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5 Awesome Northern California Weekend Getaways

by Guest Author 6 March 2018 08:09

Whether you’re a longtime local resident or just flying in for a couple of days, Northern California can’t be beat for its variety of amazing weekend getaways. From wineries and restaurants to working farms and hiking trails, this popular part of California has a little something for everyone.

  1. Nevada City, CA: Billed as California’s best preserved Gold Rush town, Nevada City has a rich and storied history. Historic firehouses, theaters, and a popular railroad museum give visitors a look back in time to what life was like in the 1800’s. Check out one of the largest hydraulic mines in the country at Malakoff Diggins Historic State Park or sip a drink in a subterranean cave at the Old Storehouse Brewery. For a truly spooky experience, take a walk past the long-abandoned Nevada County Hospital — if you dare.

  2. Ukiah, CA: Located in the heart of Mendocino County, Ukiah was ranked California’s number one best small town in 1996. Locals like to lunch at the City of Ten Thousand Buddha’s, followed by a trip around the grounds and a stop in the bookstore. Rejuvenate yourself with a mineral water swim at the nearby Orr Hot Springs or take a ride to Fort Bragg on the historic Skunk Train. If heart-pounding action is more your speed, suit up for some river rafting, disc golf, or off-road opportunities at locations throughout the area.

  3. Geyserville, CA: Traditionalists visiting Northern California for its acclaimed wine country can’t do better than Geyserville. The famous Clos du Bois and Francis Ford Coppola wineries call this picturesque part of Sonoma County home, along with dozens of smaller wineries. Get up close and personal with Charlie Brown, Linus, and Lucy at the Charles M. Schultz Museum or take in the fresh air while paddling a canoe down the Russian River. No visit to Geyserville is complete without a trip to the penny slot lounge at the River Rock Casino.

  4. Bodega Bay, CA: There’s so much to see in this beautiful coastal town that it will be hard to cram everything into one short weekend. Check out the Ocean Overlook at Bodega Head to catch a glimpse of the pods of blue and grey whales that migrate back and forth from Alaska to Baja, California each winter and spring. The Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve features nature and hiking trails across more than 750 acres and sports some of the tallest trees in Sonoma County. Film history buffs won’t want to miss a visit to the Potter Schoolhouse which featured prominently in Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movie, “The Birds.”

  5. Pescadero, CA: Just south of Half Moon Bay, this quiet rural town is home to campsites, roadside farm stands, and the largest elephant seal breeding colony the world. Bed and breakfast inns abound but adventurous types may want to stay at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel and take a dip in the hot tub overlooking the ocean. Don’t miss a tour of Harley Farms goat dairy, followed up with a stop at the on-site cheese shop.

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