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San Francisco Celebates the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

by Mary Jo Manzanares on January 30, 2017

2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, a yearlong celebration of San Francisco’s counter-culture with a 1960’s throwback including exhibitions, performances, literary events, tribute concerts and recognition of significant moments in time. The city of San Francisco served as a magnet for musicians, artists and social rebels in the mid-to-late Sixties. They […]


20 Little-Known Facts About the Golden Gate Bridge

by Anthony Manzanares on October 12, 2016

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most famous, photographed, and beloved landmarks in the world.  Yet as popular as it is, there are several things that most people don’t know about the graceful span and all the ways to experience it. A bridge across the Golden Gate Strait was first proposed in […]


The San Francisco Guide to Pokemon Go

by Anthony Manzanares on July 27, 2016

  Pikachu – where are you? It seems that the Pokemon franchise, dating back to the 1990s, is back and in full force with its newest game, Pokemon Go.  Is the game a chance for exercise and exploration, or one more reason to be glued to your devices, I’ll leave that for you to decide. […]


Spring Forward in San Francisco

by Mary Jo Manzanares on March 19, 2014

San Francisco skyline

Welcome to the light side of San Francisco, now that daylight savings time is here. The San Francisco Travel Association has some bright ideas to fill those extra minutes of sunshine. Which one are you going to try? Stroll in the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Head for the overlook at Sutro Heights Park. Walk the […]

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Outdoor Adventure in Pacifica, California

by Mary Jo Manzanares on April 29, 2013

Surfing at Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica

Pacifica, a beach-front community just 10 minutes south of San Francisco, is a charming town and recreational playground. It’s a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts, featuring everything from world-class surfing, mountain biking and hiking to fishing, scuba diving and hang gliding. Offering great leisure time activities, at an easily accessed destination, Pacifica sometimes gets overlooked […]


Seattle vivid at dusk

  If you live in the Pacific Northwest you likely already know why those living in other parts of the United States flock to your region. From Washington to Oregon to Northern California, the Northwest boasts varying landscapes that suit every travel personality. So whether you’re looking for mountains, the ocean, wine country or an […]


Golden Gate Bridge At Night In San Francisco

At last the mighty task is done; Resplendent in the western sun The Bridge looms mountain high; Its titan piers grip ocean floor, Its great steel arms link shore with shore, Its towers pierce the sky. Written by Joseph P. Strauss, Chief Engineer, Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District, 1937 With it’s orangy red coat […]

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Cherry blossom festival at Japantown San Francisco

Known as “Nihonmachi,” or JapanTown in English. this area of San Francisco has been around since the early 1900s, so it’s certainly not new to the map of the city. In fact, at first glance, it even looks a little rough around the edges. But if the idea of some Japanese style shopping, eating, and […]


The Pacific Coast Highway, also known as the PCH and CA-1, is a 600+ mile tour of the best beaches that California has to offer. It starts in Southern California at Dana Point, weaving in and out of cities and towns until it ends in Northern California when it hits Highway 101 in Leggett. Because […]


Photo Friday: Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

by Mary Jo Manzanares on July 15, 2011

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

In the middle of San Francisco’s Walter S. Johnson Park, sits the Palace of Fine Arts, an easily recognizable piece of San Francisco architecture.  The Palace was designed as part of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition which celebrated the completion of the Panama Canal.  It was also a chance for San Francisco to shake off […]