To Catch a Criminal: A North Beach Movie Walk

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North Beach is a popular filming location. From classics to bad 90s comedies a variety of movies have been filmed in the streets of San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. This self-guided walking tour focuses on the criminals and the famous crime-fighters who have spent time on the North Beach strip. The walk is fairly easy; […]

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Warehouse Wine Tasting

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Sutton Cellars is an urban winery in the Dogpatch. Large jugs of wine visible from the open warehouse door beckon you inside. Once inside, the winery offers $10 tastings of their small-batch, locally produced wines and vermouth. Carl Sutton, the man behind the winery, usually staffs the tasting bar. He has a no nonsense approach […]

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Moonlight Discoveries

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The stars were out, the fog stayed at bay, and the moon provided the light for our moonlight hike in the Presidio. We joined our guides at Rob Hill Campground and met our fellow hikers- four families with kids.  We let our eyes adjust while our guides gave us an overview of the hike and […]

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Giants, Ghosts, and Goblins

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  Halloween has been overshadowed this year by the Giants World Series win. There is more talk about this afternoon’s ticker tape parade than the outlandish costumes spotted on the streets. This is a bit strange since San Franciscans love their costumes. I took a break from Giants fever to check out Adobe Pumpkin Farm […]

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Ice Cream Gone Retro

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Walking through the doors of Cole Valley’s Ice Cream Bar automatically transports you back in time. The small shop features a variety of home made ice cream treats, lunch-time eats, and fine adult beverages that will make you feel like a kid again. The owners purchased the all-original 1930s-era soda fountain on eBay and shipped […]

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Follow the Light: A Full Moon Paddle

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It was 5:30pm as we approached the Golden Gate Bridge. The sunny day had turned cold and a blanket of fog covered the city. Thick fog rains on the car’s windshield and swallows the red towers of the bridge. For a single moment I think about turning around and heading home. Am I crazy to […]

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Golden Gate Park: The New Deal- Part 1

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When President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in 1932, the Great Depression was in full effect and 13 million Americans were without jobs. Roosevelt instituted several new reforms meant to get America back on track by providing relief, reform, and recovery. One of FDR’s programs to get Americans back to work was the Works Progress […]

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The Wave Organ

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Getting to the Wave Organ can be an adventure. During high tide, the waves often lap up and over the jetty wall, splashing those who choose to walk on the left-side of the road. With your ear to the pipes at low tide you can hear water rushing into the pipes and sounds similar to […]

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TransAmerica Pyramid on Film

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I’m still compiling footage for a San Francisco movie walk. When I started this project I had no idea how many great movies were filmed in San Francisco. Today I watched Zodiac, directed by David Fincher, and I fell in love with this time-lapse sequence of the construction of the TransAmerica Pyramid. I hope you […]

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San Francisco’s Sweet History

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San Franciscan’s like to indulge: coffee, infused spirits, bacon, and chocolate are just a few favorites. San Francisco is home to many fine chocolate shops and chocolatiers, but few can say that their chocolate is actually made in San Francisco. This 4-mile self-guided walk focuses on some of San Francisco’s contemporary artisan chocolate-makers and the […]

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