Find a Cool Place to Camp With Hipcamp

I was doing a little research on places to camp around the bay area and stumbled onto a great website for both tent camping and glamping (“glamorous camping”). It’s like the Airbnb for camping, and there are lots of options in the bay area. Sure, you’ll pay more for spot then you would camping on the side of Mt. Diablo, or in Point Reyes, but how often can you sleep in an old military bunker overlooking the Napa River? Or how about a 10 acre organic farm in the Marin Headlands?

There are over 100 spots in the bay area. Here are some fun highlights I found while looking around:

Awesome stuff. I think next time I’m looking to travel, or camp, I’ll look for a spot here as I do with other places. Would be nice to sleep in a geodesic dome.

Wine Tasting 101: picture of a glass of wine being poured outside on a wood table

Wine Tasting 101: The Do’s and Don’ts

Heading off to Sonoma or Napa wine country? Here are some wine tour tips that will help you have a great time!

As a tour guide, I had the pleasure of meeting people from all over the world with all sorts of levels of experience in wine. As I used to tell my groups, at the end of the day it’s just fermented grape juice. That said, there’s a whole lot to wine!

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A Little Introduction

So I love to backpack foreign places and experience foreign cultures, food, and traditions — like a lot of people do — but I’ve noticed that when I return home, I forget a lot of the amazingness that lies in our backyard. Particularly where I live in Northern California, in the heart of wine country and close to the hotbed of great food, cultural diversity, and nature.

I wrote pretty extensively about the travels of my five months abroad in Central America ( and most recently Southeast Asia ( I want to do that where I live by sharing unique places to check out in the North Bay (Marin County, Sonoma County) and the occasional San Francisco — hence OutsideSF.

Oh, and I’m actually also a wine tour guide and spend a lot of my time bringing people from all over the world to taste and experience Northern California by giving them historical insight and pointing out unique fact about the Bay Area. So my intent is to provide that same insight on a broader scale to locals and tourists.

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