Every February, something magical happens in Yosemite. Horsetail Fall on the east side of El Capitan glows a fiery orange at sunset making the waterfall look like a glowing lava stream as it cascades down the mountain. The annual event, which lasts for just two weeks, is known to attract over 1,000 sightseers and photographers every year. Last year, Yosemite instituted a reservation system in the attempt to quell traffic jams and increase security measures. That's gone this year, but if you want to see the firefall for yourself, you're going to have to prepare for a hike in the snow. Yosemite announced that the only available space to park will be Yosemite Falls Parking Area, at least a mile from firefall viewpoints. Park officials are anticipating prime viewing season will occur next week and last through the Feb. 24. So pack up your snow shows, because this natural phenomenon is worth the trek.
There are two types of people in the world: those who choose the stairs and those who opt to stand listless on the slow-moving escalator. Suffice it to say, San Francisco—with its bevy of breathtaking, beautiful, bold stairways—largely caters to those who are willing to go the extra step. Keen to explore the city’s more calf-straining attractions? Here are 10 of San Francisco’s most Instagram-worthy staircases. View this post on Instagram Filbert Street stairs, San Francisco 😍 A post shared by MeloMozart (@melomozart) on May 27, 2018 at 11:22am PDT Filbert Street Stairs A twisty, windy way to summit Telegraph Hill, the Filbert Street stairs offer charming views of the San Francisco waterfront. Be sure to keep your eyes (and ears) open; The staircase is famous for its colony of red conures that call the surrounding gardens home. #санфранциско 330, 331... 332 “steps to heaven”- done!✋🏻 This lengthy ascent of the Lyon Street Steps features a “Heart of San Francisco” and gorgeous views of the Palace of Fine Arts, SF Bay and Marina✨ Just being at the summit of these steps is a mystical Zen experience truly difficult to describe. The feeling of the sky and air where you are standing is amazing💚 . . Всем добрый вечер (или утро🙂) Довольно часто в последнее время замечаю, что фотография не передаёт всей глубины реальной картинки. Либо у меня руки сменили место произрастания, либо это намёк, что не надо лениться таскать
Love it here? Hate it here? Either way we want to know. Last year, we asked 15,000 people around the world some big questions about the cities they lived in. What did we discover? For starters, San Francisco is the most brunch-obsessed city in the world (honestly, not surprised)! The 2018 Time Out Index revealed that 36% of us eat brunch on the regular, making us the city with the most brunchers. And while some of the other results are equally not-shocking—for example, San Franciscans are willing to wait 1.5 hours for a restaurant table—some of them are a little more scandalous (14% of San Franciscans think it's ok to send nudes to someone they've never met and 28% of San Franciscans have partaken in a threesome). Now we want to find out if all that is still true. Are we over the whole waiting in line thing? Is Rooh still the best place to grab a bite at breakfast? Is the Golden Gate Bridge really the most-loved landmark? We’re aiming to answer these questions and many more, but we need your help. (Also, we're trying to topple Chicago from it's top spot as Best City in the World.) Take the Time Out Index 2019 now and tell us all about life in the Bay Area today. It’s fun and anonymous, it takes about ten minutes, and when you’re done, we’ll reveal your soul city: the place that you absolutely have to visit this year, based on your survey answers. Start the Time Out Index survey now.
Don’t be scared if, on your next hike through Point Reyes, you come across fleece- and wool-cap–clad folks armed with knives and woven baskets wandering about aimlessly and staring at the ground. They’re mushroom hunters; winter’s wet conditions along the North Coast draw them in droves. But before you start popping these organic beauties straight into your mouth, know that it can be tricky, even for an expert, to discern between poisonous and nonpoisonous ’shrooms. (You’ve seen Into the Wild, right?) Plus, most state parks require permits before you can go picking. So, if you’re interested in seeking your own chanterelles, black trumpets, candy caps and yellow feet, the best and safest way is to tag along with the specialists on one of these guided foraging adventures. Bay Area Mycological Society Armed with microscopes and mushroom experts, this society leads foraging events and tours around the Bay Area. Monthly meetings discuss topics like "What are Mushrooms Doing in My Forest?" and "Fungal Fun in New Zealand." Annual membership $10. Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz An informal group since the 1970s and officially a nonprofit since 1984, the Fungus Federation conducts local forays, weeklong trips and workshops through some of the finest mushroom habitats on the West Coast. Members can party with other fungi enthusiasts at the annual Suds ’n ’Shrooms potluck, featuring local home brews, or the Wine and Mushroom Fest with pairings from local winemakers. Serious about m
Just when you thought the candy-themed pop-up art market was pretty oversaturated in San Francisco, another one ropes us in with the promise of colorful candy-themed experiences. On the heels of the Instagram-famous Color Factory, the (now permanent) Museum of Ice Cream, and Candytopia comes a new interactive exhibit dedicated to the greatest candy of all ... gummy bears! The Gummy Bear Museum is a temporary, gummy bear-themed art gallery where all the works are inspired by and made out o gummy bears. Visitors can taste all kinds of chewy bears, admire original gummy bear art from 15 talented artists, and even create their own gummy bear flavor. Dates and location are still unknown; but the Gummy Bear museum plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign for the museum next week. They're also partnering with non-profit Meds & Food for Kids to raise enough funds to donate a container of more than 170,000 Plumpy’Nuts (ready to eat therapeutic food bars) for children in Haiti suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
Is there anything Ayesha Curry can't do? The 29-year-old restauranteur, TV personality, cookbook author, winemaker and basketball wife and mom-of-three just announced her first ever retail story, HOMEMADE. Just in time for Valentine's Day, the exclusive pop-up will feature a variety of home products that include her signature bedding collection, eponymous line of cookware and bakeware, a line of kitchen textiles, accessories, and indoor gardening kits. Conveniently located at 423 Water Street in Jack London Square, Ayesha Curry’s pop-up is scheduled to open on Saturday, February 2 and will be open Wednesday–Friday from 4–7pm and 11am–7pm on weekends. Wanna meet the legend in person? Ayesha will also host a meet-and-greet and book signing on Sunday, February 10 at 11am. Happy shopping!
