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Weekend Getaways

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On July 9, the SFMTA is placing the spotlight on its most historic and iconic form of transit, the cable car, with the 52nd Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest. Join locals and cable car enthusiasts at Union Square for a fun filled afternoon with local guests such as comedienne Debi Durst, KRON4′s Stanley Roberts, Miss Cable Car 1968 Jennifer de Grassi-Williams, Santana drummer Raul Rekow, and more. Festivities begin [&hellip

amtrak

Take a California coastal “road trip” by train. Amtrak CA is offering a deal on its nine-day, eight-night adventure from San Francisco to San Diego. The package includes hotel accommodations, sightseeing tours, two daily meals, and more. Plus, travel by train along California’s dramatic coast, with stops in Paso Robles, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Book by June 30, 2015 (for travel through March 31, 2016) with the promo code: AMKP15RJQ2 and you’ll [&hellip

escape

Planning may be helpful in travel, but spontaneity can be just as rewarding. And now, it’s easier and more exciting than ever. HotelTonight, the go-to app for finding last-minute hotel deals, has launched a new “Escape” feature that finds the best deals within driving distance. So the next time you find yourself without an escape plan, simply pick up your phone and book a hotel in a fantastic new location. [&hellip

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Day Trips

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There’s great news for wine connoisseurs. Some of Napa’s famous wineries are finally consolidating their services. Home to world-famous restaurant French Laundry and epicenter of one of the nation’s most productive viticultural areas, the town of Yountville has announced a new tasting room Passport Program. For $59, registrants gain access to six top wineries and receive a complimentary tasting at each. Including such renowned purveyors as Jessup Cellars, Priest Ranch, [&hellip

outstanding in the field

Outstanding in the Field, known for its fabulous farm-to-table events, held in unique locations around the country, is hitting the road on a five-month North American tour celebrating its 15 years in all 50 states. It’s only fitting that the company is starting its celebratory tour where it all began — right here in California. The festivities roll out at Knoll’s Berry Farm in Brentwood (Jun 30), with a vegetarian meal from [&hellip

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During the earliest years of flight, California played a major role in the development of aviation. As the hub for numerous regional airlines, the Golden State attracted a broad, loyal customer base through discounted fares, friendly service, and uniquely California flair. Today, the Aviation Museum and Library celebrates California’s aviation legacy through its Catch Our Style: California Regional Airlines 1950s–1980s exhibit at the San Francisco International Airport. The exhibit will run from [&hellip

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Get Off Here

hornblower

Hornblower Cruises & Events is celebrating Independence Day a July 4th Beer Lunch Cruise, and guests can save 15% with the promo code JULY15. The package includes a scenic two-hour yacht cruise on the San Francisco Bay, plus an American-style lunch buffet, free-flowing champagne and premium beers, live background entertainment, and more. Visit hornblower.com for the full menu and cruise details. For more Bay adventures, check out one oM writer’s Adventure [&hellip

oakland book fest

From Jack London to Gertrude Stein, Oakland has long been a home and haven literary greats. And now there is a festival to celebrate Oakland’s literary past and present. “Dedicated to books, ideas, and the pleasures of literacy, ” the first annual Oakland Book Festival (Sunday, May 31, 2015) features panels and discussions on everything from “Lost Utopias” and “The Genius of the Metropolis” to sex, faith, and social justice. [&hellip

398 Restaurant

It’s nice to come across a hotel now and then that is so clearly not just for travelers. If you happen to visit the 13-story building at 386 Geary Street (and enter through the unmarked side door on Mason), you’ll find this to be true of Hotel G. Up a few flights of stairs, there’s a dimly lit bar called “Benjamin Cooper,” which on a Friday night is full of [&hellip

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Good Neighbors

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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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