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4025 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
The guy who runs Tuesday Tattoo, Jesse Tuesday, is a superfamous tattoo artist and a diehard surfer. It’s a rad little shop. The vibe is different from most tattoo parlors. It has a cozy, humble feeling. It’s the type of place you’d go to sip a...
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1170 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Some of the best Napa Valley winetasting experiences are to be had in the tasting rooms of the smaller wineries along the Silverado Trail. Envy Wines, just north of Calistoga (the northernmost part of Napa Valley), is a great pick if you want...
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One Ferry Building, #17, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Cheese is that life of the party that you simply need to get right: it's the laugh, the spotlight, and the trendsetter. Cowgirl Creamery in San Francisco is legend in these parts, with carefully crafted cheeses that pay homage to the delicious,...
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75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
The Japanese Tea Garden has been a special place for multiple generations of my family. It may be small, but it feels like an entire world apart, a pocket of beauty and peace in Golden Gate Park and the ever-busy city. For me, a visit here always...
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5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, USA
In Oakland's Rockridge district, the Market Hall houses Oliveto's restaurant, a specialty food deli, bakery, coffee shop, pasta shop, florist and produce market. I love to stop by the Oliveto café before heading to San Francisco. Known for it's...
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30 Beckett St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Often, when I feel overly strapped to my desk, hankering for a trip to another land, I stroll into San Francisco's Chinatown. Once I'm off the main drags and into the residential neighborhoods or the commercial streets chockablock with shops...
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941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
You know you are near Zazie's in the Cole Valley neighborhood by the crowd out front. It is big. There is a sign up sheet on the door, put your name on it, and head to the Irish bar next door to wait the hour it'll take to get seated. But when you...
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1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
The bartenders at Alembic take their mixology seriously. As in "this has the essence of elderflower" in it seriously. I like the bar because on a rare Saturday morning when I need a little spicy alcohol kick that's lighter than a bloody mary, I...
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580 Lommel Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Ok, so this beautiful trio of smoked salmon, ham and bacon bennies won't cost you more than thirty dollars. However, to get a seat at this breakfast table you do have to be a hotel guest. Besides the many amenities that make Calistoga Ranch an...
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2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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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468 Perkins St, Oakland, CA 94610, USA
Looking a place to run while you're in Oakland? Lake Merritt offers a 3.4-mile circumference that takes you past downtown, through Lakeside Park, past the historic Grand Lake Theater, and along Lakeshore Avenue. If you need a challenge, jog up the...
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2301 Monarch St, Alameda, CA 94501, USA
I found a new reason to go to Alameda Point besides the monthly antiques fair and the homeless-helping bike shop, Changing Gears. The Rock Wall Tasting room is also there, pouring a range of wines produced in the old hangar next door. I especially...
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19225 CA-1, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
North of the little town of Point Reyes Station, the Marshall Store sits on the banks of Tomales Bay. I've been coming here for years after hiking or horseback riding or walking on the beach in Point Reyes National Seashore. The place is super...
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Long Ave & Marine Dr, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
If you want the best least crowded view of the Golden Gate, drive out near the old military base.....and hopefully the weather will be clear for a great picture like this!
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CA-1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923, USA
Many car commercials have been filmed along this stretch of the iconic California road. The hairpin turns and switchbacks make it a wild ride for some, but the views to the west (the ocean) and the east (Northern California's inimitable green...
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8501 CA-128, Philo, CA 95466, USA
This unpretentious tasting room is set in gorgeous country. Stop for a picnic--and some sips of brut rose--if you're cutting across the Anderson Valley en route to the Mendocino Coast.
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7800 Eastside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
Last year Copain Winery in Sonoma started hosting guest chef dinners at its tasting room as part of a Supper Club Series. Copain's winemaker, Wells Guthrie, reaches out to some of his favorite chefs and sommeliers, like Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan...
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40 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
When the sky is clear in San Francisco, the place to see the city's skyline and bridges is from a bay cruise. There are many bay cruises, charters and yachts, but I preferred the sailboat. We were out on the bay, maneuvering through the waves, and...
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56 Ross Alley, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
In the largest Chinatown outside Asia, the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory glows in the somewhat dark Ross Alley. A group of writers from a Trafalgar Guided Vacation enter the building and see the fortune cookies being made. The untainted, non...
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50 Balmy St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Clarion Alley in San Franciso's Mission District seems to get all the crowds. And it should: The graffiti is edgy and ever-changing. However, about six blocks away is Balmy Alley, another alley full of murals. The theme appears to be more socially...
