more about: Northern California

Go Now! This Week’s Your Last Chance to See Modern Art at Alcatraz

I love playing tour guide to friends visiting me in San Francisco: walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, hiking the Lands End Trail, tasting in wine country… But out of all the touristy attractions in the Bay Area, my hands-down favorite is Alcatraz: I love the gardens, the history, the ferry ride out— everything.

Choose Your Own (CA Parks) Adventure

In our May issue’s Best of the West section, we’re featuring something really cool that’s come out of a joint venture between California’s Parks Forward Commission and the wildly innovative Bay Area design studio called Stamen. Looking to help Californians and visitors actually use the state’s public lands, the commission decided to let Stamen loose on its data, and the result? The new CaliParks browser-based heatmap, […]

Arts and Crafts and Cookies

                  Those glorious Arts and Crafts tiles from the 1920s have been on our mind lately, for a couple of reasons. The first is an exhibition that opened at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum on February 22 that’s devoted to the Berkeley-based company California Faience. It includes this earthenware tile (above) designed by cofounders William Bragdon and […]

River-Rafting Trips Are Still On, Even With Record Drought

I’ll be the first to admit it: Worrying about your weekend plans in the midst of all the big, scary problems posed by California’s drought seems frivolous. (It’s an issue we should and are taking seriously.)