Category: Found in My Own Backyard

Off-Season in Sonoma Valley Wine Country

Off-Season in Sonoma Valley Wine Country

From late spring through early fall when the weather is likely to be warm and sunny sounds like the ideal time to visit “Wine Country” north of San Francisco.

Weather-wise, it is, and that’s why during that time of year you’ll find lodgings fully-booked, restaurant reservations hard to come by, roads clogged with cars, and winery tasting rooms chock-a-block with those seeking to sample the wares.

The grape harvest, beginning from sometime in August and extending through sometime in October, is a particularly busy time, not just for grape growers and wineries, but for the area’s tourist industry as a whole

(Chip Harlan Flick Photo)
(Chip Harlan Flick Photo)

But like leaves on trees, tourism begins to fall by November, “locals” begin reclaiming their must-loved wine region for themselves, and savvy travelers take advantage of the quiet time in wine country.

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Finding Fine Art in San Francisco

Finding Fine Art in San Francisco

I’m not an “Art Museum Kind of Guy.”

That doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate “fine art” or “artsy-craftsy” art.

I’d just rather see it in place, someplace, rather than in a stuffy old museum.

(Dustin Gaffke Flickr Photo)
(Dustin Gaffke Flickr Photo)

But now and again, I make an exception to my general disinterest in visiting art museums, and in San Francisco, I make two.

Found in My Own Backyard: San Francisco’s Museum Gem,” took you on a virtual tour of one of those exceptions: The Legion of Honor, located in Lincoln Park, on the far west side of the city, just blocks from the Pacific Ocean.

This time I’ll show you the second of San Francisco’s Fine Art Museums, the deYoung in Golden Gate Park, a little less than three miles and an eight minute drive to the southeast of the Legion of Honor.

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