It's a beautiful thing when strangers come together on the street to devour warm pork buns in a downpour. Last Saturday, I braved the rain with Savor Oakland Food Tours and a few kindred spirits for a three-hour walking tour of Oakland Chinatown. The husband-and-wife team launched about two years ag ... More >>
The Rim Fire that burned through one of the prettiest parts of California is now 80 percent contained, yet 96 percent Tuolumne River Watershed -- home to rafters, wildlife, and tourist attractions -- has been ruined. But it's time to quit your mourning and start helping to rebuild this scenic land ... More >>
All through December, SFoodie is bringing you local gift ideas for the food obsessives in your life. A full belly, who could ask for anything more? Gift a healthy dose of living food history with ample chances to nosh via the walking tours from Edible Excursions ($50 to $95). Bonus for the food TV ... More >>
Contrary to how you might have treated that Frenchman on the F-Market this morning, San Franciscans seem to love tourists as much as tourists love them.According to a survey released today, San Francisco residents named tourism the city's most important industry. The survey, which was commissioned ... More >>
Solstice arrives next week, marking the celestial start to summer and bringing with it the arrival of tourist season. Yes, that means that soon we'll be shepherding out-of-towners around the various tourist traps sites. While certain activities confirm why we avoid particular parts of San Francisco, ... More >>
What: "Wok On The Wild Side," a City College of San Francisco's culinary arts and hospitality studies department's fundraiser When: Fri., April 20, 5:30-8 p.m. Where: Statler Wing at City College of San Francisco Cost: $75 The Rundown: Like most educational institutions in California, CCSF's c ... More >>
Hayes Valley Farm/FlickrMore than 2,500 volunteers have gotten dirty at Hayes Valley Farm.To those of us who lived in Hayes Valley while Octavia was transforming from prostitution alley to boulevard, the chained-off lot between Oak and Fell held a peculiar romance. After a decade of neglect, the ... More >>
Welcome tourists!In an example of priming the pump that has nothing to do with John Maynard Keynes, a national group of tourism professionals has arranged for hundreds of folks to take a trip to Angel Island on Friday. It's them: The tourism professionals will invade the beleaguered island in dro ... More >>
Feature: Arson Our guide in the spookiest room in City Hall-- the Board of Supervisors main chamber!City Hall is haunted. Not just by measures that have died within its chambers, but by actual spooks -- or so claimed our robed tour guide last night. The guy with the Snuggie shepherded a large g ... More >>
San Francisco Fort LauderdaleSan Francisco and Fort Lauderdale are pretty much the two gayest cities in A ... More >>
SFSUA stinky weekend is in store...Anecdotally, your humble narrator recalls a story about a local couple who demanded their money back from an area arboretum after their wedding was ruined by an unexpected blossoming of the garden's prize corpse flower. And they don't call it a corpse flower for no ... More >>
Even he's spending more than $23.33 a day in S.F.We were befuddled by one statistic in the Examiner's article on how tourism to the city grew in 2008: "About 131,000 people visited The City daily last year, spending an average of $23.33 a day."Huh -- $23.33 a day?! Who are these frugal travelers? An ... More >>
Turns out that wouldn't have been a bad idea after all Funny how being broke changes your perspective on things. Not so long ago, a goodly number of Californians still seemed to believe that marijuana made you behave like flesh-eating zombies as depicted in the now-laughable film Reefer Madness. Yet ... More >>
From San Francisco Conventions & Visitors BureauOne barometer of tourism in San Francisco is its hotel occupancy rate, which is tracked each month by PFK Consulting and provided to the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB). The most recent figures, as you'l ... More >>
The Bay Quackers tours were a big duck in a small pond until a bigger flock showed up.
If Haight Street is wall-to-wall people, it must be tourist season. How do you really feel about all those outsiders who swell the city's population?
Ghosts love Haight
Set sail with the whales
Truly old-school art at Fort Mason
Week of October 29, 2003
Our lefty supervisors need to remember: In an economic downturn, it's not smart or progressive to go around killing jobs
At Safari West, you get oryxes with your chardonnay
SARS has barely touched S.F. Yet tourists and others are staying away from Chinatown in droves.
Golden Gate Bridge Toll Booth
The Buena Vista
Lombard Street's Billing as the "Crookedest Street in the World"
At Robert Mondavi's new $55 million foodie mecca, you'll find seminars on goat cheese and mustard; surrealist movies; a SPAM exhibit; wine tastings; figurines of pooping Catholics -- everything, in fact, but the answer to that question.
Gray whales are leading tourists, conservationists, and business operators on a rocky voyage toward economic and environmental salvation
Why a drop in tourism could mean unexpected trouble for local arts groups
"made in usa: Angel Island Shhh"
Mike's Political Walking Tour of Old San Francisco