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Best Toddler-Friendly Activities In The North Bay

Families love the North Bay, where there’s lots to do for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Some of the best times can be the simplest, and Golden Gate Bridge views are pretty awesome, too.

07/24/2015

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Ask A Bay Area Bartender: Your Best Tropical Drink Recipe

Now a year old, The Palm House has become one of the most popular drinking destinations in San Francisco. Cast away and sail off to Union Street in Cow Hollow to see what the fuss is all about.

07/23/2015

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Best Boutique Decor Shops In Ghirardelli Square

With remarkable views overlooking San Francisco Bay and scenic cable cars surrounding the historic piazza, Ghirardelli Square is re-purposed as a shopping destination attracting approximately 20,000 visitors and residents daily.

07/21/2015

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Best Ice Cream In San Francisco

Although July doesn’t sizzle in San Francisco, it is National Ice Cream Month. Judging from the long lines at the best scoop shops all year-round and the wide selection of ice cream brands and flavors in San Francisco, it seems that the other 11 months don’t mind very much at all.

07/07/2015

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The Hottest Bay Area Spots To LOL!

San Francisco and the Bay Area have a long-standing reputation for terrific stand-up comedy and witty improv, where some of the greatest comedians of the 20th century got their start. Is this where the next big star will be born?

06/29/2015

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Best Fourth Of July Events In The Bay Area

The City of San Francisco always throws a free fireworks party for hundreds of thousands of spectators on the Fourth of July. Come and join the crowds along the waterfront, crossing your fingers and toes for the fog to stay away.

06/27/2015

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Ask A Bay Area Expert: Decorating Your First Apartment On A Budget

Score a bargain on furniture consignment shopping without giving up quality and style. You can avoid cookie cutter looks and spend a lot less than retail.

06/23/2015

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Best Day Trips From San Francisco

There’s warmer weather and wine country, sunshine and surf, breezy beaches, nature preserves, mountains and music festivals. These five well-known destinations are within a 200 mile drive and worth setting out early to spend the day, although longer stays are even better. We include a few tidbits about what’s new at each spot.

06/20/2015

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Best Bars In The Bay Area To Celebrate Pride Month

June is Pride Month, when San Francisco holds its 45th annual parade and celebration throughout the weekend of June 27 through June 28, 2015. The party extends to the city’s clubs, bars, resto-lounges and dance floors, some of which have been supporting the gay community for decades.

06/11/2015

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Best LGBT Pride Events In The Bay Area

June is officially National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Month and the largest gay pride celebration in the nation is right here in San Francisco for its 45th anniversary.

06/01/2015

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