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January 30

What's going on with 511 and Caltrain?

[Bay Area Public Transit Filter]. When I ask 511.org to show me transit from Palo Alto to Millbrae, it will not show me any Caltrains until Feb. 6th -- instead it will only show me buses. For example, here's it showing me only buses on Feb. 5th, whereas on Feb. 12 it shows me the right Caltrains. Has Caltrain screwed up its electronic schedule for the Super Bowl? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars around Palo Alto, CA at 10:27 AM - 2 answers

January 26

Go play in the snow.

Looking for a vacation spot where two families with 4 young children (between 2 and 6) can enjoy some outdoor winter activities. One family lives in Toronto and one family lives in Montreal, so ideally we'd meet somewhere in the middle, or at least on the west side of Ottawa. Where do you recommend we go during the first week of March? [more inside]
posted by keeo around Ontario, CA at 6:14 PM - 4 answers

January 25

How doable is commuting between Oakland and Palo Alto on public transit?

I’m considering a job that’ll significantly increase my commute. I live a block from the 12th St. Oakland station and currently take BART two stops to Embarcadero. Very easy. The potential new job is steps from the Palo Alto Caltrain station, which would mean my commute ups to: 12th St. to Millbrae on BART, then Millbrae to Palo Alto via Caltrain. This looks to be about 1.5hrs each way… minimum. [more inside]
posted by homesickness around Oakland, CA at 10:22 AM - 31 answers has best

January 15

Getting from Millbrae to Palo Alto before Caltrain is running

I don't have a car. I need to get to Palo Alto from the East Bay by 8:30 in the morning on a Saturday. I would prefer not to ride buses and trains for four hours. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick around San Francisco, CA at 7:11 PM - 7 answers

Turo Test

I'd like to try renting a car through Turo. My insurance covers rental cars (I live and will be driving the car in California); does this apply to cars rented through Turo? Tell me about your experiences with Turo--what should I know before I rent? [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat around California at 10:50 AM - 2 answers

January 14

Like Yosemite, but dog-friendly

I'd like to go on vacation in August somewhere that's similar to Yosemite (Sierra, wilderness, gorgeous). But! I'd like to bring my dog (as well as my husband and 4.5-year-old child). I'm not taking my dog to Yosemite. Also, no camping. [more inside]
posted by purpleclover around California at 2:16 PM - 8 answers

January 8

Los Angeles Parking violations, tips to avoid worst case scenario?

Ok, well I'm not looking for sympathy nor do I need a lecture, (yes, my screename is ironic since I'm in this embarrassing predicament) but it's past time for me to renew my registration at the DMV yearly here in Los Angeles, CA, and after imputing my plates and vin number I was shocked to find out I owe roughly 1500 in unpaid tickets, fees, penalties, etc. [more inside]
posted by HonestAsian around Los Angeles, CA at 5:30 PM - 11 answers

January 5

What should I do with one Saturday in LA? Plus subsidiary questions.

If all goes according to plan, I will be in LA for one Saturday in March (work related travel, spare day). I'll be downtown and will need either to walk, use a city bike or take whatever public transit there is. What should I do? What should I eat? Should I buy things, and if so, what? [more inside]
posted by Frowner around Los Angeles, CA at 1:55 PM - 27 answers

January 2

Where to get a Honda Civic 2012 key replaced in the East Bay?

What is the cheapest place in the East Bay (or beyond) to cut and program a key for my 2012 Honda Civic? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars around Oakland, CA at 6:24 PM - 5 answers

December 28, 2015

Give Me Your Koreatown-Centric Los Angeles Recommendations!

I'm spending tomorrow in Los Angeles with some family and friends. We usually park the car in a couple different places in some adjacent neighborhoods and explore denser neighborhoods on foot. We'd like suggestions for places to visit and things to do in Koreatown, Hollywood, and the surrounding areas (but not DTLA). [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana around Los Angeles, CA at 2:45 PM - 7 answers

December 27, 2015

BART parking on a weekday when you're not commuting

I stupidly said I'd go to South SF during the lunch hour on a couple of weekdays this week. I forgot that means I'm gonna have to use BART on a weekday and everything will be much more buggered than I'm used to on weekend travel. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon around San Francisco Bay Area, CA at 10:31 PM - 6 answers has best

December 17, 2015

California (and Oregon) roadtrip help, please!

Am very excitedly planning a few weeks in California/Oregon early next year. Aware it will be cold(ish). Would love some suggestions on how to maximise seeing natural beauty, although I'll be travelling by train... [more inside]
posted by considerthelilies around Weed, CA at 1:33 AM - 20 answers

November 26, 2015

Help me plan 5 hours in San Francisco

I have a long layover in SFO next week just before a very long trans-Pacific flight. Of the time I have there, I have about 5 hours total I can spend in the city (after transport each way). I have two goals: tire out my 1-year-old, and meet up with some friends for drinks and snacks. Can you help me plan where to go for these? [more inside]
posted by olinerd around San Francisco, CA at 12:55 PM - 12 answers has best

November 21, 2015

Conan! What is good in Sacramento?

After I have crushed my enemies, seen them driven before me, and all that kind of thing... I'm going to want some food. I am a special snowflake traveler. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax around Sacramento, CA at 7:22 PM - 9 answers

November 20, 2015

What's the best way to get from Oakland to Santa Cruz without a car?

I'm going to be in Oakland (visiting family) and need to get to Santa Cruz (Scotts Valley) on a Sunday, and I won't have a car. What's the least expensive way to do it in a reasonable amount of time?
posted by swheatie around San Francisco Bay Area, CA at 10:45 AM - 7 answers

November 9, 2015

Staying at Berkeley Marina for 3 nights - where to go, what to do?

I'm traveling for work to Berkeley/Berkeley Marina (staying at the Doubletree) this week and will have 3 late afternoons/nights to myself this coming Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I'm leaving Sunday morning. On Thursday I arrive at the SFO airport before 1 pm so I've got the whole day after that. Friday I will be in UC Berkeley until 5pm so I'd like to check that area out while I'm up there. Saturday I'll be staying at the marina and free after 5pm. [more inside]
posted by lafemma around Berkeley, CA at 8:07 AM - 16 answers has best

October 30, 2015

Beach Cafes In/Near Los Angeles?

I am still on the hunt for the perfect cafe in or around Los Angeles (preferably with a view of the ocean) where my husband and I can go read our books while sipping coffee. Google shows me lots of expensive beachside restaurants, but that is not what I am after. Outside Los Angeles within a 1-2 hour drive is fine, too.
posted by Atrahasis around Los Angeles, CA at 3:03 PM - 9 answers has best

October 17, 2015

Fresh air. Birds singing. All that crap.

Ideas for a relaxing lakeside vacation in California (and surrounding areas)? [more inside]
posted by downtohisturtles around California at 1:58 PM - 6 answers

October 12, 2015

Tasty rest stops between Santa Cruz and South Lake Tahoe?

My husband and I are heading up to Lake Tahoe (South Lake to be specific) on Wednesday, coming back on Saturday, and we're looking for stuff to eat and see along the way. [more inside]
posted by marylynn around California at 5:24 PM - 9 answers has best

October 6, 2015

Any travel suggestions for the central coast of California? With dog.

Need a quick getaway from LA after I meet several deadlines next week. I'm planning to visit a friend in Cambria Friday and Saturday but would like to hit the road and see Monterey, Carmel and/or Santa Cruz (or somewhere else you might suggest in the area) on Sunday. [more inside]
posted by parkerposey around Bakersfield, CA at 6:42 PM - 9 answers has best