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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

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.

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

SF CELEBRATES FLEET WEEK - From ship tours to air shows, this popular Bay Area tradition has something for everyone. Taking place October 6-14 around San Francisco, must-see events include the air show, which rockets over the Bay October 11-13 (for guaranteed views, book VIP tents on Marina Green) and the Parade of Ships on October 11.  

GET THE BLUES HERE - Now an iconic city event—after all, it is free—the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park will run October 4-6 and feature performances from top acts like Tanya Tucker, The Waterboys and Joan Osborne. 

GET CRAFTY HERE - The Danville FallFest is full of fun for the whole fam—cruise

Northern California’s temperate weather provides a comfortable spectrum of seasons, and the crisp, early days of autumn are a true delight. Here, we highlight eight places in and around Northern California that capture this colorful time of year. 

Napa Valley - Get a hands-on harvest experience this fall at Napa Valley’s numerous seasonal celebrations. Through October, many local wineries offer grape stomping events, harvest parties and special fêtes to honor new wine releases. Autumn is also an ideal time to bike ride through the vineyards or play a round of gold amidst the change leaves. 

Highway 395 - Hop onto scenic Highway 395 out to Mono County, located about 250 miles east of San Francisco. While the route itself is popular for its unique detours

Keeping our lives and homes organized is truly a never-ending challenge—but there are ways to make the task slightly less daunting. In addition to providing a sense of calm, an uncluttered space lets your home’s interesting design features shine and architectural elements breathe. Here, we spotlight five tips to maintain a tidy home (and a peaceful mind) from leading authors, life coaches and organization gurus.  

SET GOALS, MAKE A PLAN - Start with specific goals—this will help you create a plan, which will reduce frustration as the process picks up. Trying to make a map of all the rooms in your home and marking “clutter hot spots” you want to address. Assign each space a grade based on the severity of the clutter (for example, have a scale from 1 to

Though summer is winding down and the kids are heading back to school, there are still plenty of opportunities for grown-ups to savor the season. From full moon sailing trips to scenic day or weekend getaways, here are four of our favorite end-of-summer activities in and around Northern California. 

SAN FRANCISCO BAY HARVEST MOON SAILING TRIP - Make the huge Harvest Moon on Thursday, September 12 one to remember by booking a two-hour evening cruise on 80-foot sailboat, the Freda B. Board in Sausalito at 6pm. Sail around the most iconic parts of San Francisco Bay—think Alcatraz, the Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. If weather permits, you’ll catch the Harvest Moon and the glittering city skyline before heading home.