Fitness + Outdoors
Last weekend, local celebrity chef and avid cyclist Michael Chiarello (Bottega, Coqueta) brought together his two loves with Bottega Gran Fondo, an inaugural two-day cycling event in his hometown of Napa to benefit Napa Valley Bicycle Coalition, Napa Valley Vine Trail and Clinic Ole Community Health. Two bike routes, a 40-mile and a 75-mile loop, laid the course for 24 teams led by by cycling pros, chefs, and winemakers, with delicious stops along the way.
Unless you're a South Bay resident, this jewel of a park might be completely off your radar. Plainly visible across the San Francisco Bay from the Bayshore freeway, it's those hills you see silhouetted behind the San Mateo Bridge when driving south to SFO.
Perhaps its my skepticism in the nebulous thing called the Universe—where all things that are meant to happen, happen—that leads me to seek more concrete knowledge of my uncertain future. As such, I’m always in the market for a good astrologer.
If you haven’t been in a while, or if you’ve never been, the only thing you may know about Mount Diablo is what you saw on the news last fall when the Morgan Fire charred more than three thousand acres, most inside Mount Diablo State Park. The area had not seen a fire since the 1930s, and though much more rain is still needed, signs of recovery are sprouting all over the mountain.
A popular local hike, the 4.3 mile trek up to St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve is time and effort well spent; enough that you'll be pondering about when you can make a return visit.
For this week's Scenes of the City we headed out to the rock labyrinth at dog friendly, Land's End. Perched on a small headland off the main Coastal Trail, the labyrinth is a great stop while exploring the area.
No needles. No diets. No surgery. And what's more, no downtime.
Sobs from sun-seeking hipsters could be heard around the city this weekend, when precious picnic real estate was even further restricted due to the closure of half of Dolores Park on Friday by SF Rec and Park. Eight acres of the Mission hot spot are now under construction, but recent renderings of the new and improved Dolores Park – to be revealed next year – show that the coming months of strife and struggle will be well worth it in the end. Cheer up, sunbathers, and prepare to get cozy in the meantime.