A lighthouse. A covered wagon. A train caboose. A human nest?!? 12 of the most off-beat, ridiculous, and totally awesome places to stay near the San Francisco Bay Area – on a budget!
When people think of the Bay Area’s amazing food scene, they typically think of San Francisco. In our extremely biased opinions (as Oakland residents for 4 years) the food in Oakland is hella underrated: chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits, spongy Ethiopian injera bread, sizzling Korean bulgogi, bubbling mac & cheese… these are Oakland’s flavors. If you haven’t explored Oakland as a foodie (I see you, people who only come to Oakland for Warrior’s games), here’s a complete list of our favorite restaurants in Oakland to get you started on your next trip to the Bay Area!
We may have packed up all of our belongings and flown to South America, but we left our hearts in San Francisco. Over the 7 years Jeremy lived in the Bay Area and the 4 years I lived there, we amassed a wealth of knowledge about the best things to do and see in San Francisco. This walking tour covers 8 unique neighborhoods in 6 miles. Plus, get a FREE San Francisco Walking Tour Printable Map and Directions!
If you live in the Bay Area, very weekend is a chance to explore one of California’s many iconic destinations. Within a few hours drive from San Francisco at any time of the year I can find beach, forest, mountains, snow, desert… whatever I feel like! If you leave Friday night and come back Sunday night, your weekend will feel like a vacation. It’s my favorite way to satiate my wanderlust between big trips.
I haven’t always been a hiker. In fact, when I moved out to the San Francisco Bay Area, a 5 mile hike sounded like a huge challenge. Anything over 5 miles required a day-pack filled with water, snacks, first aid, emergency supplies, an emailed itinerary to friends and family … you know, preparation.But now that I can safely call myself a (very slow) intermediate hiker, anything under 5 miles feels like a walk in the park (literally – ever tried walking through Golden Gate Park??). So after a few years of experiential research (there were spreadsheets) I’ve put together a list of my favorite intermediate level San Francisco Bay Area hikes! I bet you haven’t heard of some of these!