Alright, so you're overeducated and underpaid. But there is one arena where the underdog becomes overdog, and the useless degree becomes useful: bar trivia night. Gathering a group of like-minded friends and a couple of pitchers at one of these events can be a perfectly blissful way to pass a weekday night (and discover previously unknown penchants for 80's music or geography on the path to victory). Here are five of the city's best trivia nights. Wage slaves be forewarned: trivia is a weeknight pastime, as it's usually a way for bars to attract customers who otherwise wouldn't show up outside the weekend.
Try a different kind of liquid refreshment in Napa Valley: a year-round burbling stream flowing through a shaded redwood forest. Ritchey Creek is the centerpiece of Bothe-Napa Valley State Park just north of St. Helena. Miles of hiking trails can be found in the park, including a leisurely 4-mile loop that ambles alongside the creek, far from the traffic noise of Highway 29.
Walk among the easternmost coastal redwoods in the state, as well as maples, oaks, and madrones; the tall tree-cover cools things down when Napa Valley's summer heats up.
What does everyone want to do before running a marathon? Well, naturally, run another marathon. San Francisco never ceases to amaze me. Already teeming with sporty types of all varieties—surfers, skiers, rock climbers—cityslickers aren't content with just casually enjoying their activities, they're hungrily searching for the next challenge in a game of one-upmanship that apparently has no end.
Like a lot of small towns along the coast of Highway 1, Mendocino is a village unto itself. Quaint bed & breakfasts, mom-and-pop shops, organic coffee houses—you have a beautifully quirky place sought by visitors and guarded by locals. In a nutshell, it's the perfect long weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
When it comes to yoga, you shouldn’t be tied down. With so many yoga fish in the sea, you should feel free to try out as many studios as you can until you find your perfect match. Passport to Prana has answered this call with their multi-access studio pass for just $30 through November 30.
Guerneville is the kind of NorCal town you can’t help but love—ringed by redwoods, bisected by the meandering Russian River and only a 90-minute drive from SF—it has “summer weekend” written all over it. Check into Boon Hotel + Spa (14711 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville, 707-869-2721), a year-old property half a mile from the center of town, owned by former San Franciscans Crista Luedtke and Jill McCall. This whitewashed paradise has only 14 rooms, many of which ring the pool, and the gray-and-orange interiors sport a modern bent, with George Nelson lamps and cork floors. Best of all, your well-behaved dog is welcome to join you.
I told you I'd be including some design for the outdoors on this blog. Here's installment #2:
If you're like most San Franciscans, you're healthy, you're active and you like the outdoors. In fact, that's probably why you live here. So in the spirit of helping you walk the walk, we've teamed with the fitness gurus over at PacWest Athletics to highlight various inspiring outdoor locations around the Bay.
So here's one at quintessential SF pretty spot: Baker Beach.
Sure, you can join a different gym, start a new running regimen and trade your desk chair for an exercise ball (good luck with that). But even the most dedicated fitness fanatics among us need a little more than the usual dose of exercise-related excitement now and again.
Whether you’re looking for an entirely new physical pursuit to immerse yourself in this year or an occasional diversion to spice up your regular workout routine, we’ve got five super-fun workouts that won’t leave you bored.