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If you haven’t visited the glorious City by the Bay in a while, fall is a perfect time! Ironically, autumn typically offers some of the Bay Area’s best weather, with daytime temps averaging in the mid-60s and nighttime lows in the mid-50s. Afternoons are usually clear, perfect for exploring one of the world’s most beautiful cities. California municipalities have enacted protective measures against COVID-19, but many businesses and parks are open — and are welcoming visitors with open arms.

Rely on Our Expertise to Plan Your Stay

Our Equity Estates residence has one of the best locations in the city, conveniently located within walking distance of North Beach restaurants, Fisherman’s Wharf and numerous landmarks. Our Local Host lives in the area and is an expert on where to go and what to do. Business hours, re-openings and transportation schedules are changing daily during the pandemic, so our Local Host can help you plan your stay — meaning you won’t need to worry about what is open and how to get around! We’ve created a sample three-day itinerary to give you some ideas on how to enjoy this fabulous destination during these uncertain times.

Day One: Bike Tour

One of the best ways to explore San Francisco is via bicycle, either under your own pedal power — or if you want to cover more distance without too much exertion, try an electric bike. You have several options for where to go. If you’ve never walked or biked across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, this is a must-do. Book a bike tour with Bay City Bike and choose their “Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Tour,” which begins in Fisherman’s Wharf. From there, you’ll ride along the attractive waterfront and enjoy stunning views of Alcatraz Island, cross over the city’s famous landmark bridge, and then roll into picturesque Sausalito. After exploring for a bit, you’ll hop on a ferry for a leisurely trip back to the Wharf.

Another fun option is to tour the city’s fascinating neighborhoods and sights on Bay City Bike’s “Streets of San Francisco Electric Bike Tour.” This four-hour tour takes you through North Beach’s “Little Italy,” around the Giant’s Oracle Ballpark, through the Mission District, past the famous “Painted Ladies” of Alamo Square, the Civic Center and more. Most of the ride is relatively flat, but you’ll appreciate the electric pedal assist that will make getting up steep Bay Area hills a breeze.

These are just a few of the guided tour options Bay City Bikes offers, so you’re sure to find a tour that fits your time allotment and interests. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can rent bikes and head out on a self-guided tour (the shop can provide you with maps and route suggestions). From your residence, you can walk to the bike shop in just 15 minutes.

Where to Refuel

Whichever tour you choose, you will work up an appetite! Since all the bike tours begin and end in Fisherman’s Wharf, you won’t need to walk far to find somewhere to tuck into a delicious meal. Open restaurants are offering outdoor dining (with limited indoor dining, depending on current health orders). Many restaurants on Pier 39, known for its playful, frolicking sea lions, are open with marvelous views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the Bay. The legendary sourdough baker, Boudin Bakery Cafe, is open (multiple locations), as well as Fog Harbor Fish House, Wipeout Bar & Grill and Pier Market Seafood Restaurant.

Tip: Check websites and call ahead to confirm hours since things change often. Many Bay Area restaurants have recently reopened for limited indoor dining, so it’s best to make a reservation.

Day Two: Explore Muir Woods National Monument

There’s no better way to spend a crisp fall day than exploring the 558-acre Muir Woods National Monument, one of the Bay Area’s last remaining ancient redwood forests. Walk among towering redwoods on boardwalks and paths that meander through the park as Steller’s jays chatter back and forth overhead. The main trail is an easy two-mile walk with minimal elevation change. Since 2018, the Monument requires online reservations to park a vehicle, so plan ahead — or let our Local Host do it for you!

A stress-free way to reach the park is via a shuttle. Operators such as San Francisco Shuttle Tours offers two options: a “Muir Woods with Ferry Cruise” tour that takes you to Muir Woods and then stops in Sausalito for an hour before returning to the city via ferry. The second tour is a full day of sightseeing, with guided walks in Chinatown and Golden Gate Park, plus multiple stops at almost every city landmark for photo ops. (Note: passengers are required to wear facemasks).

