Wunderground® Travel Planner: Novato, CA
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You can get detailed directions to the city's public golf courses or reserve a tee time ($1 reservation fee per player) up to six days in advance through San Francisco's automated municipal tee times reservation line
(Tel. 415/750-4653. www.parks.sfgov.org) and online site (click on the link for "Golf Courses").
Expect to use every club in your bag to tackle the fast, sloping greens and unpredictable winds at the challenging Gleneagles International Golf Course
(McLaren Park, 2100 Sunnydale Ave., Excelsior/Visitacion Valley, 94134. Tel. 415/587-2425. www.gleneaglesgolfsf.com). The 9-hole, par-36 course is a little worse for wear.
Golden Gate Park Golf Course
(970 47th Ave., Golden Gate Park, 94121. Tel. 415/751-8987. www.goldengateparkgolf.com) is a 9-hole, par-27 course in lovely Golden Gate Park, just above Ocean Beach. It's a beginner's paradise, but more seasoned players might be put off by the lax play and wayward balls. There's first-come, first-served play only (no reservations).
Harding Park Golf Course
(99 Harding Rd., at Skyline Blvd., Lake Merced, 94132. Tel. 415/664-4690. www.harding-park.com) has an 18-hole, par-72 course and a 9-hole, par-32 Jack Fleming-designed course. The 9-hole course has all the characteristics of a championship course, but is less difficult. Both have fantastic views. About $15 million has been invested into the place over the past few years, and it shows. Book tee times as far in advance as possible.
The 18-hole, par-68 Lincoln Park Golf Course
(300 34th Ave., at Clement St., Richmond, 94121. Tel. 415/221-9911. www.lincolnparkgc.com) offers magnificent views of the Golden Gate Bridge, but the somewhat scraggly greens don't hold up well in damp weather. Arnold Palmer Golf Management runs the challenging and well-maintained 18-hole, par-72Presidio Golf Course
(300 Finley Rd., at Arguello Blvd., Presidio, 94129. Tel. 415/561-4661. www.presidiogolf.com). You can book tee times online for an additional $8-$12 fee.
Traditional sit-down Japanese showers and communal bathing are two out-of-the-ordinary features of Kabuki Springs & Spa
(1750 Geary Blvd., Japantown, 94115. Tel. 415/922-6000. www.kabukisprings.com). The renowned $155 Javanese Lulur Treatment includes a combination massage with jasmine oil, exfoliation with turmeric and ground rice, yogurt application, and a candlelight soak with rose petals. Men and women are welcome every day for private treatments, but call ahead regarding communal bathing schedules; the baths are coed only on Tuesday. Note that clothing is optional, except on coed days.
The futuristic Tru Spa
(750 Kearney St., Financial District, 94108. Tel. 415/339-9700. www.truspa.com) is a local favorite, and for good reason. Its uncluttered space radiates calm. They offer face, body, and nail treatments, all excellent. Try the Trutherapy75, a beautiful 75-minute, personally tailored full-body massage enhanced with aromatherapy and colored light therapy, bringing the treatment to a whole new level of indulgence. Prices range from $70 to $230 for body treatments.
Warning: after experiencing the serene and luxurious Nob Hill Spa
(1075 California St., Nob Hill, 94108. Tel. 415/345-2888. www.huntingtonhotel.com) at the Huntington Hotel, you'll start toexpect
Champagne with your massage. Unique features include the eucalyptus steam bath and a gorgeous infinity pool that overlooks the city through a glass wall. After your treatments, you can hang here all day: take a yoga or Pilates class, get a green-tea body scrub, or just read on the sundeck.
All treatments at the St. Regis Hotel's très chic Remède Spa
(125 3rd St., at Mission St., SoMa, 94103. Tel. 415/284-4060. www.remede.com) incorporate a line of high-end French skin-care products. Offerings include custom skin therapy, massage, body scrubs, seaweed wraps, and a variety of mani-pedi, facial, and waxing options. Prices range from $40 for a manicure to $240 for a massage.
Elegant but casual Spa Radiance
(3011 Fillmore St., between Union and Filbert Sts., Cow Hollow, 94123. Tel. 415/346-6281. www.sparadiance.com) specializes in facials and draws the occasional celebrity. Try a vitamin-and-oxygen treatment, or the "super-duper" series—a deep-pore cleaning followed by dermabrasion.
1 Miramontes Point Rd.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
With its enormous and elegantly decorated rooms, secluded oceanfront property, and a staff that waits on guests hand and foot, this golf and spa resort defines opulence. Attention to detail is remarkable, right down to the silver service, china, and 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets. During cocktail hour, view the ocean from the plush Conservatory bar, or from under a heavy blanket on an Adirondack chair on the lawn. The main restaurant, Navio ($$$-$$$$), is suitably decadent, with a kitchen that turns local fish and produce into dishes like squid tagliatelle with arugula and Meyer lemon, and carrot cake with carrot sorbet and cream cheese ice cream. Pros:
four-star service; total luxury; ocean views.Cons:
formal; not within walking distance of anything. www.ritzcarlton.com. 239 rooms, 22 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 2 restaurants, bars, golf courses, tennis courts, gym, spa, children's programs, business center, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted.
