San Francisco/California

Sonoma Coast

David Kirby writes in the New York Times Travel section about the Sonoma County coast — one of those very special pleasures of northern California!

Past undulating vineyards of pinot noir and chardonnay that climbed the steep forested ridges, I caught glimpses of the blue Pacific stretching out far below the redwoods. The crisp air was heavy with the scent of wildflowers and evergreens and the sun glowed warm and pure. The landscape was peaceful and deserted, a world away from the crowded coast to the south.

Amen! Also, 36 Hours in Sonoma, and, closer to home, Berkeley and Oakland, the quirky heart of the East Bay.