The editors try to inspire your weekend away

Take a day out to avoid burnout until the summer holidays


We know that sometimes you’d rather be anywhere than on the top floor of Shields Library, staring at the error message in your code or the blank page where your essay should be. Over the past few weeks leading up to the final, we’ve all been dreaming of skipping the city. Here’s the good news: With a little planning, you can ditch the sweaty lecture halls for a day or two and refresh yourself. Your loyal editors have put together our favorite day trips to inspire your mini vacation.

Sonora Slater, editor-in-chief

Was it actually the best day trip I’ve ever taken, or was it just the most recent? During the quarter system, my brain loses all memories from more than two weeks ago, so it’s unclear. That said, I highly recommend following this exact route in San Francisco the next time you need to get away.

On your way into town, grab a cold brew with lavender cream at Equator Coffee and stop for breakfast at the acclaimed Ariscault Bakery (trust me, you want a croissant). Browse a nearby bookstore. May I recommend Green Apple? — and then stroll through one of the many weekend farmers’ markets to pick up the produce your heart desires. Cherries maybe? Peas? A single carrot? If you’re lucky, there’s a craft fair at the same time.

Port your farm wagon to a beach with a good view of the Golden Gate Bridge, turn on some music and enjoy your snack while you read your newly purchased book, people watch or collect rocks from the sand that will inevitably be less beautiful once they are are drying out – it is one of life’s great mysteries. The rest of the day is yours: climb to the top of Coit Tower in Little Italy, watch a baseball game at Oracle Park, or explore the California Academy of Sciences. Be sure to catch the sunset as you drive home.

Clara Fischer, editor-in-chief

As the spring quarter of my senior year slowly comes to a close, I can’t help but feel a little extra Aggie pride. While there are many things that make our school special, an underrated aspect is its location – yes, its location, with all its farmland, the glory of Cow Town. Davis’ central location has allowed me to take some really fun trips during my time here, but my personal favorite long weekend destination has to be Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe is beautiful all year round, from the warmer weather and stunningly clear water of summer to the snow-capped mountains and cozy cabin atmosphere of winter. Although the drive can be a bit strenuous, especially in winter (don’t forget to check the weather and plan for possible snowstorms!), it is always worth the trip. If you do go, remember the golden rule of any outdoor space: leave no trace. And keep Tahoe Blue!

Lily Freeman, campus news editor

In the middle of exams and finals, I dream of spending my day with a chilled glass of white wine. Luckily, we live just under an hour’s drive from one of the best places in the world to drink wine: Napa! From strolling carefree in the vineyards to disguising yourself as a wine connoisseur, escaping to the countryside is the perfect way to disconnect from the stress of student life. Napa’s energy is rejuvenating (whether you drink or not), with endless greenery and beautiful sunsets.

On top of the vineyards, Napa has a cute downtown area. Local cafes, a variety of dinner restaurants, and small business boutiques make a trip there worthwhile. The Napa River flows through the city and the waterfront is an excellent place to take a nap under the sun. The drive is also scenic, and if you really want an adventure, skip the highway and take it all the way there. Be careful, though: spend too much time in Napa and suddenly the finals won’t matter anymore and your ambitions will shift to wine growing and frolicking through grape fields.

Chris Ponce, city news editor

Moving to Davis was a culture shock for me, and I know it has been a similar experience for many other non-white students. There’s so much to love here, but it’s definitely a change from home. This is why I learned to love Woodland so much.

Certainly, while Woodland may seem like just a small town at first glance, it is truly a gem worth appreciating. The city has by far the best Mexican food around (I recommend Sol Méxican Cuisine) and is just a very different place than Davis. It’s also a short drive; forget going to San Francisco or Tahoe, the drive is less than 20 minutes. The buildings in downtown Woodland feel older and more historic than Davis. They also have so many nice cafes.

So on your next Costco trip, maybe take some time to see what else Woodland has to offer. There’s a reason I always choose to bring my parents here: from the cute downtown to the superior food, Woodland is a lovely place.

Annabel Marshall, opinion editor

Ask yourself this question: when was the last time you saw a whale? For me it was two weeks ago, along the cape of Point Reyes. Google Maps tells you it’s a two-hour drive from Davis to this little coastal tourist destination (or just a 46-hour walk). But in reality the journey hardly feels like time: a scenic drive takes you through vast grasslands dotted with sheep. Then the lush forests through which a only slightly nauseating road winds. Then rolling, fresh green hills that slope into sea cliffs. To me, this is the classic Northern California trip: one day, four microclimates, and an ocean cold enough to make you understand Baywatch in a new, less romantic light.

