Category Archives: San Francisco Bay Area

Summer Street Fairs & Festivals

New York City Street Fair - © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

New York City Street Fair – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Summer fun begins! This Summer Season is packed with Street Fairs, Free Outdoor Concerts, Art, Wine & Music Festivals, County Fairs… the list goes on. Find Fun Things To Do in the San Francisco Bay Area… and beyond (including New York City and London) in our Love to Eat and Travel June Calendar of Events. Be sure to check our Blog, Twitter and Facebook pages each month for updates throughout the year. Enjoy!

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San Francisco Love Tour: Celebrate SF’s 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

Peace, Love, Freedom © San Francisco Love Tours

Peace, Love, Freedom © San Francisco Love Tours

This years marks the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s “Summer of Love.” It all started back in 1967 when 100,000 hippies from around the world gathered in SF’s Haight-Ashbury district to “turn on, tune in and drop out” as they celebrated the Summer of Love. Peace, Love, Freedom, Sex, Drugs and Rock ’n Roll – it was a crazy time!

Now… 50 years later, San Francisco is still one of the most beloved and visited destinations on the planet. If you’re looking for something fun to do with your family or friends (and want to experience a 60s hippie vibe), check out this guided San Francisco Love Tour – it’s perfect for SF natives, newbies and tourists alike! Continue reading

What I Learned from the Monks About Mindfulness and Compassion

Guided Mindfulness Meditation with monks at Dreamforce conference in SF - photo © Love to Eat and Travel

Guided Mindfulness Meditation with monks at Dreamforce conference in SF – photo © Love to Eat and Travel

What an amazing gift Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff gave to attendees of Dreamforce at this year’s annual tech conference in San Francisco, CA. He personally invited 24 monks and nuns from Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region of southern France, founded by Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hahn, to teach daily mindfulness walking and sitting meditations. Only in California!

Like Marc, I truly believe in the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. I’m always looking for ways to deepen my meditation practice and learn more. So what did I learn from the monks?

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10 Tips To Meditate Every Day To Reduce Stress

Working Vacation Photo credit: Pixabay

Working Vacation Photo credit: Pixabay

Does today’s fast-changing technology, non-stop barrage of information and “always on” social media make your head spin? You’re not alone. It seems almost impossible to keep up with everything and everyone these days. Juggling work, family, personal life – and an epidemic of multi-tasking and constant busyness in our lifestyles has become the norm. Even while on vacation, how many can’t resist texting, checking emails, or posting on social? It’s no surprise that stress levels are through the roof.

So how do you deal with all this noise, disruption and technology-related stress?

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New and renewed Napa and Sonoma Wineries

Gloria Ferrer Terrace - Photo Credit: Gloria Ferrer

Gloria Ferrer Terrace, Sonoma – Photo Credit: Gloria Ferrer

This post was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Napa Valley and Sonoma present a bounty of new opportunities to taste wine and learn about wine with food. Exploring wine country in Northern California is a delicious blend of the new and the historic.

A Napa Valley winery owned by an heir to the Coors beer company and the unveiling of several renovated tasting rooms lead the news for wine country. We’ll begin our vinous journey in Napa Valley and then venture to Sonoma County.

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Our Favorite Napa Breakfast Spot… on Hwy 29

Napa Valley vineyard across from Hwy 92 Cafe – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Napa Valley vineyard across from Hwy 92 Cafe – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Whenever we drive up to Napa Valley, we like to stop at the Hwy 29 Cafe for breakfast, brunch or lunch. It’s nothing fancy, but this small all-American diner has all the right ingredients for a satisfying meal – good food, enormous portions, reasonable prices, casual atmosphere and fast, friendly service with a smile 🙂 If you’re planning a day of wine-tasting, this is a good place to grab a quick bite on your way up the valley.

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New SF Museum of Modern Art: In a word… Breathtaking!

New SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens: photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA

New SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens: photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA

It took three years to transform and expand the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) but it was well worth the wait! With nearly three times more gallery space than before, the stunning 7-floor museum features a vast collection of modern and contemporary art, photography and sculpture. And SFMOMA’s transformed digital program creates a cutting-edge experience for all of its visitors, including a groundbreaking new mobile app to help people engage and learn. We got a sneak peek prior to the museum’s May 14, 2016 opening to the public… and in a word, the newly expanded museum is “breathtaking!” We’ve highlighted below some of the favorite parts of our tour.

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Bees, Herbs and Cocktails… Oh My!

Bee keeper on Rooftop Bee Sanctuary, Clift Hotel, SF - photo credit: CLIFT Hotel

Bee keeper on Rooftop Bee Sanctuary, Clift Hotel, SF – photo credit: CLIFT Hotel

What do you get when you combine a Rooftop Bee Sanctuary, a Cocktail Herb Garden and a new Spring Small Bites and Happy Hour Menu?

… A feast for your senses, at the luxurious Clift Hotel in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

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