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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”.

Your Dream Photoshoot Could Become a Reality

Every writer, photographer or artist of any type has a dream assignment: that often unreachable goal that could only be potentially accomplished with unlimited funds (or at least a large chunk of change). Well, now all those with a panache for photography have the chance to turn the dream into a reality.

Can you ski down a steeper grade than your 401(k) is vertically dropping?

With 6 new feet of snow having just landed in Tahoe, last weekend looked, in the words of one first grader, just like the landscape from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  There’s more than enough new snowfall to bury a vertical first grader - and more on the way. And they’ll be a blizzard of savings for 7x7 Readers.


Last weekend marked the opening ceremonies for the 28th Annual Snowfest:"The Mountain Mardi Gras," which runs through Sunday, March 8 and includes all kinds of fun snow pursuits: think snow-themed parades, races, polar bear swims and snow sculpture contests.

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.

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