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Inspiring Activewear, Athleta Opens New Shop in Pacific Heights

San Francisco women are smart, chic and active. For clothing that can handle our on-the-go lifestyles, Athleta just might be the answer. 

Athleta is the latest addition to the Gap Inc. conglomerate, and opened its first retail store last Thursday in Pacific Heights.  The brand focuses on modern activewear that suits a broad range of women living the modern ubran-outdoorsy lifestyle -- perfect for SF.

Three for the Road: The Ultimate Stop for Tahoe-Bound Foodies

Though I’m not knocking a good double cheeseburger, if you’re headed up to Tahoe for a snowy three-day getaway, there’s better eating to be done along the way than at the In-n-Out in Auburn. In fact, if you stop in Sacramento—which is just about halfway there—you have some great options just five minutes off the freeway in the historical neighborhood of Land Park.

Here, are very trustworthy options, all within walking distance of each other.

Get Thee to Wanderlust

Don't write this off as a hokey hippie retreat—last year's inaugural Wanderlust Music and Yoga Festival was hands-down the coolest summer music experience in Northern California. Starting today, you can downward dog to your heart's content, learn firsthand what acroyoga is all about and get a grand dose of music in the great outdoors.

Night Ski in Tahoe for Valentine's Day

It's President's Day: Tahoe's second busiest ski weekend. And conditions on the hill are poised to be shredtastic. Recent storms and a few mid week dustings have kept the groom crews busy the past couple days. That means your favorite trails and lifts will be open and well maintained. Sunny skies, calm winds and temps in the 40's will set you up for outside lunching and pit stops, which is always a win.

Tahoe Weekend Game Plan

Escaping to Tahoe this weekend for a little Super Bowl and ski action? Here's your game plan.

Can you ski down a steeper grade than your 401(k) is vertically dropping?

With 6 new feet of snow having just landed in Tahoe, last weekend looked, in the words of one first grader, just like the landscape from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  There’s more than enough new snowfall to bury a vertical first grader - and more on the way. And they’ll be a blizzard of savings for 7x7 Readers.


Last weekend marked the opening ceremonies for the 28th Annual Snowfest:"The Mountain Mardi Gras," which runs through Sunday, March 8 and includes all kinds of fun snow pursuits: think snow-themed parades, races, polar bear swims and snow sculpture contests.

A Winter Wonderland

President's Day weekend travelers were rewarded for all the hard effort it took to actually reach Tahoe--a seven-hour drive from the city, if you were lucky--by the biggest snowfall of the season. And it just keeps getting better for ski junkies and snow bunnies alike. Northstar-at-Tahoe, for example, has accummulated 59 inches of powder in the last week alone, with the promise of more in coming tonight, as a winter storm lingers over the Sierras.

Happy Trails: Cross-Country Ski or Snowshoe for Free

Planning on staying home in your cozy bed this weekend warding off the Bay Area drizzle? That’s suddenly not going to sound so good when you hear what we have to tell you. For one day only--Saturday, Jan. 10--100 ski resorts in 23 states sprinkled across the country are offering snow bunnies the opportunity to try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing FREE in celebration of the 14th annual Winter Trails Day, part of Learn a Snow Sport Month put on by SnowSports Industries America.

Snow!!!

Now that we're finally getting the shivers, let's all take a deep breath of cold, cold air. For many Bay Area skiers and snowboarders, this storm has quelled the nervous wait. Our prayers were granted; our snow dances were answered. There will be skiing and snowboarding this year in the Sierras, and just in time for Christmas. Hallelujah!

Need proof? Check out these live cams.

 

 

Northern California Hotels Make Holiday Travel More Affordable

It's true there's no place like home for the holidays...but sometimes you just want to get away from it all before the chaos ensues (or rather family togetherness--or in-laws--becomes just too much to bear). The current state on the economy has put a damper on many people's travel plans, but hotels are beginning to take note of this by significantly lowering their rates to an affordable level and creating packages that allow you more bang for your buck this holiday season. Check out these amazing opportunities before it's too late.

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