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Visit Point Reyes
"A cape in Marin County."
San Francisco, California
38.017769
-122.9912711
Outdoor Adventure
Drive North to Redwoods National Park
"A spot to drive amongst the giants."
Oakland, California
41.4758802
-124.10928569999999
Outdoor Adventure
Set Out for the Oregon Coast
"A beautiful stretch along the Pacific."
Portland, Oregon
45.8917738
-123.96152740000002
Outdoor Adventure
Drive to Yosemite
"America's most famous national park."
San Francisco, California
37.74557009999999
-119.59360379999998
Outdoor Adventure
Visit June Lake
"A tiny town at the foothills of Mammoth."
San Francisco, California
37.7797825
-119.07542319999999
Outdoor Adventure
Seven Bar and Kitchen
"It's a super funky place based on the seven deadly sins."
Santa Barbara, California
34.4152122
-119.69176340000001
Lunch
Boathouse Santa Barbara
"They fresh squeeze all of their juices and you're just watching the sunset right on the sand. You can't beat that."
Santa Barbara, California
34.4032138
-119.74383390000003
Drinks
Sequoia National Park & King's Canyon
"The land of giants."
Santa Barbara, California
36.8878548
-118.55514770000002
Outdoor Adventure
Alabama Hills
"A rock formation on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevadas."
Santa Barbara, California
36.61
-118.10000000000002
Outdoor Adventure
Death Valley National Park
"A ghost town full of colorful rocks."
Santa Barbara, California
36.53226490000001
-116.93254079999997
Outdoor Adventure
Native Poppy
"Beautiful flowers inside a coffee shop."
San Diego, California
32.7481967
-117.13921629999999
Shopping
Bonnie Lu's
"They've got the best pancakes."
Ojai, California
34.448027
-119.24400700000001
Breakfast
Ojai Cafe Emporium
"A bakery in the front and a restaurant in the back."
Ojai, California
34.44729619999999
-119.24324519999999
Breakfast
Loquita
"It's upscale, good food in a good environment."
Santa Barbara, California
34.41420370000001
-119.69164469999998
Dinner
Super Cocina
"It's not a tourist places, so you're not going to be dazzled by the scenery. You'll just get honest to god, amazing food."
San Diego, California
32.7496009
-117.11483989999999
Lunch
Las Cuatro Milpas
"The best Mexican food in San Diego."
San Diego, California
32.7019043
-117.14513369999997
Lunch
Red Fox Steakhouse and Piano Bar
"It's a drinker's bar."
San Diego, California
32.7549362
-117.14029670000002
Dinner
Double Mountain
"A Hood River go to brewery."
Hood River, Oregon
45.71001380000001
-121.5146411
Drinks
Analemma Winery
"Unique, small batch wines in a beautiful setting."
Hood River, Oregon
45.682534
-121.371914
Drinks
Cantina Mayahuel
"A cool bar that no one in San Diego wants tourists to know about!"
San Diego, California
32.7630696
-117.13059780000003
Drinks
Izakaya Masa
"A ramen spot in Mission Hills that's just really good and authentic."
San Diego, California
32.7510685
-117.17193329999998
Dinner
Punjabi Tandoor
"They always say Punjabi people are like the warriors of India."
San Diego, California
32.8964978
-117.12824280000001
Lunch
El Salvadoreño
"A really good El Salvadorian, pupusa spot in Barrio."
San Diego, California
32.70623800000001
-117.132946
Lunch
Awash Ethiopian Restaurant & Market
"A really small spot with a lot of unique, very handsy dishes"
San Diego, California
32.75553180000001
-117.13183859999998
Dinner
Pizzeria Luigi
"My dad used to be a chef and moved here straight from Brooklyn. I brought him there and he loves it, and he's a pizza connoisseur."
San Diego, California
32.71764479999999
-117.14005220000001
Lunch
Pho King
"There's one waitress, I call her 'Toothless' because she has no teeth, and now she just got teeth, so I feel like it really takes away from the charm."
San Diego, California
32.7559483
-117.09398570000002
Dinner
Beerfish
"It's as delicious as it sounds."
San Diego, California
32.76271969999999
-117.13062030000003
Drinks
Bali Hai Restaurant
"It's the real deal."
San Diego, California
32.7194332
-117.220418
Drinks
James Coffee
"I'd drink coffee at James Coffee."
San Diego, California
32.729197
-117.1703119
Coffee
Thorn Brewing
"Thorn's just next door, and it's really great."
San Diego, California
32.702145
-117.14776
Drinks
Liberty Public Market
"The city's first food hall."
San Diego, California
32.7400605
-117.21101980000003
Lunch
Nico's Mexican
"Don't miss their Chicken Tacos."
San Diego, California
32.7685926
-117.19944069999997
Lunch
Lucha Libre
"One of my favorite Mexican food spots in San Diego."
