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So Far, So Near

In the North Bay, you need not travel far to feel like you've gotten away from it all

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Oz Farm, Point Arena

Just across the Sonoma County border in Mendocino County, this is a 600-acre "hippie-commune-turned-organic-farm" that offers a creek for impromptu bathing, seven rustic cabins, redwood campsites and styled-out geodesic domes. There's a fully equipped community kitchen and an outdoor wood-burning pizza oven.

Wine Farm, Sonoma

A homestead farm with a Chardonnay vineyard that's got plenty of room for tents between the vines. Refrigerator and bar facilities are available, and so is the opportunity to buy chicken and duck eggs straight from the farm.

Overlook, Salmon Creek

Located on Chanslor Ranch just north of Bodega Bay, this campsite is windy and rugged, and its location, on a small bluff, offers breathtaking ocean views. Salamander Ravine and Turtle Pond are short walks away.

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If staycationing the local way is an exciting notion, there are other websites representing homegrown and cozy adventures, often hosted in private residences. is a relative newcomer that offers workshops and classes from pottery to making ramen in a casual setting. While a good portion of those takes place in San Francisco, North Bay courses include wilderness survival in Marin County and a beekeeping workshop in Napa County.

For food lovers who look beyond the trendy restaurants, there's EatWith, an Israeli-born initiative that introduces diners to hosts and home cooks interested in hosting a dinner party, a brunch or a tapas affair. Happening mostly in large cities, EatWith nevertheless welcomes new hosts in slightly less central locations, so stay on the lookout, or become a host and contribute to other folks' staycation.

Flora Tsapovsky

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