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9 Gadgets to Help You Survive Outside Lands in Style

Festivals always seem to be equal parts fun and discomfort. Amidst the glorious light shows, the gourmet bites, and the thrill of seeing your favorite artists live, there are the crowds, the lines, the port-o-potties, the barf. To make the three-day experience just a tad bit more comfortable, we rounded up nine essential gadgets to transform the festival grounds into a luxurious getaway. 

San Francisco's Best Pre-Brunch Hikes

If your idea of a perfect Sunday includes some friends, crisp morning air, exploring local forests and beaches, and then rewarding yourself with a fun brunch, then this list is for you.

Tiny Trees, Deep Roots: The History of Bonsai in the Bay Area

To walk through the Japanese-styled wooden doors on the Northern inlet of Oakland’s Lake Merritt is to enter another world. The landscape is checkered with trees that are bent and wired to mimic what one might see in nature—that is, if everything in nature were just a few feet tall. This, the volunteer-run Bonsai Garden Lake Merrit (BGLM), is among the Bay Area’s few remaining places to celebrate the treasured ancient art form of Japanese bonsai. 

Enjoy the Warm Weather at These Sunny Bay Area Beaches

It'd be a crime to stay indoors today! Feel free to escape to one of these sunny, warm, and inviting beaches around the Bay Area. 

Stylish Cottages + Cabins to Camp out in Northern California

It’s time to consider your next cozy escape. Since cottages can be code for floral chintz and wallpaper adorned with ribbon-necked geese, we’ve assembled 11 stylish hideaways that eschew cutesy for comfort.

The Bay Area’s Best Redwood Hikes

Reason number 92 why living in the Bay Area is the best: awe-inspiring redwood hikes. There’s something almost other-worldly about meandering through groves of giant redwoods, breathing in the cool damp air, and Instagramming those glistening beams of light.

Get Your Sweat on During "Pilates on Crack" at CORE40

CORE40 serves up an intense full-body workout utilizing the Megaformer and Lagree Method. If you survive the first class, you'll be hooked!

6 Perfect Picnic Spots in San Francisco

San Francisco’s best weather of the year is coming soon, and what better way to enjoy your next weekend than a picnic in the sun? Whether you’re in the mood for a secluded beach or a party at the park, the city has a ton of great options for your next day in the sun.

The Perfect Itinerary for Sequoia + Kings Canyon National Parks

California is fortunate to be home to nine national parks (yes, nine!), more than any other state. With such a plethora of natural and national treasures, it may not come as a surprise that two of the state's most spectacular parks, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, are often overlooked.

Five Romantic Beach Sunsets for This Weekend

You know what some people think is a bit of a cliché? Watching the sunset. You know what’s also a beautiful and inexpensive way to spend time with someone you love? You guessed it — watching the sunset.

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