more about: California

And now Yosemite’s officially open for business!

Yes, we know the park’s open year round (barring wildfire/blizzard/government-shutdown closures, of course). Still, spring hasn’t really sprung for us till two things happen: the cables go up on Half Dome, and Tioga Road opens to cars.

Our 5 favorite travel finds of the week

    Last week, we kicked off a new Westphoria column: our weekly round-up of the Sunset travel team’s 5 favorite discoveries of the week.

National Bookstore Day!

Last May saw the inaugural California Bookstore Day. This year, on May 2, the celebration of the indie bookstore goes national with Independent Bookstore Day —and such institutions as Book Soup (L.A.), the Tattered Cover (Denver), and The King’s English Bookshop (Salt Lake City) are hosting readings, throwing parties, and selling books and gifts made especially for (and only for) that day.

Where to Go This Weekend: Placerville, CA

The gold may be long gone, but an up-and-coming food and wine scene makes this Sierra Foothills town worth mining.