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Marin County. Easy getaway near San Francisco.

Marin County. Easy getaway near San Francisco.

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When the frigid fog rolls into San Francisco, locals head across the Golden Gate Bridge to hike, bike or drive to Marin County where the wether is sunnier and the temperatures are warmer.     Although Marin was the birthplace of George Lucas’ Obi Wan Kenobi and home to the Grateful Dead, it is the […]

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San Francisco Locals Share the 6 Best Things to Do

San Francisco Locals Share the 6 Best Things to Do

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By Marybeth Bond/GutsyTraveler The tourist season, when we have lots of out-of-town visitors is almost here and we’re gearing up for it.  Here are our suggestions of where to go beyond “must see” tourist places: Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Ghirardelli, and The Golden Gate Bridge. Free Wildlife Viewing. PIER 39  Watch mammoth sea lions cavort in the […]

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Best Walks in San Francisco. Secrets From the Locals.

Best Walks in San Francisco. Secrets From the Locals.

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The best walks in San Francisco are free.  As local residents, here are our secrets. Golden Gate Bridge Walk The Golden Gate Bridge is the icon of San Francisco and is considered to be one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Luckily, visitors have the opportunity to walk across the 1.7 miles span […]

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Mellow Mendocino – A favorite San Francisco getaway

Mellow Mendocino – A favorite San Francisco getaway

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There are many reasons San Franciscans drive north along the rugged, dramatic coast to Mendocino. With so may San Francisco-based IfOnly experiences, its hard to believe anyone would ever want to stray. Some of us seek distance from our stressed lives; others room for romance, or quiet for renewal. I go with my dog and […]

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Five Easy Hikes in San Francisco

Five Easy Hikes in San Francisco

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With over 40 hilltops (and 70 by some accounts), San Francisco is the second hilliest city in the world. While we residents are accustomed to our unusual topography, visitors can get weak in the knees just thinking about some of our epic ascents. As the founder of Urban Hiker SF, it’s my job and my pleasure […]

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Why I Rappelled 23 Stories Down the Hyatt Regency for Outward Bound

Why I Rappelled 23 Stories Down the Hyatt Regency for Outward Bound

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My friends all thought I was crazy. “Climbers fall you know. Splat — on the pavement. That could be you,” I was warned. After all, I’m not a so young any more and  I had never rappelled off a skyscraper. Nor had I ever done a “free” rappel — you have no with the […]

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My Favorite Walks in San Francisco

My Favorite Walks in San Francisco

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Despite its reputation for dizzying hills, San Francisco is a town for walking. Every weekend for seven years when I lived in San Francisco, I laced up my comfiest walking shoes and headed for varied neighborhoods and parks. Try a few of these walks and you too will be struck by the juxtaposition of urbanity and […]

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The 10 Cities with the Most Pride

The 10 Cities with the Most Pride

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From Miami to Honolulu and every town in between, people are generally very proud of the place they are from. But what makes the citizens of a certain city passionate about it? For one, it has to have character; something that is unique to that city that one won’t find anywhere else. Second, the positive […]

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Foodie Friday: Grilled Oysters, Marin Farmers Market

Foodie Friday: Grilled Oysters, Marin Farmers Market

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One of the best ways to shop and eat in the Bay Area is at a farmers market. One of my favorites to frequent is the Marin Farmers Market, which happens to be the third largest farmers market in California. It has grown since its opening in 1987 to house nearly 200 local farmers at […]

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Best Romantic Spots in San Francisco to Steal a Kiss

Best Romantic Spots in San Francisco to Steal a Kiss

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From sunsets on the beach to expansive views of the city by the bay, here’s some local expertise  on great romantic places to kiss around San Francisco. Here are a few of my favorites. 1. The Marin Headlands  is open space above the Golden Gate Bridge and a perfect place to watch the sunset with […]

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