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Kristin Luna

Cavallo Point: A Quick and (Now) Affordable Getaway

Even if you live in San Francisco, Cavallo Point Lodge is the perfect getaway.  It's quick (just across the Golden Gate Bridge) and, thanks to their new date-night package, pretty affordable.

Elaine Badgley Arnoux Displays "The People of San Francisco" at the Old Mint Building

You don't have to be famous to be recognized in this city. Acclaimed local artist Elaine Badgley Arnoux has memorialized a hodgepodge of San Franciscans--from cab drivers, firemen, postal workers and cultural leaders to politicians like Mayor Gavin Newsom and Dianne Feinstein--in her portrait series, "The People of San Francisco," comprising more than 140 works. For the first time ever, the Old Mint will open its doors to display the exhibit in the historic Counting Rooms.

Wine Taste for Less at the Four Seasons

There's no shortage of recession deals sprouting up around town, but if you like wine, this one's especially enticing. Every Tuesday through the end of May, the Four Seasons San Francisco will host a "Meet the Winemaker" series, where you can mingle with winemakers and taste for less.

Mammoth Hosts Top Female Boarders, Santogold and Cold War Kids

If you find yourself in the Mammoth area this weekend, don't hesitate to drop by the fifth annual Roxy Chicken Jam, a free three-day fest chock full of fun and top-notch snowboarding. The event will see some of the world's greatest women competitors from more than 10 countries take to the slopes for a purse of $50,000. Additionally, there will be a Mascot Superpipe contest for $6,000.

Invasion of the Snuggies

Snuggies are a bit monk/cultish looking, yes, but you've gotta admit, they're kind of the perfect San Francisco attire.  So on March 20, wear it proud in the inaugural Snuggie Pub Crawl down Polk Stret.

Clift Hotel Makes a Downtown Stay Worth Your While

Sometimes you don't even have to get out of town to get away. But San Francisco hotels often come with a lofty pricetag, which is precisely why it's important to cash in on a deal when you see it.

Beware the Brides of March

Only in San Francisco, kids, will you spot 100 or so disheveled brides roaming the streets surrounding Union Square, shopping for designer shoes, hailing cabs, sipping $10 cocktails and having themselves a grand ol' time.

If the above scenario seems at all appealing, then you should dig out your old wedding dress--or head to one of the many local thrift stores and procure a used number--and meet up with your white-clad peers this Saturday, March 14, for the 11th annual Brides of March event. The bigger (the dress, that is), the bolder, the tackier, the better. The only stipulation is it has to be a shade of white.

Celebrate the Changing of the Clock on the Russian River Wine Road

Spring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate the changing of the clock than by indulging in some oenophile fun?

As part of the 31st annual Russian River Wine Road, 100 wineries will open their doors to the public starting March 13 in a three-day festival full of barrel tastings, chats with winemakers, and chances to explore the stunning Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valley wine regions. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to purchase limited-edition "futures"--wine that has yet to be bottled and will be picked up 12 to 18 months later--at a discount.

Can't Afford to Travel to Tibet? Go See Some Photographs of It

The travel industry--not to mention, economy--has made it increasingly harder to take vacations to far-flung locales like Tibet. Which is even more of a reason to take a peek at Greg Hale's new art exhibit, Meditations on Tibet, starting its nearly three-month-long run today.

Your Dream Photoshoot Could Become a Reality

Every writer, photographer or artist of any type has a dream assignment: that often unreachable goal that could only be potentially accomplished with unlimited funds (or at least a large chunk of change). Well, now all those with a panache for photography have the chance to turn the dream into a reality.

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