Jaded San Franciscans will turn their noses up at the mere mention of Gold Country and sneer, "why would we want to go there?" However, if you give the rustic and under-the-radar Nevada City--the region's epicenter--the chance, you'll find it offers much-needed R&R with an authentic Western backdrop.
Ping pong, archery, canoeing – it's camp Nintendo, a.k.a the Wii Sports Resort Mobile Tour, going down next weekend at Marina Green.
If, like me, you spend more time in airports than you do in your own house, your laptop has no doubt fallen prey to your jetsetting ways. With today's inane over-the-top security measures--I can take a sharpened pencil on my flight but not dulled tweezers or plastic knitting needles?--where you're required to practically remove everything but your intimates, it's no wonder I've gone through three MacBooks in two years.
But no more.
If you’ve ever wanted to pick up a new hobby but balked at the cost of equipment, Rematch Sports has you in mind. The sporting goods consignment store in Russian Hill is stocked with gently used items, from snowboards and wet suits to fishing poles and tennis rackets. Get the gear for a relative bargain and, if you find the sport is not for you, sell it back to them later. 1567 Pacific Ave., 415-830-9470, rematchsports.com
If you're tired of hitting the town sans pooch, here's your chance to paint the town red with Fido in tow. At the Westin St. Francis' "Dogs Days of Summer" on Aug. 26, canines and their owners will be treated like VIPS (Very Important Pets and Persons) in an event benefitting the San Francisco SPCA.
Need a place to stay for the much-anticipated Outside Lands festival at the end of the month? (Or have friends coming into town for the event and don't feel like putting them up?)
While hotel prices often are significantly jacked up on event weekends--particularly one like Outside Lands that welcomes more than 60,000 attendees--the Kimpton Hotel group is offering a fabulous promotion: 25 percent off its nine city boutique stays and one Silicon Valley property from Aug. 28 through 30 using the code "OLF."
Is there anyone else out there who is beginning to find the two-day weekend to be not nearly enough time off? I mean, by the time you do the laundry, go grocery shopping and…poof! Gone! I like the idea of going away for the weekend, but I don’t particularly relish the thought of spending half my time off in trains, planes and automobiles. But I’m also getting sick to death of spending August in the fog belt.
Get outdoors, relive your youth and fly a kite. Here are our favorite Bay Area spots for taking your kite for a spin.
South of the city in Pacifica is a mostly-empty beach (with plenty of surfer eye candy, an added bonus), proffering a steady offshore breeze and wide open spaces. Parking is convenient, and you can grab a bite to eat at the famed beachside Taco Bell when you're through.
Crissy Field and Marina Green
Time: 3 hours
What You Get: Mountains, lakes, waterfalls, volcanoes galore
High up in Gold Country, about a half hour from Truckee, lies the little blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town of Sierraville. There’s no grocery store, only one sub-par Mexican joint and another café that’s sometimes open, other times not--and a whole lot of cows.