Category Archives: San Francisco Bay Area

Old Sacramento and Downtown Sacramento, family destination for the holidays!

The 60 foot Christmas Tree in Old Sacramento, corner of Front St. and K St. (several photos courtesy of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership)

Holiday destinations for the family in Old Sacramento and Downtown Sacramento… A winter wonderland with huge lighted Christmas trees, evening skits, ice-skating, Christmas train rides, museums decked out for the holidays, all in an historic downtown. Best of all, it’s less than an hour from San Joaquin County. It’s Old Sacramento and adjacent Downtown Sacramento [...]

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What is your favorite family-friendly vacation destination?

National parks, like Lassen, just five hours north of San Joaquin County, make for fine family vacation destinations!

Family-friendly vacation destinations – what is your favorite? With the holidays, families have the opportunity to discuss and plan a family vacation for the coming year. My own family, with two daughters, their husbands, three grandkids and we, the grandparents, have already begun the discussion. So, we are seeking your recommendation for best family-friendly vacation [...]

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Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley prep for opening of 2017-18 ski/board season

Family admires the Sierra scenery from the Boulder Creek Canyon area of Dodge Ridge Ski Resort.

With snow blanketing Sierra, Dodge Ridge and Bear Valley prep for opening of 2017-18 ski/board season With winter storms beginning to blanket the central Sierra, the two closest resorts to San Joaquin County are gearing up for another snowy season. Dodge Ridge and Bear Valley Ski Resorts are closer than other options in the Lake Tahoe [...]

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Family-friendly vacation destinations…planning that perfect get-away!

Pt. Arena Lighthouse on N. California coast can act as key attraction for a family get-together in this scenic area!

Family-friendly vacation destinations… use the holidays to plot and plan a family vacation for 2018! With the approaching holidays, families have the opportunity to discuss and plan a family vacation for the coming year. Over a recent birthday celebration our family discussed the idea of a family retreat sometime in spring or summer, 2018. Around [...]

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So, you want to own a classic travel trailer?

Our rebuilt, newly painted Scotty after several years languishing in our garage.

So, you want to get a classic travel trailer? Challenges on the way to a successful rebuild… Owners of classic travel trailers, when asked “why?”, give these answers. “We wanted a small trailer easy to store, tow and that offers good gas mileage”. “We aged out of tent camping and wanted more comfort”. “We’ve seen [...]

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Fall camping in northern California; also a good time for camper buying!

A new T@B trailer, owned by our Sacramento friends, is a lovely small to mid-size trailer with a popular retro look.

Fall camping in northern California; it’s also a great time for camper buying! Whether you’re a fan of tent camping, small trailer, larger trailer or motorhome camping, some of the nicest weeks of the camping season lie ahead. We’re blessed, living in Central/Northern California, to have wonderful options within a few hours in any of [...]

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Fall foothills splendor, or Northern California coast majesty?

Wells Fargo stagecoach charges down Main Street in historic Sutter Creek.

With fine fall weather, head for Sierra foothills splendor, or Northern California coast majesty! With October, even November, offering beautiful weather, here are two favorite destinations for fall touring. Sutter Creek and the Shenandoah Valley, just 50-60 miles from STOCKTON, offers the best of gold rush history in a quaint, compact 10 block downtown chock a [...]

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Dining like royalty without raiding the treasury!

Happy hour at Five Palms, Wailea; sushi, coconut shrimp, two drinks, about $27.

Fine but frugal dining – dining like royalty without breaking the treasury… Over the last four-plus years, Susan and I have traveled extensively across the US three times, the TransCan Highway across Canada to the Maritime Provinces and frequently throughout the US western states and Canadian provinces. Along with two two-week cruises on the rivers [...]

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Teardrop and larger classic travel trailers; class, comfort and a smart investment!

T@B trailers, available new for about $20K, used for less than half that.

Classy, comfortable and a smart investment; teardrop and larger classic travel trailers… Years ago, with kids in school, we would load them into a small car, pack our camping gear into a canoe, car-top the canoe and head off to Mount Rainier National Park or remote campgrounds on the Olympic Peninsula for a week or [...]

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Humboldt Redwoods State Park; Avenue of the Giants!

Three visitors pose on a recently downed mid-sized redwood in Drury-Chaney Grove in the park.

Avenue of the Giants, with towering trees, are heart of Humboldt Redwoods State Park! In past trips through Northern California, we had several times driven the old highway, aptly named Avenue of the Giants, through towering redwoods just three hours north of the Golden Gate Bridge. But until last week we had only stopped briefly, [...]

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