When you ask architects today many mention LEGOs as the toy that influenced and shaped their decision to create buildings for a living. I wonder if in 10, 20 years Minecraft will be mentioned side by side with LEGOs as the main influence of a new generation of architects. I know for a fact (because of all the amazing structures my son has created and shown me) that you can design everything from a hut, to a city, to incredibly detailed underground fortresses.
Jackie sat on top of the chief’s hut, smiling down at the village. “Ah Berk. My favorite village. I could spend all year here bringing winter but alas I only get nine months.” With a laugh, she jumped off the roof, flying down the streets with a strong wind behind her. Snow began to fall on the village, making the children laugh. Suddenly she stopped in front of a dragon. It looked at her and she smiled, reaching forward and touching its nose. It rumbles happily before she went back to bringing the snow. When she finished, she sat on the chief’s roof again. “They’re friends with the dragons now… Cool!”
The team at offMetro SF is still sighing over the gorgeous photos submitted to the Go offMetro SF Photo Contest. It seemed every shot was better than the next, so we truly struggled to narrow things down. Fortunately, we had the help of some fabulous celebrity judges, all seasoned wanderers, discerning tastemakers, and Bay Area experts.
In addition to adding their own personal brand of expertise and flair to the judging task, our judges shared their favorite places to get out of town. From bike paths to beach escapes, here are eight great San Francisco getaways. Plus, check out the winning contest photos for even more getaway ideas and insider tips.
“I’ve had a love affair with Big Sur for many years. This little hamlet stretched between the sea and the redwoods is unlike any other place on earth. It has become a second home to me…where mind, body and soul are restored upon each visit. It is, quite simply, magical.” —Chip Conley, Most Inspiring Photo Judge
About Chip: Chip Conley turned a seedy inner city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in the world, Joie de Vivre Hospitality. The New York Timesbestselling author of Emotional Equations is a passionate and seasoned world traveler. His experiences at some of the world’s most transformational festivals inspired him to launch Fest300 based on his belief that, “The more virtual we get, the more ritual we need.” He is now also sharing his brand of hospitality with Airbnb hosts in nearly 200 countries. Explore the world with Chip on his travel blog and find out more at chipconley.com.
“You can hike down to Stinson from the top ofMt. Tam, which affords stunning views of the city, Bolinas, and the Pacific Ocean. It’s well worth the trek down to hang at the laid back beach. After the hike down, I love having breakfast at the Parkside, followed by hours lazing on the sand and playing frisbee. Then, a hike back up the Steep Ravine trail (or any of the other steep uphills) towards Pantoll. That is a dreamy day. “ — Mary Polizzotti, Dreamiest Photo Judge
About Mary: Mary runs the website for 7×7 and is also the digital director at California Home+Design. A Boston native, Mary traveled to 41 countries in between stints at the East Bay Express, Denver Westword, Lonely Planet, NileGuide.com, 10Best.com and a non-profit gig in Uganda. You can find her in the Lower Haight when she is not wrangling freelancers.
Photo: “Late afternoon in summer on the Matt Davis trail above Stinson Beach in Mount Tamalpais State Park” by Miguel Vieira
Directions: Take Golden Gate Transit Bus 70 to Marin City at Donahue and Terners. From there transfer to Marin Transit Bus 61 toward Brighton Avenue. Get off at Panoramic Highway and Pan Toll Road for Mt. Tam (to hike from there), or take the bus all the way to Shoreline Highway, a short walk from the beach.
“My favorite place to get away from San Francisco is Tomales Bay. Here you can have a picnic with friends and family over the freshest oysters you’ve ever had. It’s a gorgeous spot to boot.” —Dan Rosenbaum, Best SF Bay Area Photo Judge
About Dan: Born in New York City, raised in Los Angeles, and living in San Francisco. Dan currently works at San Francisco Travel running their social media channels. When Dan’s not working, he’s hosting people for his underground dinner series (#dinnerwithdan), traveling the world and always exploring San Francisco.
Photo: “Kayak camping under the stars. Tomales Bay” byinitika (Adventure Photo finalist)
“My favorite place to get away near San Francisco is just across the Golden Gate Bridge in the Marin Headlands. You are just a stone’s throw from the city, but feel worlds away. The amazing photo opportunities of the bridge are an added bonus to a hike or drive along the headlands.” —Krista Rossow, Most Adventurous Photo Judge
About Krista: Krista Rossow is a travel photographer, photo editor, and educator from Eugene, Oregon (currently living in Cape Town). A photographer for @NatGeoCreative, Krista is a former photo editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine and a yogini who fell in love with San Francisco in 2012 during a shoot for @NatGeoTravel.
