Braving the curves of Highway 17 offers especially good grapes from over two dozen wineries and food rewards these next two weekends. Dig the non-traditional "here's our garage, taste some wine" spots that may or may not include om-inducing ocean views. "Roots That Rock" is the 24th annual Santa Cru ... More >>
Love Apple Farms is a biodynamic farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains that has become our default brain image of an idyllic garden ever since we visited last year. Renowned fine restaurant Manresa in nearby Los Gatos is the lucky beneficiary of much of the focus of operations, serving its produce exclus ... More >>
You can go to a restaurant and ask the server to offer wine pairings to accompany your fancy-pants menu choice. But imagine you're home and have just reached for the latest album from that hip new San Francisco band. You're all ready to crank up those sweet tunes, but what to drink to compliment ... More >>
Now this is a match made in heaven (aka Big Sur). Bonnie 'Prince' Billy helped indie music promoter Britt Govea, the guy behind (((FolkYeah))), start doing those amazing shows along the coast by agreeing to be one of his first bookings. Govea started setting up shows for Billy in Big Sur and has ... More >>
Joe Sib @ Punch Line Like a Northern California Henry Rollins, Joe Sib has turned his fully loaded treasure chest of punk-rock memories into a spoken-word event. Sib is the cofounder of SideOneDummy Records who has fronted bands for the past 26 years, most notably Wax, which gained attention in ... More >>
T. PalmerBased in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the vibrant pickled vegetables and juices from Happy Girl Kitchen (which you can learn to emulate) will star with Square One spirits and Elixir bar master H. Joseph Erhmann in an educational cocktail night at Bi-Rite's nonprofit community/art space 18 R ... More >>
T. Palmer"Give a man a pickle and feed him for one day," says Happy Girl Kitchen, "teach him how to pickle and feed him and his friends for the rest of his life!"HGK is based in the Santa Cruz Mountains and offers home canning workshops both there and in Oakland all year. The $125 fee includes a ... More >>
Even though scientists have discredited the polygraph, the SFPD still relies on the flawed device to screen recruits.
Windy and Carl(((folkYEAH!))) promotes the most interesting music events in Northern California, hosting numerous shows in Big Sur and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Next week, honcho Britt Govea has two big performances: Animal Collective on Wednesday, May 27, and an extra special all night gathering de ... More >>
One of my favorite local(-ish, he's based in Monterrey) promoters is (((folkYEAH!))). Under that name, music fan Britt Govea has brought a host of freak folk, heavy drone, psych rock, and the like to the Fernwood and the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur -- as well as concerts in the Santa Cruz Mounta ... More >>
Ahlgren Vineyard, known for its Semillon, is one of the best wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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With gates and fences, private property owners are increasingly cutting off traditional paths to public lands. State law offers some recourse, but not much.