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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The best way to get fresh fruits and vegetables is to go straight to the source. And at Brentwood’s 150-acre Smith Family Farm the u-pick season is always on. Summer is filled with cherries, boysenberries, plums and peaches; fall brings walnuts, pomegranates, persimmons, pumpkins and apples. Grab a pail, stroll through fruit and vegetable crops, and pick to your taste buds’ pleasure.