Photo: “Nothing better for the soul than a long #run in the #marinheadlands” by getfitwithla (Most Inspiring Photo contest finalist; says Judge Chip: “These trails are like an old friend…just minutes away from the city.”)
99 RANCH MARKET
“99 Ranch Market (http://www.99ranch.com/) in Richmond is a wonderland of far-out ethnic food. This giant Chinese grocery has aisles upon aisles upon aisles of ingredients from China and other Asian countries: fruits and veggies you’ve never heard of, all kinds of seafood and weird cuts of meat, prepared foods, and more types of frozen dumplings than I have ever seen in my life.” —Brendan Spiegel, Best Food Photo Judge
About Brendan: Brendan Spiegel is a writer for the New York Times, the Washington Post,Wired, New York Magazine, Travel + Leisure,The Village Voice and offMetro.com. He is the managing editor of Narratively, an online publication dedicated to in-depth storytelling about New York. He is also the publisher of Endless Simmer, an independent food website that draws 300,000+ monthly readers. He got his start as a political reporter and editor at Congressional Quarterly.
“One of our favorite places to get away is Santa Cruz. It’s beachy and beautiful and we will never get tired of walking up and down the boardwalk.” —The Bold Italic Team, Boldest Photo Judge
About The Bold Italic: The Bold Italic is an online magazine, shop, and events hub in San Francisco. It’s a chorus of voices that celebrates the free-wheeling spirit of the city, supports local businesses, and incites conversation. The Bold Italic inspires readers to live life out in the city.
There’s a bike ride out there in Northern California that I dream about from New York. Starting in Half Moon Bay, you weave through the Santa Cruz Mountains, passing wild backcountry that only a few farmers and lucky cyclists seem privileged enough to enjoy. There are hard climbs and thrilling descents, with spectacular verdant vistas and the Pacific Ocean glistening all the way down to Tunitas Creek, where a little red gem awaits. You’ll step inside the bike hut and linger a while, looking at vintage cycling photos and chewing on chocolate covered banana chips that you paid for in accordance with the honor system. The place is full of surprises that make off-the-beaten-path rides like this worthwhile. As you head back along a nice wide shoulder on Route 1, you feel like you’ve been gone from San Francisco much longer than a day. Follow this map on Strava for the ride.
About Lauren: Lauren runs offMetro’s New York, San Francisco, and Way Off websites. A New York native with Southern California roots, Lauren also contributes to The Huffington Post and Bicycling Magazine, and was named a top 10 female blogger by Cosmopolitan. Lauren writes the “Car-Free Traveler” column at Budget Travel, and in her spare time, works with the non-profit organization Transportation Alternatives. Lauren can be found on two wheels wherever she goes.
Photo: Lauren Matison
TASSAJARA ZEN MOUNTAIN CENTER
“Last spring, I had the good fortune of attending a yoga retreat at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Operated by the San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara is the first Zen monastery outside of Asia, and it opens to the public every summer. Tucked into the Carmel Valley (and accessible only by a rugged, and harrowing 14-mile road), it has a magical, trapped-in-time, brigadoon quality, augmented by the fact that it is completely off the grid. Being only a casual practitioner of yoga (and a never practitioner of Zen), I was initially both excited and anxious, but it turned out that four days away from the constant stimulation of emails, texts, and Internet is the perfect refresh button. I quickly melted into meditation, enjoying the tranquil setting, pleasant company, and famous Tassajara food, and then stepping back into the “real world” feeling more grounded, focused, and at ease. (And I can’t wait to go again this year!)”
About Suzanne: Suzanne is offMetro SF’s managing editor, bi-coastal gal dividing her time between the Bay Area (where she was born and raised) and New York. She explores both East and West Coasts, and beyond, and reports on her adventures for a variety of publications, including EuroCheapo.com, CBS Watch! Magazine, MarieClaire.com, National Geographic, and Matador Travel. She also runs the New York (San Francisco-originated) literary pub crawl, Lit Crawl NYC.
dude hut the fuck up with ur salty ass, u mad cause your gay ship didnt fuk each other to oblivion, ss/nh is canon they have kids deal with it. go drown ur depressed ass in sns orgy fanfiction or something
Some anon are just XD
Let me explain this to you. Since you clearly haven’t been listening to anything I have said.
I DO NOT CARE ABOUT SHIPS. I DO NOT LIKE ANY SHIP. I am a NON-SHIPPER. Do you know what that is? Someone who doesn’t like pairings.
