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Getting Around San Francisco Without a Car

Tuesday February 25, 2014

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San Francisco is one of the few cities in the USA where a car is actually a hinderance instead of a help. Truthfully, you should'nt even think of renting one unless you are planning a trip to somewhere outside of the city - like Muir Woods or the wine country.

For those staying in the Union Square area or on the Wharf, almost eveything you are going to want to see is within walking distance or easily accessible by either the cable car or the historic streetcar - both of which are cheap and tons of fun.

Those wanting to explore the real residential areas of the city, and outlying destinations like the beach and the zoo, can also easily find their way on the city's Muni Metro subway and the BART rapid transit rail, which also goes across the bay to Oakland and Berkeley.

Getting more adventurous, the city by the bay is also home to an extensive ferry system, which allows you to visit Marin County as well as natural paradises like Angel Island State Park.

Last but not least, San Francisco is extremely bicycle friendly, and there are rental agencies all over the waterfront and downtown.

So scrap the car rental reservations and get ready to experience the compact city of San Francisco like a local, most of us don't even own a car.

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New Guide to SoMa is up!

Tuesday February 18, 2014

The South of Market neighborhood, once nothing more than warehouses bordering the freeway and now the highest real estate market in the city, is a multi-faceted area.

From the the hip cafes of Folsom st. to the high rises near the Embarcadero, SoMa is full of young, creative and wealthy energy - as this is where the Internet start-up boom has its locus.

Not necessarily tourist friendly, SoMa does have its hidden jews, including the hottest nightlife scene in downtown SF, so check out my new guide to the area:

Insiders Guide to the South of Market Area

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Where to Stay in the Castro District

Thursday February 13, 2014

San Francisco´s Castro District is famous for its nightlife, gay and lesbian owned businesses and all around scenic beauty. But there is very little in the way of accommodations in the area.

However, I did my best to hunt down the lodging options in the GLBT capital of the country, and I found a bit of everything - from motels to B& Bs, even a weekly hotel with cheap rates.

Check out my new list of places to stay in the Castro District here:

Hotels in the Castro

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The SF Noise Pop Festival 2014

Monday February 3, 2014

Now in it's 22nd year, Noise Pop is San Francisco's local independent music, art and film festival.

From February 25th to March 2nd, dozens of San Francisco's top local music and art venues across many different neighborhoods will be transformed into showcases of the Bay Area's top talent.

The Noise Pop Festival is an excellent chance to dive headfirst into San Francisco's dynamic independent creative scene, and the event has actually lead to the career launching of several now-famous groups like Modest Mouse and The Flaming Lips.

For complete ticketing and event information visit the Noise Pop official website.

 

Inside San Fransico's Financial District

Friday January 24, 2014

The busiest part of the city by day, San Francisco's own version of Wall Street is usually visited by visitors, but rarely is explored in depth.

So I put together a guide to the sights that the area offers, everything from the city's tallest building to our own little French Quarter - and for those of you who are traveling on business, there is also a guide to hotels in the Financial District for you:

Check Out My Guide to San Francisco's Financial District

Valentine's Day in San Francisco is an Affair to Remember

Monday January 20, 2014

Dotted with picturesque vista points, where the sheer majesty of the city's setting breeds romance, San Francisco is the perfect place to spend Valentine's Day with your lover this year.

Falling on a Friday, Valentine's Day 2014 is also the perfect chance to take that long weekend getaway that you have been planning, as the weekend is packed with some very special events:

Check Out My New Guide to Valentines Day in San Francisco 2014

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New Guide to Accommodations in Pacific Heights

Thursday January 16, 2014

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Looking for something different than the lodging options that Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf have to offer?

Classy, upscale and chic yet historic and even somewhat bohemian, San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood captures many facets of the city within just a few blocks radius.

A destination for locals and visitors alike looking for great boutique shopping, vista-filled parks and local gourmet dining, the Pacific Heights area also offers the city's most unique and elegant accommodations options.

Famous for it's stunning Victorian architecture, which includes the only Victorian mansion open to the public, Pacific Heights is home to a handfull of charming Bed & Breakfasts, small inns and boutique hotels.

Check Out My Guide to Staying in the Pacific Heights Neighborhood!

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The Year of the Horse: The Giant Chinese New Year Parade is Coming Up!

Thursday January 9, 2014

Come to city with the most beatiful Chinatown outside of Asia and one of the highest concentrations of Chinese-American residents, for the largest Chinese New Year's celebration in the United States.

The festival, which spans over two weeks and features not only multiple parades featuring dancing dragons and throbbing drums but events like the Miss Chinatown USA Pageant and the Chinatown Flower Fair, is one of the top annual events in the city.

This year ring in the year of the Horse, an animal which symbolizes improvement and positive energy - what we all need for 2014!

Read all about the festival and its events in my brand new guide:

Guide to Chinese New Year in San Francisco 2014

Coming to SF for Chinese New Year? Dont Forget to Check out my Guide to the Top Chinese Restaurants in San Francisco.

New Guide to Fisherman's Wharf Hotels is Up!

Thursday January 2, 2014

Staying down on the waterfront is a great option while visiting SF, especially if you are traveling with kids who want to be close to all the activities that the wharf offers.

There are actually a pretty wide array of lodging options on the Wharf, including boutique hotels and backpackers hostels, and outside of the high summer season there are usually deals to be had as well:

Check Out My List of the Top Hotels In Fishermans Wharf

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New Review of Ritual Coffee: The Mission's Caffeine Infused Hotspot

Monday December 30, 2013

Hand-brewed cups of coffee sourced from small artisan farms are all the rage right now in San Francisco, a city that has been running on high quality coffee since the west coast's oldest cafe - Caffe Trieste - first opened its doors.

For a taste of the latest evolution in potent gourmet joe, head over to the Mission District's buzzing center of counter culture, Valencia St, and try a cup of steaming black gold at Ritual Coffee.

Ritual Coffee is more than just a high quality cafe however, it is quite a scene - a place where the working creative class shares space with leisurely bohemians.

Check Out My Full Review of Ritual Coffee.

Photo by Ocean Malandra

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