For many, travel is getting a facelift. It’s becoming much more local centric. Personally, we are planning to travel only domestically for the next year or so. I hope we’re able to leave the country sooner! But, as of now, thats our expectation. As you know, we’ve traveled a few times during the pandemic — I wrote about what it was like here, along with tips, here. Most of our trips these days look like visiting family in remote locations, road trips to SoCal, or quick nearby weekend trips. Last weekend we went to a very remote location in the southern part of Lake Tahoe, and this weekend we’re heading to Napa! I’m also itching to go back to Aspen in the fall if we’re able to. Here are some ideas if you live in the Bay Area…
We visited almost two years ago in the Fall of 2018 right around Halloween and had a blast visiting local dive bars, farm to table restaurants, and Mom & Pop wineries in nearby Anderson Valley. If you go, make sure to stay at The Blue Door Inn! You can read more details and tips here.
This is an obvious one. 😉 Whenever we’re home on the weekend in the summer (or any season for that matter) we always make a trip to wine country. Usually, we just go for a tasting and brunch since its so close by, and sometimes we’ll stay overnight if its a Saturday. This weekend we are heading to downtown Napa for the whole weekend! I’m so excited for some pool time and a few days in one of my favorite places. I’ll write a Napa guide soon, but in the meantime, check out my previous posts from Sonoma, Yountville, and Healdsburg! I have tons of recommendations on where to stay, eat, and play.
I adore this little seacoast town so much. It always reminds me of a European village. Since we can’t go to Europe right now, head here! I wrote about our summer 2019 trip on the blog. PS! I need to go back as I’m dying to stay at L’Auberge Carmel…it looks dreamy.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I love the #LakeLife! I grew up going to multiple lakes every summer, and love the relaxing laidback vibe of lakeside towns. For summer in Tahoe, we love renting an Airbnb in Sunnyside near Tahoe City or Incline Village as you’re right near tons of fun beaches and lakeside restaurants. To note, Incline Village is a safer bet this year if you plan on renting a vacation home. Nevada has much more flexible vacation home rental laws than California. This year, I have my eye on the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort in Incline. They have the best dock and lakefront beach, along with a great restaurant. If you’ve never used Airbnb before, use my link for $35 off your first trip!
Menlo Park / Palo Alto
We always head to the Peninsula in the summer to visit family for dinners or BBQ’s. They actually have sunny summer weather there, and its such a quick ride down! If you really want a weekend of luxury, stay and hang by the pool at the stunning Rosewood Sandhill.
Guerneville + Russian River
If you haven’t yet spent a summer day rafting with a deli sandwich and cold beer on the Russian River, now is the perfect time. Talk about a good social distancing activity! Stop at El Barrio bar for chips & guac after rafting, then go to Boon Eat + Drink for dinner. Stay at one of the many cute B&B’s and wine taste through Guerneville the following day.
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