This website 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 our own backyards — in big cities and beach towns, wine country and farm country. We head out to state parks and theme parks, new hot spots and old-growth forests, all in a day or easy weekend.
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 it turns out that’s where the fun is.
So if we’re not at home in our 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.
Some folks call this the left coast as a put down, but the savvy consider it a term of endearment. 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?)
Kat is a freelance writer and the creator of the website Savvy California, When she’s not road-tripping the California coast highway with her husband Troy — an airline pilot with a vintage race car habit — you’ll find her at some local joint, or playing ball on the beach with her little dog Gracie, a total
terrorist terrier and terrific road tripper.
Based on the beautiful Half Moon Bay coast side, 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 have 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, MSN.com, and many others.
Books: Her work has also been published in books by HarperCollins, Forbes Travel Guide, Mobil Travel Guide, and Rodale Books.