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San Francisco Institutions: At Least 100 Years Old

San Francisco didn’t really get settled until the Gold Rush began in 1848, yet some of the same businesses that started then are still kicking today. The 1906 Earthquake meant a lot of the original establishments were rebuilt, but the following businesses have existed in some shape or form for at least 100 years. Meet some San Francisco institutions that have withstood the test of time.

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August 28, 2015 by
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Ten Lesser-Known Stops to Add to a Trip to Northern California

When planning a trip to Northern California, spots like San Francisco and Napa and Sonoma wine country are must-sees on most itineraries. There’s no arguing they’re great destinations. But when visiting the Golden State, especially for the first time, it’s important to remember that California, the third largest state in land area, is a big place. Taking Southern California out of the picture helps a bit, but truth be told, that still leaves plenty of nooks and crannies to keep you busy. Save some time for the lesser known stops; you never know when you might strike gold.

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August 11, 2015 by
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Squaw Valley Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest

Squaw Valley Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest

The City by the Bay is a great place to spend the summer because there’s always something fun to do in town. In addition to its usual tourist sites, San Francisco has a grand reputation for arts and music. If you’re looking to journey just beyond San Francisco once you’ve seen the sites, then head over to Squaw Valley for this year’s hot musical event. Just outside of Tahoe, Squaw Valley is only a four-hour drive inland and just east of Sacramento. This could also make a great road trip.

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August 4, 2015 by
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Eating Your Way Through North Beach on a Food and Wine Tour

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My mom has done so much for me throughout my life so for Mother’s Day I could think of no better way to celebrate her than to treat her to a Taste of North Beach Evening Food and Wine Tour. Having lived in the Bay Area our whole lives, my family is quite accustomed to being in San Francisco. That being said, we hadn’t spent a whole lot of time in the North Beach neighborhood. We’ve seen performances of the iconic Beach Blanket Babylon nearby, and loomed in the doorway of beatnik staples like the City Lights Bookstore, but we’ve never taken advantage of the food offerings. But after this tour with our gracious hostess Margherita, we won’t be making that mistake again!

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August 4, 2015 by
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25 Things Every San Franciscan Should Do at Least Once

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Big adventures don’t have to mean going far from home. Check out the San Francisco Local Challenge list below for more ideas on amazing adventures and things to do in your own city.  Download the list here!    1. See Beach Blanket Babylon, San Francisco’s longest-running show 2. Bike over the Golden Gate Bridge or explore the city’s […]

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July 24, 2015 by
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Public Art in San Francisco

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One of the cultural capitals of California, and the country, San Francisco has long been known as a creative city, home to artists and innovators since before the Beat Generation took hold in the 1950s. While the tech industry is changing the shape of the City by the Bay, art will never go away, and the large-scale public installations flanking the streets, forests and waterfront area a constant reminder. Here’s some of the best public art in San Francisco, free for all to see outdoors.

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July 24, 2015 by
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The Best Hilltop Views in San Francisco

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With more than 50 hills, from the nub under Coit Tower to soaring Mount Davidson, San Francisco is considered the second hilliest city in the world. Some are right in the metropolis while others feel worlds away. If you’re after the loftiest vantage points over the City By the Bay, look no further than these top nine hilltop views in San Francisco.

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July 21, 2015 by
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Where to Eat Now: Mourad

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One of the must buzzed-about restaurants to open in San Francisco this year, Mourad is also one of the best.  Chef owner Mourad Lahlou has been a fixture on the Bay Area culinary scene for two decades, drawing on his Moroccan background but adding a northern Californian sensibility. Now he’s combined the two in sexy Mourad, […]

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June 23, 2015 by
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Best Road Trips From San Francisco

Road trips from San Francisco

After a few days in the City by the Bay, you’ve likely spent time on trolleys and bikes or on foot, so you might be itching to hop behind the wheel and explore one of California’s most celebrated routes: Highway One. There’s much to explore beyond this scenic coastal byway, though. In a reasonable drive, you can reach exciting places such as Sonoma and Napa valleys, with their iconic wineries; Lake Tahoe with its world-class skiing; and even Sequoia National Park. This grants you plenty of time to explore. Here’s a look at what’s nearby and a few destinations worth a longer trip.

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June 17, 2015 by
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8 Foods and Drinks Invented in San Francisco

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San Francisco’s food scene is not a new phenomenon. The City by the Bay has been concocting interesting bites and libations for hundreds of years. Here are eight of the most popular foods and drinks invented in San Francisco: 1. Cioppino San Francisco’s bouillabaisse or burrida, cioppino is a tomato-based seafood stew that arrived with […]

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June 15, 2015 by
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