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Weekend Getaways


Symbiosis, a psychedelic miasma of sound, color, and light, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The far-out festival draws an eclectic collection of musicians, artists, permaculturalists, yogis, and campers from all corners of California (and beyond) to the grassy shores of the Woodward Reservoir—to unify, inspire, and cultivate positive energies. Who knows what will happen this year at Symbiosis, but it’ll definitely be worth your effort to find out. Just a few reasons to [&hellip


One of the many gems of Sonoma County, the quaint village of Bodega is charming any old day, but it’s even more appealing when you bring in a celebration of wine, craft brews, and some of the best, freshest seafood to be found. Now in its 21st year, the Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival, has mastered the art of celebrating and savoring West Coast bounty. The food-lover’s paradise offers delicacies [&hellip


Picture this: A pretty, tree-filled terrace against a backdrop of the Santa Cruz Mountains, twinkle lights aglow as the sun sets, the buzz of convivial conversation as wine and appetizers are passed, and then a sumptuous five-course meal featuring farm-fresh ingredients and free-flowing local wines. At Chaminade Resort & Spa, the fantasy becomes the reality on at the Farm to Table Wine Dinner Series.  Now through October, each monthly dinner will [&hellip

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Day Trips


On Saturday, October 10, it’s 5:00 (or, rather, 4:30) in Orinda. The Art of Mixology Craft Cocktail Competition will feature the “signature cocktails” of myriad competitors, all vying for the coveted Mixologist of the Year title. Attendees get to sample all of the liquid goodness and even cast their votes for their favorite drinks. Your $45 entrance fee includes a tasting shot glass and 20 craft cocktail tastings (plus some finger foods [&hellip


There’s rarely a reason not to enjoy wine, but come September sipping feels ever more imperative. Not only does the mild weather lend itself both crisp summery whites and robust winter reds, but harvest season means the grapes (and festivals) abound. This California Wine Month, wineries and regions all over the state offer myriad reasons to sip local bounty, savor beautiful days, and celebrate one of California’s favorite crops: the grape. There [&hellip


Attention Julia Childs and Martha Stewart: Here’s your chance to learn how to create your own fancy dinner, and (shhh!) it’s easier than it seems. Quail Hollow Kitchens’ Easy and Elegant Foods Class, ($85) which takes place August 28 from 6:30 -9  p.m., will show you just how easy. At this beautiful property in the Santa Cruz mountains, you’ll learn to elevate your homemade meals with easy-to-prepare dishes that exude the [&hellip

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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

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

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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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