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Northern California's Greatest Hits

From the cosmopolitan boutiques of San Francisco to the serene majesty of Mount Shasta, the Golden State's upper reaches offer an unparalleled diversity of experience

In this special episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson looks back at some of the most memorable Northern California highlights from previous episodes.

Join Johnson as he starts his journey with a tour of some of the trendiest boutiques in San Francisco and the East Bay before heading north to visit the farms that comprise the mouthwatering destinations along the California Cheese Trail.

Subsequent stops include some farm-to-table dining in Sacramento, a bit of historical hiking in Butte County, and some fresh and flavorful seafood on the Mendocino coast. The episode wraps with a conversation about the spiritual side of Mount Shasta.



Lifestyle blogger Erica Chan Coffman highlights the Bay Area's must-visit boutiques.

California Cheese Trail founder Vivien Straus knows her curds—and she also knows the best creameries to visit.

Sacramento Bee dining critic Kate Washington discusses where to go and what to order in Sacramento.

Tracy Salcedo delivers tips on exploring and hiking in Butte County, including the town of Chico.

Jessica Wright’s Bon Traveler blog is a treasure trove of information and inspiration, and she has lots to say about California’s Wild North Coast.

Tour guide Andrew Oser of Mt. Shasta Retreats discusses the mountain's spiritual power and natural beauty.

About the Host

Soterios Johnson, formerly the local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on radio station WNYC, moved from New York City to Davis, Calif., in 2016 and is just getting to know his surroundings. By combining his journalistic instincts with his personal curiosity, Johnson will use the California Now platform to develop a deeper understanding of his adopted home.

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