Cheryl Crabtree

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Cheryl, a native Californian, grew up trekking through the redwoods and romping along sunny beaches on the Monterey Bay. The travel bug bit her early, starting with a year in the Philippines as a young child. Cheryl has penned many regional and national travel books, magazines and websites. She co-authored the first edition of The Insider's Guide to Santa Barbara and Hometown Santa Barbara with a crew of insider author-friends. She has also updated the Central Coast and Monterey Bay chapters of Fodor’s California guidebook every edition since 2002 and has updated Fodor's The Complete Guide to National Parks of the West. She is also story editor of Montecito Magazine and writes about wineries in the California Directory of Fine Wineries . Cheryl also authored two highly rated travel apps for Sutro Media: Big Sur & Monterey Bay and Santa Barbara – Ocean to Oaks. Cheryl has lived in Santa Barbara, California, since the early 1980s.

Posts by Cheryl Crabtree

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  • 1
    What's the most underrated destination in your opinion?

    Channel Islands National Park, and especially Santa Rosa Island. It’s only a few miles from mainland California, but those who venture out there reap many rewards. The landscapes give a sense of what California looked like hundreds of years ago — white sand beaches, native plants, and unusual plants and animals, along the trails and in the sea.

  • 2
    Have you ever been somewhere that was so bad you couldn't write about it?

    Yes, a number of times. One that particularly stands out is a hotel (unnamed)on the East Coast. I woke up in the middle of the night from a dream about a shower in a rainforest somewhere. But turned out the leaky water pipes in the ceiling had burst, soaking me and my bed.

  • 3
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    Traveling off-road in Zambia in an aging Land Rover (with an intrepid guide, I was not driving!) and getting a flat tire in the middle of nowhere. Also traveling in the same Land Rover in a national park where we spotted 8 leopards and lots of lions and other animals.

  • 4
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    I like riding the train. It’s easy on, easy off, and I can work on my computer while someone else does the driving (that means a great deal to anyone who’s traveled on SoCal freeways on a Friday afternoon. Plus, the views are spectacular along certain stretches of the coast here in California.