Though summer is winding down and the kids are heading back to school, there are still plenty of opportunities for grown-ups to savor the season. From full moon sailing trips to scenic day or weekend getaways, here are four of our favorite end-of-summer activities in and around Northern California.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY HARVEST MOON SAILING TRIP - Make the huge Harvest Moon on Thursday, September 12 one to remember by booking a two-hour evening cruise on 80-foot sailboat, the Freda B. Board in Sausalito at 6pm. Sail around the most iconic parts of San Francisco Bay—think Alcatraz, the Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. If weather permits, you’ll catch the Harvest Moon and the glittering city skyline before heading home.
APPLE HILL - Located about two hours outside of San Francisco, near the Eldorado National Forest, Apple Hill is a scenic spot popular for all kinds of seasonal fun—and early autumn’s apple season is an ideal time to visit. Stop by High Hill Ranch for apple pies, donuts, fresh-pressed cider, hay and pony rides.
MENDOCINO AND FORT BRAGG - With its rugged coastline and mysterious fog, a trip out to Mendocino—about 150 miles north of Napa Valley—provides a healthy dose of natural beauty any time of year. Head to the town of Fort Bragg and book a seat on the historic Skunk Train, a 130-year-old rail line that travels through towering old-growth redwood trees, over wooden trestle bridges, and through awesome stone tunnels. Or, go at your own pace and book a railbike for two.
LAKE TAHOE - Take a weekend to dip your toes into Lake Tahoe, the second-deepest lake in the country—fair warning, the water will be cold. Come here to kayak from beach to beach, bike or hike the Tahoe Rim Trail or take on part of the Pacific Crest Trail. For unparalleled lakefront views, make a reservation for a meal on the deck of Sunnyside restaurant in North Shore. If you’re feeling lucky, head to the blackjack tables at Harrah’s, Harveys or the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Tahoe’s South Shore.