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Weekend Sherpa: The Best Little Secret BBQ Spot in SF

Here's a little piece of grilling heaven—right in the city. Perched on a grassy expanse nearly the size of a soccer field, Fort Miley is a geographic slice of gastronomic delight hidden behind Lands End. To reach its solo grill, make a short climb up a road through a dense forest, then emerge onto a private plateau with giant views of Ocean Beach all the way down Sloat Boulevard. This is a truly secluded playground, so bring the bocce, the burgers, and your best suds and buds. While there, explore the WWII military structures and stroll north up a little path that leads to a fresh, stellar view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Fort Miley grill is often available for walk-ins, especially on weekdays.

Weekend Sherpa: Hikes (With the Dog) at Fort Funston

If you notice Sparky clicking his paws with his eyes shut tight, there's a good chance he's thinking, There's no place like Funston. San Francisco's popular Fort Funston is a dog's dream, bringing pooches out tails a-wagging, as they enjoy the windswept dunes. Hang gliders share the area, taking to the sky like flying monkeys. Bring your best friend for a quick hike down to the parks's wide-open beach. To get there, you and your four-legged pal will have to hoof and woof down a sand ladder. Then, relish in this magical canine coastline backed by 30-foot high cliffs as fetch is played in all directions. Fairy tails do come true!

Transported: Understanding Those Confusing Clipper Cards

Welcome to "Transported," our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on MUNI without losing your mind.

Great White Attacks Sea Lion at Pacifica

As many as 50 surfers and Pacifica beach-dwellers witnessed a shark attack yesterday...on a sea lion. Accounts on the surf site stokereport recall a sea lion being "ripped to shreds" by a 18 to 25 foot Great White, followed by a frenzy of birds and a giant pool of blood. Intense.

Living the Good Life at the new H2 Hotel in Healdsburg

It's often said that we Northern Californians live the good life, but if you want to live the really good life, head to the new H2 hotel in Healdsburg.

Win Tickets to the Tyler Florence-Hosted "Paso Glow" Dinner in October

Sometimes it's okay to cheat on Napa with California's other wine country destination, the Central Coast (especially since Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen, Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church made it look pretty fun in Sideways). And Sunset Mag's four-day SAVOR the Central Coast food and wine festival is the perfect chance to do it. The city of Paso Robles is running a contest on their Facebook page to win tickets to Savor’s grand tasting on Oct 3rd and two tickets to the "Paso Glow" dinner on Oct 2nd (a total value of $420).

Weekend Sherpa: Kayaking in Tomales Bay

Nearly 15 miles long and about 1 mile wide, Tomales Bay is a finger-shaped waterway burbling with wildlife. Get in the thick of it on a two-hour morning kayak tour with Blue Waters Kayaking. Starting from the Inverness put-in, paddle the western shore over undulating ribbons of thick eel grass, staying on the lookout for lion's mane and moon jellyfish, as well as elusive bat rays.

'Orange is the New Pink' Tomorrow Night at the Giants Game

Tomorrow is ladies night at the Giants game, of the power-suit variety. 7x7's Executive Publisher Susie McCormick will be speaking at the "Orange Is The New Pink" (yep) 1st Annual Women's Networking event, a mix and mingle affair for Bay Area women across all industries.

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and a $20 ticket gets you a Giants-themed cocktail, a ticket to the game and knowledge from fellow Bay Area power women.

Get tickets here.

Transported: The City's Road Rage-Relieving Parking Garages


Welcome to "Transported," our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on MUNI without losing your mind.

Sure, you've got a car and they tend to get you places fast. But when you have to park it, things can take a turn for the worse. Avoid road rage and circling the same block 15 times over by parking it at one of these cheap, clean and safe parking garages that aren't crowded to death.

Weekend Sherpa: Hiking the Sonoma Coast's Beaches

The Sonoma Coast seems to have more beaches than San Francisco has hills; after Bodega Bay the choices go on for 13 miles. For an easy intro to beach hopping, connect Shell Beach to Blind Beach along the tranquil, bluff-top Kortum Trail. Stroll for 2.3 miles (one-way) across sturdy boardwalks, high above beach coves smothered by crashing waves, and past ancient sea stacks. Raptors like to cruise this coast too—from red-tailed hawks to great horned owls and white-tailed kites. After 1.3 miles you'll notice a giant heap of rocks—actually an ancient sea stack—that adventurous types climb for the king of coast views.

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