Driving north on Hwy. 1 between Santa Cruz and Pacifica isn’t all about staring at the views over the ocean to the west. Look to your right and you’ll see acres of cropland, with many family-run farms that have been in the area for generations.
The sign at the Sheep Creek overlook promises “300 million years at a glance.” Looking north from this perch off of Scenic Byway 44, I asked my husband if he saw any Jurassic or Entrada or Permian formations.
Opening high-profile satellites in San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace and Napa’s Oxbow Public Market may have put Gott’s Roadside on the official tourist radar, but for in-the-know regulars, the St. Helena original drive-in grill offers a few unadvertised “secret” items.
With nothing but coffee and road-trip food—sunflower seeds, tortilla chips, tangerines, and chocolate—to fuel us until we reached the Red Canyon Lodge's restaurant, my husband and I nearly sank our teeth into the menu.