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219 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
H2hotel has a playful mix of modern rooms and overall architecture made with an earthy feel and natural materials. The crowning example is their living roof, which can be seen through the large, curving windows on the fourth floor. Each room has a...
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One, Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
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3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Pickup the best local food products the bay area has to offer at Bi-Rite Market. The Mission was not always the pantheon of San Francisco nouveau cuisine that it is today. Now, the area—especially the block of 18th Street between Guerrero and...
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3049 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
A yam sandwich? Yes. I was skeptical too, but now I’m hooked. On certain days, it’s impossible deciding if I’m in the mood for a sweet, sour or savory meal. Even more difficult is deciding whether I’m craving the comfort of something warm- perfect...
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8555 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, CA 95452, USA
Sonoma and Napa counties have hundreds of wineries that have tasting rooms set among the golden hills of the area. It's rare to find a winery where you can enjoy this scenery as much as the wine served in the tasting room. At Chateau St. Jean,...
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856 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
There is always time for a cheese plate, especially at Say Cheese. Sample away at cheeses with ingredients like "triple cream" and "made with the finest goat's milk in France." Say Cheese has a cheese cooler packed with all shades of cheese—they...
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These classes are now taught on-line at the Route to India website.After four months of traveling in 2010, I moved to San Francisco and was immediately craving one of my favorite dishes—South Indian dosas. Luckily in San Francisco, Route to India...
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1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
Cafe Rouge is a great neighborhood bistro in the 4th Street shop area that serves French classics such as steak-frites and rotisserie chicken as well as fresh seafood including a nightly oyster happy hour. They have a great meat counter also where...
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428 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
ArKi, short for The Architect’s Kitchen as the owner, Tim Setiawan, used to be just that serves divine beignet-style donuts and fried chicken - both fried to order and delicious. They travel the usual food truck circuit in the San Francisco...
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6725 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
This venue is temporarily closed for renovations, 10/2018. Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley is a well-curated art gallery and wine tasting room set amidst an eclectic sculpture garden. At this Napa Valley tasting room, originally built in 1904 as a private...
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6439 California St, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
I had driven by Tal-y-Tara many times taking notice of the horse statue out front and knowing I would have to stop there for tea one day. By now I have been there multiple times. They have an extensive and wonderful tea list to please ever tea...
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3940 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
They do their own blend of beans called Elbow Grease, and it’s high-octane stuff.
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Outer Sunset, San Francisco, CA, USA
This store is a unique concept. They have a book rental program (where you can write in the back of the book as part of its history); a lecture series and offer really interesting services like astrological chart reading and decision making. I don...
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80 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956, USA
This is another place I immediately return to when I'm in the Bay Area. It's a cheese lover's temple! I loved this salad pictured that I had. It was also my first picture of San Francisco! I must say that the Mount Tam is one of my favourite...
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Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA, USA
Bourbon and Branch is a traditional speakeasy. Their 8 house rules—hushed voices and no cell phones among them—encourage neighborly conversation in a very relaxed setting. It's a great way to meet people if you're traveling alone as...
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442 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
Despite its tongue-in-cheek name, this sweets shop and cafe located in the gritty Tenderloin district is one of my favorite finds in San Francisco. The salted caramels here melt in your mouth. They also have a good variety of coffees from...
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560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
At the restaurant Nopa in San Francisco's Western Addition, the long bar and communal tables are perfect places to perch on a weeknight. Go early, order an elderflower gimlet or a sparkling, minty Old Cuban (both off-menu). Don't miss the Mission...
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3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
There's nothing more San Fransisco (or hipster) than buying a margharita (with pepperoni) and taking it to Dolores Park for some prime people watching. It may be easier than getting a seat in the restaurant. Don't forget the chilli flakes! How I...
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919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
This is all you need to know about the House of Nanking: If you've never been, the owner will take your menus and just start serving you food. It's an experience I'll never forget! The food is plentiful and delicious! Bonus: it's right around the...
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3870 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
Frances is the neighborhood restaurant you wish were just around the corner from you. The place is small and cozy with just 50 seats and a bar. The menu changes daily. Their oysters and quail were fantastic. While I've had better desserts than...
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1192 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
The Crème Brûlée Cart has three locations in SF, the most convenient location being in the financial district at Market and Sansome. Their first bricks and motar location is on Folsom. The cart also makes appearances at food...
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875 Rutherford Rd, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Round Pond Estate in Rutherford, Napa Valley, is an absolutely stunning property. You can take a tour of their olive groves and taste their oils on one part of the property and then move over to the winery to sample their wines with delectable...
