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- The Ritz Carlton Half Moon BayOne Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019recommended The Ritz Carlton Half Moon BayThis place has the best view in the bay area! The hotel is located in one of the most beautiful beaches in the bay, on top of a cliff, with great hiking trails around it and an amazing golf course. ... read moreIt's a great place for a brunch with a beautiful ocean view and a nice buffet..Comment.20 days ago. Report
- Bedwell Bayfront ParkMarsh Road, Menlo Park, Californiarecommended Bedwell Bayfront ParkThere are several great photos of this park on http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/bedwell-bayfront-park-menlo-park?select=RBFzTDu3jE-Cm4Ln1xlSXQ#bPohUOPFl33e2Fblq5SqyA They also have a guided route where ... read moreyou can visit the rock formations and learn their meanings. It's well described in the above link, and I have enjoyed walking there.Judith Hoelscher
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recommended South San FranciscoThe Sign Hill Park, a small park on Popular Ave @ Rocca Ave. It's in a residential area & FREE street parking is available on Popular & Rocca Ave. is one that many people have seen from a distance, ... read morebut few have ever gone to. You can see it from the Hwy 101 freeway between the San Francisco Airport and Candlestick Park, on the left side. It says "South San Francisco" "The Industrial City" and the words are spelled out in 40-60' letters made of cement. There is a fun but rather steep path around the words as well as great views of the Bay.Judith Hoelscher
I would like to put the Sign Hill Park as the title instead of South San Francisco, but could not get the program to add this new location. Thanks
- Stanford UniversityStanford University,Stanford,CArecommended Stanford UniversityThis beautiful campus has many fine buildings and elegant grounds, but the most striking is the Rodan Sculpture gardens, including The Thinker, and the Gate to Hell as two of the most popular ones. ... read moreThe view from the Tower is a 360 panorama complete with a docent who is happy to explain what you are looking at.
recommended PescaderoHead over the foothills to the small town and beach of Pescadero. Pescadero State Beach (read parking lot, toilets, and trash cans) is a wide, clean expanse of sand that's popular with locals--when I ... read morelived in Palo Alto, I'd go there at least a couple times a month. And don't miss the artichoke bread from Arcangeli Grocery Store--perfect for a picnic on the beach (and to take home too!).
recommended Little Farm, Tilden Regonal ParkLittle Farm is free petting zoo in Tilden Park, a huge park just beyond the Berkeley hills. Located near the northern entrance, Little Farm is, well, a little farm with a bunch of pettable animals ... read morelike cows, sheep, goats, piglets, bunnies, and all sorts of farm birds (turkeys, chickens, roosters, ducks....). Visitors are welcome to feed the animals (BYO celery and lettuce), and rangers are typically on-hand to answer questions or bring roaming animals closer to little hands. Afterwards, kids can go for a spin on the nearby carousel ($2) and they (and you) also might enjoy the small Environmental Education Center onsite. Be sure to check out the gorgeous views of San Francisco and the Bay on the winding road to/from the park too.
- Cantor Arts Center Stanford University328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA, United Statesrecommended Cantor Arts Center Stanford UniversityLocated on Stanford University's gorgeous campus, the Cantor Arts Center is one of Northern California's best-kept secrets: for starters, it has the largest collection of Rodin bronzes outside of ... read moreParis; its permanent collection has works of art dating from the contemporary to the 1200s, from every continent in the world; fascinating temporary exhibits are mounted throughout the year; there are regular docent tours; and it's free!
- Alpine Inn3915 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, CArecommended Alpine InnA great place to stop by and hang out. It's casual and it's comfortable as an old friend. The people watching and outdoor ambience is worth the trip alone. The burgers and fries are also very good. ... read more
- Dutch Goose3567 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Menlo Park, CArecommended Dutch GooseA Menlo Park institution and a place of some very nice memories. I like the local ambiance and the very good food (and beer) matches nicely. And now with fries being offered (in addition to those ever ... read morefine deviled eggs), what are you waiting for?
- Richmond Plunge1711 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, CA, United Statesrecommended Richmond PlungeThe Richmond Municipal Natatorium, affectionately known as The Plunge, is a historic swim center in the Point Richmond neighborhood. The Plunge was created through a bond issue in 1926.. At that time, ... read moreit was a "state of the art" two-story building with an indoor warm water swimming pool double the size of an Olympic pool, a fountain, observation balconies, and an open truss ceiling reminiscent of the Sutro Baths in San Francisco. It was closed in August 2001 for seismic retrofitting and reopened in August 2010 after a community-wide restoration effort. When I was raising my step-daughters, this was our Family swim center. I love the architecture, the wide open feel, and of course the spacious and warm water. I even have a Richmond Plunge Christmas Tree Ornament that I treasure.
- USS Hornet707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 PO Box 460, Alameda, CA 94501recommended USS HornetNeat place, a cool ship, and a lot of Naval history to behold. I went here for a New Year's Eve Party and had a great time. It's also worth the drive out to see what once was regarding the old Alameda ... read moreNaval Station. Great views of the City too.
- Golden Gate Fields1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley, CA 94710recommended Golden Gate FieldsI'm not much of a gambler, but it is fun to watch the ponies run and have just a few dollars riding on it. The dollar day promotion on Sunday is a real plus as well. Stunning views too! My employer ... read morealso sponsored a team event here at the Turf Club and a great time was had by all! I'm usually "down below" so this was a real treat. The facilities are very nice and the buffet was excellent. And the seating "behind the glass" was pretty cool. We even got to go down after one of the races and have photo taken with the winning jockie. All things being equal, an extention of the Eastshore State Park would be nice and I'm anything but a "pro mall" person. However, GG Fields continues to be an asset to the community (taxes and contriubutions, help with the Bay Trail and the Softball Fields, for example) and this neighbour is glad they are here.
