This website, SavvyCalifornia.com, is about enjoying life in California, from day trips to nightlife to savvy living on the left coast. We explore the best places and cool spaces — in big cities and beach towns, wine country and farm country, state parks and theme parks, new hot spots and old-growth forests. That is, when we’re not gardening year-round in our own backyards or whipping out the latest recipes in California cuisine.
California is a famously diverse state with plenty of people, places and things represented. Still, the silly stereotypes won’t quit (you know the ones). The thing is, clichés can be a little bit true — and we think that’s where the fun is. While some folks call this the left coast as a put down, the savvy consider it a term of endearment.
So if we’re not at home in our California kitchens and gardens, you’ll find us cruising the coast, in a convertible, wearing cliché-colored sunglasses, for a lighthearted look at all things:
Artsy fartsy, fruity nutty, veggie yogi, local foodie,
Day trippy, trail trekky, beach bummy, surfer dudie,
Wine tipsy, bucket listy, hippie dippy, eco snooty,
Tree huggy, celebrity crushy, culture quirky, indie groovy.
We know where we live isn’t perfect, but there’s no place we’d rather be.
Love California like we do?
Join us on a journey to map out the hella fun, awesome, gnarly, chill escapes — no hate — in the great Golden State. (Layin’ on the lingo totally tongue in cheek. Savvy?)
Publisher of SavvyCalifornia.com, Kat Summers is a freelance writer based in the California coastal community of Half Moon Bay. When she’s not road-tripping the state with her husband Troy — an airline pilot with a vintage race car habit — you’ll find her checking out some local joint, or playing ball on the beach with her little dog Gracie, a total
terrorist terrier and terrific road tripper.
Kat and Troy have called several California locations home, including Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, Palo Alto, Costa Mesa, Half Moon Bay, El Granada, and Montara.
Magazines: Kat’s articles appeared in Real Simple, Outside, Experience Life, Natural Solutions, Better Homes & Gardens, Consumer’s Digest, American Profile, Hemispheres, Health, Natural Health, Shape, Yoga Journal, Prevention, Fit Pregnancy, Journey, and more.
Books: Her work has also been published in books by HarperCollins, Forbes Travel Guide, Mobil Travel Guide, and Rodale Books.