My childhood friend was getting married in Trinidad, a relaxed little beach town in northern California set against a rocky coastline, dense forest and ever enveloping fog. Flights to Trinidad were expensive, with multiple stops and transfers. So instead my partner and I saw an opportunity: it was half the price to fly to San Francisco. The road trip began.


We started the trip by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge north of the San Francisco bay. We drove several miles through the Muir Woods and on winding Route 1 along the coast, taking in the gorgeous landscapes and the fog over the ocean.


The drive continued on Route 101 through the hot dry scrubland of Sonoma, and on into the rolling, evergreen covered slopes of northern California and Humboldt county.


We spent a few nights in the Trinidad area, a smattering of small towns with the coast flanking one side and redwoods on the other. We opted to use AirBnb, and chose a cute little airstream trailer in the center of a beautiful garden. The experience was affordable, fun and unique (book the airstream for yourself here and let Joanne and Scott know Escaper sent you).

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My friend had her beautiful wedding on Moonstone Beach in Trinidad.



On our drive back to the Bay Area, we took a detour along the Avenue of the Giants, stopping to check out Founder’s Grove, a spectacular cathedral of ancient, massive redwoods which included the tallest known tree (the actual tallest is kept secret).



Back in Sonoma, we stopped in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa for wine and beer tastings. From Santa Rosa, it was only a 90 minute drive back to the Bay Area. We jokingly called our vacation a beer holiday; check out our post about it here. Cheers!