Samantha Stones, a front desk associate at the Marin Headlands Hostel, was born and raised amidst the golden hills of Petaluma in Sonoma County, California. At the age of 18, she found herself thirsty for travel and took her first backpacking trip in the UK.
What do a temple designed by a swami, a replica of the Chartres Labyrinth, and an Ohlone ethnobotanical garden have in common? They're all threads in the diverse spiritual fabric of San Francisco. The city's religious centers echo the intersecting cultures, histories, arts, and activist spirits found here, and offer a unique glimpse into a rich and storied past.
On July 17, the Port of San Francisco unveiled the new 57,000-square-foot Brannan Street Wharf which overlooks San Francisco Bay, and on clear days, offers idyllic views of the Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, and the East Bay. Located on The Embarcadero between the Ferry Building and AT&T Ballpark, the triangle-shaped wharf includes an inviting lawn, bayside plaza and walkway, shade structure and seating, and a small floating dock for kayaks.
Often tucked beneath a silky veil of fog, Judah Street, between 44th Avenue and the Great Highway in the Outer Sunset, is a hidden gem of foodie-approved eateries, communal spaces, and laid-back beach town vibes.
Beginning with the grand opening ceremony at dusk on March 5 and continuing until midnight, the San Francisco Bay Bridge will be transformed into a dazzling fine arts experience that will illuminate the skyline every night for two years. The Bay Lights project was conceived by internationally acclaimed artist Leo Villareal and his vision of turning the bridge into the world's largest light sculpture.