Insider Favorites: Dorothy’s Guide to Sausalito, California

Kayakers in the water at Fort Baker

Kayakers in the water at Fort Baker

Living in Sausalito for many years only intensifies the anticipation of rounding the last curve on Bridgeway when, magically, the postcard view of the bay with Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the Bay Bridge comes into focus. An ever-changing panorama includes a variety of water craft: ferry boats, sail boats, James Bond-type yachts, a Darth Vader black yacht with fins, stand-up paddle boarders, kayakers, and rowing teams. In March, during the herring run, fishermen on bobbing red and white boats cast their nets among competing sea lions and diving seagulls. No wonder it’s a world-class destination for tourists, bikers, and anyone who visits San Francisco.

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Insider Favorites: Linda’s Guide to Long Beach

Insider Favorites: Linda’s Guide to Long Beach

 Insider Favorites: Linda’s Guide to Long Beach

Located in the heart of Southern California’s beach communities, Long Beach blends urban sophistication with a relaxed beach resort vibe. Interesting hotels, world-class attractions, front-line museums, a walkable downtown, award-winning restaurants, unique shopping, a cruise line port, and a thriving, multi-faceted arts and culture scene make this city by the sea a great place to live. For five years on and off, I have lived in and enjoyed the five-and-a-half miles of sandy beachfront, miles of inland bays and waterways, and of course the warm glow of year-round California.

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Insider Favorites: JoAnneh’s Guide to San Francisco & Burlingame

Exterior of Burlingame’s historical library

Exterior of Burlingame’s historical library

When I’m on the road and people ask where I’m from, I always say San Francisco, since that’s the recognizable and geographical draw. But our actual town is Burlingame, about a 15-minute drive from the city center, just beyond the fog line. The town is a quiet, tree-lined, gorgeous little community set just at the base of the rolling mountains and bordering the bay. It has a high-rent vibe (Silicon Valley is right here), but with that comes a bright mix of culture, dining, and a good dose of a progressive Northern California groove. It’s liberal, it’s hip, and it’s more than livable.

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Insider Favorites: Sherri’s Guide to Avalon, California

Insider Favorites: Sherri’s Guide to Avalon, California

View of the marina and Casino in Avalon

I lived in Avalon on Catalina Island for nearly 20 years. This Pacific paradise offers unique adventures, spectacular natural beauty, and the closest you can get to Mediterranean-style living without leaving Southern California. Living on the island requires flexibility and adaptability, but it also provides the blessings of small-town life and unspoiled natural wilderness.

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From the Coast to the Foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains

The view from a bungalow at CordeValle

The view from a bungalow at CordeValle

Even on an overcast day it’s a beautiful ride from San Francisco to the Monterey Bay coast then inland through Hecker Pass across the Santa Cruz Mountains. Recently, my husband and I did just that—heading to Capitola for breakfast and wine tasting then to the Rosewood CordeValle resort in San Martin (in the Santa Clara Valley). We were gone only 24 hours and had a great time discovering sites, food, wine, and people.

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