SamGamgee wrote:I also endorse Muir woods.
Bammerman wrote:Harold, which do you think are the "more impressive" places to see redwoods, other than the Muir Woods? (North or South of SF)
And thanks for the specific ideas about routes and places to stay, that's just what I was hoping for.
Neal wrote:If you like raw oysters check out Tomales Bay Oyster company in Point Reyes. It's BYOB and you sit outside at picnic tables on the bay. If you like blue cheese, you can bring some Point Reyes blue too, it's fantastic. You can also bring charcoal and grill the oysters if you want.
chaz wrote:I liked visiting Alcatraz.
Martindo wrote:Neal wrote:If you like raw oysters check out Tomales Bay Oyster company in Point Reyes. It's BYOB and you sit outside at picnic tables on the bay. If you like blue cheese, you can bring some Point Reyes blue too, it's fantastic. You can also bring charcoal and grill the oysters if you want.
The Tomales Bay Oyster Company just closed, so that's out....BUT Point Reyes National Seashore is a wonderful place to hike, both inland and on the coast itself. (The oyster company was ordered to close by the Park Service for environmental reasons.) Go on a kayak trip on Tomales Bay (places will rent or take you out), check out the towns of Inverness and Point Reyes Station, go the the lighthouse, hike in the park, and get a feeling for the coast and the old, italian dairy farms on Pt Reyes Peninsula.
Bammerman wrote:Hi folks, Our vacation plans are firming up nicely. We'll be spending four nights in Berkeley (thanks to old friends who offered us a place to stay), and one night at the Glenn Ellen Inn in Sonoma, which should give us a chance to explore the city sights as well as the area to the immediate north of SF. Then we take the train to Salinas, get somehow from there to Monterey (did you know that almost everything is closed in California on Sundays??) to pick up a rental car, and drive to a B&B we've rented in Carmel. This will be our base for four more nights to explore the coastal region. Next we drive back to Salinas, return the rental car, get back on the train as far as San Luis Obispo, where we will spend the night before rejoining the train as far as San Diego. From there on we're in my sister's hands. So, first of all, thanks for your ideas and comments thus far. Do you have any additional suggestions of things for us to see and do, given the above (firm) itinerary? Favorite hikes, restaurants, shops, parks, whatever?
graveday wrote:The Glen Ellen Inn is actually in Glen Ellen, not Sonoma. Sonoma is not too far away though.
EagertoLearnMore wrote:When in San Diego you could visit the Midway. Also, San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (outside of San Diego). Both the zoo and the safari park are very nice.
+1 Muir Woods
hicabob wrote:If you like Steinbeck, the Steinbeck museum in Salinas is worth visiting.
JupiterJones wrote:hicabob wrote:If you like Steinbeck, the Steinbeck museum in Salinas is worth visiting.
And if you like Peanuts, the Charles Schulz museum is in Santa Rosa. We found it very enjoyable.
Bammerman wrote:Thanks for all the good ideas.
We're arriving in Salinas by train on a Sunday and, guess what, no car rental places are open there on a Sunday! So we have to get to Monterey to rent our car. Yes, there's a series of buses we could take to get there (inexpensive, but takes too much time) or a taxi (more expensive than we'd like). Anyone know of any other options?