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The best hidden gems of the Bay Area suburbs

A few years ago, we put together our list of San Francisco's best hidden gems and secret spots. The concept was so popular we added a second installment of reader's picks. Now, we're expanding our search because — as we all know — the entire Bay Area is filled with cool things to do.<p>One of our …

San Francisco

Famous Bay Area authors' must-read books and lesser-known gems

The Bay Area Book Festival has attracted writers from all over the world to the region, but the Bay Area itself has a rich literary history.<p>From legendary writers like Jack London and Robert Frost (who was born in San Francisco) to contemporary authors like Dave Eggers and Kim Addonizio, there is a …

5 reasons to visit Oakland, California

Boasting the best weather in the US and a burgeoning foodie and art scene, Oakland is stepping out of the shadows of its big sister, San Francisco, …

Berkeley typewriter shop stars in touching documentary

BERKELEY — If “California Typewriter” doesn’t make you almost cry, laugh or experience an unexpected desire to bear hug actor Tom Hanks, call the …

Road Trip: Mendocino to San Francisco, California

<b>Mile 35 | Point Arena: Small-Town Bliss</b><p>You may be shopping for real estate in this jewel of a town, especially after tucking in to pastries and …

Comic Con comes to San Jose

Storm troopers and superheroes will march into downtown San Jose this weekend for the second annual Silicon Valley Comic Con.<p>Apple founder Steve …

Silicon Valley

11 Instagram photos Bay Area nature lovers will love

In honor of the National Park Service platinum anniversary<p>Happy birthday, National Park Service. In honor of the federal agency’s 100th anniversary (which was actually yesterday, but we put this off just long enough to give your weekend plans a jump start), here’s a sampling of the Bay Area’s …

Bay Area things to do for fun off the beaten path

One of our favorite things about living in the Bay Area is, no matter how long you've lived here, there are always new things to discover. You could live here for decades and still have never visited Berkeley's secret hot tub, the brewery with the best views of San Francisco, or the East Bay …

Film-to-table dinners in Berkeley

It’s not unusual for date night to involve dinner and a movie, but the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is taking that one step …

A spectacular sight from Oakland Zoo’s California time capsule

OAKLAND — With a new exhibit and a doubling of its space over the next year, the Oakland Zoo will give visitors a look back in time, when condors, …

Wildlife

Massive whale formation gathers off Pt. Reyes

The whales are back, in full force.<p>More than 66 gray whales were spotted off Point Reyes on Saturday, the most so far this season.<p>National Park Service staff counted the migrating whales from the Point Reyes Lighthouse.<p>The enormous pod was heading north on its annual journey from winter breeding …

San Francisco artist festoons Redwood City with wildlife bearing flowers

New mural series commemorates Redwood City’s lost industry<p>San Francisco artist Jane Kim (no relation to the politician) has painted foxes on the walls of Facebook as an artist in residence and 350 million years worth of bird evolution on the walls of Cornell University.<p>Give her a wall and she’ll …

Saturday in Mountain View

3 Zen Principles That Will Rock Your World (And Make You Happier!)

There’s no guarantee that you’ll wake up tomorrow.<p>You may know this, but are you really living it?<p>I've spent some time ruminating on this and have …