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Quality Coffee to Go: How to Get a Good Cup on the Road

So you're heading to your aunt's house in Alaska or Alabama or Arcata for Thanksgiving, and you think that must mean terrible coffee for Turkey Day, right? No! Just because you're heading to the burbs, it doesn't mean you have suffer Sanka served through some ancient and dirty drip coffee maker. Let your kinfolk bring the green bean casserole. You bring some decent beans and brewing gear so you can make great go juice from anywhere you may travel, here's how.

SF Traveler Personality Types: Insider Tips from a Foodie, an Adventurer, a Spirituality Seeker and a Road Tripper

 

Bay Area dwellers travel like they do everything else—passionately and competitively, with a willingness to go to the ends of the earth. Here are expert tips from four San Francisco traveler personality types.


 



Winter Flights to Mammoth Mountain Resume

Starting today, Horizon Air will begin its annual winter service to snowy Mammoth Mountain, offering daily flights from Los Angeles, Portland, San Jose, Reno and Seattle. Mammoth Mountain, one of California's ski resort gems, has already reaped the benefits of a winter wonderland with a base of five to eight feet--and even more on the way. The flights mark the beginning of regular air service to Mammoth throughout the snow season.

Bid on "Mini-Me" Art in Monterey

Art lovers will find delight in the posh Hotel Pacific and Monterey Museum of Art's "Mini-Me" deal. It focuses on the museum's annual exhibit of "small" paintings, photographs, prints, drawings and sculptures, all 7 inches by 9 inches or less and all up for auction, as donated by the artists. The special includes two tickets to the museum, two auction raffle tickets, and a night's stay in a deluxe suite, complete with cozy fireplace to keep the ocean chill at bay.

More Gift Ideas for Your Globetrotter

Don't know what to get the jetsetter in your life for the holidays? We've got some tips!

For the Documentarian: camera gear

Get Fancy: 'Moveable Feast' Offers Killer Yountville Deals

For those who think Yountville dining is reserved for the elite, here's a little holiday treat: The Michelin-starred town is gifting us with its Moveable Feast program, a tour de force of deals on  food, wine and hotels through February 28. The initiative includes 11 food-and-wine hotel packages and 12 restaurant deals (from killer three-course prix fixe offers to $1 oyster specials to 50 percent off VIP wine tastings).

There are countless offers and combinations on tap, so we took the liberty of throwing together a sample weekend itinerary of some of our favorites. So get your fancy on and take advantage!

Break Out the Bubbly at the Sir Francis Drake

Need an intoxicating way to unwind after an intense day of holiday shopping?

Virgin America Launches New Florida-Bound Flight

Hip California-based airline Virgin America has just added a new stop to its ever-expanding repertoire of flights: Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This land of eternal sunshine marks the 10th destination on Virgins list and will have connections to both San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX). Fares start at $99 each way.

Win One of Larkspur Collection's Free Weekend Stays

To celebrate the launch of the brand new Larkspur Collection websites, the luxe hotel group is giving away a trip to each of its eight hotels. Winners will receive deluxe accommodation for two nights in a Larkspur Collection hotel, a $150 Southwest Airlines gift card, dinner for two at the hotel's restaurant, a bottle of sparkling wine, and early check-in and late check-out.

Get Over Seasonal Affective Disorder in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter

Need a little sun in your life?  Of course you. If it's heat and an all-night party you desire, make your way south to San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Here are our recommends for where to stay, play and eat.

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