My sweet roommates and I took our time on the way to Point Reyes, stopping at several towns along the way for cheese, bread, and hot chocolate. We browsed bookstores and bakeries, foolishly in the rain. We saw moose, cows, llamas, a fox and of course a whale waving at us on the shore – a wonderful reprieve from the late weeks of spring quarter.

Yasmeen O’Brien, features editor

Davis is a beautiful city and as my time here dwindles, I want to enjoy it as much as possible. I’m really looking forward to spending the last few months here and once again appreciating everything this special place has to offer. That said, sometimes you just have to get away. After almost four years here, I know that schoolwork can be a lot and that sometimes our small town is just too full of familiar faces. For these ailments I recommend a weekend away. More specifically, head north to beautiful Humboldt County.

The redwood forests are truly enchanting and make you feel small, but like you are part of something bigger. Northern California’s rugged coastline is breathtaking and pristine. In spring, native flowers bloom along every inch of the green earth and it seems that the wildlife often emerges after a long winter. In the local Redwood National Park you can wrap yourself in nature with some great hikes and viewpoints to check out.

If you’re looking for light, sustainable shopping or a bite to eat, Arcata is a small town in the area that I recently visited and highly recommend (one of my dearest friends grew up there!). It has a very cute downtown with a record store, thrift store, craft shops, cafes, bakeries, restaurants and more. The area is known for its rainy weather, so check the weather forecast before heading there.

Ana Bach, arts and culture editor

On the recommendation of a good friend, I traveled to Sonoma for the first time during the summer of my freshman year. I must say that compared to Napa, the picturesque atmosphere that the area offers is one that embraces locals and visitors alike, and as such I would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway. The historic downtown area has so many nice restaurants and parks where you can people watch. If you’re looking for a place with both great atmosphere and food, one of my favorite dining spots is “the girl & the fig” restaurant, where you can experience a French country experience paired with delicious wines from Sonoma’s backyard . If you want to pair a pizza with your wine instead, Cafe La Haye is one of the best places in Sonoma to grab a slice.

Besides food, Sonoma has some nice trinket shops on every block. As a lover of vintage books and shops, I can safely say that Sonoma will keep you intrigued with eclectic trinkets and good reading. Be sure to check out Reader’s Books next time you’re in the area. I know this time of year I need a little R&R away from Davis, and Sonoma provides a peaceful atmosphere where you can still expect a satisfying day.

Megan Joseph, sports editor

Summer is almost here! After what felt like the longest school year ever, we are almost done and moving on to our fun plans for the hottest months of the year. While this also means finals are approaching, you only have a few weeks left to explore the fun areas around Davis and take a break from your studies. One of my favorite day trips I took this year was to Auburn where I walked through the beautiful nature Clementine Trail to Clementine Lake. Even though it was very hot when I went, it had fantastic views and even a nice watering hole to jump into and cool off at the end. The hike itself was a fairly easy route with a few steep sections, but it was definitely worth it and I can’t wait to go again.

Ikeda’s Market and Restaurant in Auburn is just off the route and is a must for their local produce, great burgers and addictive pies. No matter how disheveled you look trudging through the mud with sweat dripping everywhere, Ikedas don’t care. So if you feel like getting outside and eating a delicious burger, drive an hour to Auburn and embrace the outdoors!

Katie Hellman, science and technology editor

My favorite NorCal day trip is San Francisco (in full transparency, it’s also the only place I’ve ever taken a day trip to from Davis, but that doesn’t matter). There are plenty of sights to see and adventures to have in the city; some of these are well-known, such as visiting the Golden Gate Bridge, taking the ferry to Alcatraz or watching a sea lion serenade at Fisherman’s Wharf, but there are also some hidden gems that you must see. If you’re in the area, it’s worth visiting the 16th Avenue Tile Steps, strolling past Stow Lake Boathouse and – my personal favorite – grabbing a treat at Ghirardelli Square. San Francisco is just an hour and a half away by car, and its proximity to the ocean allows you to escape Davis’ spring heat.

This is a stressful and tumultuous time for many reasons. We hope you can take the time to care for yourself and your friends, whether that means a weekend away or just checking in via text. Watch out, Aggies!

Written by: The Editorial Board