My own private Peninsula: permit-only hikes in the Santa Cruz Mountains

You know those people who always come back from fabulous vacations bragging about how they “had the whole place” to themselves? Next time, summon a smirk of your own and direct them to your Instagram feed, where they’ll see you cavorting in a beautiful park right here at home with NO CROWDS AT ALL, because you got a permit or arranged a special tour to get there. “We could have ...

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Waltz about in Woodside’s Wunderlich Park

How magical is this Woodside park? You might just see the tiniest horse ever born. All this rootin’ tootin’ cowgirl needs is a white hat to wave! This is one of the normal-sized horses, by the way. Photo by Jaqueline Wein. by Jennifer Christgau-Aquino The midsummer heat at Wunderlich Park was making it hard to function after a long hike despite the shade of towering redwood trees. My son wallowed on a bed of ...

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Four easy ways to feed your kids’ railroad addiction on the SF Peninsula

It’s the train’s time again in Silicon Valley. Caltrain electrification. High speed rail. Renewed interest in the dormant Dumbarton rail corridor. Railroads are more than transportation: they’re a visceral, ground-shaking, ear-splitting, whoop-whooping link to what brought people out West in the first place. All you need to see is the look on a kid’s face when one whooshes by to know why railroads still inspire bold ideas and big hopes in all ...

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Four amazing places on the SF Peninsula to find end-of-spring wildflowers

The California coastline is breathtaking. Sprinkle in some wildflowers and it’s even more special. Lucky for the Bay Area, the rains this year have brought a record wildflower season. Photographer Jeff Marsh trekked out to where the blooming land meets the sea to snap these pics. And he was kind enough to share not just the photos but how to get there for yourself. Davenport Shark Fin Cove Beach in Davenport is ...

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Escape from Silicon Valley: How to spend the perfect day in Half Moon Bay

Written by Anna Medina Half Moon Bay State Beach (photo by lily_leivers) The city of Half Moon Bay is hardly undiscovered country. That evocative name. The big-wave surfing at Maverick’s. The dramatic setting scrunched between the moody Pacific and the hills of the mid-Peninsula. It all means that the roads in and out are slammed on weekend afternoons. But for a quick getaway within the Bay Area, we’ll argue that HMB is hard ...

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Realizing your Renaissance: six skills to learn today in the 650

Sous-vide steak seared with a blow torch. Techniques via Bold Food. Photo courtesy of Michelle Le. Being a Renaissance woman/man ain’t easy. One must always be acquiring new skills. Lucky for you, we did a bit of asking around. From cooking to golfing to shooting a gun, we found the top instructors and programs in the 650 for you to pick up a new skill or two. 1. Break 100 Feeling left out of those corporate ...

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Peninsula Abandoned

A photo essay by Colleen Salvosa The Davenport Ditch was a catch basin turned canvas. Today it’s covered in dirt. Left. Gone. Waiting for decay. These are the structures Bay Area photographer Colleen Salvosa gravitates towards. Graffiti is almost a natural byproduct of abandonment. No rules means an open canvas for color and an outpouring of ideas. In Peninsula Abandoned, Salvosa highlights the colorful beauty of structures forgotten. Abandoned train station — Brisbane, CA Abandoned pier — Davenport, CA Abandoned farm house — Half Moon Bay, CA Abandoned ...

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7 hidden gems at Stanford that are totally open to the public

Papua New Guinea Garden (Photo by urbanorganism) Just because you didn’t go to Stanford doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the campus. Plenty of the private school’s beauty is open to the public — you just need to know where to look. Bypass the crowds at Hoover Tower and obligatory photo in front of the Main Quad. Instead, explore the-not-so-obvious, hidden gems that we compiled for you: Arizona Cactus Garden Photo by megsnaps_ The Arizona Cactus Garden, home to over 500 ...

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Two-minute guide to owning wildflower season on the Peninsula

Lupins on the trail (Photo by @_btcphoto_) Russ Beebe, a.k.a. @winehiker on Twitter, has been chasing wildflowers and leading hikes through the Peninsula for half his life. Beebe says that while the rains have already made for a spectacular wildflower season down in SoCal, blooms are beginning to appear up north. On the Peninsula, wildflower season typically lands between March and May, so the time to catch a glimpse is now! What are ...

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Peninsula Running Clubs: The Six Fifty Guide To Finding Your Group

Photo by West Valley Track Club Just moved to the area? Or just need a fresh way to get your butt out of bed in the mornings? Run clubs will help you meet new people and exercise regularly. Good news is there are a bunch on the Peninsula. The issue — knowing where to start. No sweat. We spoke with the top six clubs on the Peninsula to help you decide. Because a running club is ...

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