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January 20

A Cluster of Logistical Miniquestions for an Upcoming First Trip to L.A.

My wife and I are heading to L.A. for the first time later this week, and we're stoked to see all the gnarly rad things (people talk like that in L.A., right?). But we have a few nuts and bolts questions. [more inside]
posted by the phlegmatic king around Los Angeles, CA at 7:24 AM - 23 answers has best

January 19

Can I rent a car at SFO and return in the city the next day after 6 PM?

I am traveling to SF in a few weeks, arriving mid-afternoon on Thursday at SFO. I am planning to drive to Davis the same day, spending the Friday at UCD, and drive back to SF around 6 PM, where I'll stay. Ideally, I would not have to drive to SFO and shlep back to downtown, but return the car in the city that same Friday evening, or first take a cab downtown upon arrival to a local rental company that does offer (somewhat) later returns. To my surprise, it appears to be impossible to return a rental car in SF after 6 PM to a company that offers pickup at SFO. What am I missing? [more inside]
posted by gijsvs around San Francisco, CA at 1:59 PM - 8 answers

January 10

Anything worth seeing/doing near the Staples Center before a Laker game?

Tomorrow night I will enjoy my first home Lakers game against my beloved Trailblazers. Is there anything in particular I should know in advance to prepare me for this? Is there anything in particular I should see or visit nearby in LA Live or the vicinity? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 around Los Angeles, CA at 12:43 PM - 18 answers has best

January 5

Former Residents of Snowland seek Snow in California

My husband and I would like to do a 4 or 5 day trip up to the (Northern California) mountains in the next couple months for some relaxing and playing in snow which neither of us have seen a few years. Access to skiing not needed or desired. We're looking for recommendations of towns or even of specific AirBNB/VRBO listings that we can use to have some Winter this year. [more inside]
posted by brainmouse around San Francisco, CA at 10:57 AM - 13 answers

December 23, 2014

ISO Inexpensive Parking at SF's Fisherman's Wharf

I'm looking for inexpensive over-night parking in or near Fisherman's Wharf for Christmas night. We'll be taking 2 cars, but our hotel only allows parking for one. [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze around San Francisco, CA at 8:13 AM - 4 answers has best

December 18, 2014

Flying into LAX on Dec 25th, with kid, long layover: argh. Advice?

My family including young kids (aged five and up) is flying into LAX on Dec 25th, arriving at around 6:30 AM after a fifteen-hour flight from Australia. We have a seven hour layover. What should I expect from LA traffic on that day? What, if anything, will be open? How easy will it be to call cabs? Any recommendations for kid-friendly things to do, bearing in mind the time constraints, possibly-grumpy kids?
posted by a post by a post posted by at at around Los Angeles, CA at 9:09 PM - 12 answers

December 12, 2014

Is it safe to drive to Daly City tomorrow?

We were planning to go to Dickens Fair at the Cow Palace tomorrow, but...y'know, Stormageddon happened. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon around Daly City, CA at 9:56 AM - 6 answers

November 24, 2014

Hotels in San Diego over Thanksgiving weekend?

Please share your good experiences with hotels in San Diego!! I'm looking for recommendations for family (two adults and a three and half year old) that will likely be visiting this weekend. [more inside]
posted by pseudoname around San Diego, CA at 6:34 PM - 7 answers

November 21, 2014

Chico/Paradise/Lake Oroville: off-the-grid camping spots to recommend?

Hi folks, we have a tradition (this is year six!) that every Thanksgiving we take our boys camping (and cooking) over the holiday break. It's been an awesome tradition, and we've recently relocated to the Bay Area from SoCal and are looking forward to the first year of a new range for our Thankscamping. Your insight about the area would be very helpful! [more inside]
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel around Paradise, CA at 9:10 PM - 3 answers has best

What is Thanksgiving in Los Angeles like?

