Travel Guide to California's Silicon Valley

The world knows Silicon Valley as the global hub for everything high-tech, but I know it as my backyard growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. As an adult I spent several years living and working in Silicon Valley before we settled down and ended buying a house in Sacramento. More recently, I spent Easter weekend with some gal pals as a guest at the Hotel Nia in Menlo Park.

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San Francisco Neighborhood Guide to the Marina District

Back in the day before we became parents, my husband and I used to house sit a cute little apartment in the Marina District. My favorite part of this neighborhood was that you could walk to pretty much everything and it’s so scenic! If you’re staying in San Francisco, cruising the Marina is a great way to spend a few hours. This neighborhood is worth visiting anytime of day, they’ve got great brunch spots, ample lunch options and a lively nightlife scene.

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The Millennials’ Guide to 48 Hours in Petaluma, California

Often when people think of Sonoma County they picture rolling hills with vineyards and wineries. Petaluma is a hidden gem amidst California Wine Country, a little town filled with charm and yet surprisingly very modern and trendy. Petaluma has somehow managed to walk the fine line between preserving all the old-world antiquities while still keeping the vibes fresh and welcoming for millennials.

In this guide I’ll tell you the best way to discover the favorite “must see” spots in Petaluma that are tailor-made for us millennials. Build your itinerary with where to stay, what to eat and where to explore… and of course where to take photos.

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Baby-Friendly Travel Guide to Santa Monica

My husband and I have always dreamed of living in Los Angeles, we have a lot of family in Southern California and we visit often. Santa Monica is one of our top areas in LA to explore, and since having Scout we’ve realized it’s a great option for vacationing with a baby.

The beaches of Santa Monica are the hub of tourism and lots of families travel towards them to have some quality R&R. Santa Monica is a haven for trendy restaurants, boutique shops and of course the promenade and pier. Read on to see our top 10 spots where we love to take Scout.

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Top 10 California Vacation Spots to View 4th of July Fireworks

Nothing feels more nostalgic than curling up with a blanket under the stars waiting for the fireworks show to begin. California always has great options for a quick vacation, so many scenic cities to choose from. Make the most of your PTO vacation days with a 4th of July getaway. This list of California destinations offer great scenery and awe-worthy firework shows.

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Best Baby and Kid-Friendly Things to Do in San Diego

In all our journeys with my baby daughter Scout, I’ve learned that finding a calm and scenic destination is the name of the game to actually enjoy your trip. Babies are incredibly unpredictable so keeping it simple and living in the moment is the best recipe to avoid hectic and stressful family travel. San Diego is a great vacation spot for parents with infants because of the pleasant weather temperatures, scenic neighborhoods, fresh and inventive cuisine and of course the world class beaches.

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Complete Guide to Planning a Spa Day at Arden Hills Club & Spa in Sacramento

When you're looking to book your next spa retreat in Sacramento, consider making reservations at the prestigious Arden Hills Club & Spa. My family booked me a massage and spa day here for a Mother’s Day gift and it was wonderful. This spa has been awarded Best Day Spa in Sacramento for eleven consecutive years, so you know there’s pros at providing excellent services.

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Best Springtime Rainy Day Activities in Sacramento

Sacramento is quickly becoming one of California’s favorite travel destinations, thanks to the thriving farm-to-fork foodie scene and modern stylish surroundings without the big city price tag. Sacramento is also one of the few places in California where you can really experience all the seasons. In fall the foliage turns beautiful autumn colors, summer is very hot and ready for pool swimming, winter is cold and spring is full of April showers and sweet blossoms. During the cold days of winter you bundle up in your home, but once spring rolls around you’re ready to breath fresh air and enjoy some time outdoors… hence the raincoat and boots!

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The Complete Guide to Exploring Santa Cruz With a Baby

Guest blog post by Jessica Holbrook of Salt & Sol Life. All those qualities that make Santa Cruz, California a great college town, an abundance of coffee shops, a lively music scene, and plenty of places to grab a quick bite to eat, make it the perfect getaway with a baby. The vibe is casual and the people are laid-back.

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Coastal Co Box + 5 Hidden Gem Beaches Along the Pacific Coast Highway

Springtime is when we all come out of hibernation and start enjoying the surf and sandy beaches. I grew up in the California coastal town of Half Moon Bay and my parent’s house is a short 10 minute walk to the beach. Nowadays I love visiting my family there and enjoying beach days with my daughter and bae. We take road trips from Sacramento to the coast almost every month, especially when it gets too hot inland.

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100 Things To Do in San Francisco Under $10

This list began because we had friends visiting us in San Francisco and they were looking for trendy and photogenic places to see, while still staying on a budget. And the more I started thinking about it, the more ideas and places kept popping into my head. I grew up in Half Moon Bay, a beach town 45 minutes south of San Francisco and I’ve been exploring the city for years.

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The New York City Autumn Bucket List

Hands down, New York City is one of the best places to be in autumn. The sweltering heat from the summer has gone away and you aren’t experiencing the freezing cold winter weather yet either. The leaves change colors and there’s the promise of good comfort food and the holidays ahead. Every year the season passes by so fast so I always want to make sure I make the most of it with some favorite autumn events.

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The San Diego Summer Bucket List

San Diego is the best place to experience a real California summer. There's so much sunshine and plenty of parks and beaches to enjoy your time outdoors. My list of top 10 spots will help you plan your most perfect summer days.

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The Sacramento Brunch Guide

Brunch, the most important meal of the weekend! In California brunching is considered a sport and the Sacramento brunch scene is always poppin' on the weekends. We take our restaurant selections very seriously and finding that perfect spot to set up camp with your crew is vital. 

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