A Laid-Back Design Day Trip off San Francisco's Beaten Path
Hop over the Golden Gate Bridge to a picturesque place that's a well-kept local secret
San Francisco has its fair share of design icons. There's the classical Palace of Fine Arts, the Victorian-era Painted Ladies (Lonny staffers had our own Full House moment here back in September), and, of course, that engineering marvel known as the Golden Gate Bridge. But just beyond her colorful span, there's a little-known town that's quickly becoming a hotbed of low-key design thanks to renovated old buildings turned artisan collectives, cool restaurant openings, and, this being Sonoma, a couple of eye-catching wineries.
According to the crowd-sourcing travel app Spot, the laid-back Russian River Valley town of Guerneville is a worthy pitstop on an extended day trip from the City by the Bay. In fact, Ana Kamin, a local photographer and travel writer who documents her journeys on her blog Fluxi on Tour, declares the town "a perfect all-in-one trip." Head over to the Near and Far blog on Spot.com to see why, from a surprisingly stylish tented camp to a cool modern-Mexican canteen that's sure to become a neighborhood favorite.
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