Unique Vacation Spots in Northern California

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Calistoga

Traveling to unique places is just a stone's throw away from Granite Bay. Here are three magical vacation spots within driving distance that are perfect for summer.

Calistoga

If you ever wanted to indulge in a mud bath, now's the time to do it. There are several spas in Calistoga …

Crocker Highlands

Oakland’s Hidden Gem

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Crocker Highlands is tucked away in the hilly folds of Oakland–artists, musicians and parents alike live here. Patrick, a journalist/artist and recent Crocker Highlands transplant came from living in the hustle-and-bustle of city life in San Francisco. He is originally from Philadelphia and talks to us (along with his sparkly-eyed …

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Best Places to Kiss in San Francisco

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The time is approaching for couples to celebrate the sweet holiday of St. Valentine’s Day. Though each and every day should be special with the one you love, Valentine’s Day is the one day each year which should be even better!

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Bayview Heights

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An elevated nabe in the southeastern corner of this isolated section of San Francisco, Bayview Heights is a pocket nabe within the Bayview Distict. This nabe is situated around Bayview Park (a pristine yet under-used urban green space) and its residents also have convenient access to Candlestick Point …

Presidio

Presidio

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Just north of the elegant beachfront community, Sea Cliff, the Presidio is ripe with stellar views of the Marin Headlands and has a network of trails through its dense woods, making it a serene escape from the city. Once an active military base, the Presidio was transferred to the

Corona Heights

Corona Heights

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Marked by a distinctive outcropping of rocks, Corona Heights sits on a windswept hilltop where the views rival those of Twin Peaks. A small, unique nabe often considered part of the Castro, Corona Heights is off the beaten path and feels far away from the hustle and bustle of

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

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Treasure Island, named after the novel by Robert Luis Stevenson, is a man-made “island” built for the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939. Since then it has been used as a naval base, a center for film and television production and in recent years the venue for the Treasure …

Midtown Terrace

Midtown Terrace

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Midtown Terrace descends down the western slopes of Twin Peaks. Telling street names like Skyview and Cityview Ways hint at the stellar panoramic views this hilltop nabe holds. Single-family homes cling to the steep hills here, where a mid-century aesthetic is the architectural rule of thumb. Groves of eucalyptus

Jackson Square

Jackson Square

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Jackson Square, an elegant nabe founded during the California Gold Rush, is well known for the historic brick buildings that line its streets. Once known as the Barbary Coast, Jackson Square is one of the oldest commercial districts in San Francisco and a distinguished center of art and antique

Crocker

Crocker

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Crocker is a sleepy nabe that straddles the border of San Francisco and Daly City. The nabe, most well known for its signature rows of mid-century homes, borders the Outer Mission and Crocker-Amazon in San Francisco and San Bruno Mountain State Park on the Daly City side. Crocker blends

Presidio Terrace

Presidio Terrace

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Created after the 1906 earthquake and subsequent fire, Presidio Terrace is an exclusive gated community located off Arguello Boulevard just south of thePresidio. A small nabe of grand mansions situated around a circular street, Presidio Heights houses some of the city’s largest houses. Beaux-Arts, Mission Revival and Tudor Revival

Fillmore

Fillmore

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Fillmore is a nabe of many names. It’s also commonly known as the Fillmore District, The Fillmore, The Fill, The Moe, and Fillmoe. No matter which variation you pick, this nabe is historically famous for excelling at entertaining. With everything from full-scale concerts, to jazz clubs, to karaoke bars,

Mission Terrace

Mission Terrace

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A cohesive community thrives in Mission Terrace, where residents seek to beautify and maintain the intimate quality of this San Francisco nabe. Built in the 20s and 30s, the nabe has undergone many transformations as major transportation corridors have impacted the community. It's bounded on the north and west

Diamond Heights

Diamond Heights

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The hillsides of Diamond Heights, just south of touristyTwin Peaks, were undeveloped until the 50s and 60s resulting in a young nabe with an architecturally homogeneous aesthetic. Shingled apartment buildings and condominiums are the rule to property here. Its development was the first time the city built around the

