spot we (really) love: 

the bay area

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THERE'S no place like home.

forgive us if we are a bit partial, but there is no place better than the Bay Area — especially, especially, especially this time of year! it’s where we live, it’s where we work, it’s where we play, it’s where we find the lines between live / work / play to be wonderfully blurred. it's all just that good. here, Nancy shares some of her top places to eat, sights to see and things to do. 


where to eat...

head to MH Bread and Butter in the North Bay for coffee, breakfast or lunch. sit outside, grab a cappuccino and feast on one of the incredible dishes. (try the breakfast salad, the fried egg sandwich or the beet sandwich!) 


...AND drink...

stop by la folie lounge in San Francisco proper. top local chef Roland Passot — a true culinary artist — offers a delightfully casual setting, and some of the best cocktails the city has to offer.


...and fine dine

go to Zuni Cafe. it’s quintessential San Francisco.  located in Hayes Valley, the spot is known for the roast chicken — but we recommend exploring the menu!


where to sweat

for hikes and bikes and the great outdoors, explore Mt. Tamalpias in the North Bay. hike up from the Mountain Home Inn to the Watershed district for unlimited trails and views of San Francisco and the entire Bay. for a more casual hike, go to Muir Woods — those giant Sequoias are fantastic.


...and for the more adventurous, take a bike ride! start in Mill Valley, up along Highway 1. stop at Parkside Cafe in Stinson Beach to refuel with some calories, then climb up the coast via Bolinas-Fairfax road. cross along the vistas on Panoramic Highway for a view of the beach from above, and then return back to Mill Valley. (our HQ is is Mill Valley, so I’ll wear the quick-dry jet set trouser during this ride and go right to work!) 


for some OM on the inside (literally): take a class at Namaste Yoga in the East Bay — if you come on a Sunday morning, Hannah just might be your teacher!



walk along the Bay — Crissy Field in particular! — or stroll The Embarcadero (a walkway under the Bay Bridge) before dinner at the Ferry Building. 


and visit one of our fantastic art museums (you must!): de Young is right in the center of Golden Gate Park, and the Legion of Honor is along the coast.


...and what to wear