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5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Yes, Napa Valley is known for its wine, but the Di Rosa Preserve highlights the art of Northern California. Rene and Veronica di Rosa had a personal passion for art and artists. Their home, the Di Rosa Preserve, became the focal point not only for...
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Bodega Head, Bodega Bay, CA 94923, USA
After weeks of increasing stress from the daily grind of work and family responsibilities, I spent one perfect weekend in Bodega Bay, on the coast of California north of San Francisco. The highlight was a walk on Bodega Head, a piece of land that...
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3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Bi-Rite's flavors are incomparable to anything you've ever tasted before. The rich, creamy tastes of Earl Grey, salted caramel, and lavender (just to name a few) are indescribably delicious. Hand-crafted flavors and baked goods set them apart. Go...
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1398 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Haight Street is known for strange characters, thrift store shopping, and Magnolia Brewery. Don't be fooled by the name, Magnolia's has delicious meals and appropriate morning samosa's. Drop by during breakfast for some delicious french toast or...
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560 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
I crave this caramel-y roasted pork Banh Mi at Saigon Sandwich. The classic Vietnamese sandwich is on a fresh French baguette that is perfectly soft yet crispy, accompanied by fresh carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, and peppers, plus the most...
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Big Sur’s winding roads, plunging cliffs and canyon-spanning bridges may cause nausea but they provide some of the most striking scenery in the country. After miles of lush green forests and sapphire blue oceans, the palm trees and turquoise...
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610 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Think of the Oxbow like a high-end shopping mall for food and wine. On the east side of the Napa River, the market brings together a number of epicurean purveyors under one roof (well, technically, it’s three different roofs). The result:...
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San Francisco, CA, USA
If you're in San Francisco for just a day, a week, or even a lifetime, check out San Francisco City Guides walking tours. Tours cover the rich history and architecture of neighborhoods all over the city. There's even a Hitchcock tour for movie...
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2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Every Christmas season San Franciscans head to the elegant Palace Hotel's Garden Court to enjoy holiday brunch or tea. This historic Beaux Arts hotel also offers inventive holiday cocktails in their Pied Piper Bar. An annual gingerbread...
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Rohnert Park, CA, USA
Sonoma County Wine Country is located west of Napa Valley, which is world renowned for their exquisite wines and historical wineries. Unfortunately, Napa Valley in a given year can average over a million visitors. A majority of people are unaware...
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Stockton St Tunnel, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
The day after Chinese New Years in one of the historic alleys of China Town in SF... The red paper remains of fire crackers are everywhere! Red is good luck in Chinese culture....Chinatown in SF is primarily Cantonese...
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1 Telegraph Hill Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Such an amazing birthday spent in San Francisco! I walked up the steps to Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill (you will work up a nice sweat). We visited Coit Tower for a bit but there was a very long line to get to the top of the tower & I was content...
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Outer Sunset, San Francisco, CA, USA
When I went back to San Francisco for the second time in August, I ended up staying in the Outer Sunset. A new store just opened there in the summer called Establish SF and I fell in LOVE! They sell and custom make jewelry there as well as sell a...
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449 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Arranged like art—delicately layered upon each other and placed in glass jars along the wall—Miette takes candy displays and packaging to a new level. For the perfect gift bring home some licorice, cupcakes, artisan chocolates, and caramels in...
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San Francisco, CA, USA
This island behind me was built by Forbes himself and you can have dinner on it.
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15 Lafayette St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
One of the things I love most about San Francisco is discovering little out of the way places that you can only find by wandering off the well-worn path of busy streets. Tucked away on a seldom traveled alley way off Mission St is a tiny little...
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151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
This is a cool place to visit in San Francisco and if you buy a city pass you get free admission! You can find more info on the city pass by searching for it on google. Bring a camera and shoot away, but there are certain exhibits that you're not...
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200 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
I can't get my day started without coffee from the lovely Christopher, Carley, and Tommy at Réveille. If you're ever in the North Beach area or Financial District in San Francisco, check it out–everyone's doin' it (by that I mean AFAR employees)!...
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Tomales Point, California 94937, USA
At the north end of Point Reyes is the Tomales Point tule elk reserve. You can get there from San Francisco in about an hour and a half, but it's far more scenic (especially for a new arrival to the West Coast, like myself) to drive of Sir Francis...
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20063 Cabrillo Hwy S, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
San Francisco is a great starting point for a road trip. Drive north or south on the HWY 1 and you're bound to find fun towns, beautiful winding roads and gorgeous coastal scenery. This cave is about an hour drive south of San Francisco, and then...
