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Tips and Articles in San Francisco

For spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, and for plenty of other reasons—many of them man-made, thank you very much—the fantasy of a coast-to-coast road trip endures. Want to make it a reality? From West to East (With Apologies to the Midw...
See our slideshow of America’s Best Secret Neighborhoods. “The suit-and-tie crowd has a little trouble here,” says David Bishop, owner of Atlanta’s 97 Estoria bar, “but everyone else has a blast.” The here Bishop is referring to is Cabbagetown, a...
San Francisco to Calistoga, California A day of spas, with a side of Syrah Distance 80 miles Driving Time 2 hours The Appeal San Franciscans seeking a holistic holiday have been decamping to Napa Valley’s northernmost town for 150 years. Over ...
Stay Set in an 1872 mansion, the 21-room Inn San Francisco (doubles from $175) brims with authentic Victorian details—ornate woodwork; marble fireplaces; featherbeds—minus the chintz (not a weathered doily in sight). Don’t miss the rooftop deck w...
celebrating the 20th century LONDON THE YEAR 1900: ART AT THE CROSSROADS ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS (JAN. 16-APRIL 3). A reassessment of the birth of modern art, this millennial show looks at the cultural currents that swirled around the year 1900, ho...
The city’s cultural terroir is on view in two remarkable exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. “How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now” (Nov. 20–Apr. 17), designed by Diller Scofidio & Renfro, showcases the visual and m...
With hotel occupancy rates on the rebound, are last-minute bookings still a bargain? To find out, we reserved a standard room for one night at hotels in five U.S. cities two days, one week, and three months in advance. Across the board, one week o...
My parents tasted their first kiwi at Trader Vic’s in San Francisco in the spring of 1962. My mother grew up in Minneapolis, and Vic’s was the most exotic place she’d ever seen. “Everything was sprinkled with coconut and served in a hollowed-out p...
Philadelphia: Pizzeria Stella Dinner for two $31. The Scene: A Naples-meets-NYC-style pizzeria from restaurateur Stephen Starr. The Dish: Pizza topped with clams, broccoli rabe, pancetta, and mozzarella. The Steal: Glasses of wine are $5.50, d...
I’ll wager you two bits your bartender’s wearing muttonchops and a waistcoat. If not you should ask for your money back, order your Sazerac elsewhere. A decade into the 21st century, much of the populace seems to believe it’s the late 19th to mid...
Michael Fagnoni and Molly Hawks, now co-chefs at Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay, California, remember the first time they worked together to perfect a recipe. It was years ago, in the kitchen of another eatery. "We suddenly just looked up at each...
In Brussels’s main square, 10 master Belgian chocolate makers are showcased at La Maison des Maîtres Chocolatiers Belges boutique, where they host daily workshops to teach the secret ingredients of their country’s rich dark and white cocoa. Paris...
See our slideshow of the 50 Best New U.S. Restaurants. You know the American restaurant paradigm is shifting when communal benches become more desirable than leather banquettes. When humble kimchi is suddenly chic, and the words local and seasona...
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...