SFO Area for Friends
Collected by John Sandstone
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.
1634 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124, USA
Flora Grubb Gardens is my favorite nursery in the Bay Area—because it's so much more than that. Located in the industrial Bayview neighborhood, Flora Grubb looks like Eden, full of native plants, succulents, and gorgeous ceramic pots. Oh, and did...
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....
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...
Park Rd, California, 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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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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