San Diego, California
32.7486959
-117.1297798
Lunch
Fish the San Diego Pier
"Fish while looking out towards downtown."
San Diego, California
32.71156300000001
-117.22814979999998
Outdoor Adventure
Wow Wow Waffle
"A little patio spot hidden behind a laundromat."
San Diego, California
32.7426288
-117.12988150000001
Dessert
Modern Times Beer
"We probably don't need the press."
San Diego, California
32.7542037
-117.20629689999998
Drinks
Dark Horse Coffee
"We use a lot of their coffee in our beers at North Park Beer Co."
San Diego, California
32.763486
-117.12338699999998
Coffee
Communal Coffee
"One of the most beautiful and more Instagrammed places in San Diego."
San Diego, California
32.74830839999999
-117.13917730000003
Coffee
The Taco Stand
"It's worth highlighting."
San Diego, California
32.7052518
-117.13885199999999
Lunch
Live Wire
"It's this great, shit hole rock and roll dive bar."
San Diego, California
32.75505450000001
-117.14240269999999
Drinks
Point Loma Seafoods
"Killer seafood, all caught locally by real fisherman for a good price."
San Diego, California
32.72325000000001
-117.22784300000001
Lunch
JV's Mexican
"Get the Philly Cheesesteak Burrito."
San Diego, California
32.768622
-117.20033490000003
Lunch
Little Lion Cafe
"It's the kind of place that when you walk in it just makes you want to smile."
San Diego, California
32.73679260000001
-117.25471090000002
Breakfast
Majestic Oaks
"It's real low key, and not too douchey."
Ojai, California
34.447725
-119.24407400000001
Drinks
Osteria Montegrapa
"You can get great, affordable Italian at Osteria Montegrapa."
Ojai, California
34.44810870000001
-119.24492190000001
Lunch
Food Harmonics
"If my boss is in town, we'll head to Food Harmonics for lunch."
Ojai, California
34.448052
-119.244666
Lunch
Deer Lodge
"It's got a lot of time under its belt."
Ojai, California
34.4541844
-119.27747019999998
Drinks
MadeWest Brewing Company
"I don't even like beer, and they're on point."
Ventura, California
34.2560077
-119.23779719999999
Drinks
Visit Ventura Beach
"If you're lucky, you might see some dolphins."
Ventura, California
34.2625031
-119.27205549999996
Outdoor Adventure
Red Pepper Restaurant
"It's a total hole in the wall, below an apartment complex."
Santa Barbara, California
34.434135
-119.82863199999997
Dinner
Cam Huong Cafe
"I loved getting the Curry Chicken Bánh Mì. That was like my favorite thing to do."
Oakland, California
37.8002261
-122.27048809999997
Lunch
Chez Panisse
"The restaurant that started the whole slow food, organic, locally sourced movement."
Oakland, California
37.879594
-122.268935
Local Must
Tiburon
"A great dive bar."
Santa Barbara, California
34.4405827
-119.73175400000002
Drinks
Potek Winery
"A winery surrounded by oak barrels."
Santa Barbara, California
34.421119
-119.690654
Drinks
Homestead
"The Chez Panisse of Oakland."
Oakland, California
37.82603769999999
-122.25322410000001
Dinner
Leaning Tower
"Isaac's the quintessential hardworking independent business owner."
Oakland, California
37.80462180000001
-122.24954279999997
Dinner
Jazz Night at The Marsh
"Jazz nights where locals can just jump in."
Oakland, California
37.8692067
-122.266996
Museums & Culture
Ippuku
"Forget what you think about raw chicken...Ippuku will make you crave it."
Oakland, California
37.87029100000001
-122.267111
Dinner
Phnom Penh House Restaurant
"It's Cambodian and their grilled beef skewers with their chili basil fried rice is phenomenal."
Oakland, California
37.7738388
-122.27654990000002
Dinner
Pizzaiolo
"Their spicy cheese croissants really are so good."
Oakland, California
37.8365939
-122.2621517
Breakfast
The Muir Woods
"You're kind of an asshole if you come to Oakland and don't visit the Ewok Village."
Oakland, California
37.8970199
-122.5811177
Outdoor Adventure
George Kaye's
"A dive bar where the regulars are the elderly."
Oakland, California
37.82827
-122.25599870000002
Local Must
Cholita Linda
"Delicious Peruvian."
Oakland, California
37.8361592
-122.26275650000002
Coffee
Highwire Coffee Roasters
"A cool coffee cart in the nursery on Solano."
Oakland, California
37.868413
-122.29172699999998
Coffee
Fremont Theater
"If you've got energy after dinner, catch a show at the Fremont Theater."
San Luis Obispo, California
35.281867
-120.66053199999999
Museums & Culture
Cafe Nouveau
"It's old school Ventura."
Ventura, California
34.2762851
-119.27880010000001
Breakfast
Pad Thai Restaurant
"I really like Pad Thai."
