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Poshness in Sacramento?

It used to be that when you traveled to Sacramento, whether on business or pleasure, you'd be destined to stay the night at some impersonal chain hotel, like a Sheraton or Marriott (which are fine for some, but let's be honest, sometimes you deserve a little pampering). However, thanks to the gradual addition of a few quality inns and B&Bs, this is no longer the case. While not yet thriving like a state capital should, at the very least, Sacramento's heart is pulsating once again.

Pecha Kucha Tonight at 330 Ritch

Ever heard of Pecha Kucha? The event, originating in Tokyo and Japanese for "to chat", aims to bring together designers from all sorts of disciplines in order to share their work and get inspired. There's usually about nine to twelve presenters per evening, and here's the catch: each one is limited to showing 20 slides at 20 seconds a piece, to keep things moving. You can check out the Pecha Kucha site for tonight's list of presenters, and for details on how to sign up to show your work at the next event. But you don't have to present to get involved, simply stop by and take in all the design-y goodness being shared.

Lance Armstrong: He's Just Like Us (?)

Lance Armstrong swept through town yesterday on the Tour of California, and we took this opportunity to ask his strength and conditioning trainer, Peter Park, for some insider info and get-healthy tips.

A Winter Wonderland

President's Day weekend travelers were rewarded for all the hard effort it took to actually reach Tahoe--a seven-hour drive from the city, if you were lucky--by the biggest snowfall of the season. And it just keeps getting better for ski junkies and snow bunnies alike. Northstar-at-Tahoe, for example, has accummulated 59 inches of powder in the last week alone, with the promise of more in coming tonight, as a winter storm lingers over the Sierras.

40% Off at kàrikter

Since international jet-setting is being put on hold for the time being, why not decorate your apartment with a little reminder of the good ol' days? kàrikter is currently having a 40% off all Tintin and Europa (think Air France) posters. The sentimental and vintage reproductions are both colorful and beautiful, and would offer up a great (and cheap!) opportunity to dress up a wall. The sale runs through February 28th.

Upside of the Recession: Killer Last-Minute Getaway Deals

If you didn't plan a weekend getaway for Valentine's or President's Day in advance, that might have been a wise decision. Whereas in holiday weekends' pasts, you'd be looking at a 500 percent increase on day-before bookings, 2009 has proven that it pays to wait and be flexible. In an effort to keep occupancy high, many hotels are offering killer deals--deals that are sometimes even better than their normal rates (and when does that ever happen over a peak weekend?). This is where new California travel site, LocalGetaways, comes in. Offering amazing new specials each week on regional travel, you won't find better proposals anywhere on the Web. Check out some of the ones still available this weekend:

Live in Spain for Free? Sign us up...

First, there was Australia's Best Job in the World offering (speaking of which, you can still apply to be an island caretaker in the Great Barrier Reef through Feb. 22!). Now, as if you needed another reason to quit your job--or revel in your recently unemployed state--Spain has to come along and drop a doozy on you, as well. Are you ready for this? Take a deep breath and listen here.

Bay to Breakers: Time to Start Training!

Lots of things are better when you DIY, but training for a long-distance race is not one of them. If you’re set on finally running the Bay to Breakers (May 17) or the SF Marathon (July 26) this year, do your body a favor and sign up for one of the various race training programs created by the SF Road Runners Club or the SF Marathon, all of which start right around now.

Six More Weeks of Winter? Not So Much

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning (um, did you see how fat that thing is? of course he'd see his shadow) and predicted six more weeks of winter.   Sucks to live in Pittsburgh.  Here's to 70 degree weather in February.  Get out and enjoy it while it lasts (the rain's supposed to hit later in the week).  

 

Here's a video of the prediction.  (Poor guy, he needs a California vacation).

 

 

 

Get Out There: Our Fort Mason/Aquatic Park Workout

Richard Martinez from PacWest Athletics takes us to The Aquatic Park at Fisherman's Wharf (and up the hill to Fort Mason) for a waterfront workout. Click here to download a printable pdf.

So here we go...

NOTE: You will need a resistance band for this workout.

Begin your workout at the Aquatic Park pavilion steps. Utilize the steel rails to stretch out your calves, hamstrings, quads and upper body.

1. Sitting sideways on the concrete steps with your legs fully extended, wrap your resistance band around your feet and grab both handles for a set of Sit Down Rows.

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