The National Yo-Yo Museum, housed in the back of a downtown Chico eclectic toy store and boutique, Bird in Hand, is certainly no myth – though some of the yo-yo aces honored therein certainly border on the mythic. PHOTO CAPTION: Thad Winzenz demonstrates a yo-yo trick in front of a 256-pound wooden specimen at the National Yo-Yo Museum in Chico. Read the story here. View the gallery here.
Long neglected by tourists who flocked to wineries, Napa's downtown is suddenly the place to eat, lounge and be seen. PHOTO CAPTION: Cameron Darlington places fresh oysters in ice at Hog Island Oysters Co. inside the Oxbow Public Market. Read the story here. View the gallery here.
HIKING OR CAMPING "As far back as the mid-1980s I had read of Grizzly Lake, situated beautifully at 7,100 feet, just below Thompson Peak, the Trinity Alps' highest point at 9,002 feet. The only route I recalled was the 17.5-mile (or up to 19, depending on your source) trail from the Hobo Gulch trailhead – a two-day hike." PHOTO CAPTION: Grizzly Meadows opens up below Grizzly Falls, center background, which flows from Grizzly Lake, below Thompson Peak, upper right. Read the story here.
WINE TASTING Want to taste some local wine but don't know where to start? It's not a bad problem to have if you're interested in sampling some vino, and perhaps we take for granted the abundance of good wine that's right in our backyard. From hearty petite sirah and zinfandel, to stylish Rhone whites and some of the country's best vermentino, you'll find all that without much travel time. PHOTO CAPTION: The accolades keep piling up for Jeff Runquist; his Amador County tasting room leaves no doubt why. Read the story here.
Lodi is world-class zinfandel country – along with Amador County, El Dorado County, Nevada County and pretty much everywhere around here.
No. 19: Dining Scene Satisfaction -- Sacramento was second to the bottom in a Living Social survey of 20 metropolitan dining scenes. Consumers were asked about their dining habits, favorite food choices and how they rank their city's overall food scene. New York had the most satisfied diners.
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