San Francisco

Tips and Articles in San Francisco

City guides are a natural for the Web— how better to get good information fast?— and some smart money is betting on them. Microsoft has snapped up top editorial talent for its new Sidewalk sites (www.sidewalk.com): the one on Seattle is in full sw...
“The id spews! That’s what it feels like when my brothers and sisters are all in one room! The id spews.” I find myself in an instant mind meld with a cheerful woman in a beige poplin raincoat in front of me at Nashville’s Southern Festival of Boo...
Indian industrialist Ajit Gulabchand has spent the past eight years developing a hill station, a leafy mountain retreat of the sort that India hasn’t built since the British departed in 1947. An imposing man of 61, with a full head of gray hair, ...
They have your keys. You have theirs. They shop at your supermarket. You fall in love with their pizza joint. You're essentially strangers, making yourselves at home in one another's bedrooms, kitchens, even cars. Introducing the thrilling—and aff...
Palm Springs (285 miles round-trip from Los Angeles) A nouveau–Rat Pack oasis on the desert floor of California’s Coachella Valley, Palm Springs draws both the country-club set and the design-obsessed. But this resort town famed for its superlati...
Japanese pop culture has found its way here in the form of New People. On three floors it stacks four Harajuku fashion boutiques, a café, an art gallery, and a theater that screens anime.
When you travel into nature, finding an eco-lodge or eco-friendly resort is becoming easier and easier. But what happens when you travel through America’s cities?The sad truth is that green travel in the U.S. pales when compared to Europe, so more...
More than 8.25 billion gallons of bottled water were sold in the United States in 2006, creating 1.5 million tons of plastic waste. The good news?People are turning back to tap—and their sources are getting better every day. San Francisco and Pari...
San Francisco’s playful Good Hotel (doubles from $99) has glow-in-the-dark ceiling messages and vending machines selling FedEx-envelope wallets. At the all-suite Azul Sensatori ( adults from $187 per night, kids $94, all-inclusive), on Mexico’s Ri...
Les Touilleurs, Montreal This sleek white shop in Mile End sells a global range of gear for making the soufflés and terrines of the classic Gallic repertoire. Don’t Miss: Local craftwork, such as Mapleware scoop-shaped paddles by Québécois arti...
See our slideshow of the World’s Strangest Restaurants. You cross a wooden walkway, walk down some steps, and find a restaurant with just six tables. Not so strange. On the menu are items like reef-fish carpaccio and Wagyu beef. Not so strange ei...
Chicago: The Look of the New One of America’s greatest encyclopedic museums, the Art Institute of Chicago, is breathing new life into its hallowed halls with an ambitious transformation that leaves few corners of the venerable 130-year-old instit...
Beginning November 4, visitors to San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers (415/666-7001; www.conservatoryofflowers.org; through Feb. 26) can admire more than 100 specimens from the world's most diverse group of flowering plants: orchid...
Cultural Hit List Art Europe London "Louise Bourgeois," at Tate Modern (Oct. 10–Jan. 20; tate.org.uk). Surrealist, Expressionist, and conceptual artist Bourgeois is still going strong in her nineties. This show, which spans seven decades of dra...
“I had hoped to visit a friend in Africa this summer,” admits Susan McCombs, of Kensington, California. “But with recent increases in fuel and ticket prices, I’m not sure I’ll ever get there.” For Kathleen Kamerick of Iowa City, Iowa, “Flying is s...