If you are looking for something a bit different this year, and intriguing this year, remember to add the Steinbeck Festival to your calendar. It is 4 days of interacting events, walking tours, food, music and lots of fun and smiles. You may buy a 4-day passport or day passes and a la carte tickets as well.
Plus, what better time to go exploring this excellent area on your own. There are so many things to do. You may wander to the coastline and perhaps go kayaking in Elkhorn Slough. Or, stop in San Juan Bautista, and do a bit shopping in this fun 'ol west' town and have lunch. It is also home to another one of California's missions. This one made famous from the James Stewart movie Vertigo.
And, if you enjoy wine tasting, you will find several of my favorite wineries, off the beaten path, to visit. These wineries are with less crowds and in general, you are able to visit with the winemakers themselves.
What would Mr. Steinbeck say about his hometown if he were to see it today? So much has happened since the early 1900's - as we carry cell phones, and write emails and drive our fast cars.
Be safe and explore our local area south of San Jose ........................... or perhaps be adventurous and travel with a group. Tip: You are splitting the cost of fuel between several people, and have fun traveling with new and familiar friends. Word of advice from someone who knows this region, the best wineries are sometimes a challenge to find, going down that two lane road in the middle of the country. Another reason for going with a small group is to let someone else do the driving for you. And, you are worry-free of parking issues as well.
Check out the Steinbeck Festival this summer!
The Fun Tour Guru
Off the Beaten Path - writer for Valley Access, the Silicon Valley Concierge Publication