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601 Murray Cir, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA
For one of the skyline's best views, check out the Cavallo Point Lodge, which is set in Fort Baker, a 350-acre national park just below the Golden Gate Bridge. It has 17 colonial renovated buildings that have red roofs and covered porches....
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1090 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
My boyfriend could not wait until the next day for breakfast while visiting the magical city of San Francisco. I didn't get what all the fuss was about, until he took me to the Cliff House and I ate this miraculous bread as an appetizer before the...
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Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Consistently ranked in Top 5/10 lists for the best San Francisco Bay Area Food Truck list, Mama's Empanadas is a food truck with a seemingly strange food combination: empanadas and pasta. But Mama—born in Chile and raised in Italy—makes it work....
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1170 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA
Casey's Pizza serves New York-style, locally-sourced, and mostly organic pizzas from a truck. The owner, a East Coaster, spent a lot of time trying to replicate the pizza of his youth and has added the West Coast mandates of local and organic...
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525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Suppenküche serves delicious, traditional German cuisine in a cozy space lined by long wooden tables and constantly changing art. I highly recommend this restaurant to travelers looking for a undoubtedly good meal in a vibrant neighborhood of San...
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101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Most dim sum places in the San Francisco Bay Area are pretty typical of what you can find in Asia, culture and all. And while I love authentic as much as the next person, there is a place that has elevated the art of the dumpling. I am not alone...
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1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA
Alice Waters, the mother of the slow food movement and The Gourmet Ghetto on Shattuck in Berkeley has recently celebrated her 40th anniversary of her restaurant Chez Panisse. The ingredients are local with a French influence and well worth the...
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2170 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
San Francisco gets a lot of great seafood and there are a ton of sushi restaurants, but when it comes to rolls there aren't that many places that knock your socks off. Blowfish Sushi to Die For in the Mission District will blow your mind with...
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220 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
If you love museum gift shops, street art and clever product design, you'll be charmed and overwhelmed by the selection of art, books, housewares and knickknacks at Park Life. An indie mart of sorts, Park Life is a carefully-curated retail and...
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610 1st St #22, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Napa Valley has so much to offer that as a local, sometimes you find hidden gems within your own backyard. On our way out of the valley and into SF last night we decided to stop by the Oxbow Market in downtown Napa until traffic subsided. We were...
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4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
You might have to wait, but it is so well worth it!
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490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Cotogna is dangerously close to the AFAR Media offices. This rustic sister restaurant to Quince opened last year, and the roomy bar is a cozy place to sit mid-day with a double espresso served neat in a Heath Ceramics cup. The pastas are all...
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633 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Look for the "Jackson Place Cafe" sign on the Sansome Street sidewalk between Jackson and Pacific. Turn down into the breezeway toward Battery Street and find this secluded, New Orleans-like courtyard. When the summer fog hasn't rolled in, the sun...
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Mono Lake, California 93541, USA
Driving south from Reno, Nev., my then-fiancée and I were slightly anxious. We were on our way to the wedding of one of Kate’s best friends to a Patagonia-sponsored rock climber who had completed first ascents and other impressive feats throughout...
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214 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
After a day spent floating down the Russian River, happy hour at Mateo's hit the spot. We grabbed seats at the colorful bar and ordered tacones stuffed with olive oil guacamole and black bean puree with homemade chorizo. I paired the food with a...
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200 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
When roaming the streets of San Francisco, pray to the angels above that you'll hear a trumpet playing The Godfather theme. Follow your ears and you'll run into Gabriel Angelo. Dressed in an apple cap, bowtie and taps on his shoes, Gabriel is San...
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138 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA
Growing up in California, I spent many a summer day camping, hiking, fishing, and backpacking with my family in the spectacular Desolation Wilderness backcountry around Lake Tahoe. I now live in Connecticut, but my heart will always belong to...
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1543 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Hot. Sweaty. Sexy. Blasting music. Chanting. GO TO RUSTY'S class. Urban Flow is a donation based yoga studio. Rusty Well's class is an experience that can't be missed.
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Local Cafe opened last year, offering a fresh brunch option on a sleepy stretch of Piedmont Avenue. Oakland-based Starter Bakery provides the pastries, which come served with fruity INNA jams. There is a nice, simple selection of egg dishes and...
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Inverness, CA, USA
Explore the natural beauty of West Marin, with plenty of small towns to explore. At Point Reyes Station, stop at the CowGirl Creamery to grab a picnic lunch while exploring the small shops, or head to Point Reyes National Seashore. Later stop in...
