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July 31

Filling meals and snacks for Disneyland trip

I'm making my annual solitary pilgrimage to Disneyland/California Adventure for 3 days in August. It's summer, and their diamond celebration is going on, so I anticipate mad crowds. I'd like to avoid eating in the park as much as possible. So what can I eat to keep me full (meals and snacks)? [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha around Anaheim, CA at 1:00 PM - 21 answers

July 30

Bathing in San Francisco

Along the same line as this post that inquires about bath houses in Los Angeles, I'm looking for a place to get clean in The City! [more inside]
posted by starscream around San Francisco, CA at 9:46 AM - 11 answers

July 21

Nighttime San Francisco for the introverted solo traveller

I'm going to be stopping in SF for a few nights next week (Sunday-Thursday) en route from London to Portland, and realise I've no real idea of what to do with myself in the evenings (daytime is fine)... [more inside]
posted by influx around San Francisco, CA at 2:15 PM - 18 answers

July 20

Where to host a small poetry reading in the Bay Area?

I'm publishing a chapbook of poems this month, and I'd like to do a short reading when I visit the SF Bay Area at the beginning of August. I'm looking for a small, intimate venue where I can host this public event. [more inside]
posted by rabbitbookworm around San Francisco, CA at 6:33 AM - 4 answers has best

July 16

Quality place for eyeglass frame adjustments in San Francisco?

Where can I find a good place to adjust eyeglass frames in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by suprenant around San Francisco, CA at 1:34 PM - 7 answers has best

July 10

Truckin' to Truckee; what to do, where to eat?

We'll be RV camping for one week in Truckee and will spend some time at Lake Tahoe with our kayaks, we're also bringing along some dual sport motorcycles (200 & 230cc's). We'll be attending a concert in Stateline one evening as well but what's fun to do with the rest of our time there in Truckee and where to go for good food when we don't feel like cooking?
posted by IpsoFacto around Truckee, CA at 3:59 PM - 6 answers has best

First Time Visiting LA - Any Must See Spots?

I will be visiting Los Angeles in September for the first time and staying for a week. I'm soliciting opinions on places to go and see while I am there. I enjoy photography so any scenic places would be first on my list. Thanks!
posted by QuietType around Los Angeles, CA at 12:49 PM - 12 answers

Help me plan a trip to Temecula!

Planning on taking my wife to Temecula in mid-October for our first anniversary. I know the gist of what's available (e.g. wine, hot air balloons), but are there any specific recommendations you have? [more inside]
posted by miltthetank around Temecula, CA at 12:06 PM - 5 answers has best

Two free days in San Diego for adults.

Two free days in San Diego next week with my 66 year-old mother. Assuming we're not going to visit Sea World/the Zoo/Legoland - what do you recommend we do (and where should we eat)? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones around San Diego, CA at 8:45 AM - 19 answers has best

July 4

Channel Islands off the CA coast, Santa Cruz island in particular

We're landing on Scorpion Anchorage (?!) around ten AM and leave from there at three PM. We've have only five hours to hike around. What should we do? What have you done?
posted by goofyfoot around Ventura, CA at 7:14 PM - 8 answers has best

June 30

San Francisco bike riding

I live down in Monterey but I have this Thursday off randomly and I'm thinking of doing the following: Driving up to Ft Funston with my bike, parking at Funston, riding to the Golden Gate Visitor's center, doing the SF Public Library walking tour and then riding back to Funston. Is this an insane idea or doable? [more inside]
posted by macfly around San Francisco, CA at 8:58 AM - 6 answers has best

June 26

Monterey vacation with a toddler

What are toddler-friendly things to do in the Monterey area? [more inside]
posted by whimwit around Monterey, CA at 7:50 AM - 8 answers has best

June 25

Hotel recommendations in SF for a romantic getaway?

My ladyfriend and I are going to San Francisco for a romantic getaway, and I'm trying to find the perfect hotel. Looking for something in the four star range, more or less. I can't seem to find any consistency in the hotel reviews except for the five-star hotels. Any recommendations? Views aren't necessary and I'm flexible with location, but a clean and comfortable (luxurious?) room is a must. Right now I'm looking at the Palace Hotel and the Argonaut, any thoughts on those?
posted by entropicamericana around San Francisco, CA at 7:29 AM - 20 answers has best

June 16

Driving SF to LA... where to stay?

My wife and I are going to take a short break on the West Coast, visiting friends in SF and LA on consecutive weekends and taking the week to drive between the two along the coast down Route 1. We've not been to that part of the world before, so we'd welcome recommendations on cool places to stay and visit.
posted by 43rdAnd9th around California at 1:40 PM - 20 answers

June 15

What unusual family entertainment is there in Los Angeles/San Francisco?

We - mum, dad and two teenage boys aged 13 and 17) - will be in Los Angeles for a few days at the end of July and San Francisco for a few days at the start of August. We'd like to spend one evening in either city letting someone else entertain us - a sporting event or a show - but we'd like it to be either a bit odd or typically Californian. (Or both!) [more inside]
posted by Beverley Westwood around California at 3:10 PM - 22 answers has best

June 13

Two days In LA

will be in LA for a week in late July but only 2 days are mine. Alone, staying near the Getty. As I have not been in this city for more than a day in 40 years and aside from seeing the Getty, would love any recommendations of food, entertainment, neighborhoods to walk (if such a thing even exists here).
posted by dougiedd around Los Angeles, CA at 11:52 AM - 14 answers

June 12

Where have all the off-ramps gone?

I commute on Central Expressway (County Route G6) between Santa Clara and Palo Alto CA daily and have a question as to it's history.... [more inside]
posted by Mr.Me around California at 11:41 AM - 4 answers has best

June 11

Yosemite National Park for the differently-abled

Taking a trip to Yosemite (yes, the park!) next month and some of us can't walk long distances. What are the best things to do that don't involve lots of walking or that don't depend on you being able to keep going? Like we're not going to wind up stranded in the wilderness because we used up our walking spoons earlier than expected. [more inside]
posted by bleep around California at 8:46 PM - 21 answers has best

Best Place To Catch Cable Car in San Francisco?

I have family coming to visit me in SF and they want to ride a cable car. I never take the cable cars and need advice. I always see a HUGE mass of people waiting in line at the cable car stop next to the Powell BART... How can we avoid that line? Is there a perfect stop to jump on that will have (a) shorter lines and (b) a good chance that nieces/nephews can hold on to the outside poles? We'll be walking all around the city so the exact location isn't important as long as it's a cable car with some cool hills. Thanks in advance!
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto around San Francisco, CA at 4:54 PM - 18 answers

June 3

Help me plan a 2-day SF itinerary

My parents are coming to visit me in the Bay Area next week. However, I live on the peninsula and am only familiar with a few parts of the city, which don't overlap much with the main tourist attractions. Help me plan a logical itinerary please? [more inside]
posted by serelliya around San Francisco, CA at 8:26 PM - 13 answers has best