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SF is the New Cancun

Notice a sudden surge in out-of-towners dropping cash in Union Square on your lunch breaks?  It’s not your imagination, nor is it a spontaneous SF obsession sweeping the nation. It’s the good ol’ swine flu (a.k.a. the H1N1, a.k.a. That Other Name No One Uses) at it again! A fleet of cruise ships has docked at our fair piers, rerouting South of the border-bound travelers to a decidedly less exotic climate. Health authorities put the brakes on all nonessential travel to Mexico, fearing any more swine-related disease be transmitted back to the states.

Bad news for eager, pale vacationers; good news for the city’s economy.

Passport to Sonoma

Just ask any Napa or Sonoma resident about the other, and the competition is evident: You'll get an upturned nose and a "we're better than them" response. But this coming weekend, Sonoma takes center stage with its annual wine extravaganza. In honor of Passport to Sonoma Valley, we've compiled a list of some of our favorite Sonoma pastimes.

Last Minute Mother's Day Ideas

If Mother's Day crept up on you like it did us, you're not totally out of luck. Rather, take advantage of the research we've done for you (or um, ourselves) and treat the woman you love to the creme de la creme in Mother's Day gifts. But hurry up while the offers still stand!

Have a Bonnie Ol' Weekend in Woodland

Apparently, you needn't travel the 5,000 miles over the Atlantic to get a taste of the Scottish Highlands; rather, hop in your car and drive the hour and a half to Sacramento 'burb Woodland this weekend instead.

Get Prepped for The Great Urban Race (No, Not B2B)

Do you dream of being a contestant on The Amazing Race? Do your friends applaud you for your panache at Jeopardy and speed in completing particularly challenging Sudoku puzzles? Then this one's for you.

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.

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