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The Best San Francisco Parks

Sure, there are the usual suspects -- you know, the Dolores' and the Crissy Fields.  But there are also some less frequented places to lay down a blanket.  Check out California Home + Design's Best San Francisco Parks roundup and expand your lounging and picnic-ing horizons.

"Best Of" Question #4: Where's Your Favorite Place to Tune Up Your Bike?

Every June, we put out our "Best Of" issue.  This year, we want you to get involved.  So from now until the end of April, we'll be posting a series of questions about San Francisco.  Jump into the fray, and your writeup could be featured in the issue.

Got a flat?  Need a tuneup?  New handlebars?  Where do you turn?

 

 


Opening Day of Sailing Season: Rich Sailor Man, Poor Sailor Man

The San Francisco Bay is free from pirate infestations, so it'll be clear sailing on April 25 -- the official opening day of Northern California’s sailing season. Para surfers beware, sailboats of all stripes will take to the seas to catch the spring breeze and no doubt the envious eyes of landlubber bystanders.

Celebrate Easter By Hurling Yourself Down Vermont Street

In lieu of egg hunts and church services this Easter Sunday, hundreds will instead hurl themselves down Vermont Street in Big Wheels. (Yes, we mean the plastic thing you rode as a child.)

Jon Brumit's annual Bring Your Own Big Wheel event sees the city's most creative cats emerge from the alleyways, donning costumes from Fred Flintstone to Dracula, steering trikes, bikes, wagons and more. (We do recommend protective garb, as well; that's one nasty hill to take a tumble.)

Racers will take off at 4pm from Vermont and 20th Streets on April 12; most years, there are multiple runs, should you miss the first heat.

Cavallo Point: A Quick and (Now) Affordable Getaway

Even if you live in San Francisco, Cavallo Point Lodge is the perfect getaway.  It's quick (just across the Golden Gate Bridge) and, thanks to their new date-night package, pretty affordable.

Mammoth Hosts Top Female Boarders, Santogold and Cold War Kids

If you find yourself in the Mammoth area this weekend, don't hesitate to drop by the fifth annual Roxy Chicken Jam, a free three-day fest chock full of fun and top-notch snowboarding. The event will see some of the world's greatest women competitors from more than 10 countries take to the slopes for a purse of $50,000. Additionally, there will be a Mascot Superpipe contest for $6,000.

Clift Hotel Makes a Downtown Stay Worth Your While

Sometimes you don't even have to get out of town to get away. But San Francisco hotels often come with a lofty pricetag, which is precisely why it's important to cash in on a deal when you see it.

Beware the Brides of March

Only in San Francisco, kids, will you spot 100 or so disheveled brides roaming the streets surrounding Union Square, shopping for designer shoes, hailing cabs, sipping $10 cocktails and having themselves a grand ol' time.

If the above scenario seems at all appealing, then you should dig out your old wedding dress--or head to one of the many local thrift stores and procure a used number--and meet up with your white-clad peers this Saturday, March 14, for the 11th annual Brides of March event. The bigger (the dress, that is), the bolder, the tackier, the better. The only stipulation is it has to be a shade of white.

Celebrate the Changing of the Clock on the Russian River Wine Road

Spring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate the changing of the clock than by indulging in some oenophile fun?

As part of the 31st annual Russian River Wine Road, 100 wineries will open their doors to the public starting March 13 in a three-day festival full of barrel tastings, chats with winemakers, and chances to explore the stunning Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valley wine regions. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to purchase limited-edition "futures"--wine that has yet to be bottled and will be picked up 12 to 18 months later--at a discount.

70-year-old dads have a better chance of spawning a dimwit than of being killed by a terrorist


Luckily, Hugh Hefner’s kids can grow up to be pimps or porn stars (its in the blood) so they won’t have to worry too much about those pesky SATs.  

This is clearly a smidgen of feminist schadenfreude on my part but my favorite headline in The Times today was “Older Fathers Linked to Lower I.Q. Scores”.

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