SF Bay Insider - Secret Spots http://www.sfbay-insider.com/taxonomy/term/47/0 Off the beaten track en Spire by Andy Goldsworthy/Presidio http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/spire-andy-goldsworthypresidio <p><b>Pros: Artist Andy Goldsworthy embellishes historic Presidio locale<br /> Cons: None, unless you don't appreciate art or nature<br /> Best For: A truly unique outdoor art installation</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/spire-andy-goldsworthypresidio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/spire-andy-goldsworthypresidio#comments Secret Spots Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:25:28 +0000 Beth Marlin 193 at http://www.sfbay-insider.com Lotta's Fountain/Downtown http://www.sfbay-insider.com/bay-history/landmarks/lottas-fountaindowntown <p><b>Pros: The oldest surviving monument in SF<br /> Cons: Awkward location<br /> Best For: Knowing its significance</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.sfbay-insider.com/bay-history/landmarks/lottas-fountaindowntown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sfbay-insider.com/bay-history/landmarks/lottas-fountaindowntown#comments Landmarks Secret Spots Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:11:13 +0000 Beth Marlin 244 at http://www.sfbay-insider.com Molinari Mana Park/Russian Hill http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/molinari-mana-parkrussian-hill <p><b>Pros: An alley, stairs and a hidden garden<br /> Cons: A secret no more<br /> Best For: The bench with a view</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/molinari-mana-parkrussian-hill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/molinari-mana-parkrussian-hill#comments Secret Spots Tue, 10 Jul 2012 01:51:05 +0000 Beth Marlin 243 at http://www.sfbay-insider.com Vichy Springs Resort/Ukiah http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/vichy-springs-resortukiah <p><b>Pros: A real getaway, two hours north of San Francisco<br /> Cons: None, unless de-stressing is a bad thing<br /> Best For: The naturally warm, effervescent mineral baths</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/vichy-springs-resortukiah" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/vichy-springs-resortukiah#comments Secret Spots Farther Afield Wed, 29 Feb 2012 20:36:40 +0000 Beth Marlin 231 at http://www.sfbay-insider.com The Golden Hydrant/Dolores Park http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/golden-hydrantdolores-park <p><b> Pros:Little fire hydrant/big story<br /> Cons: Dogs love it<br /> Best For: Remembering April 18, 1906</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/golden-hydrantdolores-park" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/golden-hydrantdolores-park#comments Landmarks Secret Spots Sat, 10 Dec 2011 18:54:46 +0000 Beth Marlin 213 at http://www.sfbay-insider.com San Francisco1906 Earthquake Refugee Shacks/Presidio http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/san-francisco1906-earthquake-refugee-shackspresidio <p><b>Pros: These wooden abodes housed more than 16,000 homeless after the earthquake and fire<br /> Cons: Only a few cottages remain<br /> Best For: Peeking into a pair of shacks, renovated and installed in the Presidio</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/san-francisco1906-earthquake-refugee-shackspresidio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/san-francisco1906-earthquake-refugee-shackspresidio#comments Landmarks Secret Spots Sat, 29 Oct 2011 16:06:15 +0000 Beth Marlin 202 at http://www.sfbay-insider.com Dad O'Rourke's Bench/Mt. Tamalpais State Park/North Bay http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/dad-orourkes-benchmt-tamalpais-state-parknorth-bay <p><b>Pros: One of the most photogenic vistas north of San Francisco<br /> Cons: Foggy conditions obscure the view<br /> Best For: A quick fix for city blues</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/dad-orourkes-benchmt-tamalpais-state-parknorth-bay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/dad-orourkes-benchmt-tamalpais-state-parknorth-bay#comments Secret Spots Take A Hike Sat, 22 Oct 2011 23:42:57 +0000 Beth Marlin 199 at http://www.sfbay-insider.com Portals of the Past/Golden Gate Park http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/portals-pastgolden-gate-park <p><b>Pros: The setting<br /> Cons: Sad remnants of the earthquake and fire of 1906<br /> Best For: A walk around a sweet little lake where water fowl reside year-round</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/portals-pastgolden-gate-park" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/portals-pastgolden-gate-park#comments Secret Spots Sat, 22 Oct 2011 21:26:04 +0000 Beth Marlin 198 at http://www.sfbay-insider.com Muir Beach Overlook/ Mill Valley/ North Bay http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/muir-beach-overlook-mill-valley-north-bay <p><b>Pros: Breathtaking Northern California setting<br /> Cons: Fog and wind hit this spot hard<br /> Best For: A sunny walk on a coastal promontory</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/muir-beach-overlook-mill-valley-north-bay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/muir-beach-overlook-mill-valley-north-bay#comments Secret Spots Sat, 13 Aug 2011 13:48:01 +0000 Beth Marlin 195 at http://www.sfbay-insider.com Blue Bottle Coffee Co. Kiosk/ Hayes Valley http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/blue-bottle-coffee-co-kiosk-hayes-valley <p><b>Pros: Get your coffee the rugged way, by waiting on line in an alley<br /> Cons: Not much seating, so hopefully one enjoys sipping while standing or strolling<br /> Best For: A consumate San Francisco, locals love it, experience</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/blue-bottle-coffee-co-kiosk-hayes-valley" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sfbay-insider.com/secret-spots/blue-bottle-coffee-co-kiosk-hayes-valley#comments Secret Spots Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:52:47 +0000 Beth Marlin 194 at http://www.sfbay-insider.com