You've gone west. Okay, so, what's next? See Fathom's Guide to San Francisco. Then take a day trip in a new direction.
UNDER AN HOUR AWAY
Enough time to get across the bay.
Shop for classic California ceramics from Edith Heath's original studio and showroom. Take in the cityscape and bay view from Farley Bar at Cavallo Point. Make a weekend trip of it, starting at The Inn Above Tide.
It's not as hard as it sounds to squeeze into lunch at Chez Panisse, which would mean there would be time to hit Gather for dinner. In between, sift through the gift shop darling of the blogosphere, Tail of the Yak (2632 Ashby Ave.; +1-510-841-9891). For the hungry and ambitious, consider a 24-hour blitz through the Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood.
1-2 HOURS AWAY
4. Point Reyes
Crack crab claws at Fisherman's Wharf but save the bivalve shucking for a picnic table at Hog Island Oyster Co. overlooking Tomales Bay. Stroll out to the lighthouse on the windiest spit of land on the Pacific Coast. Manka's Inverness Lodge makes a good case for extending your day-trip to a long weekend getaway.
5. Sonoma County
Wind through wine country on a vespa stopping for sips at Cade and Ram's Gate. Oxbow Public Market gather the best of the bay area food and sundries under one, giant roof. But first, check out Fathom's guide to Napa and Sonoma.
2-3 HOURS AWAY
The scenery and a folk pop playlist make it easier to power through to the final destination of the day.
8. Santa Cruz
Surf's up. Shred with pros or just lay on the beach like one. There are positive vibrations around lunch at Cafe Gratitude. Here's everything you need to know from bay to boardwalk in Santa Cruz.
Hike the Headlands, then bolt for the local breweries. LIsten for old-timers speaking boontling, a local dialect mashing up Gaelic, Spanish, and Pomoan steaming from Booneville's counter culture roots.
3-4 HOURS AWAY
Pack an overnight bag for this one.
12. Big Sur
Cruise the coast, breaking for beach at Pfieffer State Park, sunset cocktails at The Post Ranch, and country fare from the Big Sur Bakery. Cozy up to cabin life at Deetjens. That's just the start; there's a whole lot more to do in Big Sur.