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52801 California State Route 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
After five hours in the car, I was more than happy to hop out and hike the 1.4 miles out to Pfeiffer Burns State Park and get the prize of a beautiful waterfall. The water's color is an unreal sea blue/green that I have never seen before. The best...
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3543 18th St #8, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
The Women’s Building in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco is a treasure – inside and out. Outside, the Maestraepeace mural boldly reaches out from two facades to passerbys and admirers. Inside, local women find resources and refuge with...
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5355 Mowry Ave, Fremont, CA 94538, USA
It's a bold statement to make, I know, but the variety of curries, breads, and thalis in unbeatable. Highly recommend a BART trip outside of San Francisco to visit Chaat Bhavan.
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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into the city from Marin County, I noticed the view from the broken mirror. Fitting, as the exhibit at the Legion of Honor was Partners in Surrealism featuring work by Man Ray and Lee Miller. An astonishing...
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100 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
A fanciful Victorian greenhouse, filled with rare and exotic plants, built in 1878 and located in the Eastern part of Golden Gate Park. It's an absolutely fabulous place to enjoy good weather or bad.
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Dolores St & 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
Since moving to San Francisco three months ago, I've gone to Dolores Park almost every weekend. The vibe there embodies what I've come to love about San Francisco. There's public drinking, yes, but people clean up after themselves, and behave...
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117 E St, Davis, CA 95616, USA
If you like Thai food and happen to go to Davis, CA then you need to stop by Thai Canteen.Located in downtown Davis, this restaurant has a modern atmosphere. They combine wood, metal and bright colors to create a welcoming, fresh atmosphere. The...
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Vallejo & Taylor, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
"What do you think?", asked the stranger standing at the top of the stairs, looking ahead at the vast expanse of water, sky, buildings and flowers. The truth flew away from my lips: "Amazing!". Adding to the beauty is the fact that you can walk...
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Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
nothing better than a bush camp by a beautiful river. tasty spot south of Mammoth lakes at dusk. only fly fishing allowed here, do leave your lures at home... easy drive over tioga pass through yosemite. only 45 mins down hey 395 from tioga...
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150 Stockton St, Level Four, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
For a chic stop on a San Francisco tour, take the Neiman Marcus elevator to the fourth floor and dine at The Rotunda. The lunch menu is varied and contains "light" options for the ladies who lunch. Travelers can revel in a quiet respite just off...
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Yosemite National Park, 1 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA
Although a very popular hike in the Yosemite Valley, the hike past Vernal Falls up the mist trail to Nevada Falls is magical in the Springtime. Personally, I think this is the best spot to stop and have lunch. However, Be sure to check the signs...
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2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, USA
The hike through Jack London State Historic Park to the top of Sonoma Mountain runs through redwood groves, meadows, and vineyards. Vigorous blackberry bushes provide some sustenance -- but bring water, because it gets hot up there in the summer....
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1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
After climbing the Oceanview hike on a warm Friday afternoon, a refreshing glass of white wine at the Pelican Inn was much needed.
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1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
It's hard to believe that I had lived in Marin for 13 years before learning about the Tourist Club on Mt. Tam. This past weekend my friends and I hiked from downtown Mill Valley, starting on the Dipsea Trail and following it to the Sun Trail,...
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601 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Papa Gianni is known for the best espresso outside of Europe as well as the longest-running show in San Francisco. "The Caffe Trieste Saturday Concert has evolved from a small, family show with guitar and mandolin ensemble into an Italian-flavored...
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23240 California 1, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
Since I’m still relatively new to San Francisco, I’m still discovering all of the amazing places just outside of the city. Every weekend I try to hop in a car and explore. My latest discovery is Nick’s Cove, a restaurant and cottages located in a...
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Twin Peaks, San Francisco, CA, USA
The best views of San Francisco are from the top of Twin Peaks, the two hills that are located in the geographic center of the city. Only from Twin Peaks can you get a 360-degree view of the entire city. If you are lucky, on a clear day you can...
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555 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
This art store hidden on a quiet street in Pacific Ave. has everything (usually), and the staff is very friendly and helpful. There are all sorts of handmade papers in their basement, which isn't totally obvious when you go into the store at...
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One, Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
It's a wonderful Farmers Market right next to the water and around the Ferry Building. Organic produce and food interesting goods and many yummy treats. My friends and I got a plate of fresh oysters, salami samplers, gourmet cheese to eat. I also...
