Peter Fish

Contributing Writer, Via

Shops on the Monterey wharf.

Experience the Magic of Monterey, CA

A weekend stroll reveals 250 years of history and a slew of modern wonders.
Avalon Bay, with boats at anchor and Catalina Casino on Catalina Island

Best Beach Towns in Southern California

Looking for a sunny winter break? One of these five oceanside havens could be just right.
exterior view at twilight of The Exploratorium at Pier 15 in San Francisco, California

Exploratorium: San Francisco's Exceptional Science Museum

After half a century, San Francisco's wondrous science museum still fascinates and delights us.
Peter and Nancy Fish, surrounded by redwoods, cozy up by their campsite fire pit in late afternoon at Pantoll campground at California's Mount Tamalpais, picture

Learning How to Love Camping

Can a camping-crazy husband convince his spouse that the outdoors is made to be loved, not feared?
a mother goat with her baby at ABC Acres, picture

7 Farms to Visit for a Country Escape

Spend a homespun afternoon at one of these seven bucolic spots, embracing your inner Old MacDonald.
the newly reopened Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle with marble statuettes in California, picture

History of Hearst Castle

A newspaper tycoon crowned an unassuming California hilltop with the palace of his dreams.
pair of visitors cross a small bridge through lush growth at Lyon Arboretum in Honolulu, Hawaii, picture

Hidden Gem: Honolulu's Lyon Arboretum

Honolulu's idyllic Lyon Arboretum celebrates its 100th birthday.