100 Boyes Blvd.
Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95476
The real draw at this Mission-style resort is the extensive, swanky spa, easily the biggest in Sonoma. There's a vast array of massages and treatments, some using locally sourced grape and lavender products. (It's a coed spa, and there are several treatments designed for couples.) The focus on fitness and rejuvenation extends to a 7,087-yard golf course winding through trees and vineyards, a changing schedule of fitness classes, and guided hiking and biking excursions each morning. The guest rooms aren't terribly large but are supremely comfortable; some have fireplaces and patios or balconies. The staff stays on top of every detail. Pros:
enormous spa; excellent Michelin-starred restaurant on-site; free shuttle to downtown.Cons:
not as intimate as some similarly priced places. www.fairmont.com/sonoma. 168 rooms, 60 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, golf course, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted.
900 Meadowood La.
St. Helena, CA 94574
Everything at Meadowood seems to run seamlessly, starting with the gatehouse staff who alert the front desk to arrivals, so that a receptionist is ready for each guest. A rambling lodge and several gray clapboard bungalows are scattered across the sprawling property, giving it the air of an exclusive New England retreat. Guest rooms have views over these wooded grounds from expansive windows. The supremely comfortable beds defy you to get up and pursue the golf, tennis, hiking, croquet, or other activities on offer. In recent years the elegant but unstuffy dining room has won rave reviews, becoming a destination restaurant. Pros:
site of one of Napa's best restaurants; lovely hiking trail on the property; the most gracious service in all of Napa.Cons:
very expensive; most bathrooms are not as extravagant as at other similarly priced resorts. www.meadowood.com. 40 rooms, 45 suites. In-room: a/c, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, golf course, pools, tennis courts, gym, children's programs. Credit cards accepted.
San Francisco, CA 94121
Although many of the city's green spaces are gentle and welcoming, Lincoln Park is a wild 275-acre park with windswept cliffs and panoramic views. The newly renovated Coastal Trail, the park's most dramatic, leads out to Lands End
; pick it up west of the Legion of Honor (at the end of El Camino del Mar) or from the parking lot at Point Lobos and El Camino del Mar. Time your hike to hit Mile Rock at low tide, and you might catch a glimpse of two wrecked ships peeking up from their watery graves. Do be careful if you hike here; landslides are frequent, and many people have fallen into the sea by standing too close to the edge of a crumbling bluff top.
On the tamer side, large Monterey cypresses line the fairways at Lincoln Park's 18-hole golf course, near the Legion of Honor. At one time this land was the Golden Gate Cemetery, where the dead were segregated by nationality; most were indigent and interred without ceremony in the potter's field. In 1900 the Board of Supervisors voted to ban burials within city limits, and all but two city cemeteries (at Mission Dolores and the Presidio) were moved to Colma, a small town just south of San Francisco. When digging has to be done in the park, bones occasionally surface again.
San Francisco, CA 94129
When San Franciscans want to spend a day in the woods, they head here. The Presidio has 1,400 acres of hills and majestic woods, two small beaches, and—the one thing Golden Gate Park doesn't have—stunning views of the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Marin County. Famed environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy's new sculpture greets visitors at the Arguello Gate entrance. Erected at the end of 2008, the 100-plus-foot Spire,
made of 37 cypress logs reclaimed from the Presidio, looks like a rough, natural version of a church spire. The best lookout points lie along Washington Boulevard, which meanders through the park.
Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area,
the Presidio was a military post for more than 200 years. Don Juan Bautista de Anza and a band of Spanish settlers first claimed the area in 1776. It became a Mexican garrison in 1822, when Mexico gained its independence from Spain; U.S. troops forcibly occupied the Presidio in 1846. The U.S. Sixth Army was stationed here until October 1994, when the coveted space was transferred into civilian hands.
Today the area is being transformed into a self-sustaining national park with a combination of public, commercial, and residential projects. In 2005 Bay Area filmmaker George Lucas opened the Letterman Digital Arts Center,
his 23-acre digital studio "campus," along the eastern edge of the land. Seventeen of those acres are exquisitely landscaped and open to the public, but not even landscaping this perfect can compete with the wilds of the Presidio.
The battle over the fate of the rest of the Presidio is ongoing. Many older buildings have been reconstructed; the issue now is how to fill them. The original plan described a nexus for arts, education, and environmental groups. Since the Presidio's overseeing trust must make the park financially self-sufficient by 2013, which means generating enough revenue to keep afloat without the federal government's monthly $20 million checks, many fear that money will trump culture. The Asian-theme SenSpa and a new Walt Disney museum have opened, and a lodge at the Main Post is in the planning stages. With old military housing now repurposed as apartments and homes with rents up to $10,000 a month, there's some concern that the Presidio will become an incoherent mix of pricey real estate. Still, the $6 million that Lucas shells out annually for rent does plant a lot of saplings….
The Presidio also has two beaches, a golf course, a visitor center, and picnic sites; the views from the many overlooks are sublime.
Especially popular is Crissy Field
, a stretch of restored marshlands along the sand of the bay. Kids on bikes, folks walking dogs, and joggers share the paved path along the shore, often winding up at the Warming Hut, a combination café and fun gift store at the end of the path, for a hot chocolate in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge. Midway along the Golden Gate Promenade that winds along the shore is the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center, where kids can get a close-up view of small sea creatures and learn about the rich ecosystem offshore. Toward the promenade's eastern end, Crissy Field Center offers great children's programs and has cool science displays. West of the Golden Gate Bridge is sandyBaker Beach,
beloved for its spectacular views and laid-back vibe (read: you'll see naked people here). This is one of those places locals like to show off to visitors. www.nps.gov/prsf and www.presidio.gov.
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