MARIN: Girls’ Spa Weekend
Don’t let the lack of an actual cannabis spa in the Bay Area keep you and your BFFs from enjoying a cannabis spa weekend. DIY and BYO, girls. Load up on body-soothing edibles, topicals and frozen raw cannabis juice shots. Check into a four-star spa. Hike the Headlands. Soak up Sausalito. Book a private cannabis products demo for you and your besties. — Ed Murrieta
If you’re driving to Marin from San Francisco, you’ll want to kill some traffic time approaching the Golden Gate Bridge and visit Harvest, the city’s newest and swankiest dispensary that makes shopping for cannabis feel like buying underwear in Union Square. Once you’re in Marin (and pre-registered), make a beeline for HerbaBuena, the San Rafael dispensary/events space. HerbaBuena sells primo edibles, including frozen raw cannabis juice shots rich in CBD, the cannabinoid that mend your body but doesn’t mess with your mind. Curious about HerbaBuena’s Sonoma-grown biodynamic cannabis? HerbaBuena offers your group private Avon-style products demonstrations. Once you’re at your destination, HerbaBuena delivers.
STAY & SPA
Located in a historic former Army base with in-your-face views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito is one of Travel + Leisure’s top-rated hotel spas in the continental United States. It offers no cannabis spa treatments; its rooms are non-smoking; and, per its website, “Outside food and drink of any kind is not permitted” in the meditative tea garden. So forget about hemp-seed body scrubs. Re-think pre-soak tokes. Never mind sipping gogi-lime coloadas spiked with cannabis tincture. But do partake of facials, body treatments and massages — enhanced by the edibles you enjoyed in your room, the vaporizer you hit on a hike and the cannabis balm your besties rub in the aching places you can’t reach. For now, merely dream about learning to cook gourmet cannabis meals in Cavallo Point’s dreamy classroom kitchen.
Hike or bike the Marin Headlands.
Drive (12 minutes), bike (12 minutes) or walk (50 minutes) to Sausalito’s waterfront for dining, shopping and sightseeing.
Awake to baked goods and coffee in lobby. Cavallo Point restaurant serves all meals: breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Or walk to Sausalito for the wood-fired meatballs and lemon mousse at Poggio.
The Aficionados’ Treat
California’s most sophisticated city promises the Golden State’s most sophisticated cannabis travel experience. Chic dispensaries, high-quality cannabis, smoking and vaping lounges, pot-paired dinners, edibles cooking classes and ganja yoga all available to visitors with valid medical cannabis recommendations. Plus all the general tourist attractions — restaurants, museums, shopping, big-city energy — that make San Francisco a world-class travel destination without weed.
Retired Hippies’ Heaven
Never has the tie-dyed dream of traveling back roads in a vintage Volkswagen bus been more palpable than when turning off Highway 101 onto Highway 128 wending west, where the landscape turns to grapevines and farm houses. Yes, this is Mendocino County wine country, and as the axiom asserts — where wine grows, weed grows — it’s also cannabis country. Seeds of cannabis tourism have been planted here and will mature over time like wine.
Firing Up Foodies
You think you’ve tasted Humboldt County? Clear your throat and try again. Humboldt’s farm-to-toke reputation overshadows its farm-to-fork roots — but behold grass-fed beef and grass-fed dairy; field-to-glass craft distilleries, cideries and breweries; single-origin drinking chocolates; and Humboldt Bay bivalves that account for 70 percent of California oysters.
The Outdoorsman’s Oasis
You’re midway into a 590-nautical-mile run down the Pacific from Seattle to San Francisco aboard your Tayana 37 sloop. Before you tackle Cape Mendocino, pull into the safe harbor of Humboldt Bay. Not a sailor? Bring or rent toys for paddling, surfing, rafting, biking and hiking. Take a pack-mule trip. Heck, just find naked swimming holes in any of the county’s six rivers. Humboldt’s a bounty of adventure — especially if you stray into the wrong pot patch.
Girls’ Spa Weekend
Don’t let the lack of an actual cannabis spa in the Bay Area keep you and your BFFs from enjoying a cannabis spa weekend. DIY and BYO, girls. Load up on body-soothing edibles, topicals and frozen raw cannabis juice shots. Check into a four-star spa. Hike the Headlands. Soak up Sausalito. Book a private cannabis products demo for you and your besties.
For the Bros
If the Rat Pack (and not just Peter Lawford) had been stoners, it would be all buds and bros in Tahoe today. Wait — it is, bro. Grab your goggles and go for solar hits and back-country boarding; ganja-fueled gambling; Nevada dispensaries and brothels; and a free haircut if you’re lucky.
Perfect for The Parents
Sacramento is a political town, but even cannabis regulation and taxation take back seats to the interest in the Kings’ new downtown arena. The city’s culinary scene sizzles and beckons even San Francisco food critics. To spark your appetite for Sacramento’s farm-to-fork fare, or to quell the nauseating hype of the new arena, medical cannabis patients can smoke throughout the state capital’s walkable and bikeable downtown neighborhoods — even on the Capitol steps. Stick to the city core and you may not need a car.