They are purveyors of place, touting their own hometowns to tourists, meeting planners, and writers. By trade, they are experts on and champions of the iconic places, under-the-radar gems, and newfangled darlings in their areas. But where do the tourism board professionals go when they’re off duty? To go hyper-local, oM SF asked the representatives of tourism boards throughout California where they get away (at home). Our query was specific: We were looking for the dive bar [&hellip
Summer, we’ve loved you, but we’re happy to have September’s clear skies and (ahem) “balmy” afternoons. And while giving up your carefree spirit is a bit of a drag, there’s a small sigh of relief in returning restless youngin’s to some structure. As though aware that back-to-school would signal “adult time,” Mother Nature happily aligned it with grape harvest. And because “harvest” and “festival” go hand in hand, September is [&hellip
With our hectic, always-on-the-run lives, sometimes we just need a few days to step outside, relax, and rejuvenate. Enter the yoga retreat, a perfect way to get away, recharge, and become mindful. Here, seven restorative yoga retreats near San Francisco.
You were not going to be one of those pet owners, but this little lump of fur is so cute. It started simply with organic rawhide chews, then a down dog bed, and there was the cable-knit sweater for all those windy late-night walks… Now, to avoid separation anxiety (for yourself as well as Fido), you’ve moved on to pet-friendly getaways. But with all the allergies and phobias people have added [&hellip
In the silence of your presence, carry me away. In the silence of your presence, carry me away… We are seated in a circle, singing kirtan. The soothing voices knit together, easy crooning call and lilting group response harmonizing, down to a hush and then back up to impassioned prayer. I sit—knees crossed, eyes closed, belting out without the least bit of self-consciousness about my off-key voice or the awkwardness of [&hellip
Like the throngs at City Hall, in the Castro, and beyond, we at oM SF were giddy at the strides toward equality that were made when the Supreme Court overturned Proposition 8. And we thought we’d celebrate the best way we know how: By putting together a guide to beautiful gay wedding venues in California. Now, full disclosure: I don’t eye bridal magazines in the grocery story checkout line, or [&hellip
The Bay Area has no shortage of beaches, but not all of them are created equal. For that reason, we’ve scoped out six beaches that are cooler than everyone else’s beach. These are the sandy spots that will have your friends saying, “You went where?” while you grin mysteriously, knowing all the while you were within easy disctance of the city. For each sandy spot, we’ve sussed out the good [&hellip
Railroads abandoned and later rediscovered hold a certain mysterious and captivating quality. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of treks through the English countryside, following old tracks as they boorishly carved their way through rolling hills and deciduous woodlands. So when I heard of a passenger train service on a restored 19th-century railroad in the Santa Cruz mountains, I had to take a journey on the Roaring Camp Railroads for myself. Backtrack(s) This being [&hellip