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Locals only: These are our favorite Bay Area day trips

Our favorite Bay Area day trips<p>Sometimes a day trip can be just as rejuvenating as a bigger vacation. Fortunately for us, the Bay Area has seemingly endless mini getaway options within a 1-to-3 hour drive.<p>One of the many things we love about living in the Bay Area is how quickly we can find a …

Best outdoor bars and restaurants in San Francisco

For those gorgeous SF days and nights when being inside just won't do

San Francisco

Bay Area places where famous people are buried

Here's where to find California's changing leaves

When and where to view the fall foliage in Northern California<p>The foliage season is really starting to bloom across Northern California according to CaliforniaFallColor.com, which compiles a weekly update of current conditions across the state.<p>This weekend in the Eastern Sierra conditions are at …

Hiking

5 Wineries With Intoxicating Patio Tastings in Napa and Sonoma

Wine may be the way of life in Napa and Sonoma counties, but on gorgeous country days, an indoor cellar or tasting room doesn't always feel like the …

California's Classic Road Trip: The Pacific Coast Highway

Most of my family's travel is international, but when my son suggested driving the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco down to Los Angeles, we couldn't resist.<p>Our first stop was Stanford University. Staying at the newly-opened Clement hotel in Palo Alto was a dream. The rooms, pool and gym are …

Ronald Reagan

15 Incredible Swimming Holes in Northern California

With global warming going the way it is, temperatures this summer might even get into the 90s! There are so many great rivers, lakes, and ponds to …

Must-Do Road Trips to Make Summer 2016 Unforgettable

Photo courtesy of Booking.com<p>There’s a palpable excitement that fills the air as summer approaches. The season promises long sunny days, …

Five Winter Getaways We Love Near San Francisco

Escape is just a short drive away.<p>Winter in the San Francisco Bay Area means many things. To the north, it means a romantic crowd-free weekend in …

Fort Bragg

33 books everyone should read before turning 30

While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way.<p>To help you out, we've selected some of our favorite books that likely never made your high-school or college reading lists.<p>It's an eclectic selection …

Books

19 fun ways to celebrate fall in California

With temperatures in the 90s lately, it sure doesn't feel like fall. But a check of the calendar verifies that it is, technically, the season of crisp breezes, falling leaves and pumpkin spice-everything.<p>In honor of fall (and of hopefully declining temperatures), we've picked 19 fun activities to …

GOLDMAN CEO: Here's the secret to moving up the ranks without making people nervous

"Can you explain when early on you had to decide 'I want to be CEO' or people noticed it in you? And what kind of things they noticed so you didn't become complacent and OK with just [vice president] or [managing director] or whatever—I know that's great success—but CEO..." the intern asked during …

Goldman Sachs

10 things successful leaders remember when things go wrong

Whether it's a failure of planning, a bad judgment call, or an accident of fate, trouble eventually comes to every leader. And that's when leadership really matters.<p>Here are the principles that can guide you through the next storm:<p>Our reactions and moods are like a steering wheel that can move us …

Motivation

SoMa’s Mourad now open for lunch - Inside Scoop SF

Related Links<p>Mourad Lahlou reaches beyond Morocco in new restaurant, Mourad<p>A new path to Morocco<p>At just six-months-old, <b>Mourad Lahlou</b>‘s modern Moroccan namesake has garnered high praise, including a three-star review from Michael Bauer and a spot on The Chronicle’s annual Top 100 Restaurants list …

Our favorite pizza in the Bay Area

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San Francisco staycation ideas

Thinking about sticking around town next time you have a couple of days off? Here are some fun ways to spend your time.

San Francisco

5 New Travel Startups to Make Summer Travel Superb

This week’s travel startup watch looks at startups wanting to improve various aspects of summer-related travel from how vacations are booked to how …

Tourism

New photos showcase best trailhead in America: Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows

This series of photographs from last weekend showcase some of the amazing backcountry near Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. They were taken by field scout and historian Richard Degraffenreid.<p>The Tuolumne Meadows area, perched at an elevation of 8,600 feet on Tioga Road in the high …

Hidden wonders of S.F.’s Financial District

San Francisco’s Financial District can seem forbidding from afar, steep walls of stone and glass forming shadowy canyons. Then you enter — voila! — and discover that the architectural landscape teems with life.<p>Marble cherubs float above your head. Mythological creatures pop out from walls. There’s …

Marin County: another world just a few miles away

Our daughter, Emily, was 4 when we spent our first week in a summer rental on Stinson Beach. My husband, Allen, and I packed up our car on a Friday afternoon and drove from the East Bay over Mount Tam on Panoramic Highway. The trip took 45 minutes.<p>Within 60 minutes, we were walking on the warm …

Wine

How to make money the startup way

Startups

27 Underrated U.S. Vacation Spots You Should Visit Before You Die

Did your favorite hidden gem make the list?<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Lake Superior

The best dishes from the Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants - Inside Scoop SF

Hungry for fried chicken or a great burger? Love pizza? Trying to find the freshest oysters in town? Want to be enticed by an exciting combination you’ve probably never had before?<p>It’s all here in my top dishes from the Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants, a guide that was was published yesterday in …

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The Hiker’s Jacket

The definition of “softshell” has always been fuzzy and ambiguous. And these days it means pretty much whatever a brand wants it to mean. If it’s a shell and it’s softish and it’s not full-on waterproof, it can be tossed in the giant box called softshell. With that kind of fluidity, we as buyers …

Weekend Drive up the CA Coast to Carmel

Take a drive up the California coast to Carmel.<p>Do yourself a favor and stop in Cambria along the way. Their beaches are truly another one of California's best kept secrets. This town is such a surprising treat with lots of antique shops and unusual art. One of my favorite places here is The …

Classic Cars

The Best California Weekend Road Trips

There is something really harsh about the beginning of a new year. We all need something to look forward to. Are you ready to get out of town? While you may not be able to take time off from work, there's always the weekend. Hop in the car, put on your favorite music playlist and drive to one of …

California

Sur Thing

When talking to a local about the magic of California, Big Sur will inevitably find its way into the conversation before too long, And it can't <i>not</i>: …

California