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3000 Los Alamos Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95409, USA
It's no Mt. Hood in Oregon, yet Sonoma's Hood Mountain is one of the area's best hikable mountains because of its views like this across Santa Rosa. The best view being a few miles into the park at Gunsight Rock, which on a clear day, visitors may...
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16th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
Tucked away in the quiet neighborhood between Inner and Outer Sunset, the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps (Moraga St. btw 15th & 16th Ave) are among the hidden treasures of San Francisco. Standing at the bottom of the stairs, you can see the intricate...
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4519, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
A personal shrine of mine, in the basement of City Lights Bookstore. Mysteries that way-->
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24898 Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, Burney, CA 96013, USA
only 4 hours up north of san francisco is Burney Falls State Park. The 129 ft falls is a beautiful Oasis set among pristine forest area. There are campgrounds not far from the falls and you can catch Rainbow Trout in the picturesque river..... The...
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California, USA
inspiring natural surroundings... camp inside yosemite at camp four. no reservations needed. wall-in, pitch tent and chat with amazing climbers under el capitan
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390 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
I just shot a travel piece for Draft Magazine and loved the dish included at Half Moon Bay Brewery, located just 20 minutes south of San Francisco. Executive Chef Gaston Alfaro told me he loves to play with food and try new things. He made me a...
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17380 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
This tiny market on the way to or from Sonoma Wine Country is the perfect place to stop for a meal on the go. El Brinquito is Spanish for a small jump, or a leap, and the Market is just a short hop outside of downtown Sonoma. The everyday fare is...
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Johnson Pier, El Granada, CA 94019, USA
You came all the way to San Francisco and you're going to let some stranger in a chef's hat cook your dungeness crab for you? Pshaw. There's a little-known alternative, even among locals, that's far more fun: Zip down the coast half an hour to...
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3340 CA-128, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
When you're driving up from San Francisco, Bennett Lane is the last winery in Napa Valley (meaning that it's the furthest north). The Calistoga tasting room is worth those extra few miles, though, for a couple of reasons. One, the tasting room...
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155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
The site of Comstock saloon has quenched the city's thirst since 1907. Named after the Comstock Lode– one of the most significant gold finds in California that prompted migration, mining and the growth of the city –this bar has seen it all. With...
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2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
If you're in the city and looking for a great spot to gather with friends and celebrate, head over to the Foreign Cinema. If you can snag a table at the outdoor patio, they have movies showing on the big screen. The food is excellent as are the...
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1001 Minnesota St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
I woke up today to the foghorn blare. Fog is no surprise in San Francisco, but on a day it was supposed to be 72 degrees? So, I packed up and took myself to Dogpatch, south of downtown along San Francisco's eastern waterfront. This wonderful...
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This 7 mile hike roundtrip is suitable for beginners and one worth taking. Easily considered my favorite hike in the San Francisco Bay Area, the beauty of this rare tidefall dropping down to the beach should not be missed. It takes some planning...
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6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Oh, Bouchon! Don't let the long line out the door discourage you—these delicious pastries are well worth the wait and the outdoor café tables make for a lovely spot to dig in once you're handed your treats.
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1673 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Coffee lovers in San Francisco are a hard to please. We don't just want Blue Bottle on our way to work, we expect it. Keep your venti Starbucks to the suburbs, this city's coffee is serious. Stanza Coffee in the Haight, and now the Mission, brews...
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24th St, San Francisco, CA, USA
24th Street in San Francisco (not to be confused with 24th Avenue!) is one of my favorite walks in the city. Hop off BART at the 24th Street - Mission station, and walk the 1-mile length of the street to see what cultural commentators mean when...
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8815 Conn Creek Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573, USA
If you're in the Napa Valley, you must make a stop at Frog's Leap Winery. It's an environmentally conscious winery that believes in sustainable farming and using solar power and local resources. When you walk into this winery, it's like you're...
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1425 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
My friends and I were so lucky to get into Oenotri at the last minute. The restaurant serves some of the best Italian food to be had outside of Italy. Their salumi and pastas are made fresh daily right in the restaurant and they own a wood-fueled...
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730 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Overlooking Yerba Buena Gardens is a wonderful tea café called Samovar. This is the place for tea connoisseurs as they offer tea varieties from all over the world as well as limited edition teas. Samovar also offers tea and food pairings...
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1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
Enjoy a beautiful day in Mill Valley at the German Tourist Club built in the secluded redwood forest on Mount Tamalpais. It is a great place to stop if you are visiting Muir Woods. A short hike on the Dipsea, Sun or Redwood trail leads you to this...
