Should you find yourself sitting in bumper to bumper on Napa's Highway 29 and feeling like a schmuck—this parade of tour buses isn't for a savvy local such as yourself—veer off toward the northeastern hills of Chiles Valley. In this sub-district of Napa Valley, cooler temperatures and higher elevation make for distinctive wines, and the handful of unpretentious family-owned wineries offer experiences so pure, you’ll want to keep them a secret.
7x7's Friendly Guide to Cannabis: Get Cultured at the Bay Area's Ganja Dinners, Festivals, Exhibits, Yoga Classes + 420 Games
Experiences are the new commodity, and the cannabis world is getting in on the action. As pot goes mainstream, devotees are coming out of the shadows to share herb together over a host of fun activities—yoga and fitness, salons and suppers, film festivals and even museum exhibitions. There's much to do here in the capitol of cannabis. Here's a start.
7x7's Friendly Guide to Cannabis: Our Favorite Marijuana Strains, Pre-Rolls + Growers in Northern California
Walk into any dispensary or log on to any online delivery service and the menu of choices is almost immediately overwhelming—if you've seen the restaurant wine-list-style menu at The Apothecarium, you know exactly what we're talking about.
7x7's Friendly Guide to Cannabis: The Best Tinctures, Topicals + Bath Soaks Handcrafted in the Bay Area
What could sound more hippie dippie than a cannabis tincture? But really, these droppers full of magical potions are the easiest entrée in the wide world of medical marijuana—and a perfect option for anyone wishing to ease tension without getting high.
If you ever dreamed of waving goodbye to the city in exchange for the quiet farm life up north, this St. Helena home might be the ticket. It has all the bucolic vibes but with polished amenities and no pesky farm animals.
7x7's Friendly Guide to Cannabis: The Bay Area's Best Dispensaries, Delivery + Chicest Weed Boutiques
The dispensaries of yore, you've seen them: neon green signs, bars on the windows, intimidating bouncers. We say goodbye to all that as the new era of sophisticated pot shops brings more familiar amenities—concierges, chandeliers, digital menus, even a VIP lounge. And, of course, on-demand delivery. Here are our favorite (read: clean, stylish, safe) places in the Bay Area to buy grade-A flowers (all lab-tested with no yucky stuff), artisanal edibles, and more.
For those of you who miss the "old San Francisco"—who lament that tech and wealth and gentrification and provincial attitudes have come to replace the weird, funky, groovy, boho, quirky, far-out, thoughtful, sometimes-seedy-in-a-cool-way, really revolutionary vibe of the City by the Bay—we have a special 4/20 tonic for you. Because in case you haven't noticed, there's a movement happening here.
Napa Valley is a big place. If you're looking to spend your next Wine Country excursion in a small-town setting, we recommend sipping your way through the gorgeous tasting rooms of St. Helena. Best of all, most of these quaint spots are just a few minutes from each other, so you won't need a designated driver for a full day of fun.
The Bay Area might be seeing a whole lot of Annie Leibovitz in the coming months. The famed celebrity photographer and her family recently purchased an old machine shop in downtown Healdsburg with the plan to convert the space into an art gallery and performance venue.