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Falling for Northern California

Autumn in Northern California is one of the Golden State’s best-kept secrets. With mild temperatures, crisp air, clear skies (goodbye summer fog!), less crowds, and the excitement of harvest season, many locals and visitors consider fall the best time of year to get outdoors and explore.

The secret is out, and we’re sharing our favorite ways to enjoy the lovely fall weather in each Woodside Collection destination.

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Take the scenic 17-Mile Drive

Autumn is the perfect time to roll the windows down or hop on a bike for a leisurely trip along the 17-Mile Drive. Witness the cypress-lined coast, dramatic cliffs, and iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links, all in a palette of fall colors. There also tends to be less haze and fog compared to the warmer months, so you can catch better views of the sea life beneath as you cruise the coastline.

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Menlo Park

Stroll through Stanford University

Spend an afternoon strolling through the picturesque Stanford University campus. The historic architecture and tree-lined walkways are particularly stunning in the fall, and an elevator ride to the top of Hoover Tower will give you sweeping views of the Bay Area. In the evening, catch a home football game at Stanford Stadium or cheer on the Cardinal from the bar at Menlo Tavern.

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Hike the Lafayette Reservoir

Enjoy a relaxing day at the Lafayette Reservoir, where you can enjoy a scenic hike around the water's edge or rent a rowboat to paddle on the serene lake. The vibrant fall colors surrounding the reservoir create a captivating scene. Afterwards, visit downtown Lafayette, where you can try a seasonal beer at a local tap room, cozy up at a charming café, or shop for fall décor at a boutique.

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San Francisco

Visit the city’s best parks

Golden Gate Park is one of the city’s great wonders, and it’s full of bright autumn foliage in the fall months. Spend an afternoon there exploring the park’s lakes, waterfalls, and highlights like the Japanese Tea Garden. End your day with a spooky twist by hopping aboard the ferry to Alcatraz Island. The eerie atmosphere of this former prison is amplified in the fall, making it an unforgettable experience.

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Napa Valley

Sip and Savor the Season's Bounty

Autumn is the grape harvest season in Napa, when the valley comes alive with activity. Tour some of the region's renowned wineries, where you may be able witness the crush process in action. Wine Country is exceptionally beautiful during the fall, with the vines covered in golden and auburn hues. Book an outdoor wine tasting to take in the surrounding beauty as you sip exquisite wines.

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Bodega Bay

Savor fresh seafood

Bring your appetite to Bodega Bay and savor the fresh seafood of the Sonoma Coast. Fall marks the beginning of Dungeness crab season along the California coast, and this sweet and succulent local delicacy that be found on menus at some of the area’s best restaurants, along with other seasonal seafood like salmon and Pacific rockfish.