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San Francisco’s storied place in American song and culture is well-deserved. This gem of a city overlooking picturesque San Francisco Bay is built on seven hills. It is a must-visit place for its beauty alone. Add in a really great restaurant scene, a fascinating mix of cultures and neighbor…

Next time you are in the San Francisco Bay area, make time for a day trip to Oakland, just across the bay. Better yet, spend a few days there to explore its charm. Just as New York has its formerly somewhat seedy, but now-trendy Brooklyn, San Francisco has its Oakland, a vibrant sister city …

Santa Rosa, Calif., is a beautiful city of 175,000, just 55 miles north of San Francisco. It is a delightful urban enclave that serves as the gateway to the world-renowned Sonoma Valley wine country. The biggest city in Sonoma County, it is an ideal base and jumping-off point for a wine-coun…