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Road Biking the Berkeley-Oakland Hills

A vigorous ascent into the Berkeley and Oakland Hills offers spectacular views of San Francisco, the Peninsula, and Mt. Tamalpais. Combine this with a quiet, vehicle free climb into little-known Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve and we think you'll have a new favorite Sunday ride. 

Road Trip Guide: Explore Point Reyes

Looking to spend some weekend time on a bit of coast more expansive than Ocean Beach? Just an hour north is Point Reyes, home to some of the best cheese, oysters, and coastal hiking in the Bay Area. Here are some of our favorite things to do outdoors on this national seashore:

Brighten Your Day at These SF Flower Shops

Rain and fog has—at last!—returned to San Francisco. And what better way to cheer up dull skies than with a bunch of gorgeous flowers? Here are the best places in SF to beautify your space with some splashes of color.

13 Hidden Gardens in the Financial District

Looking for somewhere off the beaten path to take your lunch today? Due to some smart city developments, we here in San Francisco are fortunate to have over 50 privately owned public open spaces (POPOS) tucked away on roof tops, in alleys, behind buildings, or in foyers, and available to anyone.

Beginner Triathlons to Try in 2015

'Tis the season to over-indulge and put on a few pounds. Whether you want to make sure you stay in shape during the holidays or jump-start a resolution to get fit in 2015, training for a sprint triathlon may be just the incentive you need. Put these three beginner-friendly tris on your calendar. 

Where to Ice Skate in the Bay Area

In a city where feeling the effects of Karl the Fog is the closest we get to a winter wonderland, these seven ice skating rinks are guaranteed to make your holiday season a little more chill. Break the ice on a first date, go solo and practice your Olympic figure skating moves, or rally family and friends to what are literally the coolest spots around.

5 Easy Outdoor Adventures For This Weekend

Looking for something fun to do this weekend, but not interested in serious planning? Keep it easy and outdoorsy with these five amazing local outings.

The Legendary Rescue of the Fox Theatre Oakland

Mario and Erma DeLucchi were running late to the auction. It was 1978, and the historic Fox Theatre in Oakland was going up for sale at any moment. One company wanted to turn it into a parking lot, but the DeLucchi family were determined to save it. Mario dropped off his wife so she could get inside while he searched for parking. She arrived just in time to win a bid on the Fox for $340,000.

Five Star Spirituality: Yoga in the Sky at the Mandarin Oriental

For the first installment in our Five Star Spirituality series (brainchild of 7x7 culture editor Brock Keeling), we head to the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, which is the third tallest building in the city, making it a great place to view not just Fleet Week flybys and America’s Cup races (will we ever see those on our waters again?), but also to scan the windows of neighboring buildings for trysts (a pair of binocs in the room is practically a green light to practice voyeurism).

Take the Giant Highway for Non-Stop Views at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline

Mt. Tamalpais and the Vallejo ferry from the aptly named Bay View Trail in Pinol

The Point Pinole Regional Shoreline owes its existence to explosives. More than a hundred years ago, black powder was produced in San Francisco for use in the gold mines of the Sierras. After numerous factory explosions, the manufacture of such substances was deemed too dangerous for populated areas and the companies were exiled to the East Bay – Albany, El Cerrito, and Point Pinole.

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