We’ve lived here a long time. And as savvy Californians, we’re drawn to 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.
We’re not official state tourism folks. So we can share with our friends here, uncensored, like:
- How to go out more on the cheap, when to splurge and what to skip.
- Where locals go when they want to avoid tourists (except when we want to be tourists).
- And how to live like a savvy Californian, for better or worse.
Those California Clichés
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 sometimes 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 organic kitchens and drought-tolerant gardens, you’ll find us cruising the California coast, in a convertible, wearing cliché-colored sunglasses, for a lighthearted look at all things:
Hippie dippy, fruity nutty, artsy fartsy, eco snooty,
Tree huggy, celebrity crushy, veggie yogi, local foodie,
Day trippy, wine tipsy, beach bummy, surfer dudie,
Trail trekky, bucket listy, 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 Savvy California 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.
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.
Kat’s Writing Credits
Magazines: Kat’s lifestyle articles have been published 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 appeared in books published by HarperCollins, Forbes Travel Guide, Mobil Travel Guide, and Rodale Books.