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Visiting San Francisco Bay Area

2012 is a new year and you’re in San Francisco. Can‘t get a better start to the year than California’s San Francisco Bay area. From the tried and true Fisherman’s Wharf and a ride on the Cable Cars to a tour of Alcatraz and visit to Chinatown, San Francisco is an ideal place to visit. It's always the “Summer of Love” in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood; the sight of the Golden Gate Bridge never gets old; and the shopping around Union Square is always fabulous. A flight into San Francisco International Airport and a quick 15-mile drive up US-101 and you’re in the heart of the city.

Sample the best of San Francisco culinary offerings and Bay Area wine’s at the 11th Annual Wine and Wishes. The 2012 event held February 4 benefits the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation with the city’s top epicurean talents. Held at City View at Metreon, featured chefs include students from the California Culinary Academy and local chefs from Poggio, One Market and Lafolie among the favorites.

Joggers, runners and serious athletes join the fun of the 29th Annual Kaiser Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run for a morning jaunt February 5, 2012. The early morning start is 6:30 am for a run through Golden Gate Park and a finish across from the Pacific Ocean on Martin Luther King Drive at the west end of Golden Gate Park.

Fans of A Cappella vocals mark March 10 on the calendar for the 2012 Bay Area Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival. The Festival features the best vocal harmonies from San Francisco, Northern California and the surrounding regions. Hosted by Brass Farthing, the 2011 Bay Area Champions, the festival takes place at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts.

Basketball fans are just a hop across San Francisco Bay for Oakland’s Golden State Warriors action. Take I-80 across the Bay Bridge and down the Nimitz Freeway for the 20-mile drive to Oracle Arena. Northeast of Oakland International Airport, Oracle Arena hosts Golden State games through the 2012 season, ending in April with the Warrior’s hosting the Hornets on the 24 and the Spurs on the 26.

Escape the hustle and bustle of San Francisco and Oakland with a getaway to Pacifica. Just 15 minutes south of San Francisco on California Highway 1 south, Pacifica is west of SFO on California’s Pacific coast. The Pacifica Municipal Pier is a wonderful fishing pier, however winter is the season for crabbing – and no fishing license is required.

Pacifica offers amazing hiking trails, including the seven-mile waterfront trail linking Sharp Park Beach, Rockaway Beach and Pacifica State Beach. Golden Gate National Recreation Area also extends into San Mateo County around Pacifica. Destinations like Milagra Ridge, Mori Point and the Phleger Estate offer excellent opportunities for outdoor adventure and sightseeing.

San Francisco Bay Area Hotel Map

43 Best Western Hotels
in San Francisco Bay Area

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    Seacliff Inn

    Aptos

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    Heritage Inn

    Benicia

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    Capitola By-the-Sea Inn & Suites

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    Heritage Inn

    Concord

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    Corte Madera Inn

    Corte Madera

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    Danville Sycamore Inn

    Danville

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    Cordelia Inn

    Fairfield

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    Garden Court Inn

    Fremont

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    Forest Park Inn

    Gilroy

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    Inn of Hayward

    Hayward

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    Vineyard Inn

    Livermore

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    John Muir Inn

    Martinez

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    Riviera

    Menlo Park

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    El Rancho Inn

    Millbrae

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    Brookside Inn

    Milpitas

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    Mountain View Inn

    Mountain View

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    Elm House Inn

    Napa

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    Inn at the Vines

    Napa

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    Ivy Hotel Napa

    Napa

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    Novato Oaks Inn

    Novato

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    Airport Inn & Suites

    Oakland

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    Bayside Hotel

    Oakland

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    Lighthouse Hotel

    Pacifica

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    Petaluma Inn

    Petaluma

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    Pleasanton Inn

    Pleasanton

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    Inn

    Redwood City

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    Executive Suites

    Redwood City

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    Americania

    San Francisco

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    The Tuscan

    San Francisco

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    Airport Plaza

    San Jose

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    Lanai Garden Inn & Suites

    San Jose

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Coyote Point Inn

    San Mateo

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    San Mateo/Los Prados Inn

    San Mateo

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    Inn Santa Clara

    Santa Clara

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    Santa Clara University Inn

    Santa Clara

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    Inn

    Santa Cruz

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    All Suites Inn

    Santa Cruz

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    Inn Scotts Valley

    Scotts Valley

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    Sonoma Valley Inn & Krug Event Center

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    Grosvenor Airport Hotel

    South San Francisco

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    Silicon Valley Inn

    Sunnyvale

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    Inn & Suites at Discovery Kingdom

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    Rose Garden Inn

    Watsonville

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San Francisco Bay Area Events

May 2014

May 15, 2014
In it to End it! Martini & Massage Bar

Support breast cancer awareness by getting pampered at the West Side Theatre in Newman. A Pink martini and a 10-minute massage are included in the price of admission.

May 24-25, 2014
Santa Cruz Blues Festival Aptos Village Park fills with great music from artists like Chris Isaak, Tab Benoit, Gregg Allman, and more Memorial Day weekend. Gates open at 10 a.m.

June 2014

June 6-8, 2014
June 13-15, 2014
July 18-19, 2014
August 1-3, 2014

SCCA Autocross Racing

Drivers compete on courses testing precision and skill in this four-weekend, championship event at the Air facility at Crows Landing Business Air Park near Patterson.

July 2014

July 27, 2014
Wharf to Wharf Race Come out and have fun supporting contestants as they run a six-mile course that takes them from Santa Cruz to Capitola. The race begins at 8:30 a.m.

August 2014

August 29 - September 1, 2014
62nd Annual Begonia Festival Capitola fills with fun for this annual event. With events such as a sand sculpting contest, horseshoes tournament, fishing derby, and more, it is easy to find something for everyone to enjoy.

September 2014

September 13-14, 2014
Capitola Art & Wine Festival Capitola Village fills with music, food, art, and wine during this family fun event. There will be a Children’s Art Area, local performances, street acts, and live music all weekend starting at 10 a.m.
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