My wife and I (from Toronto) will be in Los Angeles all next week. Being Canadian, we only realized yesterday that this means we'll be there on Thanksgiving weekend. [more inside]
posted by renderthis around Los Angeles, CA at 5:54 AM - 17 answers has best

November 17, 2014

What should we do in LA on Thanksgiving?

My girlfriend and I are going to LA for Thanksgiving week and since we're not going down to join in any particular gathering, I wanted to query the hivemind for good things to do on Thanksgiving day. Are there any cool restaurants or events we should be booking now? [more inside]
posted by Cogito around Los Angeles, CA at 8:51 PM - 4 answers

November 14, 2014

Tips on planning the perfect disneyland trip on a budget

2 adults, 3 girl kids (2,4,6) want to venture to Disneyland for Christmas, because: 1. Frozen 2. No family nearby to spend the holidays with 3. One kid turns 6 on Christmas eve 4. Frozen Please help me plan the perfect trip on a budget. [more inside]
posted by ramix around Anaheim, CA at 11:47 AM - 20 answers has best

November 9, 2014

Help me maximize a last-minute trip to Disneyland.

We're going to Disneyland tomorrow. We haven't done any advance planning. I don't have a lot of time today to devote to research, either, so I thought I'd ask if anyone can brain-dump a quick-and-dirty way to shave some time off the inevitable waiting. More detail and explicit instructions are better. [more inside]
posted by palliser around Anaheim, CA at 9:02 AM - 15 answers has best

November 7, 2014

Help me double-check that all my car-buying-ducks are in a row?

Sweetie and I are in the market for a used car in California. We found, via a used car display agency, a car that we both like. Difficulty level: Private seller, plates and registration from South Carolina. Can you help us figure out what our fees will be and how they might differ if the car were registered in California? [more inside]
posted by kalessin around California at 8:24 AM - 5 answers has best

October 29, 2014

A Bay Area DIY writer's retreat on the cheap?

Help me discover a place in the greater Bay Area I can go for a few days to focus on a writing project. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine around San Francisco Bay Area, CA at 12:11 PM - 6 answers has best

October 27, 2014

Silver Lake Secrets (and Echo Park and Los Feliz)

Hello LA Mefites! I'm headed back to LA for Halloween weekend and am looking for some neighborhood-specific knowledge as we are staying in Silver Lake and want to keep driving to a (relative) minimum. Cheap eats and artistic and offbeat offerings are especially welcome. We are also free on Saturday night (November 1) if you know of any good goings-on. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog around Los Angeles, CA at 10:18 AM - 10 answers

October 14, 2014

URGENT: AHH! I need to a place to stay? San Fran edition

Came into San Francisco for Dreamforce (massive conference) and taking a few personal days to explore. San Fran hotels are packed with convention attendees.. where can I stay? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 around San Francisco, CA at 9:34 AM - 8 answers

October 5, 2014

Last Minute San Fransisco

I am going into San Fransisco for tomorrow for a last day in the US- only I don't know the area and where anything is. Someone gave me a mildly large pile of money to spend with the idea that I need to spend all of it- HALP. [more inside]
posted by Phalene around San Francisco, CA at 9:48 PM - 13 answers has best

September 17, 2014

Looking for the Goldilocks of Prii

The stars have aligned and I am looking to purchase a new car in the Bay Area. I am drawn to the Toyota Prius, but am confused by all of the different options and models (all the while being distracted by other cars). I've read a lot of reviews and write-ups, but would appreciate an updated ask.me on the Prius! [more inside]
posted by sums around San Francisco, CA at 10:04 PM - 16 answers

September 16, 2014

Things to do in Yosemite

Things to do in Yosemite when you only have one day and also the park is on fire! I'll be in Sequoia, finishing a backpacking trip on Tuesday, 9/22 around 10am, and was planning to drive up towards Yosemite from there. I want to be in San Fransisco by the evening of 9/24. I've never been to Yosemite and I'd love to see it, but not sure specifically where to go and what to do. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 around California at 10:44 AM - 9 answers has best