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Memorial Day on the Fly

Another three-day weekend and you're left without plans (and quite possibly, money, too). What to do? Where to go? How to do it? Lucky for you, the Bay Area is hardly void of cheap-and-easy thrills. Here are some ideas simple enough to plan with a moment's notice.

Surf lessons at Bolinas Beach. Learn to ride the waves at one of the Bay Area's more popular--not to mention, taxing--surf spots. Lessons and classes are a dime a dozen at outfitters like 2 Mile Surf Shop. You might even spot some of us 7x7 staffers hanging out on land having a barbeque, too!

Wine and Dine in Paso Robles

In Northern California, Sonoma and Napa Counties get all the buzz. But what about their southern little sister, Paso Robles, which has often been considered the next wine country destination by oenophiles from far and wide? Even if you're not already heading that direction for this weekend's 27th annual Paso Robles Wine Festival, may we suggest you add this pleasant region to your list of summer travels? (Just be sure, you pronounce it right: That's PAS-oh ROH-buls to you.) Here's how we recommend passing the time in Paso.

Bay to Breakers: What to Wear

Truth: Bay to Breakers is more about the theatrics than the race itself. When it comes to deciding what to don this Sunday morning, the thought process can be downright stressful. And let's be honest, Sarah Palin costumes were so Halloween 2008. In case you've yet to come up with a quirky idea of your own (hint: the more flamboyant, the better), here are a few costume suggestions we compiled with a little help from our friends.

Mystical Creatures

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?

 

 


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