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Secret Spots

Off the beaten track

Spire by Andy Goldsworthy/Presidio

Pros: Artist Andy Goldsworthy embellishes historic Presidio locale
Cons: None, unless you don't appreciate art or nature
Best For: A truly unique outdoor art installation

Lotta's Fountain/Downtown

Pros: The oldest surviving monument in SF
Cons: Awkward location
Best For: Knowing its significance

Molinari Mana Park/Russian Hill

Pros: An alley, stairs and a hidden garden
Cons: A secret no more
Best For: The bench with a view

Vichy Springs Resort/Ukiah

Pros: A real getaway, two hours north of San Francisco
Cons: None, unless de-stressing is a bad thing
Best For: The naturally warm, effervescent mineral baths

The Golden Hydrant/Dolores Park

Pros:Little fire hydrant/big story
Cons: Dogs love it
Best For: Remembering April 18, 1906

San Francisco1906 Earthquake Refugee Shacks/Presidio

Pros: These wooden abodes housed more than 16,000 homeless after the earthquake and fire
Cons: Only a few cottages remain
Best For: Peeking into a pair of shacks, renovated and installed in the Presidio

Dad O'Rourke's Bench/Mt. Tamalpais State Park/North Bay

Pros: One of the most photogenic vistas north of San Francisco
Cons: Foggy conditions obscure the view
Best For: A quick fix for city blues

Portals of the Past/Golden Gate Park

Pros: The setting
Cons: Sad remnants of the earthquake and fire of 1906
Best For: A walk around a sweet little lake where water fowl reside year-round

Muir Beach Overlook/ Mill Valley/ North Bay

Pros: Breathtaking Northern California setting
Cons: Fog and wind hit this spot hard
Best For: A sunny walk on a coastal promontory

Blue Bottle Coffee Co. Kiosk/ Hayes Valley

Pros: Get your coffee the rugged way, by waiting on line in an alley
Cons: Not much seating, so hopefully one enjoys sipping while standing or strolling
Best For: A consumate San Francisco, locals love it, experience

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