Three miles east of Sonoma and up a dusty, palm tree-lined trail lies Andrew and Adam Mariani’s winemaking compound. A century old hacienda atop the vineyards provides an ideal setting for sampling Scribe’s award-winning Pinot. Reservations required to roam this beautiful vintner spread.
2100 Denmark St, Sonoma, CA 95476
Drive over the Golden Gate away from the city and take your immediate turn to access what we think is the best vista in SF, foggy or clear-skied, early morning or after sundown. And the further up you hike Hawk Hill the better the scenery.
948, Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA 94965
Second in height only to Mt. Davidson, Twin Peaks offers the broadest panoramic view of the city’s built environment. Drop two quarters into the overlook telescope for a close-up of the far off towers downtown. Actual height of the Peaks: 904 and 922 feet.
501 Twin Peaks Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94114
America’s great majestic mammal the bison has found a home in Golden Gate Park since naturalists penned a herd here in 1891. The original paddock was part of a breeding program intended to bring the species back from the brink of extinction. The modern iteration was rebuilt under Mayor Feinstein in 1980s.
Park Headquarters, 501 Stanyan St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Nestled in the heart of Marin County, these public acres are a jewel of the California park system. Specimen redwood and oak forests, golden grassland pastures, sixty miles of hiking trails, picturesque cycling routes, and the crowning spot, a panorama lookout at Mt. Tam’s peak. See 25 miles in all directions, and on the clearest of days, all the way to the snowcapped Sierra Nevadas.
Mt Tamalpais, California 94941
Not for the faint of heart, the Dolphin Club’s members brave frigid Bay temperatures (averaging 50s F) for year round competitive swims. Established in 1877 by a few brave German immigrants, headstrong Dolphins refuse the aid of wetsuits and fins.
502 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Twenty-three miles from SF, and just east of Samuel Taylor State Park, these flowing cascade pools and boulder rocks make for a delightful Saturday excursion, if the weather is right. Also of note: a pedestrian bridge spans over 160 feet over Lagunitas Creek’s cobalt blue waters.
8889 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Lagunitas, CA 94938
Beginning with a five-acre shellfish lease in 1983, John Finger and Terry Sawyer discovered their bi-valve paradise in the brackish waters of Tomales Bay, an hour north of SF. Hog Island now produces an annual crop of three million Atlantic, Pacific and Kumamoto oysters. Best enjoyed at one of their picnic tables right off Highway 1 in Point Reyes.
20215 Shoreline Hwy, Marshall, CA 94940
Ocean Beach is the year-round spot, but experienced surfers paddle out under the Golden Gate during special winter swells. It’s rock-bottomed, strong undertow, and chilly waters. But, with the surroundings, it’s one of the more stunning waves in the world. Non-surfers: Grab coffee at the Warming Hut and watch from the shore.
Long Avenue & Marine Dr, San Francisco, CA 94129
This craggy 3.5 miler runs along the Pacific edge of SF, a notably rugged corner with a history of shipwrecks and old wive’s tales. Wildflowers dot the trail, which also leads to the Sutro Baths ruins, the long-gone family swim center below the historic Cliff House.
Lookout, 680 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121
Perhaps the most beautiful spot in this gorgeous city is the Presidio, the onetime military outpost and now National Park Service spread of historic structures, residences and sprawling lawns. Its hilly, 18-hole golf course weaves through Eucalyptus and Monterey pine, and is open to the public.
300 Finley Rd, San Francisco, CA 94129
The vertiginous Filbert Steps up Telegraph Hill are the chosen environment of a colony of Cherry-headed South American conures. These parrots were made avian celebrities by Mark Pittman’s tome, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, and the subsequent documentary.
Filbert, San Francisco, CA 94133
Two blocks south of the namesake mission, and directly across from Mission High, this neighborhood park’s main draw is the broad grassy hillside, where the city’s manifold subcultures share the sunny spread. People-watching doesn’t get any better.
Dolores St & 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Set among Muir Woods and the Pirates Cove Trail, Tennessee Beach is an easily accessible spot to put your toes in the Pacific. The valley leading to this pocket beach is lush with California poppies, buttercup, lupine, and blackberries, so leave time for lingering.
Tennessee Beach, California 94941