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Weekend Getaways

ENO Hammock

As travelers, we strive to collect more moments than things, but sometimes it’s those things we carry with us that make the moments even richer. These 14 Valentine’s Day gift ideas are sure to do just that

Overlooking Stinson Beach

Just over 20 miles north of San Francisco, Stinson Beach is a beautiful free-spirited destination surrounded by jagged coastline and the forested slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. 100 years ago, Stinson Beach wasn’t on the map. While the gold rush was booming in San Francisco, Stinson Beach was little more than a camp, only accessible by boat or by foot from Sausalito. It wasn’t until 1906, when refugees displaced by the [&hellip

things to do in pismo beach

With a few rough edges and a lot of homespun charm, Pismo is the quintessential beach town. It’s laid-back and unassuming, much like the people who call it home. There’s certainly something about the combination of 310 sunny days year, etched mountains, moody beaches, and a cornucopia of fresh, local foods that makes stress a foreign concept. Whether you lounge in the sun’s golden glow or adventure in the surrounding nature, [&hellip

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Day Trips

hiking near Moraga

For a quick city break, head to the hills beyond Oakland for great food, views, a game of Frolf and the promise of peace and quiet in Moraga, an under-the-radar retreat worth a day away from it all

truett hurst winery

Martin Luther could not have been more right when he said, “Beer is made by men, wine by God.” And Sonoma County has no shortage of great wines.  oM caught up with Nancy Burgner of Touring and Tasting and asked the expert to spill the beans on some of her favorite wine experiences in Sonoma County. HKG Estate Wines | 6050 Westside Road|(707) 433-6491 Where: Healdsburg What to Try: Enjoy one of [&hellip

Brotzeit Lokal

If you live in San Francisco, you’ve likely stared out across the water and wondered what people are up to in the East Bay. Well, they’re building a craft beer empire. The tradition of brewing began soon after the introduction of grain farming, as our ambitious ancestors quickly came to recognize what we now know for certain—that beer is comfort, beer is community, and perhaps most importantly, beer is delicious. [&hellip

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Get Off Here

ac transit double decker bus

Good news transit lovers: For the next three weeks, AC Transit will be testing out new double-decker buses on select routes. This is exciting for a number of reasons. It means ridership is growing, and the new buses promise comforts such as foot rests and panoramic views. Most exciting, however, is that you can ride free on all the test routes—which include several transbay and local lines—now through March 15. Each [&hellip

Cholita Linda

The name Temescal is said to be derived from “temescalli,” an Aztec word for sweat lodge, but I didn’t see any of those as I wandered past flower-adorned gardens toward the Temescal Sunday Farmers Market in the parking lot of the DMV. Having come from the heart of San Francisco’s hustle and bustle, I found the quiet, calm feel of this Oakland hamlet somewhat startling upon stepping out of the Rockridge BART [&hellip

things to do in santa clara

Although it’s best known as a base for tech companies and the future home of the San Francisco 49ers, Santa Clara is a destination in its own right. You may not think to visit it, but that’s exactly why you should. The seat of the state’s oldest college and the first northern California mission offers many surprises a short cab or bike ride away from the Caltrain Station. Here are [&hellip

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Good Neighbors


In case you missed the memo, we at oM love bikes. We like taking bike rides and bike getaways, but we also like biking around town, for errands and everyday life. But how does one balance biking attire with fashionable attire? For that, there is Bike Pretty, a site devoted to chic cycling. We caught up with Melissa Davies, founder and editor of Bike Pretty, to talk bike babes, gold [&hellip

local butcher shop

  Leave it to Berkeley to have a meat shop so good, even vegetarians flock to it. Of course, it takes a duo like Monica and Aaron Rocchino— gurus in the culinary field, with experience in top restaurants like Chez Panisse and Oliveto— to make it happen. Their inspiration to bring five-star, sustainably raised meat to kitchens in their community came to fruition in The Local Butcher Shop, and we can’t [&hellip

urban hiker

Those steep staircases carved in the hillsides throughout San Francisco may seem somewhat daunting, but wonders await the courageous who huff it to the top. In addition to many a stairway to heaven, San Francisco’s 49 square miles are also home to hidden eucalyptus groves, spiraling lanes (that aren’t named Lombard), and moving artwork (that isn’t those hearts in Union Square). A great opportunity to get away without ever leaving [&hellip

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