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Tomales Bay and Pt. Reyes National Seashore make a marvelous day or weekend trip!

Pt. Reyes Lighthouse, open for tours Friday through Monday.

Journey to Tomales Bay and Pt. Reyes National Seashore for an exciting day or weekend trip! Where can you see Elephant seals, Tule elk, watch whales, stroll the beach where Sir Francis Drake claimed California for Queen Elizabeth in 1579, tour a spectacular Pacific lighthouse and gorge on freshly shucked oysters – all just 2 [...]

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8th annual Stockton Restaurant Week kicks off January 20th through 29th; eat out!

Stockton Rest. Week logo, 2017

Travel and dine locally; that’s my suggestion as the 8th annual Stockton Restaurant Week kicks off January 20th and runs through January 29. Restaurants across Stockton will come together for what has become one of Stockton’s most anticipated annual culinary events, Stockton Restaurant Week, January 20-29, 2017. Stockton Restaurant Week gives local foodies and families [...]

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Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The Allen Elizabethan Theatre at night, with full house.

Quaint, affordable and just five hours up Interstate 5: Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. A quaint, historic downtown with a plethora of unique shops and galleries, a variety of fine restaurants and places to stay, world-class theatre and just a mile off Interstate 5. That’s Ashland, Oregon, home to the Oregon Shakespeare [...]

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Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley celebrate five feet of snow in last four days, highlighting start to 2017 ski season

Bear Valley Winter Explosion torchlight parade from last season.

Five feet of snow in last four days highlight start to 2017 ski season for Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge Ski Areas! With the recent Sierra storms unloading over five feet of snow on both Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge, the resorts are digging out for a fun Martin Luther King weekend! Both resorts are [...]

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Bucket list updates; gems from eastern US and Canada include the Old South and Canadian Maritimes!

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia on bright sunny day.

Updating your travel bucket list; gems from eastern US and Canada include the Old South and Canadian Maritimes… Over the last two weeks, my wife and I have shared our favorite travel destinations in the western United States. This week, our top suggestions for the eastern US and Canada. In February and March, 2015, we [...]

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Bucket List updates: N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western states!

View of the rugged Oregon coast, looking north.

Update your travel Bucket List: Suggestions for N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western states… Last week, we urged updating your travel bucket list for 2017, with suggestions for S. California and the US Southwest; this week we present N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western States ideas. Plan now for a coastal tour of California, Oregon [...]

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Updating your travel bucket list; S. California and Southwestern US destinations

Viewing and hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park's eerie HooDoos is always an other-worldly experience!

Update your travel bucket list with Southern California and Southwestern US destinations! Californians are blessed by close proximity to our state’s and the American Southwest’s incredible spaces, all within a two day drive or closer. With so many spectacular destinations nearby and a New Year, take the time to update your list of western destinations. [...]

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Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge are open and celebrating the holidays with new snow!

Family of five poses at Dodge Ridge's Boulder Creek Canyon area off chair 8.

Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley are open for the 2016-17 ski season! With the recent cold Sierra storm, both Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge received about a foot of new snow or more at higher elevations. This is an update from an earlier feature on our two nearest ski areas. With the opening on Christmas Day of Dodge [...]

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European cruising; all the luxuries, but on the thrifty side!

The Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest, part of the day's walking tour.

European cruising; all the luxuries, but options to save about 35% off regular pricing! This is the story of thrifty European cruising by Ellen and George Wehrs of Stockton and Diana and Bob Boehme of Spokane, WA. The Wehrs are new friends who read my earlier features about travel on Grand Circle Cruises in Europe [...]

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Holiday kid’s activities in Stockton and San Joaquin County!

Kids experiment with a vertical windtunnel at the WOW Science Museum in Lodi.

With holiday school break coming, you may wonder where to take the kids and/or grandkids on these first days of winter. Here are a handful of “activity-destinations”, kid-tested with our three grandchildren over the last year. You and the kids will find them interesting, relatively inexpensive (or free) and true memory-makers. The Stockton Children’s Museum [...]

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    Tim Viall

    Viall is a local travel writer who retired in late 2012 after 10 years as executive director of Stockton, CA's, Emergency Food Bank and six years with the Downtown Stockton Alliance. Previously, a 21-year career in daily newspapers helped shape his ... Read Full
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