Somewhere along the line, someone started a bad rumor families can’t have fun in wine country. Granted most kids prefer apple juice to that funny tasting old grape stuff, but that’s ok, because you can taste the flavor of wine country in St. Helena without ever setting foot in a tasting room.
Family-fun in wine country without wine starts with wheat at Bale Grist Mill Historic State Park. A stone’s throw off of Highway 29 between Calistoga and St. Helena, it’s one of those places that’s easy to zip by.
One sweaty summer afternoon in Virginia I pried one of the ends off my clunky ten-speed's handlebars. I was 19 and therefore stuffed into the hollow handlebars a baggie of cheap suburban pot. My hollow head was stuffed with Easy Rider and On the Road and assorted undercooked highway myths. I was about to make my own.
For the 2nd year in a row the Red Bull Ride + Style took over Justin Herman Plaza. The event focused on infusing the fixed gear biking culture with the work of several local SF artists on the obstacle course. The day consisted of bike races around the course and then a series of free style duels on jumps and rails. Enjoy the slideshow.
This town knows music. On any given night, you can find whatever genre you're jonesing to hear, sing, or dance along with. Here's a taste of what happened in the San Francisco music scene the past seven days...
The San Francisco International Film Festival hit its halfway mark last night, but there are still plenty of sights yet to be seen at this city’s largest film bash. I invited Hell on Frisco Bay’s Brian Darr to join us again with his seven picks from the final week’s screenings and events:
Dear Parking Guru,
I recently moved to the City and wanted to share a parking experience that I had recently. It was Thursday evening and I parked in a yellow zone which was right next to a white zone on 3rd and Mission at about 7 pm. I chose the yellow zone because it was after 7 pm. I came back at 9 pm and could not find my car. I called SFPD to make a report. They told me I should check with AutoReturn. Lo and behold, my car had indeed been towed.
I took a cab to the AutoReturn lot. Once there, they said that my car was not there, but was at the lot next to 850 Bryant street. I wandered around and found it on 7th Street. Once there, it took them over an hour to find it. The whole ordeal took me three hours and cost $495 dollars. And when I got into my car, there was a ticket for $85 saying "tow away zone." Isn't it legal to park in a yellow zone after 6 pm? And how do I get my money back?
Portland to SF
Robert locked eyes on Lynn during a business trip to Taiwan. He was an African of Chinese descent, living in San Francisco. She was a successful screenwriter with no plans to move to America.
Moms are undeniably special, so get a head start on your plans by reserving a spot at The Ritz-Carlton's Terrace Room and Terrance Courtyard for a gorgeous, indulgent Mother's Day brunch buffet. The Ritz-Carlton is known for its culinary excellence and service, so this is the perfect place to show your mom how much you love her.
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