Bay Area Adventures After Dark


Sunset behind the Golden Gate Bridge

Much has been written about the poetry of a star-studded sky and evening’s enchantment. So why not make the most of our gorgeous twilight hours? When the sun sets and the moon takes its shift as night’s guardian, awesome nocturnal adventures can unfold, especially here in the bay area. From sunset sails to exploring an old civil war fort by lantern light, we’ve compiled a list of our region’s best after-dark adventures—some spooky and all certifiably fun.

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Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley: Refreshingly Rural with Cutting Edge Wines March 15, 2022

Looking down on the Anderson Valley from the Indian Creek Inn

Napa. Sonoma. Boonville. On the list of California’s celebrated wine towns, the name Boonville may sound a bit odd. With more livestock than people (area pop. 1,400)and not a stop-light to be found, Boonville sounds like a wide spot in the road – not an award-winning wine destination.

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One Fine Weekend in Cabo


Take in views of the Sea of Cortez from Sirena del Mar’s dramatic bluff-top locale.Courtesy of Sirena Del Mar

Spring break in Cabo. If your first thought is tequila shots and bikinis, you may be surprised to find peaceful hideaways near this popular destination on the Baja California Peninsula. Yes, spring break in Cabo San Lucas is a good time for adults and families to get away, too, and explore authentic Mexican villages just a short drive from the resort strip.

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A Drive up I-5 is a Holiday Treat

MERCURYNEWS.COM: December 3, 2021

Manzanita Lake at Lassen Volcanic National Park, about 45 minutes from Redding, provides its own light show in winter with the water’s reflection and stunning views of snow-capped Mount Lassen in the background. (Ginny Prior/for Bay Area News Group)

A million brilliant bulbs twinkle in the night. Imagine the impact this has on your mood as you stroll through one of the most dazzling light festivals in the country. The Redding Garden of Lights is drawing visitors from across the Pacific Northwest, with its 10 acres of world-class illumination by light artist Tres Fromme. It’s one of many reasons to drive up Interstate 5 in December.

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East Bay Open-Water Swimming

A guide to the best local swim spots


Conny Bleul, a coach with Odyssey Open Water Swimming, takes a sunrise swim in the Bay.Bob Day

Increased fitness, unbeatable views, and an instant mood boost: the benefits of open-water swimming are drawing growing numbers of swimmers to the East Bay’s coastal waters. Whether it’s Alameda’s 2.5-mile sandy shoreline,the Berkeley Marina’s more challenging chop, or the relatively calm cove at Richmond’s Keller Beach, saltwater swimming is making a splash.

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Hetch Hetchy Gate to Yosemite; Waterfalls and No Day Pass are Big Drawing Cards


Ginny Prior/for Bay Area News Group A spectacular waterfall can be found in Yosemite National Park at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. A hiker, above, pauses on the trail to Wapama Falls (about 5 miles round-trip). During the hike, you’re immersed in the grandeur of what John Muir described as a place as beautiful as Yosemite Valley.

Nature is really growing on us. A new survey found that almost six out of 10 Americans have developed a deeper appreciation for the outdoors since the pandemic began — and the national parks are getting much of the love.

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