Escapes: Tour explores quirky houses in Carmel

“The Soiled Doves Bath House” is an example of Carmel’s renowned architecture.
“The Soiled Doves Bath House” is an example of Carmel’s renowned architecture. City of Carmel-by-the-Sea

If you’ve got a passion for Carmel architecture and wine, start prepping for a drive to Monterey County for two annual events on June 20. From 1 to 5 p.m., the Carmel Heritage Society’s self-guided Carmel House & Garden Tour takes you inside some of its most memorable addresses, such as “Belle’s Cottage” and “The Ship.” Tickets are $30 at the “First Murphy House” at Lincoln Street and Sixth Avenue, or online at

In the Carmel Valley, the 11th annual Art & Wine Celebration features local wineries pouring multiple vintages, olive oil tastings, artist displays and live entertainment. It takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Carmel Valley Village at Del Fino Place and Pilot Road. Attendance is free, but wine tasting tickets are $40 at the door or $30 in advance at

Slow food fest

What: Feast on wine, art, music and farm-to-fork fare at the fourth annual Slow Food Festival. Proceeds benefit the local food bank and school garden projects.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 20

Where: Main Street at the waterfront, Rio Vista

Cost: Free


Summer stroll

What: Cool down with ice cream, slushies, snowcones and smoothies at Yuba City’s annual Summer Stroll. Find sweet treats, a beer garden, food court and live music downtown for all-day fun. Kids can enjoy the imagination theater, clown school, obstacle course, bounce house, train and more.

When: 2-11 p.m. June 20

Where: Plumas Street, Yuba City

Cost: Free


Beer festival

What: More than 20 breweries will pour tastes at the inaugural Lodi Craft Beer Festival, and the cost to enter gets you unlimited pours. Grab a brat to go with your brew and enjoy the nonstop live music.

When: 3-7 p.m. June 20

Where: Lodi Grape Festival, 413 E. Lockeford St., Lodi

Cost: $30 general, $10 designated driver


Street faire

What: In the heart of the Peninsula, enjoy family-friendly activities during the third annual Downtown San Mateo SummerFest, including a classic car show, arts and crafts, live entertainment, kids’ activities and plenty of food.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 20-21

Where: B Street, between Tilton and Sixth avenues, San Mateo

Cost: Free


Wine ’n’ pasta tasting

What: What does Redwood Valley taste like? Find out at the 24th annual A Taste of Redwood Valley weekend. Eight participating wineries will open their doors for tasting and live entertainment. On Saturday, local restaurants and caterers will dish out their favorite pastas at each winery, vying for your votes.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 20

Where: Various wineries, Redwood Valley

Cost: $30-$35

Information: (707) 485-0322;

Bee staff