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My Heart's in San Francisco

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A wanderlust of my favorite places and things in this beautiful city that I currently call home - San Francisco and its surrounding areas.
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Giant stacked Christmas tree ornaments, red seat cushions, and poinsettias make the already beautiful plaza (and popular outdoor lunch spot) that much more so. Christmas decorations and colors adorn the plaza at 101 California Street in San...
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2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City, CA 94014, USA
Since 1978, The Great Dickens Christmas Fair has been a Christmas staple in San Francisco. For five weekends each year, Cow Palace becomes a living, breathing version of 19th-century London. Hundreds of actors, vendors, and even participants come...
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950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
A whole lot of history converges at the Fairmont San Francisco—as do all of the city’s cable car lines, which offer easy transportation to the Financial District, Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf. The hotel was built in 1906...
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Gibson Rd, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Every once in a while, the sun shines bright in San Francisco and every city residents flocks to the nearest park or beach to soak up the sun and day drink. Baker Beach, in the confines of SF, seems worlds away from city life. The view of the...
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1677 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, USA
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I first came here with a friend who touted it as one of her and her husband's favorite places in Walnut Creek. The food is great - you really can't go wrong, and their handcrafted cocktails are creative and delicious - my favorite is the Elder...
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91 Drumm St, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
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Seriously. The Oasis Grill sits on Drumm St, just around the corner from the Ferry Building. Don't let the lunch lines intimidate you - these guys are wicked efficient and will have you in and out in no time. And believe me when I say that any...
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21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006, USA
Upon arrival at Big Basin State Park, the ranger hands you a small piece of paper with check boxes. Each carload needs to check where they will be hiking and list their equipment. The sheet is placed on their dashboard in case the car remains...
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2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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I can only describe the vegan Mexican food of Gracias Madre as a truly unexpected experience of culinary genius. They transformed a wildly famous cuisine of bold, rich, hearty, and heavy flavors into a selection of healthy, earthy dishes that...
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Point Reyes Beach, California 94937, USA
Point Reyes is one of those places in NorCal that's kind of awkward to get to, but is always worth it in the end. One of my favorite spots in all of Point Reyes (and there's a LOT of Point Reyes!) is the beach. Go on a day when there's been storms...
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Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598, USA
In the East Bay less than an hour from the city of San Francisco lies the Lime Ridge Open Space. It's a great place for hiking, dog walking (some parts of the Open Space are off-leash), and just soaking the view (all the way to the Golden Gate on...
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8800 Cabrillo Hwy, Montara, CA 94037, USA
Point Montara Light Station is historic as well as beautiful. Perched along the rugged California coastline since 1875, the lighthouse along with all the surrounding buildings sit beautifully restored and preserved and now serve as a youth hostel....
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1 Old Ranch Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA
The chicken coop is nearly as popular as the spa at this family-friendly resort in the foothills of California’s Santa Lucia Mountains. Guests are invited to visit the coop to learn about the resident Rhode Island Red and Barred Plymouth...
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CA-1, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
One of the best roadtrips in the US is to take the one all the way from Los Angeles up to Monterey. Yeah its a slow drive, but thats only because you are driving along beautiful cliffs along the ocean the whole way!
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San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
San Francisco is one of those cities that should be experienced from the water as much as on land. Sailing in San Francisco Bay is one of my all-time favorite activities. During one of the weekends where I was working on passing another level of...
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225 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
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With a coffee shop on every corner in San Francisco's Financial District, how do you choose? Well you do want them to have good coffee, after that it is all about the people and the story. Coffee Cultures has it all. Located in a historic...
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1 Ecker St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Hidden on a small side street not far off Market lies the New Tree Cafe. These guys make ridiculously amazing Belgian hot chocolate using with almond milk - completely vegan and almost like drinking pudding. It's also my favorite place to pick up...