Weekend escape: Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, Part 1

Weekend escape: Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, Part 1

SANTA BARBARA IS MY HAPPY PLACE, A PLACE TO lose myself on the beach boardwalk, breathing briny sea air thick with the caw of gulls. This time I drove down to explore the Funk Zone: a 10-square-block area of old warehouses, manufacturing and industrial plants. The...
Travel: Mount Whitney or Die Part 1

Travel: Mount Whitney or Die Part 1

Everyone I talked to, including the guy bagging my groceries, had hiked Mount Whitney, 14,491 feet. Sure, it’s the highest peak in the lower forty-eight with well-marked routes. By some accounts, these trails are the most heavily traveled in the United States: Some...
Day Tripping: Cheese and Wine

Day Tripping: Cheese and Wine

I love cheese and wine, especially when local and paired together, so I headed to Stepladder Ranch (www.stepladdercreamery.com), a farmstead creamery just north of Cambria on San Simeon-Monterey Creek Road. Jack Rudolph roamed the ranch as a boy after his grandfather...