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Leilani Marie Labong

Five Star Spirituality: Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite

Now that the crush of summer tourists has passed, it’s a great time to make the yearly pilgrimage to Yosemite National Park, practically a requirement of residency in California, much like eating fish tacos, drinking Diet Coke, and casting your vote for the Democratic party.

City Staycation: Commune With Nature in the Presidio

As a San Francisco resident, why oh why would you want to do a city staycation anywhere other than the Presidio, since it’s by far the only place in town in which you can actually feel like you’re somewhere other than the place you actually live.

4 Bay Area Power Couples Reveal Their Secrets to Long-Lasting Love

Four enamored Bay Area power couples play our version of the Newlywed Game to reveal how they win at love.

A Sunny Art-Filled Staycation at Rosewood Sand Hill

Oh, we hear you: You live in San Francisco, a world-class destination, but often find yourself needing a quick luxury escape from the throngs of fleece-enrobed tourists and cruffin-Instagramming residents. Consider a staycation at the Rosewood Sand Hill resort in Palo Alto.

Five Star Spirituality: Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

Some friends of mine recently tied the knot in Half Moon Bay. During the wedding weekend, our free lodging choices included a couch 30 minutes away and a house rental that—while five minutes on foot from the venue—was booking up Big Chill-style with the bride’s college friends. We did what any sane wedding guests would do: We shacked up at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay instead.

A Modern Guide to Big Sur

Even in the rain, Big Sur is a remarkable place to explore. We holed up here recently on a particularly showery weekend, which didn’t stop us from exploring beaches and redwoods or foraging for high gastronomy. (It also didn’t stop us from bunkering in our room, fireplace ablaze, for cozy afternoons).

Five Star Spirituality: Red Mountain Resort, Utah

Having grown up in the southwest, I feel a deep affinity for all desert landscapes. The otherworldly terrain of southern Utah is particularly close to my heart. I have spent many winter holidays over the last 15 years hiking in Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks, as the days are usually sunny and the cold is never too bone-shattering.

Five Star Spirituality: Seeing a Shaman at Post Ranch Inn

As someone who grew up in two deeply spiritual locations (Hawaii and New Mexico), swings a pendulum for clarity on yes-or-no quandaries, consults two different decks of oracle cards, and employs a psychic, seeing a shaman was hardly out of the realm of my New Age adventures.

A Modern Guide to Sausalito

The first time I became aware of a place called Sausalito was 25 years ago when Pepperidge Farm came out with a macadamia-chocolate chunk cookie named after the city. I never imagined that I’d eventually live in San Francisco, 10 minutes' drive away from that mythic place, which means 10 minutes away from warm summer days, 10 minutes away from paddle boarding on calm waters, 10 minutes away from the loveliest of lemon mousses, 10 minutes away from my favorite design shop, 10 minutes away from an invigorating morning jog to the ocean.

Hawker Fare Brings Pricey Southeast Asian Street Food to the Mission

There is not much I can actually claim to know anything about, but given my Southeast Asian heritage—and the fact that I spent the majority of my 20s traveling the backpacker circuit through that part of the world—I feel confident about my knowledge and familiarity with the cuisines of the region. So when Michelin-starred chef James Syhabout recently opened the second outpost of his Thai street-food eatery Hawker Fare in the Valencia Street corridor, we summoned a First World tuk-tuk (aka an Uber) to whisk us there, stat. No reason to keep nostalgia waiting.

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