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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.

  • Introducing San Jose
    • Introducing San Jose
    • Though culturally diverse and historic, San Jose has always been in San Francisco’s shadow, awash in Silicon Valley’s suburbia. Founded in 1777 as El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, San Jose is California’s oldest Spanish civilian settlement. Its
  • Kayaking Lake Tahoe
    • Kayaking Lake Tahoe
    • All of Lake Tahoe’s panoramic views of towering Sierra Nevada peaks set against a brilliant blue sky intensify while seated in a kayak.
  • Liquid Gold Flows at Sierra Nevada Wineries
    • Liquid Gold Flows at Sierra Nevada Wineries
    • Sierra Nevada wines have gained a stellar reputation over the years, and the wineries are accessible from Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Lake Tahoe. Many offer free tastings, and your host at the tasting bar is often the winemaker.
  • Love & Haight-Ashbury
    • Love & Haight-Ashbury
    • It's still "summer" in the Haight-Ashbury. This famous San Francisco area spreads the "love" around its famous blocks, where visitors can get a taste of their own (start with Ben & Jerry's).
  • Napa Valley hotel deals for the Flavor! wine and food fest
    • Napa Valley hotel deals for the Flavor! wine and food fest
    • If you're heading to Napa this fall for Flavor Napa Valley, the big food and wine extravaganza, you might want to check out the hotel packages that coincide with the festival, which runs Nov. 19-23. Several Napa Valley inns are offering a variety of speci
  • Napa Valley Relaxation at the Mount View Hotel in Calistoga
    • Napa Valley Relaxation at the Mount View Hotel in Calistoga
    • In the far north end of Napa Valley, on the main street of Calistoga, the Mount View Hotel is a boutique hotel with European flair in wine country. The hotel focuses on “the art of relaxation” and it does a good job at that, offering a calm and welco
  • San Francisco Restaurants That Stand the Test of Time
    • San Francisco Restaurants That Stand the Test of Time
    • Make your trip to San Francisco extra memorable by visiting the city's most historic restaurants, the ones with real staying power that have been delighting their patrons for decades on end. We figure they must be doing something right.
  • San Francisco View Restaurants
    • San Francisco View Restaurants
    • Many of San Franicsco's waterfront restaurants offer dining with a view. Here's a selection of top restaurants with views in San Francisco.
  • San Francisco Wine Tours
    • San Francisco Wine Tours
    • A short drive from San Francisco and you can see and taste Northern California’s prided wineries and vineyards. While most of these tours leave from the towns of Napa and Sonoma, a few offer tours via ferry and bus direct from San Francisco.
  • SoMa: The Other Side of Downtown San Francisco
    • SoMa: The Other Side of Downtown San Francisco
    • Cross Market Street from Union Square, and you'll find a lively area that combines art and commerce, with museums, galleries, restaurants, and clubs - all within walking distance of Moscone Center.
  • Sonoma County's Delectable Food Scene
    • Sonoma County's Delectable Food Scene
    • Sonoma County may be famous for its wine grapes, but its food scene is equal to any in the Bay Area. Locavores will feast here at dairies, farmers' markets, food festivals, and any number of top-notch restaurants.
  • To the Lees
    • To the Lees
    • It’s easy to have a crush on California Wine Country. From sweeping vineyards and picturesque mountains to revitalizing spas, cultural events, and activities, Napa Valley supplies visitors with the finer things in life.
  • Top 10 San Francisco Attractions
    • Top 10 San Francisco Attractions
    • San Francisco offers an overwhelming number of attractions. It can be hard to figure out what you want to do, especially if you're making a short visit. To help you sort things out, this list focuses on the most popular ones.
  • Walking Tours in San Francisco
    • Walking Tours in San Francisco
    • San Francisco is a dynamic city, rich with history, culture and modern attractions. The best way to experience it fully in a single visit is to get into its neighborhoods and walk around - and you'll get even more out of it if you take one of these popul
  • Where to Stay in Yosemite Valley
    • Where to Stay in Yosemite Valley
    • The best way to experience Yosemite Valley is to stay there! No matter your budget, there's a place to unpack that's just right for you.
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