more about: Northern California

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.

Scratch and sniff: Now for whiskey, too!

If you liked Richard Betts’ Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert, which we featured in the February 2014 issue of Sunset, you owe it to yourself to check out the Boulder-based writer‘s latest book, The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All (due out Oct. 6; $22; Houghton Mifflin).