Alamo Square

Alamo Square

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Alamo Square takes its name from the park at its center. The area is perhaps most famous as home to the Painted Ladies, a row of resplendent Victorian homes often featured in photographs and films. With picture perfect views of the cityscape in the distance, Alamo Square Park is

Laguna Honda

Laguna Honda

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Laguna Honda is a small, well-kept nabe betweenForest Hill and Mount Davidson. Tree lined streets typify this nabe, where front and backyards offer residents plenty of green space. Dewey Boulevard has a few shops and restaurants while nearby West Portal is a hub for commercial activity. Laguna Honda Hospital

Panhandle

Panhandle

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Extending east from Golden Gate Park and nestled between Lone Mountain and Haight-Ashbury, is the Panhandle, a narrow expanse of green that stretches for three quarters of a mile. Pick up games of basketball are common and joggers and bicyclists take full advantage of the winding paths that run

Yerba Buena Island

Yerba Buena Island

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Yerba Buena Island is a small hill anchored in the bay halfway between San Francisco and East Bay. Historically known as Sea Bird Island or Goat Island, this 90-acre city outpost sees constant motor traffic in the tunnel to Treasure Island that runs through its center. The United States

Monterey Heights

Monterey Heights

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Stately homes line the windy streets of Monterey Heights, a nabe with suburban appeal amidst urban surroundings. Making its way down the southern slope of Mount Davidson, this strictly residential nabe is an oasis for residents in San Francisco. Free standing Tudor homes and Mediterranean villas are common, as

Laurel Heights

Laurel Heights

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Laurel Heights is a well-kept nabe bordering thePresidio, where stately homes line finely manicured streets. Laurel Village, the nabe's shopping center, boasts specialty grocery stores, cafes, and boutiques catering to cultured tastes. A few blocks north is Sacramento Street, which offers up an even more exclusive shopping experience with

Merced Heights

Merced Heights

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Merced Heights, tucked into the southern edge of San Francisco off of Junipero Serra Boulevard, is a small residential nabe similar to neighboring Ingleside Heights. Homes in this hillside community are modest in size and resemble homes found in neighboring Daly City more than those in central San Francisco.

Lake Shore

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Lake Shore is an attractive nabe made up of large homes along quiet, tidy streets. Situated around Lake Merced and with the Pacific just minutes away, only a fraction of the nabe is residential–the rest is dedicated to open park and recreation space. Sloat Avenue marks its northern boundary

Merced Manor

Merced Manor

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Sandwiched between Sigmund Stern Grove and Lake Merced, Merced Manor is a tiny nabe lined with stately homes. Single family detached houses typify the property here, where front and back yards lend a suburban appeal to the nabe. Street parking is easy and most streets are lined with back

Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest

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Built on the western slope of Mount Davidson and overlooking Saint Francis Woods, Sherwood Forest is an attractive nabe of well maintained homes and tidy lawns. Steep, windy streets characterize this nabe, where ranch style homes sit on big lots and enjoy big views. Homes in Sherwood Forest sell

Silver Terrace

Silver Terrace

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Silver Terrace is located in the southeast corner of San Francisco between the Bayview and PortolaDistricts. The nabe is primarily residential with community groups focused on keeping their nabe safe and clean. Silver Terrace Park is a notable focal point where neighbors plant community gardens and celebrate Earth Day

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks is a centrally located nabe famous for the spectacular views seen from the peaks rising above the wooded Midtown Terrace community. While the summit remains undeveloped, the nabe itself incorporates a range of architecture from craftsman style to modern homes, many with sweeping views of the entire

Visitacion Valley

Visitacion Valley

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Visitacion Valley is an isolated nabe bordering Candlestick Cove in the city's southeast corner. Home to SF’s largest housing project on Sunnydale Avenue, residents here are focused on community efforts geared toward improving neighborhood life. McLaren Park borders the nabe to the west and hosts miles of winding trails