By Thea Skinner
Triplicate staff writer
A journey down the road less traveled was the idea behind travel writer Carole Terwilliger Meyers' visit to Crescent City last week.
andquot;I've always felt it was overlooked, mainly because it is so far up (in northern California),andquot; Meyers said.
Her research will be published in the ninth edition of Weekend Adventures in San Francisco and Northern California.
The newest edition will be published late next year, said Meyers.
In her latest, eighth edition, published in January, Meyers offers information about recreation and tours in Klamath along with places to stay.
Since Crescent City is a part of an authentic California coastal area, it has an appeal to tourists from larger towns.
andquot;I really like the low key feeling of this town. It is very soothing here. It is so small,andquot; Meyers said.
In addition to writing, Meyers is an editor and speaker residing in Berkeley. She is a native San Franciscan and mother of two.
andquot;I can't wait to tell readers about the wonderful lighthouse tour,andquot; said Meyers.
Through the various editions of the book, she found that readers andquot;liked the places and the way it is organized.andquot;
Because the Internet and other forms of research have a remote quality, she understands the importance of conducting research in person.
andquot;I was doing research before I came here, but to get a perspective of going around a town is helpful,andquot; Meyers said.
At the moment she is living in Portland, Ore. Her next trip will be to Oahu and Kauai, Hawaii, with a professional travel writer's society.
andquot;Whenever I traveled I was always happy to be back (home). Although it has crossed my mind to move, it would be difficult to stay up on things,andquot; Meyers said about communication that occurs in big and small communities.
In 2006, she was awarded the Society of American Travel Writers, Western Chapter Guide Book Silver Award for the eighth edition of the book.
andquot;My distributor tells me that this is the best-selling guidebook for Northern California as far as publicity,andquot; Meyers said.
In 2005, she was awarded the Bay Area Travel Writer's 2005, Magazine Travel Article Silver Award for her article titled andquot;Escape to Point Reyes.andquot;
Former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown said, andquot;Ms. Meyers' love for the city and her familiarity with its abundant charms are evident in each entry.andquot;
Each destination in the book includes information on what to do, where to stay, and where to eat. Helpful extras are the most direct driving route and interesting stops along the way.
The book also provides details on family amenities with each listing, and the text is filled with intriguing historical tidbits and unusual facts.
Meyers researched her family name while reading the Terwilliger diary in a museum.
She discovered that the Terwilligers traveled to Oregon from the East Coast.
Her grandfather lived in Gresham, Ore., 20 miles from Terwilliger, Ore.
She jokes that people often believe she is related to Elizabeth Terwilliger, a famous naturalist who passed away at about age 90.
Additional chapters of the book are devoted to ski areas, family camps, houseboats, river and pack trips, and other adventures.
Reach Thea Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Since Carole Terwilliger Meyers wrote the first edition of her Northern California travel guide in the 1970s, she's noticed some changes in:
?Lodging - More spas and fewer tennis courts. Lodgings are now accepting pets, though a hefty fee is usually involved.
?Room and board - The price of a bargain bed has edged up to around $75 dollars a night.
?Wineries - Most now charge $5 to $10 dollars for tasting. Websites often have downloadable coupons good for free tasting.