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Five Star Spirituality: Yoga in the Sky at the Mandarin Oriental

For the first installment in our Five Star Spirituality series (brainchild of 7x7 culture editor Brock Keeling), we head to the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, which is the third tallest building in the city, making it a great place to view not just Fleet Week flybys and America’s Cup races (will we ever see those on our waters again?), but also to scan the windows of neighboring buildings for trysts (a pair of binocs in the room is practically a green light to practice voyeurism).

City Wineries Embrace the Urban Lifestyle

On an industrial side street in SoMa, the first juice from five tons of Sauvignon Blanc begins to drip from the press at Bluxome Street Winery, a full 60 miles from the grapes’ Russian River Valley origin. If it sounds odd, consider this: In the early 20th century, more than 100 wineries operated within San Francisco city limits before earthquakes, pests, and prohibition brought down California’s wine industry. These days, you can catch the aroma of fermenting grapes mingling with asphalt as a handful of entrepreneurs bring back urban winemaking.

Where to Pick Apples in the Bay Area

Apples

Within a short drive of the City, there are plenty of places to pick apples or just stock up on all the sweet things that are made from them! Hours and apple supplies can always change, so it’s a good idea to call before you head out the door.

A Preview of Pac Heights' Luxurious New Condos

In Pacific Heights even the sledgehammers are golden.

7 Local Instagrams You Should Follow Right Now

The Bay Area is full to the brim with talented, creative, attractive and curious characters. And many of them are no slouch with a camera, either! We've compiled a list of some of the best local Instagram profiles for you. Enjoy.

Editors' Picks: Ugg Jo Boots, MadBum Briefs, Nasty Gal Makeup, & More

7x7 editors reveal what they're salivating over this week. 

The Best Hidden Murals in San Francisco

In the everyday bustle of San Francisco life, it can be easy to miss the colorful street art that covers the City's structures. Tucked away off the main drag or raised above street level, these murals breathe life into a concrete city, and sometimes, they do seem to be alive. Faces laugh, animals lurk, and cartoons giggle. All it takes is looking up or walking around the block to discover a masterpiece. Here are some of the best in SF.

Take the Giant Highway for Non-Stop Views at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline

Mt. Tamalpais and the Vallejo ferry from the aptly named Bay View Trail in Pinol

The Point Pinole Regional Shoreline owes its existence to explosives. More than a hundred years ago, black powder was produced in San Francisco for use in the gold mines of the Sierras. After numerous factory explosions, the manufacture of such substances was deemed too dangerous for populated areas and the companies were exiled to the East Bay – Albany, El Cerrito, and Point Pinole.

Taylor Swift, Free Office for iOS, & More Topics to Discuss Over Brunch

Whether you're a beard-lover, or a devout cyclist, these topics are sure to catch your interest.

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