Murphys – Historic Gold Mining Town
Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Murphys California is a small town is 2.5 – 3hrs from San Francisco. In the 1800s this small town was thriving with pioneers panning for their fortune during the Gold Rush Era. Today, the buildings of the era are still in use and the rich history adds to the charm of the community. The downtown is lined with 25 tasting rooms and eclectic boutique shops to wander through.
“I got married here and we took over the town because it was so small! Everywhere we went the residents were so welcoming and knew about our wedding. Now we love driving over, parking our car for the day (no SF street cleaning!), having breakfast or brunch at Firewood, and enjoying the tasting rooms throughout the town (many of which are free!)”
– Danielle Eppinga, Account Manager
San Luis Obispo – SLO Down in the Central Coast
With a 4 hour drive from SF or LA, San Luis Obispo County is a beach town located smack dab in the middle of the California Coast. SLO (as locals call it) enjoys sunny and warm weather year around. Which is one of many reasons why it was dubbed as one of the “happiest places to live” in America by Oprah! Climb Bishops’ Peak, meander through the small shops on the downtown strip, or take a short 10 minute drive to Pismo or Avila Beach.
“I’m a sucker for the Madonna Inn. I love eating in its pink room that’s overflowing with décor, staying in the various themed guest rooms, and (arguably the best thing is) it has a waterfall bathroom! Its cheesy, but has a lot of quirky small town fun!”
– Nanette Duffy, Senior Account Manager
Sonoma & Napa – More than Just Wine
Known as the heart of California’s Wine country, Sonoma and Napa are many city dweller’s favorite weekend getaway. Escape into the hundreds of wineries and gain knowledge about every step of the wine making process. But there’s more to these towns than just wine! Olive oil tasting, Sonoma Square shopping, and art walks are just a few of the many activities to do and experience.
“Sonoma produces fresh locally grown produce and locally raised meats that is distributed to the great restaurants of SF – it’s great to go up there and get them from the source! Definitely also stop into Oakville Grocery and pick up some fresh pasta.”
– Shumay Kyi – Convention Coordinator
Yosemite National Park – A Breath of Fresh Air
Leave work early to embark on the 3.5-4hr drive from SF to Yosemite – it is worth the drive! Breathtaking views and the preserved wildlife will transport you to another world. From the most active rock climbers taking on the treacherous journey to Half Dome to the leisurely strollers wandering the basin floor, there’s a path forged among the trees for any visitor. Take a deep breath of fresh air and let Yosemite slow you down for a weekend.
“My favorite thing to do is to find an empty field, bring a picnic, and sketch or write poetry in the middle of all the nature. There’s a bunch of secret spots down riverbeds or if you sit in the middle of the park you get an amazing 360 degree view of Yosemite. It’s breathtaking.”
– Sü Shafer, Executive Assistant
Point Reyes & Tomales Bay – The Journey & The Destination
Drive over the majestic Golden Gate Bridge to take a scenic drive out to Marin County and enjoy the treasures along the way to Point Reyes and Tomales Bay. Trade in the cramped corridors of the city for the wide open fields of grazing cattle. Stop by the Point Reyes lighthouse for your perfect Instagram shot, then head to Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese for an afternoon snack. Let your hair down and enjoy a weekend exploration!
“Of course if you’re in Point Reyes, you have to go to Hog Island Oyster Farm to shuck fresh oysters!”
– Heather Keenan, President and Founder