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Winter Safecations

Need a reprieve from the pandemic? Try a California staycation filled with outdoor adventures. Flying to a tropical island or a faraway mountaintop ski retreat sounds perfect at this phase of the pandemic but higher case numbers and new stay-at-home orders leave Northern Californians (relatively) confined to their local area. If you’ve finally finished Netflix (congratulations) and need...

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A Capital City Christmas

Don’t let the pandemic turn you into a Grinch. Celebrate the holidays safely in Sacramento with an al fresco hot cocoa and a brightly lit Ferris wheel. Rising COVID-19 case counts and statewide curfews make California’s holiday season feel much less merry and bright. Instead of canceling all plans to celebrate head to Sacramento—California’s capital city since 1854—this December for a...

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The Art of Resistance

A Sonoma County creative styles the strength of the Black community. As Malia Anderson watched the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement play out across the nation, she wanted to join the protests in a way that resonated with her life’s work. A classically trained image consultant, Malia is the creative spark behind Style by Malia, a Santa Rosa–based...

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Zen and the Art of Apple Pie

Become one with the dough and bring a taste of flaky bliss to the table. First, there is that apple-cinnamon/caramel steam that grabs you by the nose. Then you see the whole pie emerge from the oven and, finally, a warm apple pie wedge whose juices mingle the melting vanilla bean gelato. You take a bite and smile,...

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We Speak For the Trees: Sanctuary Forest

A nonprofit organization protects our local forests. Growing up in Humboldt, everyone knew the name Julia “Butterfly” Hill. From 1997 to 1999, Hill lived in “Luna,” a 1,500 year-old giant redwood tree. Her daring two-year effort was ultimately successful in saving Luna from the rapacious saws of the Pacific Lumber Company. The inspiring story has been well-documented far and wide....

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State of the Bees

How to help our local honeybees survive “How are the bees?” It is a common refrain we hear as beekeepers. People are genuinely concerned, not just because they love honey, but because they understand the local and global impact of a decimated pollinator population. The answer is … not great. Average colony losses now range from 40 to...

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Check Back in Time

Enjoy luxury amenities in retro style at Guerneville’s Boon Hotel + Spa. Known as both a summer tourist destination and Haight-Ashbury off- shoot, Sonoma County’s Guerneville offers a mix of urban style with a small-town feel. As you enter town, population 4,534, the signs immediately let you know that everyone is welcome here. Winemakers, artists, architects, designers, chefs,...

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