The Mission District – Shopping and Activities

The Mission District – Shopping and Activities

Alongside the delicious restaurants and unique breweries explored in the previous post (The Mission District – Restaurants), The Mission is also home to many fun thrift stores, boutiques, bookstores, and galleries. This list gives some recommendations for shopping spots to check out during your visit: https://www.sftravel.com/article/san-francisco-shopping-guide-mission One of my favorite places to stop at is Dog Eared Books at 900 Valencia St. Dog Eared Books is known for its soothing atmosphere that encourages you to relax and explore the shelves to…

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The Mission District – Restaurants

The Mission District – Restaurants

If you want to spend an exciting day exploring some wonderful food, shopping, and culture in San Francisco, the Mission District is the place to go. The Mission is an ever-changing, exuberant neighborhood with Latino roots where eclectic live music clubs are squeezed door-to-door between craft cocktail lounges, chef-driven eateries, and old-school taquerias. One of the highlights of the Mission is its vibrant, diversified restaurant scene. If you’re trying to decide where to stop during your neighborhood adventure, this list…

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El Milagro – Cloverdale

El Milagro – Cloverdale

For those of you who love good authentic Mexican food you are in luck. This new restaurant in Cloverdale has just that. El Milagro is a very welcome addition to the town. You can tell they make their own tortillas, which is always a great sign, and the food is innovative and tastes super fresh. Everything is cooked to order and the prices are very reasonable. The sauces are exceptional and the staff super friendly. Owned by two local families who have fulfilled…

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Abyssinia Restaurant – Santa Rosa

Abyssinia Restaurant – Santa Rosa

Hi! I’m Patrick and I’ve been a Wine Guy here in Sonoma County for over 20 years. Much of what I do is focused on food and wine pairings. I put together bites and sips that elevate each other into something even more sublime. However, there are times when the transcendence happens without the synergy. Go to Abyssinia Restaurant in Santa Rosa! Why would I recommend a restaurant that I would only pair with beer or a cloyingly sweet imported…

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Haight Ashbury and Club Deluxe – San Francisco

Haight Ashbury and Club Deluxe – San Francisco

San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury District is a popular destination for folks looking to spend a fun day enjoying the city’s history and culture, but with so many stores and restaurants to explore knowing some local favorites can help you decide which places are a must-see.  While strolling down Haight Street enjoying its vibrant street art and classic hippie hangouts, this list recommends some shopping spots you shouldn’t skip: The San Francisco Shopping Guide to the Haight-Ashbury Some local favorites include Amoeba…

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Burmatown Restaurant – Corte Madera

Burmatown Restaurant – Corte Madera

After a full day of hiking or shopping in Marin County you may have worked up a good appetite, and a local favorite restaurant called Burmatown is the perfect place to head for dinner. Located in Corte Madera, Burmatown offers an innovative menu of homestyle Burmese and asian fusion dishes. Some popular favorites are the kimchi potstickers and the bbq pork garlic noodles. The restaurant also offers a vibrant rotating list of specials, so be sure to ask your server…

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Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve – Marin County

Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve – Marin County

If you’re looking for a peaceful day of hiking in the redwood forests of Marin County, check out the Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve near Larkspur. This preserve is frequented by hikers, runners, and bird watchers. The preserve is dog-friendly and accessible year round. Hiking through the preserve, you can observe lush wooded, fern-covered canyons, and pass the 30-foot Dawn Falls waterfall. Baltimore Canyon is one of the prettiest hikes in the area during winter when the trees are coated…

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The Pelican Inn and Muir Beach

The Pelican Inn and Muir Beach

If you’re looking for a beautiful spot near San Francisco to explore on a sunny day, Muir Beach is a wonderful option. The beach is popular with surfers, family picnickers, and hikers exploring the extensive trails nearby. During summertime, you will often find beachgoers using the established fire rings for barbecues and evening bonfires. If you’re looking for the perfect photo opportunity, be sure to check out Muir Beach Overlook which is only a short drive from the beach. The…

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Green Gulch Farm – Muir Beach

Green Gulch Farm – Muir Beach

If you’re looking for a peaceful day full of natural beauty and calm, Green Gulch Farm provides a relaxing escape just 10 miles north of San Francisco. This cozy outpost of the San Francisco Zen Center is nestled between the hills surrounding Muir Beach. It is home to the Green Dragon Temple, or Soryu-ji, a Buddhist practice center offering training in Zen meditation and philosophy. Surrounded by fields, hills, and trees, Green Gulch provides a vast space for reflection and…

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Some useful lists from Sonoma Magazine to check out when you visit

Some useful lists from Sonoma Magazine to check out when you visit

If you’re planning a visit to Sonoma County in 2020, here are a few guides that will help you plan your trip: Best Sonoma Wineries for First-Time Visitors Best Sonoma Restaurants for First-Time Visitors 20 Favorite Hikes in Sonoma County 20 Things to Do by The Russian River The Best Hidden Gem Restaurants in Every Sonoma County Town