Beacons that once guided sailors safely to shore, relics of pre-GPS navigation, and monuments to maritime culture, lighthouses are typically a hallmark of hazardous coastline, found often in places that are particularly rugged and dramatic.
I've always found a magical allure to hitting the open road. Being a city dweller, walking is pretty much all I do, so getting out of town and looking at an open stretch of road from the driver's seat is really thrilling. On my latest adventure, I explored Route 92, which runs east to west from the San Francisco Bay, over the mountains to the coast. It's a nice alternative route to get to Coastal Highway 1 and the Pigeon Point or Point Montara lighthouse hostels.
Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. So: Behold! There's so much creative work going on in San Francisco and Northern California, it's hard to miss -- but for visitors, it can be hard to know where to start.
If you like a little "work" in your "play," then a bicycle tour of the rugged San Mateo coast may be your notion of an ideal weekend getaway.