Fathomaway Compass

San Francisco itineraries

One day if I go to heaven, I'll look around and say, "It ain't bad, but it ain't San Francisco."
- Herb Caen

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On the Road Trip: San Francisco to Monterey

SAN FRANCISCO – See the redwoods. Shop local designers and thrift shops. Eat everything, spend nothing. Drive 232 miles in a week. We did it all and more. Without going insane.

24 Hours in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto

BERKELEY, California – A neighborhood so highly concentrated with delicious food your waistband may not survive the day. Go and taste one of everything, then taste one more.

From Bay to Boardwalk in Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ, California – No one's too old for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, although you try and try to convince yourself that it is so. The seaside amusement park defines summer fun. 

Just Back From: Big Sur

BIG SUR, California – The guest book was chock-full of gems, including tales of alien abductions, marriage proposals, and angry rants about heavy-footed guests stomping around overhead.

Out with the New, In with the Old

SAN FRANCISCO – As enticing as a cornflower-blue floor-length robe with an embroidered peacock is for my "personal collection," I have to focus on the task at hand: finding inspiration for my clients. 

New Shop: San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – It's a melting pot of cultures, classes, curious creatures, and excellent objects. Layer up and shop a while. 

The Dosa Experiment

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Back from South India, one hungry reader finds that when she needs a dosa fix, she's got to make it herself.

A Few Days in Paso Robles, California

PASO ROBLES, California – The new Napa Valley is more laid-back, less expensive, and somehow cooler. Feel free to bring the kids. Everyone wants to unwind on the Central Coast.

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