Fake Like It’s Summer

Fake Like It’s Summer
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Conscious decision this winter: Hibernate less, explore more. Sure, our guestrooms are comfy, but you’re not truly in San Francisco until you’re outside. Tackle the weather head-on (add a fuzzy hat, please) and discover these outdoor spots with amazing scenery and sunny vibes. You’ll almost think it’s June.


Crissy Field Marsh and Beach
Take a walk on the sand. Spy beautiful water birds. Admire the native pants. This restored habitat on the Presidio’s Golden Gate Promenade will give you that vacay feeling — especially if a Western Pygmy Blue, the smallest butterfly in North America and known resident of this area, perches on your shoulder. nps.gov


Lands End
Walk the trail that hugs giant cypress trees and arrive at a be-all-end-all lookout point. At Lands End, in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, you’ll gaze at the rugged shoreline in all its glory. From here, you can venture on about 15 minutes to Sutro Baths, the hauntingly beautiful remains of man-made saltwater swimming pools. nps.gov


Conservatory of Flowers
While technically this is an indoor destination it’s located within Golden Gate Park and we recommend wandering the six-mile trail before you get your blooms fix. When you’re ready for a warmup, duck into the conservatory, where tropical plants like hibiscus and dancing lady orchids open as the relaxing sound of trickling water lulls you into a summer state of mind. conservatoryofflowers.org


Believe it or not, December through March is whale-spotting season in the Bay Area. Catch a Gray Whale Spotting Boat Tour from the Embarcadero’s Pier 39 and you’ll set off on the Bay for a guided look at Muir Beach, Point Reyes Lighthouse and — fingers crossed — a whale, porpoise or sea lion. city.sightseeing.us


Abbott’s Lagoon Trail
Starting from Point Reyes Station, head out for an hour-long hike to this double lagoon flanked by sand dunes. It’s about the journey, as much as the destination. Train your eyes on wildflowers, headlands, marshes and winter birds before you find yourself on what seems to be an infinite sandy stretch. nps.gov


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