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Farallon Islands, San Francisco, CA, USA
If one lovely autumn day you find yourself in the San Francisco Bay Area, here’s how to fall in love with the Golden Gate Bridge all over again (and again), discover ancient uninhabited islands rising from the sea, and, if you’re lucky, have...
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Drakes Bay, California, USA
A lot of people are aware of Hog Island in Tomales Bay, but just a few minutes down the road is Drake's Bay which also offers fresh oysters on the cheap. It may not have as many tables and areas to eat, but it also doesn't have the crowds and you...
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90 Railroad Ave, Danville, CA 94526, USA
This little coffeehouse and kitchen is located in the historic Danville Hotel. I have to say, with so many great places in the San Francisco Bay Area to get local homemade food, this has to be in the top. All the recipes come from the owner and...
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22 Peace Plz #510, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
I'm a self-proclaimed sushi snob on a mission to discover the best sushi in San Francisco. You know, the kind that melts in your mouth like butter. The bar of excellence: An airport sushi restaurant in Tokyo. I want my sushi to taste like THAT...
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29 E MacArthur St, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
This lovely little hotel has gorgeous rooms in a garden setting sprinkled with art installations. MacArthur Place is walking distance from the Sonoma town square and it is a great place to stay to while visiting wineries in the area.
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542 A, Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
God, I love this place. Like, I seriously LOVE it. Its central location and hip ambiance make it a great destination kind of spot. Grab drinks during happy hour then hit this place up...then grab more drinks! There are plenty of bars in the area...
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1991 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA 94573, USA
Inglenook (previously Rubicon) is the epitome of wine tasting in the Napa Valley. The elegant chateau is owned by the Hollywood legend Francis Ford Coppola (mastermind behind The Godfather Trilogy... but you knew that). The Coppola's have gained...
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47900 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
Described by devotees as the most luxurious, one-of-a-kind lodging experience in all of California, the Post Ranch Inn was purpose-built to blend in with the Santa Lucia Mountains. Opened in 1992, and designed by famed Big Sur architect Mickey...
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655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Although most travelers would choose to see some of the typical sights in the San Francisco Bay Area, if visiting the place that begat the most Silicon Valley entrepreneurs excites you, visit the Stanford University campus. Not only is it on...
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51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925, USA
Book Passage is well-known in the Bay Area for it's annual travel writing and photography conference that happens every August. But that's just once a year. For those who love good travel writing and photography, visit Book Passage anytime and...
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7250 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA
I had been to the almost-too-cute village Carmel by the Sea a few times but never to the neighboring Carmel Valley. On my last trip to the area, I decided to take a drive through Carmel Valley and just explore. As I drove through the hills and...
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19050 Bay St #683, El Verano, CA 95433, USA
One of my favorite things to do in San Francisco is search out the beautiful places that not many tourists would know about. One of those is definitely Kite Hill, hidden in plain sight in the Castro neighborhood of the city. I walked past this...
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3845 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
St. Mary's Pub in the Bernal Heights neighborhood serves the types of spicy Bloody Marys that get the blood flowing. There's a menu of seven flavors, including Southwestern with chipotle and Japanese with wasabi. At the side of the bar, there's a...
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Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, USA
I have an aversion to hills, especially when riding a bike. This is not ideal, because I live in San Francisco and some days it feels like an entire city of hills. This bike ride is one of my favorites not only because it goes right through the...
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600 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
The tall white walls are the perfect easel for the bibelots on sale at Rare Device. Whether functional or decorative, each item looks like a work of art that you'll really want in your home. You'll find things like Scandinavian-designed coffee...
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Junipero St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921, USA
The Cheese Shop has been here in Carmel since 1973 and is a delightful place for lovers of cheese. They have every kind you can imagine- hard, soft, creamy, cow, goat, sheep, Swiss, French, Italian, beer, truffle, honey, etc. You're bound to...
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2144 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA
Frozen yogurts spots dot San Francisco like, well, sprinkles on said frozen yogurt. Yogorino eschews the super sweet for frozen yogurt that tastes actually like yogurt. The toppings available are typical - assorted fruits, candies, and crunchies -...
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3406 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Yamo could be a restaurant but it's more a rectangular area with about 10 bar stool seats at the counter...and that's about it. At the counter you are face to face with the open stove that can host anything from curry noodle to chicken to rice...
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5th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA
Casanova restaurant located in the downtown area of Carmel by the Sea in California. The food is delicious and they are famous for their spinach gnocchi which is absolutely decadent! I'm sure there are about five sticks of butter in the cream...
