapes and the making of wine, especially Cabernet wine in the Napa Valley.
Tiburon is an engaging place to consider visiting when you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area. This small town lies on the north side of the Bay.
I went alone into a nine-day Mammoth Lakes/Eastern Sierra of California trip in June 2018 with some fears in mind. I was then nearly 75 years old, officially so on July 23.
A California back roads trip from the Bay Area across Tioga Pass in Yosemite’s High Country along Highway 120 offers an exciting adventure.