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California Wine Country: Renting an Entire Vineyard
AirBnB/VRBO seem to have cluttered up wine country estate listings and many older standbys have closed down. What are some good winery estates with onsite lodging? Details below the fold. [more inside]
Help me have my first solo day to San Francisco
I'm from the Bay Area and grew up going to San Francisco, so I'm familiar with some things, but there are tons of other things I haven't explored. I have the whole weekday to myself this week, and I've never done a solo trip to SF before. What should I do? [more inside]
Quick cycling trip from Oakland
Quick overnight trip from Oakland with cycling - how do I do this. [more inside]
October 23, 2022
Tourist tips for San Francisco/Stanford
I'm staying at Stanford University for a few days next week - I will be at a loose end while my wife is at a conference. I'm planning to go into SF as well while I'm there. I have been to SF before but not since the late 90s. Looking for some recommendations to see - more details inside. [more inside]
October 13, 2022
SF restaurants with real outdoor patios
I often have to visit San Francisco for errands. After completing the errand I used to enjoy having a nice meal, but because of reasons I can only do that at places that have actual-dactual patios, not the "tables on the sidewalk" setup, preferably with heaters. Suitable places are really hard for me to find though and last time I was there I just had to slink home hungry because I couldn't find a single place to eat. Could you suggest some places I could try? [more inside]
September 21, 2022
What should I do with a day and a half in the Bay Area?
Traveling for the first time in 2 1/2 years, and heading to the Bay Area for the first time in 3 1/2 years. I'll have most of a weekend solo to sightsee, relax, and be pampered. Since it's been so long since I've been, what are the things that are on your can't miss list? [more inside]
July 23, 2022
Trans-affirming activities in the Bay Area
A newly out trans relative of mine will be in the Bay Area on vacation and he is looking for activities that he can connect with as a trans person. Suggestions? [more inside]
March 16, 2022
Affordable short-term accommodations in San Francisco
I know SF is notoriously unaffordable, but I wanted to reach out and see if anyone had tips for less expensive places to stay in SF. [more inside]
February 21, 2022
What to do with ourselves at midnight in SFO?
After 22 hours of travel, we'll be landing in SFO at midnight in late April. What's our best option for getting our tired bums into beds safely? [more inside]
February 10, 2022
San Francisco Overnight Parking
I have a San Francisco trip in the works where I drive and stay for about a week. What are some economical options for places to park my car while I’m there? [more inside]
November 9, 2021
San Francscio this week with older kids
We are heading to San Francisco from Wednesday through Saturday with our 12 year older son and 15 year old daughter, staying at the Marker in Union Square. Need your ideas for fun things for kids that age in this pandemic era. Everyone fully vaxed. [more inside]
May 29, 2021
Tell Me What To Do - SF Bay Area vacation version
I want to get away for a night or two (Jun 12-13 or 11-13) to celebrate my husband's birthday. We live near San Jose CA and I have spent too much time browsing hotel sites trying to find a place that is an easy drive, a nice getaway and not too expensive (under $300 per night w/taxes) Please, would someone just tell me what to do! [more inside]
May 22, 2021
Weekend in San Francisco, pandemic style?
I’m going to be in San Francisco for a weekend with my sister and her wife. I’ve been to SF many times, but not during the pandemic so my usual food-oriented travel ideas are a bit out of step (several options I’ve looked up are still takeout only). What would you do that’s actually open right now, including outdoor activities? [more inside]
November 23, 2020
Solo Writing Retreat Location in SF Bay Area?
I would love to hear recommendations for places I should look for cabins/homes/guesthomes I might like for a two week stay sometime next month (December) around San Francisco. I have a car and I'm happy to drive anywhere with 3-4 hours of the city. Could be coastal or forested, but I do need internet access. Hot tub would be great but definitely not a requirement!
October 13, 2020
Help me map out driving difficulty levels in San Francisco
I'm currently stuck at advanced beginner driving and trying to map out what are intermediary steps between my current skills and my goal, with some anxiety complicating the matter. [more inside]
September 22, 2020
Hotels in SF area that are open and have windows that open?
Looking for a hotel in SF area that is open and has windows that open or--even better--terrace space.
January 27, 2020
SFO: Luggage Cart Cost
I'll be departing SFO. I can't find the answer on official sites. Unofficially, it's $5, payable by cash or debit card. Is that true in 2020?
September 2, 2019
Bay Area nature-hunters
We (two 30-year-old humans) have two weeks in the general San Francisco area in November. How can we have an exciting, memorable time without destroying what's left of my bank account? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
July 17, 2019
Food me in San Fran, Fran
What should I eat in San Francisco? [more inside]
July 9, 2019
Which San Francisco park to visit between roughly 6-8 pm tomorrow night?
I'll be in SF for work and I want to take advantage of summer's late sunsets to visit a park with great views in between the end of the work day and my dinner plans with a friend. Looking for (1) opinions on the best park to visit given (2) the logistics laid out inside, and (3) help with getting around. [more inside]