In This Issue

  • Pick a Path, Any Path

    Jody Amable and Mike Huguenor

    The strenuous climb and lack of shade will all be worthwhile when you reach the top of Fremont’s Mission Peak.

    The strenuous climb and lack of shade will all be worthwhile when you reach the top of Fremont’s Mission Peak.

    Summer is all about grilling, good music and great friends and family—but it’s also about reconnecting with our surroundings, and thankfully the South Valley has some of the best trails in the world. We scoured the region for some of the coolest hikes for families and solo adventurers, as well as a few trails to kick back and sip a little vino. Enjoy!

    Big Basin
    It’s hard to go wrong with a hike in Big Basin. About 20 miles outside of Santa Cruz in the wilderness that borders Highway 1, Big Basin boasts 80-plus miles of trail for every level of activity and interest: simple nature walks, full-day treks, and plenty of majestic scenery.

    Stanford Dish Walk
    Recently renovated, “the … READ MORE


  • Blaze a new trail with one of the region’s many wineries.

    Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail
    Various Locations
    We may not be known as a wine destination, but our climate’s excellent for enterprising vintners. The Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail provides a welcome alternative to the two-hour trek to Napa. Stop in for a tasting at Solis, J. Lohr, Fortino and Guglielemo wineries, Kirigin Cellars, or even Casa de Fruta—yes, they have a winery. In total, there are 27 wineries to choose from. Personalized day trips can be arranged by going to santaclarawines.com or calling 408.659.0050.

    Concannon
    Livermore
    Run by the same family since 1883, Concannon is America’s oldest ongoing single-family owned winery. Founded by an Irish immigrant, the Bordeaux-inspired vineyard is known for its Cabernet, and offers tours, tastings and seasonal food pairings. Tours run $20 to $70 per person, depending on length and type. With a beautiful location … READ MORE