Winter in Northern California means cool, bright days and crisp, chilly evenings. It also means always having a great excuse to duck into someplace cozy for a pick-me-up. From fire-lit bars, to brick-oven-warmed bakeries, to restaurants chock-full of cozy ambiance, we asked the staff at our seven Norcal hostels for their favorite local spots to warm up. Read on for their picks, and get ready to settle in for the winter.
While Sonoma County typically receives Northern California’s craft beer glory, a fledgling and promising beer scene is brewing on the San Mateo County coast. While the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company has long been a Coastside favorite, 2013 marks the opening of two new seaside breweries south of San Francisco, Highway 1 Brewing Company and Hop Dogma Brewing Company.
Not everyone has time during their California vacation to visit Wine Country. From San Francisco, the Napa and Sonoma regions are a full day's trip when you factor in traffic, crowds, and a little extra time to sober up before getting back on the road.
The San Francisco Bay Guardian has announced the winners of their annual Best of the Bay Awards, including Editors' Picks and the Readers' Poll for the best places to eat, drink, and shop, both in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love, this year's picks are dedicated to "the fantastic, far-out pleasures of the Bay."