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Oakland, CA 94611, USA
Looking for a great afternoon or evening hike, high above the clouds of the East Bay? Need a few good labyrinths and a volcano to make it desirable? It so happens, I've found your place. Located on the border of Oakland and Contra Costa, the...
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12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
This is a great addition to Tomales Bay (one of my most beloved areas just an hour north of San Francisco). Owner Luc Chamberland raises his own shellfish at his Pickleweed Point Community Shellfish Farm nearby. Local fishermen are encouraged to...
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1754 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
Ok, not everyone is French. But everyone has an accent of some sort. And most of the waiters are good-looking, major plus. Other than that, this place has an amazing wine list and delicious food, not to mention that their happy hour is one of the...
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1 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
Point Reyes is a special location with hiking trails, historic farms, and the small towns of Inverness and Point Reyes Station with lovely local food finds and little shops. To get to the lighthouse just follow the road signs from Inverness, and...
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61 Front St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
The pace is a little slower and the number of wineries hit in a day may not be all that's on the list, but biking around Sonoma wine country is a free-flowing, active way to wind through these Sonoma country roads and wineries. Start at Wine...
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1603 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA
Using Sightglass coffee, Bartavelle serves the BEST latté in Berkeley! Opened in late 2012 this unassuming café already has a local following. Small place with stand-up only zinc counters inside plus outdoor seating. The small plate menu uses...
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1099 Alcatraz Ave, Oakland, CA 94608, USA
Open five days a week and on the corner of San Pablo Ave and Alcatraz in Oakland, everyone's a winner at Victory Burger. Sal Bednarz of Actual Cafe (next door) is the force behind this new favorite and continues to make this district of Oakland...
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748 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
I'm a coffee snob. I admit it. And the best coffee I've ever had is at Philz, an SF icon, that brews one cup at a time. My fave is the dark and smoky Ether, ordered medium sweet with light cream.
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736 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
The lines out the door meant one of two things: the Mill must have the most amazing coffee ever or it's the next hip spot. After visiting I think it's a bit of both—The Mill's coffee is undoubtedly good and hipsters were abound. Their name, "The...
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Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA, USA
Treasure Island is still technically located in the city of San Francisco, but you probably wouldn't venture to the island unless you're making a trip over to Oakland and the east bay. I have often noticed the great views of SF from the bay...
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Point Reyes Lighthouse, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
After a day of hiking, relax with a short climb down the 300 steps to the iconic Point Reyes Lighthouse and catch a glimpse of whales!
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Most people come to Napa for the wine, but the Napa Valley is also an amazing place for people who love nature and the outdoors. Napa Valley Adventure Tours offers hiking, biking, and kayaking trips around the Valley. And of course, in addition to...
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652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
You'll get a taste of Lousiana in Brenda's cladenstine location which lies in the heart of the Tenderloin District. Worry not, you'll see hungry brunchers congregating outside. Once in, it's all about those beignets (including a crawfish flavour!)...
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904 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
Next time you're in the Dogpatch neighborhood of SF, don't miss the chance to swing by Rickshaw and create a custom bag. Tucked away in your Rickshaw bag you’ll find a tag with their special heart symbol, something called the Rickshaw “PCQ Tattoo”...
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Mission Dolores, San Francisco, CA, USA
A small boutique in The Mission, this store is a combination of three local retailers: home decor supplier Acacia, skin-care product line Heliotrope and clothing label Turk + Taylor's. Although the products aren't cheap, they're responsibly made...
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500 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
Located in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco, Marlowe's is a great little neighborhood spot with delicious burgers and a wide beer selection. But one treat they are known for are their Brussels sprout chips—they'll turn any veggie hater into...
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620 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
This is Jones—home of the best place to sit outside for happy hour in the city! They have excellent food and even better drink specials. Make sure you sit outside or on the second level deck.
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3150 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
The Wise Sons Deli menu claims that the Matzo Ball soup is "better than your Bubbies" I didn't have a Bubbie, but I did have this soup and it was...delicious. Savory broth with dill and the big ball had the consistency of polenta. My friend has...
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104 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
This museum does so much more than tell you about Walt Disney's life—it reminds you of the struggles that all creatives face throughout their careers. The experience is unexpected, interactive, and current for kids and adults alike. The view onto...
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220 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
With its community tables and small bites, Barbacco serves great Italian food meant for sharing. They have a large bruschetta menu that can make up a whole meal if you try every one—easier to do than it might seem, since it's so difficult to...