My long love affair with Califia is well known to many of you. This is my Valentine's Day love letter to Califia.
By Lee Foster (I am updating the 52 chapters in my book Northern California History Weekends for a new edition. This and other books of mine on California can be seen on my Amazon Author Page at http://amzn.to/1jl9Lnz). This chapter is: The...
This article on my neighborhood, Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, has appeared in the new book from the Bay Area Travel Writers, titled Taste of Travel. Alice Waters remains a presiding spirit over Berkeley’s celebrated Gourmet Ghetto. But there are newcomers also who enliven the scene.
East from San Francisco stretches the Oakland Berkeley East Bay. A visitor looking for attractions, things to see and do, can enjoy Oakland's Jack London Square, Yoshi's Jazz Club, Port of Oakland, Asiatown, Old Oakland, Preservation Park, the Paramount Theater, Lake Merritt, the Oakland Museum, and Lakeside Park and Garden Center. A visitor to Berkeley will enjoy the UC Berkeley University, also known as the University of California Berkeley, plus Chez Panisse and the Gourmet Ghetto, along with the downtown Berkeley Repertory Theater, Telegraph Avenue, many fine restaurants, and special neighborhoods such as the Elmwood.

California’s Lake Tahoe

California's Lake Tahoe is a high-altitude gem in the Sierra, good for a visit any time of the year. Highlights include Emerald Bay on the southeast edge, the Tallac Historic site of early tourism, lovely Sand Harbor on the Nevada side, and excursion boat trips on the MS Dixie.
Please permit this humor caption: Associated Press (Family Edition): In this Dec. 17, 2017, file photo, possibly asserting silliness and having fun, The Nosebleed 4 (jerseyed Paul Foster Jr and Charlie Foster, accompanied by Paul Foster and Lee Foster) share...
The December Holidays/Christmas in San Francisco is a magical and festive time. It can be enjoyed with an abundance of no-cost or low-cost celebration at three main venues—Union Square, Embarcadero/Market Street, and Pier 39.
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.
More than 500 of us gathered two days before Thanksgiving at a long Grateful Table event in remote vineyards on the Sonoma Napa county line. Visit California organized this as a tribute to first responders in the Sonoma/Napa fires and the resilience of the wine country people. Chef Tyler Florence gave an impassioned salute to the first responders who prevented the fire tragedy from becoming an even greater catastrophe.
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.