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Carmel Valley Roots and Attractions

Carmel Valley showcases some of the best of Monterey County—sans coastline, fog, and crowds—all in a 15-mile stretch of country road a few hours’ drive from Oakland. It’ll remind you of Northern California’s cowboy roots, but it’s also home to refined dining and wine tasting.

Detroit As An Oakland Doppelganger

If you tell someone you’re visiting Detroit, they’ll probably ask you why. In fact, its reputation as a hellhole is completely undeserved. It’s a city on the cusp of rebirth as a vital center of local arts, culture, and business—much like Oakland, but a lot cheaper. OK, and with snow.

Detroit As An Oakland Doppelganger

If you tell someone you’re visiting Detroit, they’ll probably ask you why. In fact, its reputation as a hellhole is completely undeserved. It’s a city on the cusp of rebirth as a vital center of local arts, culture, and business—much like Oakland, but a lot cheaper. OK, and with snow.

Carmel Valley Roots and Attractions

Carmel Valley showcases some of the best of Monterey County—sans coastline, fog, and crowds—all in a 15-mile stretch of country road a few hours’ drive from Oakland. It’ll remind you of Northern California’s cowboy roots, but it’s also home to refined dining and wine tasting.

Tempted by Taipei

Imagine steamy hot springs surrounded by luxurious spas, stunning mountain scenery, opulent temples, and exotic dining. Add eye-popping skyscrapers and trendy art in unlikely spaces. Mykonos? Shikoku? No: Taipei.

Healdsburg Is Wine Country In Miniature

The Wine Country’s dirty little secret is that it revolves around two incompatible activities: drinking and driving.In Sonoma County’s rural tasting rooms, the vino flows freely, and the collective blood-alcohol level soars, yet to travel between vineyards necessarily means automobile + inebriation = uh oh.

Healdsburg Is Wine Country In Miniature

The Wine Country’s dirty little secret is that it revolves around two incompatible activities: drinking and driving.In Sonoma County’s rural tasting rooms, the vino flows freely, and the collective blood-alcohol level soars, yet to travel between vineyards necessarily means automobile + inebriation = uh oh.

Tempted by Taipei

Imagine steamy hot springs surrounded by luxurious spas, stunning mountain scenery, opulent temples, and exotic dining. Add eye-popping skyscrapers and trendy art in unlikely spaces. Mykonos? Shikoku? No: Taipei.

Italy's Pantelleria Feels Like Africa

When Europe starts feeling too homogenized, you head farther and farther south. But Rome’s too frenetic, so you decamp for Sicily, which has marzipan and Mount Etna but after a few days feels too big to be a proper getaway. Another southward leap, just a half-hour by air from Palermo, lands you on the island of Pantelleria. That’s where you know you’ve finally left the modern world behind.

Make Way to Monterey Bay

Too often relegated to a series of blurred images outside car windows zooming along Highway 1 between Monterey and Santa Cruz, Moss Landing perches on Monterey Bay’s easternmost tip. This overlooked fishing village—population: 200—is a gateway to the bay’s wondrous diversity, sporting more adorable otters than Monterey’s famous aquarium and a stronger connection to the land than all of Santa Cruz’s trustafarians combined. For the otters, head to Moss Landing State Beach (www.Parks.CA.gov). To connect with the land, simply look around.