Mountainview Spring Getaways
March 19, 2018
Mountain View, with its spectacular vantage for gazing at the Santa Cruz mountains, is an area that’s no stranger to the beauty of the outdoors. People flock from far and wide to the heart of this city’s beautiful neighborhoods, the fabulous homes just south in Cupertino, and even the fabulous apartments in Palo Alto, CA, to the north, just to call this strikingly gorgeous are home.
Be that as it may, there are times when even longtime residents might want to escape for a little while, and with spring about to head into full swing, there’s no better reason to take a short jaunt to some nearby getaways and enjoy yourself. Read on, as we explore some of the best quick spring excursions you can take near this lovely suburb.
Getaway To Livermore
Ever thought about heading to Napa and Sonomo wine country but decided you’d rather do it “on the cheap?” Livermore, the Tri-Valley area’s most populous city, is here to provide. Unlike the pricier San Francisco wine country, a trip to Livermore wine country is a shorter drive and will leave you with a bit more left in your pocket.
Don’t assume cheap means inferior, though. Take a look at the list of wineries and vineyards, and you’ll find that the vintners here know their craft just as well as any other. Planning a trip here should be none too difficult. The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association loves visitors, and, as a result, have supplied plenty of useful information for potential guests to the area.
You’ve got, for instance, the Wine Itinerary Planner, which details a number of sample itineraries, tours, and day trip ideas you might want to take. Tesla Road’s East End: A Great Place For Tastingsce%20to%20Taste.pdf seems like a solid option, that takes travelers through a “different part of Livermore wine country,” and market by five well-reviewed spots: Les Chenes Estate Vineyards, Eagle Ridge Vineyard, Dante Robere Vineyards, Bodegas Aguirre Winery, and Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort & Spa.
The [(https://www.lvwine.org/maps.php)winery maps will show you the location of many of the most popular wine makers around the area, while the association’s where to stay and where to eat pages give you a quick peek at some of the best lodging and food around so you’ll be set on both. Don’t forget the guided tours and transportation -- this will allow you to get around wine country and see the sights with ease.
Getaway To Mendocino
If wine isn’t your thing (but beer is), you’ll be better served in Mendocino County, home of many an award winning beer. The Nine Hop Stops will show you your way through some of the most popular options, each with their own take on how to make beer great. According to Thrillist, a Mendocino trip is more akin to an epic journey than a bog-standard beer run:
“There's no way you're gonna be able to see it all in one weekend, but the trip from Hopland to Anderson Valley to Fort Bragg and then back is totally doable, AND gives you a chance to eat and drink while surrounded by small towns, epic vineyards, towering redwoods...and the majestic North Coast.”
You’ll find some interesting and innovative options among the list of breweries -- the nation’s first organic brewpub, the early pioneers of the microbrew movement, pizzeria/pub combos -- so enjoy.
Getaway To Point Reyes
Almost everyone knows the area of Marin around Sausalito and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area are a good time when you want to get out and have some tuned-down fun. Point Reyes, on the other hand, sometimes gets overlooked. If you’re willing to make the hour-and-a-half drive to get there, though, you can finally see what you might have been missing:
“From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers visitors over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, the Seashore preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people.”
So, a mashup of rocky hills, beaches, grasslands, and forests? It’s like four nature trips in one, and it’s augmented by the fact that there’s so much plant and animal life to spot, not to mention history to explore. You might go for a simple day trip, but since this is going to be a spring getaway, why not making it a backcountry camping visit?
While you’ve got your tent setup and you’re becoming closer to nature, you can hit the hiking trails (there are 150 miles of them here), relax upon the park’s beaches, do some biking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, or even take a guided tour of the premises. You’ll definitely want to check out the Point Reyes Lighthouse while you’re there, as it’s an important piece of maritime and California history.
Getaway To Columbia
Head east aways (about two-and-a-half hours) and you’ll stumble across Columbia, California. This small gem of a town is dressed up like it’s still the gold rush, an effort to preserve the heritage of the 19th Century mining that gave it the nickname “Gem of the Southern Mines.” It’s like a trip back through time, and you’ll be able to have some family friendly fun here:
“Spend the day enjoying fun activities for the whole family. Pan for gold, explore exhibits, ride the stagecoach, discover unique shops, and learn about the rich history of the California gold rush on a guided town tour.”
There are boutique shops to peruse with 19th Century goods on display, along with ice cream parlors, candy stores, saloons, and tea shops -- all for your enjoyment. You can even grab yourself a cold bottle of locally-produced Sarsaparilla to quench your thirst after a hot day (temperatures a commonly above 90 degrees, so watch out).
It’s Easy To Find Fun Outside The Apartments In Palo Alto CA**
But when the fun is done and the spring getaway draws to a close, you’ll find yourself always wanting to come back to luxurious locations like The Village Residences. Modern, stylish, and well-positioned between the Sunnyvale and Palo Alto areas, this is the place to be for a vibrant and contemporary way of life in the heart of Silicon Valley.