Arts & Crafts Adventure in the Bay Area

The Farms Afield travel program hosted by the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms continues this year with an exclusive adventure in the San Francisco Bay Area from July 10-13. Building upon 2016 and 2017 trips, when we took in the Arts and Crafts heritage of Michigan and Boston, this thoughtfully-planned excursion will offer a multifaceted exploration of the rich and abundant art, craft, and architectural traditions of beautiful northern California.

Trip attendees will meet up with fellow Arts and Crafts enthusiasts in Berkeley, CA on Tuesday, July 10 for a three-night stay at the 5-star, luxury Claremont Hotel. This historic “White Castle on the Hill” opened in 1915 and is today a grand resort with restaurants, a spa and stunning views of San Francisco Bay. From there the group will embark on an adventure packed with one-of-a-kind opportunities, including the following highlights:

~ Explore the life and work of architect Bernard Maybeck with tours of two private Maybeck homes, a meal at the Maybeck-designed Faculty Club on the UC Berkeley campus, a tour of Maybeck masterpiece First Church of Christ, Scientist, and a visit to the Palace of Fine Arts.

~ Tour the National Historic Landmark Swedenborgian Church, one of California’s earliest Arts and Crafts buildings and one of the most important Arts and Crafts structures in America. Experience many of the church’s original furnishings, including its iconic chairs, which are still in use today.

~ Visit three exquisite and distinct California Arts and Crafts private homes, each with incomparable collections and approached, inside and out, with extraordinary focus on every detail.

~ Discover the rich history of the Hillside Club, an early and still active social club, founded in the late 19th century, to promote good design practices in the Berkeley hills.

~Enjoy dinner at Julia’s, at the beautiful Berkley City Club hotel, one of the most significant designs of architect Julia Morgan.

~ Visit the gallery of California Historical Design and the Dirk van Erp Workshop Museum.

Experience all of this and more! We’re excited to share this adventure, which is a member benefit, with Stickley Museum members around the country, but please note, space is strictly limited and this trip is on track to sell out.

For trip fees, availability, and complete details, visit

Questions? Just call the museum’s administrative office at 973.540.0311.

We look forward to seeing you in California!