By Lee Foster Author's Note: This article "Visiting the Gardens in Santa Rosa of Luther Burbank, a Visionary of California Agriculture" is a chapter in my new book/ebook Northern California History Travel Adventures: 35 Suggested Trips. The subject is also...
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.
The “forms” in which we publish our big projects, our “books,” continue to evolve. Could a “website book” be considered a new form? What is the rationale for publishing a book as a “website book”?
A book and an article of mine recently won Society of American Travel Writers Awards.
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.
Few American cities now experience as extensive a renaissance as California's San Jose. The process of transformation in the heart of the city is so complete that a current traveler has a feeling of a work in progress.
The return of wolves to Yellowstone and the proliferation of humpback whales in Alaska are two antidotes to environmental pessimism that I have experienced.
Google asked me to participate with Local Tips on the San Francisco segment of its new product, called Touringbird, now covering 20 worldwide cities.
The Fisher Collection of contemporary art, one of the major acquisitions possible in the modern art world, now makes its first appearance at its new home, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).
I live in the age of entertainment, with Los Angeles as its capital. It is said by some that only the desire for sex exceeds the desire for entertainment. Listen as William Dougan narrates Chapter 11 “Los Angeles: The Age of Entertainment” from the audiobook release of my travel literary book Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time.
For 2011, Lee Foster won two awards. Lee’s “Balloon Man San Francisco Gay Parade” won the Silver Award in the People-General Category. His “California Poppies Wildflowers” won the Bronze Award in the Natural Scenic Category.
California's Monterey area is an exciting place at which to discover the early Spanish-Mexican story of California, both at the Carmel Mission and at the Monterey Presidio.
Northstar at Tahoe ranks as one of California's premier ski resorts, offering a fully-integrated facility with skiing and lodging together.
The San Francisco region celebrates the huge national World War II effort that emanated from this area at the special Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Park across the Bay from San Francisco in Richmond.
You'll enjoy California’s Gold Rush Country if you’re anything like the early gold miners. The gold miner was an explorer, willing to go off the beaten path, alert for information but also following a hunch, knowing that there are many treasures to be found.
California's Santa Cruz, both the beach Boardwalk and the progressive university, is one of the intriguing cultural locations in the Golden State.
Monterey was California's first capital, before the Gold Rush.
A notorious stretch of Coast Highway 1 immediately south of San Francisco, known as Devil’s Slide, has been transformed into a glorious part of the California Coastal Trail.
This note is to the many thousands of people who have downloaded for $2.99 each my three Sutro Media travel apps (San Francisco Travel and Photo Guide, Washington DC Travel and Photo Guide, and Berkeley Essential Guide) between 2009 and November 3, 2015. The apps were distributed by Sutro Media through the Apple and Google stores.
There was a time in the 1960s, when Mario Savio spawned a Free Speech movement and protestors unhappy with the Vietnam War led an ongoing anti-war chant. At that time many Americans had a definite opinion on Berkeley, the stronghold of both movements.
California's Old Sacramento Railroad Museum tells about the dream of an Iron Road across the Sierra.
California offers the winter sports and skiing enthusiast everything desired in the great resorts of the Lake Tahoe basin. Heavenly, Squaw Valley, Northstar, Alpine Meadows, Kirkwood, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Royal Gorge are some of the main resorts. Alpine or downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, scenic viewing from mountain tops, tram rides up the mountain, fine dining, fun dining, and snow play for children are all possible.
Those of us who live in the Bay Area of California experienced the Earthquake of October 17, 1989 as a frightening and immediate event.
What are the loveliest beaches along the California coast if you head south from San Francisco? My recommendations are Montara, Fitzgerald, Ano Nuevo, Waddell, Capitola, and Carmel River Beach.
King Kamehameha favored the sunny west side of the Big Island of Hawaii, the Kona and Kohala Coast.