We’re a diverse multi-cultural bunch here in Northern California. It’s what makes us unique to the rest of the nation. But, there are just some things that we can all pretty much agree are amazing. No two of us may be exactly alike here, but there’s a whole lot of us who just love some of the same things. Whether it’s the historian in us or the nature-lover or even the sports fanatics, we’re sure to jump up and down over a lot of what we’ve included for you below.
1. Sour Dough Bread
Well, looky here. Some of the best bread in the world calls our neck of the wood home. And we LOVE it. Sour dough bread was originally made popular by the gold miners. The yeast works incredibly well with our west coast air. Which means NOWHERE do they have bread like we do here. We LOVE you, sour dough!
2. The Golden Gate Bridge
Whether you look at her from a distance or take a walk with a friend, she stands proud as the sentinel of the Bay and our entrance to the Pacific Ocean. She's kind of a big deal around here.
3. Oakland A's
Take me out to the ball game...we'd love to watch our A's play! These boys have had their ups and downs but there's a whole lot of us that still LOVE them something fierce!
4. San Francisco Giants
Is there anything more amazing than watching a game at Giants stadium? We love these boys and the place they call home. If you want to make a memory with your kids make sure to bring them here this summer.
5. Golden State Warriors
How about them Warriors? This super talented Bay Area basketball team resurrected a lot of basketball fans. How much do we love our Warriors? A whole heck of a lot!
6. San Jose Sharks
At the present moment our beloved Sharks are battling it out in the playoffs for the Stanley Cup. I remember watching this team a dozen years ago. Apparently, the fandom has filled the seats of their stadium now. We're pretty proud!
7. Napa Valley Wine
Call us pretentious - we don't care. We LOVE our wine here. Plus, we make some amazing red and whites. Apparently, France should be a little worried. We no longer need to import their foo foo bottles. Ours is just as amazing. Exporting around the world is more our thing now. Take that France!
8. Bodega Bay
The Pacific Ocean calls to us out here. We live by the water because we LOVE it. Sand between our toes is a delight to us. Plus, we believe Northern California beaches are the bomb. You can keep your crowded beaches, L.A.. We LOVE it here.
9. Flowers Everywhere
Our climate is so amazing here that we can grow flowers all year long. We LOVE to grab an armful at the local farmers market and many of us have our very own gardens. Which means we can just cut a few outside and bring nature in! We just LOVE that.
10. Farmers Markets
We LOVE them! The city of Sacramento alone has TWELVE farmers markets each week. Run by and grab your salad fixin's for the week, or bring home some whole foods to snack on. No matter what your body craves, if it can be grown in the ground you can get it here.
11. Burney Falls
You don't have to fly to Hawaii to enjoy this tropical wonderland. A waterfall that will take your breath away. It's something we LOVE - water and nature. Put this one on your bucket list this summer!
12. The Redwoods
We LOVE ourselves some BIG TREES. The Redwoods will never disappoint. Grab a friend, fill up your backpack with water and snacks and take a hike! There are hundreds of hiking trails in the Redwood forests in Northern California. Earn your California street cred and hug a tree!
13. We LOVE History
January 24, 1848, John Marshall found a few flecks of gold in the tailrace of Sutter's Mill along the American River. You can enjoy learning all about the history of John Sutter and even see where he's buried in Coloma. And, if you enjoy a good old cemetery like I do, you can enjoy that here, too!
We LOVE camping! Our weather is so incredible here that we can pretty much camp year-round. This spot is at Lake Siskiyou. We've got thousands of campsites around here to choose from. Where do YOU love to camp?
15. We LOVE Our Weather!
Who doesn't? People drool over the kind of Mediterranean weather we have out here. Skiing, jogging, camping, or just stargazing is a million times better under a NORCAL sky. We know it and we wouldn't trade it for the world!
Sure, there’s a zillion things we could add to this list. It’s hard to stick to these but we know you’ll be more than happy to correct us below. Share your favorite Northern California LOVE — we’re sure a few local football teams may just be what you’re dying to talk about!