Head to the Hills

Silicon Valley can get a little warm in the summer—at least the Bay side can. When the temperatures start rising into the 80s, try heading up into the mountains, where big trees and fog creeping in from the Pacific will keep you cool. Start out with a hike in Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve—remember, you’re looking for shade—and then head down Skyline Drive till you hit La Honda, home of the iconic Alice’s Restaurant. Not that iconic Alice’s Restaurant—the one that Arlo Guthrie wrote about in that long song that gets replayed each Thanksgiving on just about every classic rock station in the country. No, this is a Peninsula icon, a favorite of locals out for an afternoon drive, some of them on two wheels and some on four. Finally, end the day with a tasting at Thomas Fogarty Winery, whose Skyline Drive location comes with a terrace overlooking the valley and the Bay. Don’t worry—by this time in the afternoon, the wind will almost invariably be picking up and the fog will be here in now time, so enjoy the fading sunlight and a glass of their Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay.

15200756801_ab4c1fbdb0_oPurisima Creek Redwoods Preserve, photo courtesy of Miguel Vieira/Flickr 

8542887522_93c2d36e49_oAlice’s Restaurant, photo courtesy of George Grinsted/Flickr

3218972949_032f7a9fc9_oThomas Fogarty Winery, photo courtesy of Derek Key/Flickr