In this week's Scenes of the City, we peek behind the chocolate curtain with local confectioner Charles Siegel of Charles Chocolates to take a look at his sweet operation. Charles and his dedicated crew mix up pounds of fresh, handmade chocolate every day at their 7,400-square-foot HQ at the site of the old Potrero Brewing Company in the Mission.
For its big 75th birthday, we took to wandering around the SF Botanical Gardens, one of the best urban oases in the city: 55 acres of gardens support over 8,000 different kinds of plants from all over the world (Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Central and South America, Africa, and the Mediterranean), making it one of the most diverse botanical gardens that could survive in few other parts of the world.
Established in 1890, Sequoia is California's first National Park, and it, along with its impressive neighbor, King Canyon Park, offer a weekend's worth of exploring, hiking, and taking in the sights.
For this edition of Escape From SF, we headed 100 miles north along the ever twisting Route 1 to The Sea Ranch on the Sonoma Coast. The small, highly planned community sits on ten miles of rugged coast line, with miles of private trails, providing panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, massive rocks, migrating whales and spectacular sunsets.
Early preservationist John Muir's birthday is today, as is Earth Day, which is no coincidence—and we're lucky to have the sanctuary of Muir Woods right in our back yard to celebrate, thanks to him. Just 12 miles across the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods includes 560-acres of park land, six-miles of trails, and the chance to get up close and personal with 600-year-old trees including Coast Redwood, Tanoak, Big Leaf Maple, and California Bay Laurel.
Although the 2014 World Series Champs lost their Home Opener (0-2) against the Colorado Rockies, the fans were there in throngs to cheer on their favorite team, the San Francisco Giants. The sun was out and the party was on with the crowd of 42,019, everyone was excited to not only see their favorite team again but to also welcome them back home to good ole, AT&T Park.
For this week’s Scenes of the City, Burning Man cofounder John Law, who referred to himself as the "Quasimodo” of the Tribune Tower, takes us to the top of downtown Oakland's 305-foot Tribune Tower, which is steeped in history and mystery.
For this week's Escape from SF, we headed east of the Bay toward Mount Diablo (reaching almost 4,000 feet!) to Rock City in Mount Diablo State Park. If you didn't get enough flowers on Valentine's Day, this is a great time of year to see the wildflowers in bloom. Also, you can explore Rock City's noted sandstone formations carved by wind, rain, and time.
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