A blog about California day trips, nightlife, and savvy living on the Left Coast
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, California clichés can be a little bit true. And if you ask me: That’s where the fun is!
I love exploring my home state, and I’m not alone. More than 70 percent of U.S. travelers who vacation in California are road trippin’ residents like me. We go to the big cities and sleepy small towns, the beaches, mountains and deserts, state parks and theme parks, wine country and farm country, new hot spots and old-growth forests.
Some folks call this “the left coast” as a put-down, but the savvy consider it a term of endearment. Let’s look at it with a little levity, shall we? I’m cruisin’ the California coast, in a convertible, wearing cliché-colored sunglasses, for a lighthearted look at all things:
Hippie Dippy, Indie Groovy, Veggie Yogi, Local Foodie,
Artsy Fartsy, Eco Snooty, Beach Bummy, Surfer Dudie,
Tree Huggy, Celebrity Crushy, Culture Quirky, Fruity Nutty,
Wine Tipsy, Trail Trekky, Day Trippy, Bucket Listy.
Love California like I do? Join me on a journey to map out the hella fun, awesome, gnarly, chill escapes, no hate, in the great Golden State.
PS. Layin’ on the lingo totally tongue in cheek, savvy?
Hi, I’m Kat Summers, and I live on the Half Moon Bay Coastside, a California beach community 25 miles south of San Francisco, with my airline pilot husband Troy, and my office assistant Gracie (a total
terrorist terrier and terrific road tripper).
As a freelance writer for more than a decade, and publisher of Savvy California, my greedy goal is to find the real stuff in life right outside my door, to sleuth out the sweet spots, chat up experts, nail down the details, and share what’s great in the Golden State.
If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I started blogging in 2009 under then name “Bay Area On The Cheap” (during the financial crisis) and then founded sister site “Savvy SoCal.” Over time I combined those into the national site “Savvy Cities.” That was fun for a while, but I missed the local focus and felt scattered. So in 2016, I scaled back, moving the California pages over here to SavvyCalifornia.com. Still me, still savvy.
Now I can once again express my west coast attitude, like the tagline says: “Peace, Love & Levity on the Left Coast.” Stay tuned and please tell your friends.
Writing Credits: My writing has appeared in books published by HarperCollins, Forbes Travel Guide, Mobil Travel Guide, Rodale, and in many magazines including: Travel + Leisure, Outside, Real Simple, Reader’s Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, American Profile, Hemispheres, Journey, Health, Natural Health, Prevention, Shape, Yoga Journal, Experience Life, Oxygen, Consumer’s Digest, Fit Pregnancy, Natural Solutions, Alternative Medicine, and more.