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December 11

LAX Meet-up: Is this doable?

I'm arriving at LAX on Sunday at Terminal 3. My partner is departing LAX on Sunday from Terminal 4. (About 3 hours later) We want to meet for drinks or dinner at the airport before he leaves Sunday. Is this doable? [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty around Los Angeles, CA at 4:27 PM - 6 answers has best

November 28

Help Me Get Away for a Quick Winter Break

I, like probably many others, have some PTO to burn! Where can I go for a quick three-day getaway in or near California in December? Specifics/requirements below the cut. [more inside]
posted by yasaman around California at 12:47 PM - 15 answers has best

November 26

CA wildfires and smoke conditions

California wildfires: Is there any way to predict how likely wildfires similar to 2017 will be during 2018? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson around San Francisco, CA at 9:04 AM - 6 answers has best

November 18

VW mechanic in Sacramento?

Seeking a mechanic in South Sac or Elk Grove who specializes in Volkswagens, especially one familiar with the old air-cooled engines. Thanks!
posted by Rash around Sacramento, CA at 2:48 PM - 3 answers has best

November 7

Where to camp in Angeles National Forest?

Fans of Angeles National Forest, which campgrounds are most likely to have a spot available for people arriving late on a Thursday night on Veterans Day weekend? [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light around Los Angeles, CA at 5:21 PM - 4 answers has best

October 28

Recommend a ~$5000 used commuter car for the tall of torso

What's the best way for a novice to buy a reliable mid-2000s car in the Bay Area? What makes/models/dealers/websites do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by andromache around Berkeley, CA at 5:44 PM - 27 answers has best

October 27

Late night dining near Great American Music Hall

Where can we eat a nice dinner after seeing a show at the Great American Music Hall? [more inside]
posted by too bad you're not me around San Francisco, CA at 12:06 PM - 3 answers

Where should I drive the Tesla south of San Francisco?

Great advice from everyone on a drive with a Tesla north from SF last year, let's go south this year. Where would you drive a Tesla 90D from 8am-9pm south of San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector around San Francisco, CA at 6:29 AM - 6 answers

October 14

40th birthday getaway ideas in range of LA?

hi Metafilter Hive Mind! I'm looking for ideas (on behalf of a friend) for a special getaway destination within driving or short flight distance of LA. This would be for a 40th birthday celebration, and the place would need to have great food, a swimming pool, and be good for young kids. Thank you for any recommendations!!
posted by zresearch around Los Angeles, CA at 2:06 AM - 4 answers

October 10

Los Angeles Date Day, Christmas 2017 Edition

Hi there! My wife and I are headed down to LA this year to visit my family for the holidays. Los Angeles is still a pretty new city for her, and my tradition is to take her out for a big secret date day each time we visit. Help me pick our next best memories! [more inside]
posted by skookumsaurus rex around Los Angeles, CA at 4:09 PM - 10 answers has best

October 2

2 Day Road trip to Coachella area - Where fly into/do?

Have place to stay in Indio, CA from 11/5-11/12 - Looking to fly in on 11/4 and take road trip/camp (would want to bring minimal equiment on the plane though) to Indio - debating between Sacramento and Las Vegas? [more inside]
posted by Bossypants around California at 12:57 PM - 1 answer

What's cool in Santa Ana/Irvine/Costa Mesa, CA?

I'm going to be in the Santa Ana/Irvine/Costa Mesa area for a business trip next week--flying in to SNA and staying nearby. I may have a half day or so to wander around and do my own thing, but not long enough to get to LA, San Diego, or even really Anaheim. What's worth seeing and doing in the immediate area? [more inside]
posted by capricorn around Santa Ana, CA at 9:43 AM - 13 answers has best

September 29

Where (PNW) should I head to see big rocks sticking out of the ocean?

Oregon coast? Washington? California? I've decided that a short (3–4 days) getaway would be just the thing to clear my head and sort of shrug off some of the past year. I'm thinking about the Pacific NW, specifically the coastline, but know nothing at all about it—except that it's beautiful and doesn't require a passport. That's a pretty good start. In fact, it might be the whole story. [more inside]
posted by heyho around Long Beach, CA at 10:32 AM - 33 answers has best

September 14

San Francisco to Portland Drive - Suggestions Please

Driving from San Fran to Portland - Leaving Wednesday stay the night somewhere in between and wake up Thursday and finish the drive to Portland. Heres my question..... [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 around San Francisco, CA at 3:09 PM - 8 answers

Northern California dog friendly backpacking

Where can I backpack with a dog in Northern California? I'm basically a novice but have done some camping and low stakes bikepacking and backpacking before.
posted by latkes around California at 2:14 PM - 5 answers

August 30

Park & ride outside SF for a couple of days?

I'm visiting some friends in San Francisco this weekend and wanted to park my car somewhere north of the Golden Gate Bridge for Friday night, pick it up on Sunday morning. It seems like this will be a much less-expensive option than trying to park in SF proper. Is there a multi-day park & ride with transit down to the bridge where my car won't definitely be broken into?
posted by curious nu around San Francisco, CA at 3:16 PM - 14 answers has best

August 14

What to do/see/eat on an Oregon/NoCal coastal roadtrip?

I will be driving from Seattle to Monterey, CA. I've already got plans set up for the Oregon Coast as far as Newport, and also have plans for San Francisco and Monterey on the other end, but I have a block of about 6 days between Newport and SF that is unplanned and open to suggestion. See inside for details. [more inside]
posted by matildaben around California at 9:52 AM - 6 answers has best

August 13

Stepthrough/mixte hybrid bikes for tall people.

I'm a 6'1" skirt-wearing human looking for an appropriately-sized hybrid bike for my daily commute with a $400-$900 budget. [more inside]
posted by Corinth around San Francisco Bay Area, CA at 1:26 PM - 16 answers

August 3

Hotel between Mtn View and Oakland

In October, I am planning a visit to the Bay Area that will include an evening show in Mountain View and a weekday at the Oakland Zoo. I will fly into SFO and rent a car. Where should I stay? [more inside]
posted by soelo around Oakland, CA at 2:27 PM - 10 answers

July 24

Southern California with a baby

We (a Midwestern family) have a few days in Newport/Laguna Beach, what should we do and see with a 10 month old? Bonus points for a 42 year birthday celebration dinner/activity too. [more inside]
posted by xicana63 around Newport Beach, CA at 6:44 PM - 8 answers