San Francisco, California
37.744626
-122.42023799999998
Dinner
Marnee Thai
"Thai food that is so, so good."
San Francisco, California
37.76511290000001
-122.46661059999997
Dinner
Cha-Ya
"Vegan Japanese food that will make you cry."
San Francisco, California
37.76076
-122.42168400000003
Dinner
Wrecking Ball
"Drink an espresso at Wrecking Ball."
San Francisco, California
37.7967505
-122.4366291
Coffee
Taqueria El Metate
"Really good Mexican food that's very authentic."
San Francisco, California
37.7557639
-122.4096184
Lunch
Surf Pacifica Beach
"A good beginner's spot."
San Francisco, California
37.59888120000001
-122.5020432
Outdoor Adventure
Smuggler's Cove
"It's like Pirates of the Carribean."
San Francisco, California
37.7794243
-122.42332479999999
Drinks
Specs' Twelve Adler Museum Cafe
"The whole place is like a museum of weird, crazy, awesome shit."
San Francisco, California
37.7976253
-122.4059732
Lunch
La Taqueria
"A legend that locals don't talk about because we don't want them blowing up."
San Francisco, California
37.7508961
-122.4180867
Local Must
Tony's Pizza Napoletana
"It's notorious because it's excellent."
San Francisco, California
37.8003257
-122.40898500000003
Dinner
Original Joe's
"A very cool place that picked up right where they left off."
San Francisco, California
37.8003222
-122.40935139999999
Dinner
The Tipsy Pig
"If it's daytime, go and hang out, eat and drink at Tipsy Pig."
San Francisco, California
37.8001359
-122.44005679999998
Lunch
Balboa Cafe
"It's got one of the best hamburgers in San Francisco."
San Francisco, California
37.7988162
-122.43610230000002
Lunch
Tadich Grill
"Quintessential San Francisco."
San Francisco, California
37.79342
-122.39946600000002t
Dinner
Corazon Cocina
"Some of the most creative, colorful, and delicious street food ever."
Santa Barbara, California
34.42359200000001
-119.7070741
Lunch
Mony's Tacos
"A nice gem in town that's simple, fresh and family run."
Santa Barbara, California
34.4153962
-119.69124829999998
Lunch
The Blue Owl
"A special Santa Barbara secret."
Santa Barbara, California
34.4201929
-119.70082130000003
Lunch
Make Smith Leather Company
"I learned this craft from my dad and his father."
Santa Barbara, California
34.4218714
-119.69750770000002
Shopping
Ojai Tortilla House
"That's a really good spot."
Ojai, California
34.44816040000001
-119.24581269999999
Lunch
Papa Lennon's
"Head to Papa Lennon's for pizza in Ojai."
Ojai, California
34.449296
-119.28027550000002
Lunch
The Farmer and the Cook
"I mentored under Steve, who owns Farmer and the Cook."
Ojai, California
34.4489641
-119.2789201
Lunch
Carnitas Snack Shack
"Delicious, with high-level execution."
San Diego, California
32.7486473
-117.13550370000002
Lunch
Fathom Bistro Bait & Tackle
"When I stumbled upon this location, it was fate, like the gods were shining upon me."
San Diego, California
32.71156300000001
-117.22814979999998
Local Must
North Park Beer Co.
"Kelsey's the nicest fucking guy in this business, and that dude can crush every style."
San Diego, California
32.748646
-117.12914890000002
Drinks
Fall Brewing Company
"The whole brewery's ambiance is based on the punk rock scene. It's just such a unique place."
San Diego, California
32.7600212
-117.13060710000002
Drinks
El Pescador Fish Market
"If you're in San Diego, eat fresh seasfood at El Pescador."
San Diego, California
32.8397655
-117.27647509999997
Dinner
False Idol
"There's a great little tiki bar called False Idol."
San Diego, California
32.7207272
-117.16886549999998
Drinks
Grand Ole BBQ y Asado
"My dad's from Texas and my mom's from Argentina, so I'm kinda givin' props to both."
San Diego, California
32.7394533
-117.1252781
Lunch
Societe Brewing Company
"They make some of the best beer in the country, and I still think they're underrated."
San Diego, California
32.833882
-117.14637219999997
Drinks
Moniker Coffee
"A coffee shop and general store."
San Diego, California
32.7409619
-117.2112133
Coffee
Tower Paddle Boards
"I've always thought that if you're good at business, you can do anything, so do something that is good for the people you're selling to."
San Diego, California
32.798215
-117.2469337
Business to Know
Fluid State Beer Garden
"A great new spot with an incredible beer list."
Ventura, California
34.28062080000001
-119.29023740000002
Lunch
Prospect Coffee Roasters
"A great spot to hit for a good cup of coffee."
Ventura, California
34.2797482
-119.28535440000002
Coffee
Taqueria Tepatitlan
"An amazing family owned spot with monster portions on the Avenue."
Ventura, California
34.285599
-119.2993558
Lunch