- The Cheese Board Pizza Collective1512 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CArecommended The Cheese Board Pizza CollectiveGreat Pizza (especially the crust) at a very good price. They do great things with vegetarian combinations, some of which don't always suit me. I usually get a half pie (light bake), take it home and ... read morewash it down with a nice beer or a glass of wine. On the Bakery Side there's a robust selection of cheese and the best Corn Cherry Scones ever. Don't be intimidated by the crowds, as the line moves quickly. And viewing the Berkeley wildlife is a real bonus.
- Berkeley Repertory Theatre2025 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United Statesrecommended Berkeley Repertory TheatreI've seen many productions here including "Wishful Drinking", American Idiot, Compulsion, and many others. Berkeley Rep is a first class facility and the East Bay is lucky to be able to enjoy these ... read morequality productions. The only thing missing form Gayle and me are Season Tickets.
- Standard & Strange484A 49th St Oakland, CA 94609recommended Standard & StrangeI'm a big fan of Machus in Portland Oregon on SE Burnside. This and Justin's former store on SE Hawthorne (Local 35) feature a hip selection of modern clothing and accessories. Standard & Strange has ... read morethat same feel and style, albeit in a smaller Temescal Alley Space. I've visited the shop several times and like how the stores selections have evolved. The latest addition of waxed canvas bag were particularly handsome.Eric Brink
- McSweeneys849 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA, United Statesrecommended McSweeneysMcSweeney's is an American publishing house founded by editor Dave Eggers. My first introduction to this work was Panorama, otherwise known as Issue 33 of McSweeney's Quarterly. It was a brilliant ... read moreone-time-only and Sunday-edition sized reimaging of the daily newspaper. Since that time, I have subscribed to the Quarterly series and am currently reading "The End of Major Combat Operations" by Nick McDonell as part of McSweeney's #34. Gayle and I had the pleasure of hearing Dave Eggers speak at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek. He appeared as the kick-off event for the Contra Costa Library's Summer Reading Festival. He was introduced by the talented "guybrarian" Bill Kolb, and arrived as a casual and accessible everyman, who is just like us. He was funny, humble, inspiring, seemingly all over the map subject-wise, but always in control and engaged. That included great story telling and enough readings and references to the his new book (Zeitoun), that I was amongst the first in line to buy a copy after the event had concluded. And after experiencing Dave Eggers in person, who wouldn't want to read a real story about an All-American family that happened to be Muslim? Thinking back on the event days later, I was also struck by: His 826 Valencia writing, tutoring, and pirate supply center (Argh!). It's one of those clear examples of Tzedakah that has me thinking of what I should be doing. His emphasis on human interaction and written communication over today's digital "borgification" alternative. Even Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek:TNG read hard cover books. Resistance is not futile. His advice to aspiring writers. I especially liked his opinion that subscribing to a guilt-based religion helps the creative juices.Eric Brink
Local Literature and a nice park across the street.
- Jewelry Plus Enterprises Steve Padis888 Brannan Street #165, San Francisco, CArecommended Jewelry Plus Enterprises Steve PadisGayle and I returned to Steve Padis Jewelry at 888 Brannan to add a band to her engagement ring and to pick out a ring for me. As usual, everything was relaxed, interactive, and low pressure. Steve ... read morePadis Jewelry really does want to make the right sale. Gayle found a couple of nice diamond-accented bands and we both loved a gold weave band with silver accents for me. The price was right and after a short wait, the rings were buffed up and ready to go.Eric Brink
- Manor Coffee Shop321 West Portal Avenue # A, San Francisco, CArecommended Manor Coffee ShopGayle sometimes notices that I live in the past. During vacations back in Iowa, I'll go back and visit the old High School and other haunts. I'll also collect things like the old calendar that my Dad ... read moreused to give out at the service station he once owned. And speaking of that, I can recognize an old gas station turned other business a mile away. And if you stop by the Manor Coffee Shop, I just might be one of those "old" people at the Counter enjoying my comfort food. This place has a cool retro diner vibe and for the most part I'm here for the burgers, a slice a pie, kitschy collections of stuff, and linoleum for as far as the eye can see. Sometimes old school is good, especially when it's recreated so well at the Manor Coffee Shop. The only thing missing from the appropriately dressed Asian staff is someone to call me "Hon".Eric Brink
And West Portal
- Farley's1315 18th Street, San Francisco, CArecommended Farley'sFarley's is my benchmark on which I measure other coffee houses. And if I look at their recent "franchising" into the East Bay, their java vision has appeared to have traveled well. Farley's had me ... read moreyears ago starting with the Lincoln Logs, magazines, and a cool "living room" environment. They also do black coffee (and the right nosh to go with it) very well. Beyond that, I love the somewhat hard to find Potrero Hill location, the warm interior and hangout comfort, and the fun and sometimes educational people watching and conversation. Best of all is that with all the shiny new things out there, this Farley's keeps staying who they are. It's a place that I could spend hours (and have).Eric Brink
One of the classic SF Coffee houses.
- Tartine Bakery600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110
- Savoy Tivoli1434 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA
recommended Kirby CoveAbsolutely amazing spot. Park your car at the bunker next to the highway, and follow the winding dirt road, down down down to the shore. Spectacular view of the Golden Gate bridge, and a little beach ... read moreto hang out on. Alternatively try to reserve day use or camping permits online, but they are extremely competitive to obtain.
- Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant1000 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA
- Zeitgeist199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
- El Rio3158 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110recommended El RioA top spot for some cheap beer and a good place to meet some grungy locals. Come with tats exposed and a hoody for charm. Great outside decked garden called "el patio" in the back. It used to be a ... read morecool neighborhood bar, but now pulls in people from around the city. Cash only.