There are some ships I tolerate. I do not ship SNS, I am not a fan of yaoi. I do not ship anything in Naruto. The ships I tolerate are actually canon and the relationship is mutual. ItaSasu, SasuNaru are actual BONDS. There is no asspull, poor development, or anything, because there is love between both characters. While some may consider it unhealthy, the love is still there.
NH/SS is unhealthy. It’s one-sided, because all these fans care about is SAKURA AND HINATA’S feelings. They don’t care about Sasuke and Naruto, they just care about their self-insert to get the boy they want. It’s canon facts. Guess who wasn’t a person mentioned in Naruto’s precious people? Hinata. Guess who wasn’t a person mentioned in Sasuke’s precious people? Sakura. Did I miss something,maybe I misread it,I don’t know, But Hinata wasn’t Naruto’s precious person, Sakura wasn’t Sasuke’s. Hinata sat and watched Naruto suffer alone, but that’s overlooked because she “loved” him. If she loved him so much, why didn’t she befriend him?
Sakura’s “love” is equally selfish. She cares more about her wants, needs, and feelings than she does for Sasuke’s mental state. This is proven in the Manga. Don’t believe me? Go watch every Sakura confession, it’s about HER feelings, not Sasuke. Because what she wants is more important than anything, fuck everything and everyone else.
I already said this,time and time again, the brats mean nothing to me. I don’t care about them, they are just proof that your ships fucked each other, that’s it. They’re boring and dull, it’s just recycled angst. It has no impact on me whatsoever. I won’t be surprised if this Burrito movie flops and does worst than the last, hell i’d be happy if it does.
These kids add nothing to the story. Is that all you care about? You obviously can’t call yourself a Sasuke/Naruto fan if you are fine with their characters being destroyed and their story lines being tossed away for this garbage.
I’m gonna stop here before this turns into an essay. But shipping fans like you just ruin the entire series, smh.
ive always imagined Takua waking up, and every time he doesnt know how he’s gotten there.
and the turaga are just so damn excited to have him over, like, Whenua gives everyone a day off from work, Onewa has a Mahi or two slaughtered and calls for a feast, Nokama takes him into her hut where they drink tea all day and talk philosophy and religion.
you’d have all these turaga that view Takua as a walking eccentric bag of good ideas and conversation, and all Takua views his life as is verbally shitposting, wishing that he had some device to take pictures of the places he’s seen, exploring, hanging out with Jaller and Hahli, and finding food, clothing and shelter for the night
6. What do you love most about this (terrifying) little desert community? I mean, there’s gotta be something if you keep coming back.
(okay I’m kidding, although I do love that so much).
I just…really like Cecil. He’s a complete nerdface, an unreliable narrator, so charmingly flawed, so adorably in love…I’ll admit it was a little hard to get into before his character started developing. I mean, I liked the show and wanted to listen, but I wasn’t SUPER INVESTED until Cecil started to blossom.
He also creates a really tight framing device, that I really respect the writers for sticking with–aside from a few episodes, they don’t deviate and they don’t really cheat. We hear how Cecil interprets what he hears, we see things through his perspective. They’re committed to the limitations of this show and this character and have made them into virtues.
(that said I really want the Dust Hut to come up again because seriously I’m laughing just thinking about it)
SO WHAT IF HICCSTRID IS SECRETELY DATING THROUGH THE SERIES AND THATS WHY THEY’RE ALL CUTE BUT LIKE “NOOOO OOOOO JUST FRIENDS” but really they’re like “hush hush makeout in your hut tonight” like js its totally possible throwing it out that they’re secretly a thing
“You wanted to talk, so talk.” Toby emerged from the beach hut a few minutes later, having asked for a little privacy whilst he changed - Enver nearly argued, but he felt that Toby probably deserved an explanation before he hit on him. “I’m waiting.”
“I’m sorry.” As the orange sun glinted off the waves behind them, Enver wished that his apology was a little more poetic.
“Enver… what do you think you’re apologising for?” Enver took a deep breath - he’d known that this was coming, that a simple admission of wrongdoing wasn’t going to be enough.
“I’m sorry that- that I dismissed what happened-”
“-right, our kiss. I got scared, Toby. I’ve never felt this way about a guy before… Well, I’ve never felt this way around anyone before, I guess. And in case you hadn’t noticed, Sierra has a massive crush on you.” Toby snorted.
“Envy, Sierra only thinks she has a crush on me because I’m the only guy who doesn’t respond to her flirting. Because I’ve been into you the whole time.”