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A short distance from the airport, South San Francisco offers unique ways to get out and soak up the California sun. Stroll in the small town of Burlingame, visit the Pacifica coastline, and enjoy panoramic views from Bernal Heights. Even on a layover you'll be able to get feel for the bay area.
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1634 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124, USA
Even the blackest of thumbs can find inspiration at Flora Grubb’s eponymous nursery—or at least a good cup of coffee. Grubb runs the enormous space (complete with Ritual Coffee Roasters bar) with a gallery-like ethos, rotating in new displays...
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San Francisco, CA 94128, USA
An ancient ritual meets modern travel. Even as we continue to evolve, old practices take new form and yet provide continuity with the past. In this case, my weekly yoga practice can be done even in the midst of an airport setting.
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240 Redwood Hwy Frontage Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
On my recent visit to the foggy city, I was invited by San Francisco Helicopter Tours to get a view from above. The chance to look down on America’s most intense hipsters was too good to pass up! Plus, it’d be my very first time in a helicopter....
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1404 San Mateo Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080, USA
Until playing in England, I equated badminton to frolicking with a butterfly net—a 'sport' designed for picnics and sundresses. However after an hour in a proper badminton court, panting and throughly defeated, I changed my mind. Bay Badminton...
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Registered as a California Historical Landmark, this functioning train station was built in the 1800s and has been incredibly well maintained. It's an excellent example of the Spanish colonial architecture you'll find all across the state. The...
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Park Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
A regular favorite at certified organic Bay Area farmers' markets, Home Maid Ravioli, sells classic Italian pasta with local flavor. Their focus on seasonal eating and fresh shopping inspires creativity in their kitchen (try the delicious lobster...
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3202 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
The martini may or may not have been invented in San Francisco—booze authorities, with breathtaking seriousness, have debated the matter for decades. Either way you can't swing an olive in this town without finding a swell cocktail bar. Nod...
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1400 Broadway, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
On the less busy end of this tiny main street is a gem of a grill. Specializing in 'apple-wood grilling' their fresh seafood and flavorful steaks are very popular. It's best to go at lunch when you can enjoy a table outside or evenings when they...
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If you're staying near SFO—on a layover, business trip or long weekend—there are plenty of places to get out and stretch your legs. Near the airport there are trails that go into the hills and along the waterfront. Old Bayshore Highway follows the...
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Coyote Point, San Mateo, CA 94401, USA
Coyote Point local recreation area has all kinds of activities for friends and families—pack a picnic, got for a jog, stroll along the beach, checkout the saltwater marsh or watch shorebirds, boats and planes go by. Magic Mountain Playground,...
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Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
Montara State Beach is just north of Half Moon Bay, CA, and offers one of Northern California's cleanest and most beautiful shorelines. The views are breathtaking, and during the winter months the waves tend to get really high. When we were there...
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333 California Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
A West Coast original, Steelhead is the place to go near the San Francisco Airport for an American brewpub experience. Their local brewmaster has crafted a selection of 10 beers on draft. Exposed bricks and high ceilings make the space perfect for...
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1440 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
Downtown Burlingame is just the right scale for a leisurely stroll. We popped in and out of designer shops, niche boutiques, and places to snack without straying too far before our flight. If you're staying near SFO, it's a convenient five-minute...
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Pacifica, CA, USA
Though Pacifica doesn’t have a “city center” per se, there are some darling walking and eating areas- and let’s not forget the surf! Palmetto Ave has some very cute, small-town shops, including Pacificakes, Salada Beach Cafe (just a few blocks...
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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...