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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

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

pebbles deli

Within the heart of the Silicon Valley, mother of all things tech, are a few hidden and untouched gems that offer refuge from the everyday hustle-bustle. Long before they were dubbed “Silicon Valley,” Cupertino and Santa Clara County—then covered in orchards and farms aplenty—had a different name: “The Valley of Heart’s Delight.”  Over the years, as technology found the valley and Apple Computers replaced apple trees, mom-and-pop restaurants became rarer [&hellip

yountville

The inaugural Yountville Live, a food, music, and wine festival, offered a unique opportunity to explore the charming town of Yountville. Unlike most food and beverage events, where guests are corralled into indoor tents and cramped spaces, Saturday’s Taste of Yountville allowed attendees to spend the day outdoors, exploring the town’s shops, galleries, restaurants, and tasting rooms. Despite its small size, this charming town in the heart of Napa Valley [&hellip

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Get Off Here

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

Curbside Creamery

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

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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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