more about: Northern California

The giving season: How one California restaurant chain is making a difference

It takes a village … or maybe just a restaurant. Back in 2009, Tender Greens, a “fine casual” chain based in Culver City, California, began hiring teens who were too old for foster care but far from independence. In 2012, the company launched what it calls the Sustainable Life Project: an internship program for such kids that goes way beyond teaching them to cook. In a six-month stint, interns work in a Tender Greens kitchen, go on field trips to farms, learn how to manage […]

We’ve got your new favorite tradition: Thanksgiving camping

News flash: You don’t have to spend the holidays cooped up at home—you could be camping. Why not celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s in one of nine safari tents pitched at Napa’s Pope Valley Winery? TerraVelo Tours will do all the work, of course: cooking your meals; making the beds (yes, beds); and organizing wine tours and truffle hunts ($2,600/person/4 nights). Or, if waves are your thing, […]

Sea otters: The brightest stars in Monterey Bay

Sure, sea otters are cute. But they’re also essential to Monterey Bay’s health. Here’s why, plus where to spot them now along the northern California coast.

Vacation home rentals, fall camping, ghost towns—and more travel finds

It’s time to plan your weekend! Here with inspiration: our 5 favorite travel finds of the week.