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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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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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6 more one-tank vacations close to Stockton and San Joaquin County

The General Sherman sequoia in Sequoia National Park always draws a crowd!

For six more one-tank vacations close to Stockton and San Joaquin County, you can’t go wrong with these! Following last week’s recommendations, here are six other alluring summer destinations, all within about three hours or less from San Joaquin County, ranging from south to north. Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks: These majestic parks share a common [...]

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Fall Northern California destinations, far from the maddening crowds!

The Point Arena Lighthouse is one of the attractions on the rugged California coast, above Jenner and Ft. Ross.

If you are like many Californians, you’ve visited the California ocean shore or one of our national parks in the summer and faced monster crowds to reach the beach or the park’s attractions, to find a place to eat and found hotel fees in the stratosphere. Depending on our forecasted El Niño, Northern California often [...]

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Bodega, Bodega Bay and the Sonoma Coast; exploring with kids the filming of ‘The Birds’, Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller

Granddaughter Jessica reveling in the glory of a first visit to the ocean along the Sonoma coast!

                                                        Exploring with kids the coast and the filming of ‘The Birds’, Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller movie. Our short vacation goals were several: to spend a few days on [...]

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California coastal dreamin’, Bodega Bay, the Russian River, Ft. Ross and north to Mendocino

The old Bodega School was used to film some of the scenes from Hitchcock's classic movie, 'The Birds'.

Shorebirds, sea lions, quaint towns and spectacular Pacific coastal scenery – just 2.5 hours from San Joaquin County! With arguably the most scenic stretch of California coastline and late summer/early fall the best time of the year to visit, the coast from Bodega Bay north to Mendocino is too close not to make it a [...]

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Northern California: Five summer travel destinations, far from the maddening crowd

    With summertime almost upon us, families, particularly those with kids, are targeting some of the most popular travel destinations in N. California. These include Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, to name a few.  That can mean maddening crowds, traffic snarls and impossibilities in book campgrounds or lodging nearby. Close [...]

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Valentine’s Day destinations for you and your sweetheart in Northern California

The Point Arena Lighthouse on CA coast, north of Jenner.

          Valentine’s Day is fast approaching – if you’re looking for special destinations in Northern California, several pop quickly into my wife’s and my mind!  In 45 years of marriage, my wife has taught me that a special Valentine’s destination has these attributes: scenic, somewhat secluded, fine and somewhat-dressy restaurant(s) nearby, [...]

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Travels with a teardrop, other tiny trailers, Part II

A nice teardrop, with an added "side tent" to expand living area, overlooking Ocean Cove Resort north of Jenner, CA.

Possibly the nicest teardrop we have seen, built by Dan Hazard out of Manteca; 5′ wide, 10′ long, with an expanded, luxury rear galley, microwave, air conditioning, generator – very elaborate! Our new 58 Serro Scotty Junior teardrop, with builder Tom Scott, a West Virginia shop teacher. We have towed this little trailer across the [...]

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California North Coast, Bodega Bay to Jenner and the Russian River (Part 1 of two parts)

The mouth of the Russian River, with Harbor Seal colony on sand spit, across river from Jenner

This is the old school in the town of Bodega (not Bodega Bay) that was used in filming of the 1963 film ‘The Birds’ From Stockton, the rugged North California coast, from Bodega Bay north to Jenner, is both easy to reach (about three hours) and offers some of the most stunning waterfront in the [...]

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