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Yes, you can win at gift-giving. It’s all about getting creative and staying true to the individual’s interests. Here, we spotlight seven locally-inspired gift ideas that promise to be very well received, from city-specific stocking stuffers to surf and skate gear, from top-tier food tours to spa getaways and more.  

Sunset Dinner Cruise - Get family or friends together and gift them a special private San Francisco Bay cruise on one of six yachts, which range in size from 65 to 124 feet and can accommodate 10 to 400 guests. See the city skyline light up after sunset and enjoy cocktails on the bay—it’s an experience you and your guests will treasure for years to come. 

Carmel Food + Wine Tour - The three-hour Classic Carmel-by-the-Sea Food Tour guides guests

New renderings released by Yerba Buena Island provide a first glimpse inside the residential community taking shape on the naturally formed island in San Francisco. Located minutes from Downtown, Yerba Buena Island features a collection of 266 condominiums, flats, townhomes and custom estate homesites. The residences are surrounded by miles of parks, trails and beach while moments from the new Treasure Island ferry terminal, which will provide daily commuter service to and from Downtown San Francisco. 

“Yerba Buena Island is a unique place—a spectacular wooded island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay,” Chris Meany, partner at Wilson Meany, told Forbes. Wilson Meany is developing the residential community in partnership with Stockbridge Capital


Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Northern California.

GET YOUR SANTA FIX HERE - Every December, SantaCon comes to San Francisco. It’s an iconic, free event known for the surreal spectacle it produces—thousands of men and women dress as Saint Nic and engage in some light-hearted “Santarchy” around the city. Now celebrating its 25th year, this global phenomenon will kick off in San Francisco on Saturday, December 7.  

ENJOY CRAFTS BY THE SEA HERE - Marin’s 2019 Muir Beach Holiday Arts Fair has been a beach tradition for more than 40 years. Originally started by the Muir Beach Quilters, today’s fair—taking place at the Muir Beach Community Center Saturday, December 7 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, December 8


Don’t enjoy the epic Thanksgiving meal prep? Not interested in hosting? No problem. There are many ways to celebrate the holiday—including making a reservation, grabbing amazing takeout and volunteering at local charitable organizations. Here, we spotlight some fresh ways to mark this special holiday in and around Northern California. 

Cocotte - Known for its expertly roasted rotisserie chicken and menu filled with hearty French comfort foods, this Russian Hill restaurant’s three-course Thanksgiving meal is sure to hit the spot. From noon to 9 pm on the holiday, Executive Chef and co-owner, Mikael Audry, will be serving up braised turkey breast with herb stuffing, seared black cod and filet mignon (among many other mouth-watering dishes). For dessert?


A home is where you can freely express yourself, and your sense of style. Whether you prefer character-rich vintage pieces, refurbished ocean sport gear as art or unique stonework, these five showrooms, services and fairs in and around Northern California are certain to have something that appeals to your distinct taste.  

The Jeremiah Collection - Specializing in the mid-century modern aesthetic, every piece in the Jeremiah Collection is thoughtfully crafted by artisans with more than 25 years of furniture-making experience. Located in San Francisco’s Design District, the showroom offers a range of handcrafted designs, including a sleek solid walnut record console, which doubles as storage and a television stand. 

Sliding Door Co. - This San Jose showroom

There are many ways for each of us to reduce our impact on the environment—and the majority are remarkably easy. Here, we highlight seven ways to go green. Your planet (and wallet) will thank you.

INSTALL SOLAR PANELS - It’s not just good housekeeping, it’s the law. Starting in 2020, solar panels will be a required feature on new houses in California. The new standard includes an exemption for houses that are often shaded from the sun and also includes incentives for people to add a high-capacity battery to their home's electrical system, to store the sun's energy. And, fun fact—if your panels produce enough clean electricity, you can sell some back to the grid. 

GROW A VEGGIE GARDEN - Not only will an at-home garden be a great place to trim your


Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Northern California.

SEE THE CITY LIGHT UP HERE - Starting on Thanksgiving Day and running through New Year’s Day, the Illuminate SF Festival of Light will set up 39 permanent and temporary eco-friendly, light-based art installations around the city, from the Embarcadero to Golden Gate Park to the Inner Sunset and beyond. Check out the related events or drop into a tour—these public art pieces encourage visitors and locals to “embrace the power of light.” 

GET TOASTY HERE - Wine fans, this event is for you. On November 9, the San Francisco Cabfest will host a day (and evening) of top-tier tastings and special multi-course meals at the Westfield Under the Dome in SoMa.

A match made in heaven. The Mandarina - Stick & Ball polo team recently wrapped its summer tournament series with an exciting win at Piocho Ranch in Santa Barbara. After a spirited match, guests toasted the win and enjoyed an intimate, locally inspired, farm-to-field dinner, held on the polo field. (View more images of the event below.)

The Mandarina - Stick & Ball team was born out of a partnership between Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club, located in Mexico’s new Mandarina resort and residential community, and Stick & Ball, the equestrian, polo-inspired apparel and lifestyle brand. Over the summer, the like-minded brands announced their partnership at The Battery in San Francisco and then took the show on the road to some of the finest clubs in

Our dynamic team of agents made remarkable real estate moves around the country this month, from listing an all-new home in Beverly Hills with a prehistoric piece of art to a pair of exceptional estates in Santa Barbara. Here are some of the month’s must-read media clips.

BRAVOTV - Mauricio Umansky, Farrah Brittany, James Harris and David Parnes were spotlighted on BravoTV.com for their appearance on The Hollywood Reporter’s annual list of “Top 30 Real Estate Agents in Hollywood.” James and David were lauded for the $120 million sale of L.A.’s most expensive home, Mauricio’s team of agents (known as The Umansky Team) was touted for bringing in $278 million in sales and Farrah was named one the L.A. real estate industry’s most promising

Construction is now underway on the new ferry terminal at Treasure Island, which is set to provide residents of neighboring Yerba Buena Island with commuter service to and from Downtown San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported “the ferry is a critical element of the transportation plan the city and county officials are continuously refining.” The new terminal adds to the appeal of Yerba Buena Island, the new San Francisco residential community located on a naturally formed island in the heart of the Bay. 

“The start of the ferry terminal marks a major milestone in the story of Yerba Buena Island,” explains Andy Ardila, Managing Director of The Agency Development Group, which represents marketing and sales of the residential