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Weekend Getaways

ales

On September 19, the long-awaited Fest of Ales returns to downtown Anaheim—even bigger and better than ever after a one-year hiatus. More than 40 breweries (many of them local) will be pouring their suds, and this year’s festival will feature food pairings from local restaurants, plus live music, and games. A festival favorite, the Brew My Brew Challenge, returns this year, allowing home brewers to entering their creations. In addition to [&hellip

valley kitchen

After a six-month renovation, Carmel Valley Ranch has finally announced the public debut of its vibrant new restaurant, Valley Kitchen. Inspired by the natural surroundings of the resort, Valley Rand offers a casually elegant, home-inspired dining experience—it’s a place where guests can gather, chefs can experiment, and the resort’s rustic sophistication can converge with the local and seasonal produce that Carmel Valley Ranch offers. It’s the perfect excuse for a weekend [&hellip

oregon brewers festival

From July 22 to July 26, the 28th annual Oregon Brewers Festival will take place in Portland’s Waterfront Park to celebrate craft beer from around the world. Sip suds and enjoy live entertainment, beer memorabilia, diverse foods, and a home brewing demonstration against the backdrop of the Willamette River and Mount Hood. With over 100 breweries coming as far as New Zealand and The Netherlands, the Oregon Brew Fest is the quintessential [&hellip

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Day Trips

trails

This August, Trails in Motion returns to the Bay Area. The annual international film festival delights passionate trail runners and outdoor enthusiasts with films about (you guessed it) running, trails, and adventure. The Bay Area festival, which is organized by the Santa Cruz and Marin community BayTrailrunners and trail magazine Go Trail Media, takes place  from August 6 through December 3, with screenings in locations from San Francisco to Sunnyvale to Burlingame to Berkeley. Tickets [&hellip

chaminade

Attention ladies. August 1 is National Girlfriends Day, your day to celebrate all the ladies in your life who listen to your obsessions, make you laugh until you snort, and never judge you. Enjoy each other’s company with a full day of pampering at Chaminade Resort & Spa  in the serene, wooded valleys of the Santa Cruz mountains. In honor of Girlfriends Day, you’ll receive 10% off any 75-minute (or [&hellip

berkeley kite festival

Channel your inner Mary Poppins at the Berkeley Kite Festival on July 25-26 at Cesar E. Chavez Park. Over the past 30 years, the festival has developed a soaring reputation as one of the premier free family festivals on the West Coast. Join hundreds of kite flyers, old and young, with free kite making and kite lessons, a Rokkaku battle, delicious cuisine, live Taiko drummers, and more. To make a [&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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Good Neighbors

melissa-davies

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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