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Weekend Getaways

santa barbara food and wine weekend

In 2002 article in National Geographic Traveler, Julia Child, American’s French food princess wrote “Very often, being there on the [French] Riviera, where we used to have a little house, I’d look at all the tourists and say, ‘Well, I’d just as soon be in Santa Barbara.’” She ended up in that beautiful town, and left a wonderful food legacy there, a legacy that will be on the delicious forefront April 16-19, 2015—for [&hellip

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We are excited to announce that offMetro SF will be launching the first-ever San Francisco Travel Festival in the fall of 2015. We’re teaming up with Travel Festivals International to bring its dynamic and interactive event to the Bay Area. Like the New York Travel Festival, which has been drawing large crowds and international media attention for the past three years, the San Francisco Travel Festival will bring together immersive travelers and some of [&hellip

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Yountville is widely known for its serving up Michelin-starred food, pouring rich wines, and harvesting calm, scenic settings in the heart of Napa Valley. This week, you have the rare opportunity to immerse yourself in all that Yountville has to offer—and then some. The inaugural Yountville Live is a four-day music, wine, and food extravaganza. From Thursday to Sunday, festival goers will be treated to fine foods from the top chefs (think Michael Chiarello, Perry Hoffman, [&hellip

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Day Trips

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for… climate change awareness. (And free ice cream.) This May, something special is rolling into town: A 100-percent electric Tesla vehicle fully stocked with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The activist ice cream company, which has thrown its sweet muscle behind issues from marriage equality to cleaning up politics, is currently out on its Save Our Swirled Tour to fight climate change, one delicious scoop at [&hellip

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Tech-savvy hikers, backpackers, and outdoorsy folks the world over have something to celebrate. National Geographic, in commemoration of its centennial anniversary in the adventure business, is planning to release hundreds of maps from its popular Trails Illustrated line for use on Avenza Systems Inc.’s PDF Maps app. Previously, potential users could only purchase expensive digital packages. Now, they may buy any maps they want individually. The release of these maps [&hellip

loma alta open space preserve

Loma Alta Open Space Preserve doesn’t land on most travelers’ itineraries, and for good reason: Tucked away between two residential neighborhoods in the sleepy towns of Fairfax and San Anselmo, this idyll of gurgling streams, beautiful forests, and crisscrossing trails is largely the province of locals. But its beauty welcomes anyone who seeks it out. While your friends admire the grandeur of Mt. Tamalpais or explore the charming streets of [&hellip

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Get Off Here

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The first annual Bay Area Book Festival, which takes place June 6-7, 2015 in downtown Berkeley’s arts district, promises to be a cornucopia for bibliophiles from all over the Bay. Over the course of the festival, more than 150 authors from around the world will descend on Civic Center Park and 12 pedestrianized blocks to present, read, debate, and luxuriate in the intricacies of the written word. Each block will have [&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

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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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