San Francisco Bay Area
Explore the San Francisco Bay Area
California's San Francisco Bay Area provides visitors a variety of options - there is truly something for everyone. To the north, Marin County and Point Reyes offer a rural retreat from the city, to the east the East Bay region provides wine tasting, to the south Half Moon Bay offers unrivaled beauty. In the center of it all San Francisco is home to culture and endless activities. Discover all the city-by-the-bay and its surrounding regions have to offer with a stay at a Bay Area bed and breakfast or boutique hotel.
Just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge lies Marin County. The area has much to offer tourists, including a beautiful coastline and amazing mountain views. It is well known for its arts, entertainment and culture, with great attractions like The Marin Ballet, Marin Opera and Marin Theatre Company. Visit the Muir Woods National Monument, just 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge and home to some of the tallest and oldest redwoods in California. Visit the farmers markets and taste some of the freshest produce around. From the Tiburon Peninsula, take a ferry ride to Angel Island State Park for an afternoon of bike riding and hiking, or travel a convenient six miles across the bay to San Francisco. There are a variety of museums and historical monuments to explore, such as Mission San Rafael Archangel, the Marin History Museum and the Point Bonita Lighthouse. Escape to a Marin County bed and breakfast.
Point Reyes lies along the western coastal region of Marin County, across the Golden Gate Bridge, on the quiet side of the San Francisco Bay. Point Reyes is the West Coast's only national seashore and encompasses more than 100,000 acres of open space that offer miles of pristine beaches, wildlife viewing, and the ideal landscape for hiking, swimming and kayaking. Watch the gray whales migrate past the peninsula from December to April. Visit the elephant seals that call "the point" their home. The Bear Valley Visitors Center is a wealth of knowledge for any traveler and can provide tours detailing the history of the local tribes and more. Visitors can also enjoy golf and local dining in the Point Reyes region's charming small towns. Find natural beauty at a Point Reyes bed and breakfast.
Vibrant, diverse, and incredibly romantic, San Francisco is often called "Everybody's Favorite City." Catch top-notch theatre, opera, and ballet. Dine on world-class cuisine. Browse the collections of first-rate museums. Ride the cable car. Stroll Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf while enjoying a bowl of San Francisco chowder. Cruise out to Alcatraz. Sail on the bay. Sip cappuccino and browse the bookstores of Italian-flavored North Beach. See the parrots of Telegraph Hill. Shop in fashionable Union Square. Explore the unforgettable neighborhoods of Chinatown, Haight-Ashbury, the Castro and the Mission District. Spend an afternoon relaxing and walking through the beautiful Golden Gate Park and picnic on the Presidio with a view of Golden Gate Bridge, one of the world's most impressive and famous engineering marvels. Catch a performance of Beach Blanket Babylon or a San Francisco Giants baseball game at AT&T Park. With so much to see and do, San Francisco is an unforgettable California treasure! Experience endless adventure at a San Francisco boutique inn or bed and breakfast.
Just across the bay from San Francisco, the rolling green hills and towns of the East Bay offer an array of attractions plus easy access to the city via BART. Glide across Lake Merritt on a gondola. Mountain bike or hike to the top of Mt. Diablo. Venture inland and taste wines from one of California's oldest wine regions. Fill your sweet tooth craving with tours of the Scharff en Berger Chocolate or Jelly Belly Candy factories. Explore the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard – now a national landmark. Wander the Botanical Gardens at UC Berkeley and explore the culture, architecture and history of Berkeley. Take a ferry out into the bay or stroll the shops and cafés on the water's edge in Oakland's Jack London Square. Visit Point Richmond, discover it's history and the Rosie the Riveter Memorial. Discover the East Bay at a CABBI bed and breakfast.
Just south of San Francisco you can explore windswept coastline, natural preserves, open space and Silicon Valley. Go horseback riding along the beach. Explore tide pools. Carve a pumpkin at Half Moon Bay's annual Art and Pumpkin Festival. Play a round of golf. Indulge with a day at the spa. Go wine tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Catch an intimate concert at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga. Stroll the streets of the charming foothill towns of Saratoga and Los Gatos. Or spend the day exploring Pescadero Creek County Park or Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Relax at a Half Moon Bay bed & breakfast or boutique inn.
Made up of Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, California's "tech capital" or the Silicon Valley is located on the Southern San Francisco Bay Area. The region is home to prominent technology companies, universities, startup companies, and endless rolling hills. Ride rollercoasters at California's Great America. Watch a professional hockey game hosted by the San Jose Sharks. Shop and dine at Santana Row. Tour the eccentric, 160-room Winchester Mystery House in San Jose that took an astounding 38 years to complete construction. See the home of Google, Facebook, Netflix and more. Find relaxation at a bed & breakfast in the Silicon Valley.