In addition to being a breathtakingly beautiful part of the country, the Bay Area is one of the most exciting and diverse places in the world. It is a melting pot of people and natural resources. San Francisco offers sophisticated and edgy culture, Silicon Valley is known worldwide for technological resources, the Sonoma and Napa Valley area has its rustic charm and the East Bay its cozy neighborhoods and popular coffee shops. Below are some helpful links that offer you a slice of Bay Area culture!
Explore the Bay Area
The following are sites that will not only give you some idea what's going on Saturday night, but an insiders view on what's happening in the Bay Area.
SF Station - Gives you the the latest scoop on what's happening with the club, music and art scene as well as restaurant reviews and shopping.
SF CitySearch - A definitive portal to San Francisco culture. Anything from movie reviews to nightlife. Also a good resource if you're thinking about heading north and visiting Napa or Sonoma Valley.
Craig's List - A Bay Area on-line community, and no frills web site. You can find anything from an apartment, roommate, job and even romance. It's also a virtual garage sale, you can buy trade or sell whatever you desire and if that's not enough they also host a variety discussion forums.
SF Bay Guardian - The Bay Guardian produces a free weekly newspaper that keeps a watchful eye over the politics and culture of the Bay Area. A reliable source of information, watch for it's annual report on the Best of the Bay Area.
College Club - A web site community that offers college students across the country free e-mail and voicemail -- it's full of energy, passion, youth, and determination -- and of tremendous size!
Fine Arts Museum of S.F - Announces what is currently being exhibited at the De Young and the Legion on Honor.
Best of Broadway - If theatre is what you seek, Best of Broadway has their bases covered.
Food and Restaurants
One of the best perks of living in Northern California is the awesome selection of restaurants and of course having access to the freshest produce in the world doesn't hurt either.
San Francisco Sidewalk: Restaurants - A sub-section of City Seach.com, offers a mind-boggling selection of categories from late-night eats to dim sum as well as reviews of restaurants all over the Bay Area.
Kitchenette - The Bay Area's Food Drink and Destination online magazine offers in-depth interviews with latest chef's and restaurateurs, restaurant and destination reviews, a Job Bar and much, much more.
The Gate: Food - A sub-section of SF Gate.com, features restaurant reviews, recipes and special features. It also offers a customized search engine that locates virtually any bar or restaurant in the Bay Area.
Farm Fresh - The only thing better than enjoying locally raised organic produce is having it delivered to your doorstep. Based in Capay, CA farm fresh delivers whatever is in season along with great recipes and news from the farm.
Epicurious - Tired of only cooking the two recipes you know, try visiting the site "for people who eat." You can find virtually any recipe from home-made candy to Pad Thai.
The Bay Area affords us this with one of the most stunning array of natural scenery anywhere. From camping in Big Sur, snowboarding or skiing at Lake Tahoe, to roller skating in Golden Gate Park the Bay Area has it all.
Trails of Diablo Valley - A guide to the trails and parks of the East Bay Region of San Francisco. Diablo Valley is located in the Oakland/Berkeley Hills to the west, the Carquinez Strait to the north, the Diablo Range to the east and the Sunol Grade to the south, the Diablo Valley is blessed with a variety of trails to explore.
Mountain Biking Trails in the San Francisco Bay Area - Offers links and maps to bike trails all over the Bay Area.
Bicycle Trails Council of East Bay - Their Mission is to educate cyclists in responsible mountain biking, to advocate for appropriate access and to promote community among trail users so all may fully enjoy and preserve the natural spaces of the East Bay.
Snow Bomb - Keeps you interested in cheap lift tickets, the latest gear, checking snow and road conditions, or just keeping in touch with others who enjoy winter sports and Lake Tahoe.
Bay Area Skydiving - There is nothing compared to the exhilaration experienced by skydiving!
Golden Gate National Parks - Golden Gate National Parks chronicle two hundred years of history, from the Native American culture, the Spanish Empire frontier and the Mexican Republic, to maritime history, the California Gold Rush, the evolution of American coastal fortifications, and the growth of urban San Francisco.
Muir Woods - "This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world," declared conservationist John Muir when describing the majestic coast redwoods of Muir Woods.
Tilden Regional Park - One of the District's three oldest parks, Tilden has been called the jewel of the system, and its recreational activities have become a happy tradition for generations of East Bay youngsters. From a carousel ride and a picnic to a swim at Lake Anza and a stroll through the Botanic Garden, Tilden has variety to delight everyone. Yet there are plenty of quiet places in Tilden's 2,077 acres to shelter the wildlife and preserve natural beauty. Tilden was named for Charles Lee Tilden, first president of the Park District Board of Directors. The park is reached via Canon Drive, Shasta Road, or South Park Drive, all off Grizzly Peak Boulevard in Berkeley. Here are some of Tilden's best-known attraction.
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