Los Angeles Greater Area
Weekend escapes under 3 hours away
Around the world, people dream of flying to vacation spots you can easily motor to in a morning. Go ahead—take advantage of your SoCal cred and zip off to beaches, vineyards, and other destinations the rest of the world would love to see. That’s what living here is for.
It’s not happening until June and July—but if you sign up early for a spot along the river, you’ll get a free Cleanup Starter Kit with a FoLAR neck gaiter, trash bags, gloves, maps and a limited edition LA River postcard. Some sites are already waitlisted, so claim your spot now!
Your latest farmers market guide
One of the greatest delights of living here is knowing fresh, locally grown produce is always just around the corner. Since finding it is all about knowing where (and when) to look, here’s the most current rundown of Southern California’s bountiful farmers’ markets.
When it comes to outdoor dining paradise, nothing beats the Malibu coast. Whether you’re in the mood for simple grilled fish and fries or an upscale dining experience designed by famous chefs, this sparkling stretch of coastline has it all. With a sun-drenched ambience to match.
San Francisco Bay Area
Great news for Bay Area vegetarians. Kyle and Katina Connaughton, the couple behind the three-Michelin starred Healdsburg restaurant SingleThread, are launching a meatless eatery this summer. Little Saint is a more casual concept that will be located in the former SHED space, also in Healdsburg.
Looking for a good summer (or late spring) read? Here’s a handy list of 20 books either by or about Bay Areans, including new releases by Berkeleyites Alice Waters and Michael Lewis. Why not take it as an opportunity to support your local bookstore, as well?
Valencia Street explored
You could make a compelling argument that Valencia Street is currently San Francisco’s most culturally relevant thoroughfare. Here’s a guide to the best restaurants, bars, and boutiques along this iconic 10-block stretch. Pro Tip: The street is completely car-free on Saturdays.
It’s always great to acknowledge the impact and cultural influence of Asian Americans in the Bay Area. Given the recent increase in violence against this vibrant segment of the community, it’s all the more reason to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Check out this list of events happening across the region through the rest of May.