Best Bay Area Natural Getaways and Eats
Natural Beauty: Two Skin Care Entrepreneurs' Favorite Bay Area Escapes
To be honest, I’ve always been a little wary of "all-natural" beauty products. Having been raised by a mother who swears by all things Chanel, the idea of putting fruit, nuts, and other garden trappings on my face seemed wrong somehow. But brands like Truth Art Beauty have changed my thinking – and my skin. Launched in February by Bay Area natives Emily Graham and Caron Proschan, the all-natural skin care line custom-blends products that are the beauty junkie's equivalent of a detox cleanse. Utterly organic balms, salves, and buffs are packed with dermal saviors like fruit and seed oils; you can nab skin-specific premixed blends through the Truth Art Beauty website or "cocreate" your own using the nifty online customization tool. The products feel so luxurious, you’ll forget they’re actually good for you. Since Summer's just around the corner, I asked Caron and Emily to share some of their favorite natural escapes in the Bay Area. Here's how these beauty gurus stay healthy and inspired on their home turf:
- Emily: "A great way to stay in shape is rock climbing near Santa Clara. I love climbing in Castle Rock State Park, which has some exhilarating climbing and beautiful views. If you don’t have time to make it outside on the weekend, I recommend one of the indoor climbing gyms like Twisters (2639 Terminal Blvd., Mountain View, 650-967-5581) or Planet Granite (815 Stewart Dr., Sunnyvale, 408-991-9090). It’s a fun way to learn and challenge your adventurous side with friends, and great for staying in shape, too!"
- Caron: "The great thing about the Bay Area is that you have access to some of the best farms in the country. My favorite market is the one at Ferry Plaza (One Ferry Building, San Francisco, 415-983-8030). I load up on chocolates from Scharffen Berger and pastries from Frog Hollow for the flight back to NYC."
- Emily: "I'm a vegetarian and I used to live in the Marina, so Greens (Fort Mason, Building A, San Francisco, 415-771-6222) is one of my natural favorites. The restaurant has a unique character and is located in a converted warehouse right next to the water. Much of the organic produce that is served is actually grown in the Marin Headlands at Green Gulch Farm. I can’t get enough of the wild mushrooms and chocolate brownie with almond sorbet!"
- Caron: "I love going down to Carmel and Pebble Beach. Make sure to have lunch at Post Ranch Inn (47900 Highway 1, Big Sur, 831-667-2200) for the incredible view. Then spend the afternoon in Point Lobos or Carmel before having sunset drinks at The Lodge at Pebble Beach (1700 17-Mile Dr., Pebble Beach, 831-647-7500). And if you really want to splurge, The Lodge also has one of the best spas in the Bay Area."