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Updated list of open wineries in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties after Wine Country fires

<i>We've updated our list of open wineries in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties.</i><p>“My plea to all of you is to make plans in the future to come visit Wine Country,” writes Katie Bundschu in a post-wildfire email with an update on her family’s Sonoma winery Gundlach Bundshu.<p>Gundlach Bundshu is one of …

The most San Francisco restaurants: The true classics

When we host Bay Area visitors, we occasionally get what can initally seem like a simple request.<p>For example, one time a friend visiting from Seattle asked to dine out at a very "San Francisco" restaurant. He had no preference about the style of food, price range or neighborhood.<p>But to truly pick …

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How to get to cut-off areas of Big Sur? One hotel is helicoptering guests in

With the news of this weekend's big landslide on Highway 1 in southern Big Sur, many Californians are wondering if Big Sur is still accessible at all.<p>Yes, you can still get there. But to get to some parts of Big Sur, it will either be really tough or really expensive.<p>If you've got the money, you …

California

Famous San Francisco movie and TV houses: Here's how much they actually cost

"Life imitates art" goes the old saying — a statement that hardly applies to the palatial residences of movie and television characters.<p>Take Donald Sutherland's house in the classic 1978 "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Sutherland, a health inspector, resides in a swanky 4-bedroom Telegraph Hill …

Steve McQueen 'Bullitt' Mustang turns up in Mexican junkyard

It once prowled the streets of San Francisco in one of the most iconic movie scenes ever filmed in the City by the Bay, and now, according to one car expert, a very historic fastback has been discovered in a Mexican junkyard.<p>A junkyard in the Baja California has apparently coughed up one of the …

Movies you didn't know were filmed in San Francisco

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Historic Pioneer Cabin Tree toppled in California storm

The historic Pioneer Cabin Tree, a former "drive-through" giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Calaveras County, was felled in California's weekend storms.<p>The tree was hollowed out in the 1880s to allow tourists to pass through it, and even allowed cars, but more recently has hosted …

National Parks

More stories behind San Francisco's street names

While not every single San Francisco street name is tied to a story involving angry vigilantes, prostitutes or the Gold Rush, we certainly have our fair share of streets named after intriguing individuals of the past.<p>In March, we ran our first slideshow about the origins of San Francisco street …

Don Henley says the Eagles are done - it was always Glenn Frey's band

LINCOLN, Mass. - The Eagles are finished.<p>Don Henley is direct. The way he describes it, the group he helped lead since 1971 died with his longtime musical partner Glenn Frey.<p>"I don't see how we could go out and play without the guy who started the band," says Henley.<p>He sits inside the Tudor mansion …

Best views of San Francisco, and some offbeat spots to get them

We've all seen it. It's a beautiful weekend afternoon, the San Francisco fog burns off, and "wham!"– the northbound lanes on the Golden Gate Bridge are packed with a string of sightseers desperate to get the views from the vista point on the Marin side.<p>Why do people battle traffic to fight for a …

How to watch San Francisco's Fleet Week live

The roar of the Blue Angels is invigorating to some and unsettling to others, but, either way, seeing the jets soar above the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge is a sight few people want to miss.<p>SFGATE will be streaming live video on our Facebook page and posting video on our Snapchat and …

San Francisco Bay Area

Why Fat Albert isn't flying in SF's Fleet Week 2016

It usually begins with Fat Albert.<p>The bulky, slow-moving C-130 support plane rumbles through the sky and then there's a moment of silence before you hear the roar of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the bright blue jets swoop over San Francisco, rattling windows, waking up napping babies, and leading …

San Francisco Bay Area

Eat your way around the world without leaving San Francisco

Leave your passport at home and experience a United Nations of cuisines in your own backyard.<p><i>The cuisines of dozens of nations are represented by these Bay Area restaurants. How many of them have you visited? Which favorites have we left off the list?</i><p><i></i>What's the next best thing to the golden, …

Golden Gate Bridge lower deck? Images from all the times it almost happened

BART zooms across the Golden Gate Bridge in a 1961 ad. Wide-bodied Chryslers and Fords are seen on a potential lower deck in a 1968 rendering.<p>For San Francisco drivers who've spent a lifetime on the single deck of the Golden Gate Bridge, the images of a lower deck are stunning.<p>What's even more …

San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco's Lombard Street: It's twisty, crooked, and it almost didn't happen

Located near the top of San Francisco's Russian Hill, the curvy section of Lombard Street between Hyde and Leavenworth streets has fascinated and delighted tourists and locals alike since it was created in 1922.<p>Prior to 1922, the street was straight and paved with cobblestones. But the 27-degree …