It's been less than a week since Oakland-born Senator Kamala Harris announced a run for the presidency in 2020. This weekend, she's formally kicking off her campaign with a rally in her hometown. The rally will take place Sunday, January 27 at 12:45pm in Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland. You can expect a big crowd for the UC Hastings alum and former San Francisco District Attorney, so you might want to avoid the area completely if you don't want to get swept up in the political momentum. Harris is expected to take the stage to explain why she’s running for president and her vision for the country. Harris is the first black senator from California and is the first African-American to enter the 2020 presidential race. While she plans to base her campaign in Baltimore, there will be a second office in Oakland. When is the rally: Sunday, January 27 at 12:45pm Where is the rally: Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland
If you're showing up to Tahoe in a Prius with the intention to rent gear (because, city life), then UberSKI probably sounds like a dream come true. While the service won't get you to the mountains (you're on your own with those tire chains), when in Tahoe, you can request an UberSKI and a vehicle will arrive with either a ski rack or a truck bed so that you, your friends, and all your gear can fit with ease. Best of all, you won't have to worry about parking miles away and lugging all your gear to the park entrance or squeezing onto a crowded shuttle. The per-mile and per-minute rates are the same as uberX, however, a flat $8 fee will be added to every trip you request. 100 percent of this fee is passed along to the driver to help offset the costs of equipment and the extra effort of loading and unloading equipment. Headed somewhere a little farther? UberSKI is also available in Flagstaff, Arizona; Aspen and Vail, Colorado; Park City, Utah; and Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico. Now if only Uber would bring you a hot toddy at the end of the day, too.
For the first time in their 40-year history, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) will have a physical space to call home, one that will also double as a first-of-its-kind hub for queer art. SFGMC recently announced that a new National LGBTQ Center for the Arts will open in San Francisco in the near future. Aside from acting as a rehearsal and practice site for SFGMC, the center will also be a destination for publicly-accessible arts, including community performances, events, and programs. Purchased for $9.6 million, the new center—located on 170 Valencia St—will house a cutting-edge media center that will allow the chorus group to start on new programs and offer a meeting space and venue for fellow LGBTQ-identifying creatives. “In its forty-year history, the Chorus has performed at the world’s most prestigious venues, but we have never had our own home,” said Board Chair Keith Pepper. “We are so grateful to Terrence Chan [a founding Chorus member who made a gift of $5 million] and his life partner Edward Sell” added Executive Director Chris Verdugo. “We look forward to working with and alongside other LGBTQ arts organizations while supporting them in their artistic and advocacy endeavors.” Once the ribbon is cut, the SFGMC will start to host ongoing master classes and interview series—featuring such household names like Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s Laura Benanti—community sing-ins, student residency pr
The skies might be gloomy, but we don't have to be. 1. Warm up with a trip to Japantown's Kabuki Springs and Spa. This classic San Francisco oasis is a traditional bathhouse that features a 104-degree communal pool. Shy locals can attend on gender-specific days or keep a swimsuit on in this clothing-optional day spa. A day pass costs $25 and includes use of the sauna and steam room. 2. The chicken with explosive chili peppers at Chinatown's Z&Y Restaurant might just be the spiciest dish in town. If cold weather gives you a case of the blues, this hot (HOT) dinner should have the opposite effect. 3. As temperatures continue to drop, there’s no better evening destination than a bar with a fireplace. Warm your tootsies by the fire as the cocktails and craft beer help you thaw from the inside out. 4. Laughter is the best medicine for almost everything. Luckily for us, San Francisco is home to some truly legendary comedy clubs. Whether you're into big name comics or the underground scene, there are laughs to be had every night of the week. Don't forget: SF Sketchfest is serving up some of the country's best comedy right here in the Bay Area through January 17th. 5. Our go-to for any case of the blues has got to be Musee Mecanique. This Fisherman's Wharf gem is the world's best tourist trap. Filled with vintage arcade games from a variety of centuries, all that's needed for a great time at the Musee is a silliness to brave the tourists and handful of quarters. The