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California Travel Secrets for Your Next Staycation

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Is the trip from your living room to your kitchen no longer exciting? But you aren't quite ready for Rome? Ruth Carlson returns to The Commonwealth Club with her travel insights for nearby but unusual California attractions, from Angels Camp to ZZYZX, and from a town with its own secret language to a perfume museum with a whale poop exhibit.

Karen Misuraca joins Carlson to focus on Sonoma's curiosities, icons and hidden treasures, including a beer lovers festival in wine country, flesh-eating plants that create their own little shop of horrors, Charlie Brown's cartoon world, Gold Rush era bars, hidden beaches along a world-famous coastline, and the tallest trees on the planet. Or would you prefer to fly through the treetops, stargaze through powerful telescopes, or loll about in geothermal hot springs?

Whether your intent is to travel by imagination, or to plan your next nearby vacation, join us first to enhance your trip.

MLF Organizer
George Hammond

This is a free-for-members program. Members: Click on the "Buy Tickets" button above to order your tickets, and select the members link on the left side of the page. Your username is the email you used to sign up as a member. You can also request a password reset if needed. Discount will automatically be applied at checkout.

This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. Please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

Safety Protocols:

• In-person capacity is limited.
Masks are required in the building.
• We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
• All guests, staff and volunteers must be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination.
• Elevators are limited to a maximum of four (4) people at a time.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.

MLF: Humanities

Main photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash.

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Tue, Oct 26 / 3:00 pm PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Ruth Carlson
Author, Secret California: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure
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Karen Misuraca
Author, Secret Sonoma: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure
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In Conversation with George Hammond
Author, Conversations with Socrates

2:30–3 p.m. doors open & check-in
3–4 p.m. program
(all times PDT)