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.
Over the past few years, a slew of developments along San Francisco’s grandest thoroughfare has led to the recent minting of a shiny new Mid-Market neighborhood. The seven-block stretch of Market Street, between Van Ness and 5th Street, is relishing renewed vitality, with the openings of killer markets, restaurants, bars, culture and more. Here's your Mid-Market to-do list.
We all remember how much fun we had exploring the neighborhood on bikes as kids. What's stopping you from enjoying the same thrill around the Bay Area now? Even if you haven't been to a SoulCycle class—let alone hopped on an actual bike—in months, you'll find a ride on this list that is just your speed.
Sandwiched between the Marina and Pacific Heights, Cow Hollow is a stroll down shopping lane for yoga pant-wearing ladies with strollers and small dogs. The main drag, Union Street between Divisadero and Laguna, is great for a walk, with plenty of restaurants, bars, coffee and juice shops to stop and refuel.
Known for its bounty of tasty restaurants and coffee shops, the Mission is a delicious blend of hippies and hipsters, taquerias and luncheonettes, and 99-cent stores and ceramic workshops. The neighborhood is a cultural mishmash worth exploring if you're into artisan coffee, boutique pastries, art galleries, dive bars, and lazing in the park.
There is no better way to start your day than jumping out of bed at 5AM and heading out for a sunrise hike. OK - waking up at 5AM is never easy, but you'll be glad you did once the sun rises and you set out on your day after any one of these 5 sunrise hikes.
Watch the early morning light come through the Golden Gate Bridge at Hawk Hill in Marin. It's a quick and easy trip that early in the morning with no traffic and you'll be rewarded with one of the most epic sunrises you'll ever see. Learn more.
It's been a particularly star-spangled year, with solar and lunar eclipses, a new comet, and an abundance of northern lights. Following last month's double planets (which will occur again later this year), our solar system is delivering a plethora of astronomical events for photographers and stargazers. Mark on your calendars with these can't-miss celestial dates.