Noah Guy Shares the Best Places to Bike to in All of San Fran
The spots you’ve gotta hit on a pair of wheels.
For Noah Guy, traveling through the streets of San Fransisco on his custom eighties bicycle—American-made, just like his bags for Joshu+Vela—is oh-so-much better than driving his truck. And that’s only partially because of his bike’s rad graphics. For Noah, an ideal trip starts out in the Mission and ends up at the coast—with the stops below on the way. —carrie neill
“I’d start out at Adobe Books at the corner of 16th and Valencia. It’s an independent bookstore, a sort of San Fran institution, and it’s struggling to stay alive. It shows a more relaxed side of the city—they have punk concerts, poetry readings, and art shows in the back. It’s kind of a relic of the pre-money age.”
(3166 16th St.)
The Wiggle to the Conservatory of Flowers
“Then I’d take the Wiggle—SF’s mile-long, zigzagging bike route—into Golden Gate Park, and check out the Conservatory of Flowers. They’ve recently painted bike lines and bike symbols on the roads. It seems like there are more bikers in San Francisco per capita than anywhere else.”
(Conservatory: 100 John F. Kennedy Dr.; conservatoryofflowers.org)
Happy Bakery to de Young Museum
“At Happy Bakery, just south of the park at 24th and Irving, you can get the best vegetarian steamed rice buns. I’d grab a couple of those and then head to the de Young museum, which is a really interesting building. I saw the Vivienne Westwood exhibit there a few years ago. It was cool to look at the things she was doing right out of art school, when she was just making things with her buddies, and to think that years later, those pieces ended up in a museum.”
(Bakery: 2253 Irving St.; Museum: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.; deyoung.famsf.org)
Trouble Coffee Company to Ocean Beach
“After that, I’d head out to Ocean Beach, stopping for some cinnamon toast from Trouble Coffee. The surf at the beach is a bit rough, so the surfers there are really good. It’s a very relaxing place—a real stress-reliever.”
(Coffee: 4033 Judah St.; troublecoffee.com)
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Scout & Catalogue Delivers the Ultimate Puerto Vallarta Tour
No, really—just try to top it.
Puerto Vallarta has gone from sleepy fishing town to one of Mexico’s hotspots, and while most guides will tell you to take a walk on the Malecon (you really should) or wander the streets of the picturesque Zona Romantica, Scout & Catalogue’s Breanna Musgrove made PV her home for long enough to learn its secrets. Here, she spills them, along with pics from her time in the country. —jackie varriano
Complimentary tequila and a little R&R on the rooftop patio of Hotel Hafa in Sayulita.
Hacienda San Angel: “This boutique hotel is situated right behind the main church. Get ready for a fantastic dinner on a rooftop terrace with views of the mountains and the sun setting into the Bay of Banderas.”
A Mexican folk art shop in the beautiful colonial town of San Sebastian.
Fabric Stores: “If you are interested in anything DIY, you will be in heaven in Mexico. Check out Parisina, Moda Telas, and Super Telas, as well as the amazing notion stores that sell every type of ribbon, glitter, or button your heart desires.”
Querubines: “One of my favorite stores! They carry a beautiful selection of folk craft, antiques, and other quirky finds from all over Mexico.”
Tlaquepaque: “My other favorite shop in the city is Tlaquepaque. The shop is filled with pottery, wooden toys, and glassware from the Tlaquepaque region of Guadalajara.”
A typical Mexican market, similar to the one located across the street from the local cemetery.
Café Oro Verde: “The best coffee in the city comes from Café Oro Verde—the proprietors have been making coffee for the last 19 years from beans harvested in the Sierra Madre.”
Tortillerias: “I always make sure to drop into a tortilleria and grab a half kilo of fresh tortillas to have in the hotel room. A half kilo will set you back about 5 pesos and should be more than enough. If you don’t speak Spanish, just repeat after me, ‘Medio kilo, porfa.”
A beautiful quiet beach found along the road south of PV heading towards Mismaloya.
Hidden (Public!) Beaches: “A little known fact about Mexico is that no one can lay claim to the beach. Some of the best beaches in Puerto Vallarta lay just south of the city. Check out Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlantake a water taxi to Yelapa. In order to dissuade the common man from sharing their beautiful beaches, most property owners try to hide the trails down to the water. How do you find them? Just keep an eye out for large collections of cars parked inconveniently along the side of the road. Where there are cars, there is a beach.”
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Tripping: Asia Ragland of Feliks + Adrik Is Right At Home in the Big Sur
If you haven’t planned a summer vacation yet, let our little “Tripping” series be your guide. Just please don’t blame us if you accomplish approximately nothing the rest of the day because Asia Ragland’s last great escape (below!) took you down a Big Sur rabbit hole.
“To celebrate my 30th, I rallied a group of dear friends to spend the weekend together in Big Sur, California. The theme was Lost Boys-meets-The Goonies. As there were 14 of us, I rented an enormous house, and it, the views, the private hiking trails, and the company were out of this world. Though it was tempting to spend every moment in our cliffside retreat, we ventured to Pfeiffer Beach—an enchanting stretch of land spotted with surreal rock formations and dusted with purple sand—and afterwards, we gathered at the Big Sur Taphouse, a cozy and charming bar located just south of the beach on the highway. Overall, I recommend renting a house or a cabin whether there are 14 of you or just two. Experiencing the luxury of privacy and ideal location is priceless.” —asia