Fleeing the city for a few days never felt so good—and so easy. It’s time to enjoy the journey and forget the hassles of parking, driving, or renting a car. Here you will find some of the best weekend getaways near San Francisco.
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
About 30 miles south of San Francisco, tucked between a craggy coastline and a lofty redwood forest, you’ll find Half Moon Bay. Riddled with farmland, this coastal paradise benefits from a rural simplicity and small-town feel. Add in Mavericks, the world-famous big wave surfing point, and the town’s close proximity to cities in the Bay Area, and this lazy beach town is easily established as a tourist destination. Curious visitors [&hellip
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, but here at offMetro SF headquarters we’re feeling speechless. Or, rather, we’ve decided to let your photo contest entries speak for us, and in just one week, the words bursting forth include “bliss,” “adventure,” “wonder,” “incandescent,” “majesty,” and, of course “California,” a word that sums up all of the above and more. In celebration of the glory that is gracing oMSF this [&hellip
Not only is California’s Central Coast some of the most stunning landscape in the country, it’s some of the most fertile too. Home to the state’s fastest growing wine region (Paso Robles) and an award-winning College of Agriculture, Food, & Environmental Sciences (at Cal Poly), this is the land of the foodie. That’s why it’s no surprise that Sunset Magazine, purveyor of all things classic California lifestyle, chose this region [&hellip
Tis’ the season for a good ghost story, and the Bay Area has no shortage of hallowed haunts. Anyone can visit Alcatraz or tour the Winchester Mystery House, but sleeping with the spirits – now that’s for the fearless few. If you want Halloween thrill, check into one of these six haunted hotels in California. In addition to the spooks that visit them, we tell you about the spirits of the [&hellip
From high above the clouds of L.A. at 7,000 feet, the mountains of San Bernardino offer multitudinous pleasures for families, thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike. With fall temperatures averaging about 70 degrees and tapering off to a pleasant evening chill, Big Bear is a terrific place to escape for to pine trees, simple pleasures and the eponymous, very blue, lake. If this small mountain town were a perfume, it would [&hellip
When one says (or searches for) “California Wine Country,” the first place that comes up is Napa Valley, followed closely by Sonoma, and then maybe Santa Barbara, Temecula… What does not generally surface? A wine getaway to Lodi. But grape growing in this rural Delta region is older than the state itself (it started with the Gold Rush), and more grapes are grown here annually than in Napa and Sonoma combined. The [&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.