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Four Seasons Rings in 2010 with Annual Wedding Fair

It's 2010, the year of your wedding, and you have more loose ends untied than not. You're not alone (this engaged writer included). But luckily for all Bay Area newlyweds-to-be, the San Francisco Four Seasons' annual event, "2010 Wedding Fair...A Five Star Afternoon," is just around the bend.

Winter Flights to Mammoth Mountain Resume

Starting today, Horizon Air will begin its annual winter service to snowy Mammoth Mountain, offering daily flights from Los Angeles, Portland, San Jose, Reno and Seattle. Mammoth Mountain, one of California's ski resort gems, has already reaped the benefits of a winter wonderland with a base of five to eight feet--and even more on the way. The flights mark the beginning of regular air service to Mammoth throughout the snow season.

Scratch and Score with Larkspur Hotels

Feel like adding to your holiday loot? Well, the Larkspur Collection is more than happy to help stuff your stocking.

Bid on "Mini-Me" Art in Monterey

Art lovers will find delight in the posh Hotel Pacific and Monterey Museum of Art's "Mini-Me" deal. It focuses on the museum's annual exhibit of "small" paintings, photographs, prints, drawings and sculptures, all 7 inches by 9 inches or less and all up for auction, as donated by the artists. The special includes two tickets to the museum, two auction raffle tickets, and a night's stay in a deluxe suite, complete with cozy fireplace to keep the ocean chill at bay.

Let it Snow in Heavenly

A cold front overtaking much of California and a recent bout of precipitation can mean only one thing...ski season has arrived!

As of Tuesday, snow totals at 9,000 feet or higher at Heavenly Mountain Resort topped out above 30 inches, and the powder will only continue to mount as the week progresses. So if you're a trail blazer--heck, even if you're simply a snow angel artiste--we suggest packing up your four-wheel drive and heading for South Lake Tahoe this weekend before the masses get there first.

More Gift Ideas for Your Globetrotter

Don't know what to get the jetsetter in your life for the holidays? We've got some tips!

For the Documentarian: camera gear

Get Fancy: 'Moveable Feast' Offers Killer Yountville Deals

For those who think Yountville dining is reserved for the elite, here's a little holiday treat: The Michelin-starred town is gifting us with its Moveable Feast program, a tour de force of deals on  food, wine and hotels through February 28. The initiative includes 11 food-and-wine hotel packages and 12 restaurant deals (from killer three-course prix fixe offers to $1 oyster specials to 50 percent off VIP wine tastings).

There are countless offers and combinations on tap, so we took the liberty of throwing together a sample weekend itinerary of some of our favorites. So get your fancy on and take advantage!

Take Part in the Olive Harvest at McEvoy Ranch

Don't miss the rare opportunity to drop in at the sprawling 550-acre McEvoy Ranch this harvest (and holiday) season. Olive oil enthusiasts will clamour at the chance to bring their home-grown olives to the ranch this Sunday, Dec. 6 for a Community Milling Day and Open House.

How You Know the Holidays Are Here: The Puppies Hit the Macy's Windows

Beginning today, a gaggle of San Francisco's cutest shelter cats and dogs will get their shot at the spotlight. In an effort to find warm and loving homes for the holidays, SPCA residents will resume starring roles in Macy’s Union Square's holiday windows. Shoppers can search for the perfect gift--and what's more perfect than a fine furry friend?--in the Stockton and O’Farrell Street windows, where over 200 shelter animals found loving homes last year. Local NBC Bay Area meteorologist, Craig Herrera, will host the unveiling.

Break Out the Bubbly at the Sir Francis Drake

Need an intoxicating way to unwind after an intense day of holiday shopping?

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