Hot Property: Four bedroom Eureka Valley condo lives like a home

Two stories, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two parking spaces can be a rare find among condos. But 45 Seward St., Unit 2, in San Francisco has no intention of fitting in. Set on a tree-lined block of Eureka Valley, the listing offers commanding views from an enticing setting.<p>“The main level is …

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San Francisco's most expensive listing: $28.5 million Pacific Heights mansion

A 16,000-square-foot mansion in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood is palatially priced at $28.5 million, making it the city's most expensive home on the market right now.<p>The Italianate four-story built in 1905 is grand and opulent with voluminous rooms, high ceilings and elaborately …

What did San Francisco look like in the decade you were born?

Do you remember watching Joe DiMaggio take the field for the San Francisco Seals? Or that weekend you shimmied into your bathing gown and spent your hours dipping in Sutro Baths? No, you almost certainly don't. You likely weren't even born. You didn't get to see the Gold Rush, the 1906 Quake or …

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Places to stop for food on drives between the Bay Area and Yosemite

Courtesy of 50's Roadhouse<p>The Grill at Pine Mountain Lake<p>Doc's Q' in Pit Stop<p>Happy Burger<p>June Bug Cafe<p>Wolfsen's Meat and Sausage<p>Casa de Fruta<p>Andersen's Pea Soup<p>Eddie's Famous Cafe<p>Wool Growers<p>Harris Ranch<p>Titas Pupuseria<p>Willow Ranch<p>Farmer’s Daughter<p>The Red Dot<p>La Sierra Mexican Restaurant<p>Casa de …

Architectural beauty of San Francisco seen in these Instagram shots

At SFGATE, we're profiling contributing photographers of our Instagram page. This week, the spotlight is on Michael Victor.<p>Through his Instagram page (@the415guy), Victor shares his unique vision celebrating the beauty and architectural flourishes of his native city.<p>"I look for different angles and …

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While SF homes sell for millions, this Colonial in Cleveland costs $8,000

And it has five bedrooms!<p>The NBA playoffs are moving to Cleveland, Ohio, today. Should you also be heading to the Midwest?<p>For those fed up with Bay Area prices, this might not be a bad idea (if you're willing to give up Steph Curry for LeBron James).<p>While the median home value in San Francisco is …

Clint Eastwood turns 86: Take a look back at a rare 60-year-old photo shoot with the actor

Before "Dirty Harry," there were the spaghetti westerns, before that, there was "Rawhide," before that... nobody actually knew who Clint Eastwood was. But photographer Earl Leaf had a knack for discovering stars ahead of their time — his 1950 photo shoot with Marilyn Monroe, for example.<p>Leaf's …

California: The land of natural extremes

California is a land of extremes, where barren valleys sink below sea level, tall peaks reach for the stars and trees live for thousands of years.<p>As a result of its diverse natural features and landscapes, the Golden State claims an impressive array of superlatives, from the world's tallest tree to …

'Full House' home goes on the market for $4.15 million

A splendid 1883 Italianate San Francisco Victorian with an exterior many know because it appeared for a brief moment in the 80s sitcom "Full House" and Netflix's newer "Fuller House" sequel has gone on the market for $4.15 million.<p>But the interior of 1709 Broderick looks nothing like the home …

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A Day in the Life of Sports Photographer Philip Platzer

Red Bull Photography <i>recently joined our community with a verified brand profile of their own. This partnership isn’t just about amazing</i> …

Red Bull Racing

Russian River Brewing Company releases Pliny the Younger

Forget Miller time: Today marks the start of Pliny time for Santa Rosa’s Russian River Valley Brewing Company.<p>A cult favorite among beer lovers, for the past 12 years on the first Friday in February, for just two weeks, the brewery releases a limited amount of its ultra-fresh, super hoppy and …

The most famous shipwrecks of San Francisco Bay

The shipwrecks of San Francisco Bay<p>San Francisco Bay has provided refuge for cargo and passenger ships since the first Europeans sailed through the Golden Gate in the late 1700s. In the coming century, it would become one of the nation's great seaports, a huge hub of activity. It would also become …

15 surprising Bay Area facts that sound like urban legends

Historic Belvedere mansion sells for record-breaking $47.5M

Belvedere's Locksley Hall, a 9,235-square-foot Classic Revival built in 1904, broke real estate records in Marin County earlier this week when it sold for $47.5 million.<p>The grand estate at 440 Golden Gate Avenue, represented by Neal Ward of McGuire Real Estate, was originally listed for …

Real Estate