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Whether you're sitting at your home computer, or viewing this website on your iPhone at the airport, you'll want to check out our travel articles about the San Francisco Bay Area. We cover the same topics you want to know: where to dine, where to go, which wineries to go tasting, which tours to take. From the tried-and-true to the new or offbeat, our local writers serve up their take on the Bay Area.

  • 4 Wineries That Offer Something Special
    • 4 Wineries That Offer Something Special
    • If you're a frequent traveler to the San Francisco Bay Area, you're probably a pro at wine tasting. But if you're looking for a new winery experience in Napa or Sonoma, we've got a few suggestions.
  • 8 Great Bay Area Hangouts
    • 8 Great Bay Area Hangouts
    • Here are some favorite local Bay Area attractions, according to people who actually live here. And we should know.
  • A Local's Take on Monterey Dining
    • A Local's Take on Monterey Dining
    • The Monterey Peninsula offers visitors numerous dining options that go beyond the usual clam chowder and fish and chips. Our local expert dishes on the best.
  • Affordable Napa - It's Not an Oxymoron
    • Affordable Napa - It's Not an Oxymoron
    • The Napa Valley is only an hour or so from San Francisco, but it's a world away. It has a reputation for being pricey, but we offer the top 10 ways to save money in Napa.
  • Best Cooking Schools in Wine Country
    • Best Cooking Schools in Wine Country
    • Want to cook like a pro? There's no better place to learn than Wine Country, where dining well is a way of life. Here are several culinary options, including the renowned Culinary Institute of America.
  • Best Places in San Francisco to Say "I Do"
    • Best Places in San Francisco to Say "I Do"
    • Whether you're planning a formal dinner reception for 300 or an intimate gathering for 30, it's important that your San Francisco wedding location be just right to celebrate your special day.
  • Best Wine Bars in San Francisco
    • Best Wine Bars in San Francisco
    • If you'd like to go wine tasting while in the Bay Area, you needn't travel to Napa or Sonoma. A proliferation of wine bars in San Francisco are as close as the nearest taxi.
  • Craft Cocktails in Napa Valley
    • Craft Cocktails in Napa Valley
    • There's an estimated 400 wineries in the Napa Valley, but if you're suffering from wine fatigue, try a restaurant that serves up delicious craft cocktails.
  • Dance It Out in San Francisco
    • Dance It Out in San Francisco
    • San Francisco is chock-full of fun places to dance the night away with live or DJ music. Here's our take on the city's club scene - best if you're under 40!
  • Dining in the East Bay - You Won't Go Hungry
    • Dining in the East Bay - You Won't Go Hungry
    • The East Bay's cuisine scene is wonderfully varied, as location-specific as its weather. Whether you seek ethnic food, fine dining or burger joints, there's a host of top-notch menus to choose from.
  • Discover Sonoma Valley Wineries
    • Discover Sonoma Valley Wineries
    • Only an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma Valley has a long tradition of wine-making. Along its scenic roads are many small, family-owned wineries and vineyards where you can sample Sonoma vintages at their best.
  • Exploring the Healdsburg Wine Road
    • Exploring the Healdsburg Wine Road
    • Only a short drive from San Francisco, Healdsburg is a charming town with a shady central plaza. Branching out from the square, you'll find more than 40 wineries to savor in one of Wine Country's prettiest locations.
  • Farm-Fresh Patio Dining in Sonoma Valley
    • Farm-Fresh Patio Dining in Sonoma Valley
    • Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma Valley is a mecca for fans of farm-fresh dining. Here you'll dine well, and with Sonoma's pleasant weather, you can dine outdoors for most of the year.
  • Fisherman's Wharf Restaurants in San Francisco
    • Fisherman's Wharf Restaurants in San Francisco
    • San Francisco's Fisherman’s Wharf seems to have timeless appeal. As you might expect, given its name, the wharf is surrounded by restaurants, some of them literally world-famous. This round-up will help you decide where to eat at Fisherman's Wharf.
  • Going to Napa? Do it right – and keep it local
    • Going to Napa? Do it right – and keep it local
    • Aside from a dream trip to Thailand or vacationing on your own private island, Wine Country should be pretty high up there on your travel to-do list. While planning such a trip can be pretty daunting; I’ve done you the favor of taste-tasting the West Co
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