It's Virtual Travel Time Thanks to COVID-19
The  Fall Go List for 2020:  Paso Robles, Solvang, Carmel, Santa Clara, Healdsburg

PasoRoblesSummer2020-6.jpgHappy Fall,  Shelter-in-Place families!   Yes, you're feeling cooped up after all these months. Hang in there!  Everyone has a different risk tolerance when it comes to going outside, but we have been exploring our local trails and bike pathways, ocean boardwalks, and more. 

How far can you go on a tank of gas? That's what we want to find out!  We recently drove to Paso Robles, and discovered The Stables motel. Read our review here.  And find out what you can do in town in our article, "Five Reasons to Go to Paso."  The lovely Moonstone Beach, pictured on the left, is one great reason to visit the Central Coast. 

Getting COVID fog?  Get out of the house and head to Carmel. See our view of Hofsas House Hotel.  You will want to book it right away. It's got a Bavarian vibe, and for the kids there's a pool and breakfast daily. A true getaway at only $145-$300 a night.  

And, if you are looking for a fabulous Carmel home for a special vacation, check out Sanctuary Vacation Rentals, where each abode is professionally decorated and opulent.  Dive into our review here.  

Looking for things to do over the weekend? There are still many things to do with the kids so no one gets bored.  Check out our calendar to see what's happening.

Close to home, I uncovered Chinese restaurant, Chili House SF, in San Francisco. It was new to me, and upon a recent visit, I fell in love with its signature dish, Peking duck. Check out the details of the experience here.  I know you dread parking in the city, but it was abundant in the Clement neighborhood where you can also find lots of markets, dessert and coffee haunts, and random stores for browsing after you have lunch.   Thumbs up!

And in our story about Solvang, we offer to you an old place with a new spin for generational travel. 

If the kids are hankering to burn off energy, we recommend going local by doing a "stay-cation" at the Santa Clara Marriott. Our review begins here.   Close to Santana Row, parks, and bike trails, the Marriott recently remodelled its pool area, and your kids will love it. 

They will also love time in Healdsburg in Sonoma County.  See our story about Fall in Healdsburg, and you can decide for yourself.  Only two hours from the South Bay and one hour from San Francisco, the town is ideal for bicycling, shopping, and outdoor dining.  

Thinking of going somewhere totally different this year or next? Consider Music City also known as Nashville. We talk about Nashville's Delightful Weirdness in this latest issue. See what your kids will think of giant statues, zoos, and cool museums.  Enjoy gardens?  Your family will love the estates and gardens of Nashville.  In this issue, we also share wtih you great places to eat in Nashville as well.  And less than an hour away from Nashville is the memorable town of Franklin, Tennessee where you'll get a slice of Americana in one day with dining, shopping, and estate and historic home visits. 


In the meantime, we want to prepare you for the 2020 birthdays coming up in your friend circle or in your family. We found several  great gifts you can give to your favorite travelling buddy.   If you love plants and gardens, check out the book Inside:Outside by Linda O'Keeffe.  Also, the  we highlight Harmless Harvest's new dairy-free yogurt as well as Simple Mills new almond flour bars for families on the go.  Click here for details. 

Of late we have also discovered more treats.  See our review  by clicking the link.  Organic Ocho Chocolates available in seven flavors and these candies are great pick-me-up treat after a short hike or in the afternoon when you hit a slump and need  a tasty wake-up call.  We also give you the low-down on Re:THINK ice cream, a healthy alternative that uses agave instead of cane sugar. Interesting, yes?  

The Posy Book by Teresa H. Sabankaya is a gift you can get it for yourself or to encourage a friend.  And there's more this season in our toy chest!  See our review of a portable chess set and cell phone lanyard that seems to top the charts here at Bay Area Family  Another product we are raving about is a set of travel clothing for women all made from recycled plastic bottles. See our review of the Wayre products

For local  trips and finds, read about our new findings in Lodi called The Accidental Lodi Tourist.  You will uncover wineries, kid museums, parks, and more.  

Parents, ready to find a weekend alone? See our review of the town of Calistoga, and you'll be tempted to visit over and over. 

Sticking around Northern California this season? Go no further than Sonoma for fabulous kiddie-day outings. Take root at the Lodge at Sonoma where your kids will love the pool, hot tub, and local parks.  See our review here

Check out our deals in the Deals page. There are big savings at the local Fairmont hotels, so consider going there soon.  And then look at the Calendar to try a new activity.

Stay safe, stay healthy.

Kathy Chin Leong
Executive Editor


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