If you prefer a more customized, personal adventure, check out Bespoke Experiences, which offers private four to eight-hour tours in luxury vehicles. You tell them what you’d like to see, and they will plan a custom itinerary.

Where to Refuel

In addition to the multiple options we noted earlier around Fisherman’s Wharf, several notable Bay Area restaurants are also welcoming diners. Sotto Mare, a family-run, old-school Italian eatery just a six-minute walk from Equity Estate’s residence, has been wowing hungry patrons with its “Best Damn Crab Cioppino in San Francisco” for decades! For a more upscale night out, spend an evening overlooking the Bay and enjoying some of the area’s best seafood at the Waterbar. Another wonderful patio dining experience is Boulevard, which is housed in a historic building on the Embarcadero with sweeping Bay views.

Day Three: Golden Gate Park and Land’s End

No trip to San Francisco is complete without spending some time in these spectacular parks. To create more shared public space where residents and visitors can spend time safely outside, San Francisco has recently implemented a Slow Streets Program — and Golden Gate State Park is included. The program blocks off several streets throughout the city to vehicle traffic, making it easier and more enjoyable for pedestrians and bicyclists to move about.

If you’re not worn-out from your bike tour on Day One, renting a bike is a fabulous way to explore the 1,017-acre park’s lakes and meadows. A fun alternative is to glide around on a Segway tour (check first to see if tours are operating). Or simply pick up a picnic lunch at the Whole Foods near the park’s eastern end and spend the day strolling around, relishing the fresh sea air and appealing surroundings.

For an unparalleled experience, spend some time exploring Land’s End, which is usually less busy than the area’s more well-known parks. Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Land’s End is on San Francisco’s northwest corner, overlooking the channel that flows under the Golden Gate Bridge. Follow the trails that wind their way around rocky cliffs dotted with wildflowers and under cypress and eucalyptus trees. Prepare to be dazzled as you come around each turn when breathtaking views of the ocean, headlands, bridge and coastline greet you!

Be sure to save time to visit the Sutro Historic District, where six lavish saltwater swimming pools, restaurants, 517 private dressing rooms and arcades enclosed by 100,000 square feet of glass once existed. Now in ruins, the facility was a popular attraction dating back to 1894 and could accommodate thousands of swimmers at a time. You can still see the grand baths’ concrete remains just north of the Cliff House, an iconic restaurant dating back to the 1800s (temporarily closed).

Tip: Many parks are open, but some visitor centers and other indoor spaces are currently closed. For example, outdoor tours are open on Alcatraz Island, but no indoor tours are running. Check the park websites for the most current information.

Where to Refuel

Head back to your elegant Equity Estates residence to relax and order savory takeout from any number of restaurants such as Chong Qing Xiao Mian (just minutes away). If pizza sounds better, order from an award-winning North Beach institution, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. Enjoy a glass of wine in the apartment’s lovely shared common garden area with a table firepit as you reflect on your wonderful three-day vacation in one of the world’s most beautiful cities!

Your visit to San Francisco with Equity Estates can be anything and everything you’ve dreamed about. If you are an investor with Equity Estates, contact your Personal Travel Concierge to learn more about your Napa Valley vacation.

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Preview some of the top ski destinations you’ll enjoy as an Equity Estates investor and get inspired to shred some powder or indulge in après-ski.

Without Further Ado, Our Five Favorite Ski Destinations:

5) Chamonix: The best place to sample some of the finest skiing in the Alps, Chamonix gives you five ski resorts nearby.  Enjoy French cuisine and wine apres ski as you spend your nights in a beautiful Chalet.

4) Lake Tahoe: Ranked the top ski mountain for families, Northstar offers great skiing for the entire family and incredible views of Lake Tahoe. The ski- in/ski-out four bedroom residence has wonderful amenity access to the nearby Ritz Carlton and Tahoe Mountain Club.  Or feel free to take in the views from your own hot tub out back.

3) Aspen/Snowmass: Voted one of the top ten ski resorts in the world with terrain for any level of skier, Snowmass is easy to get to with 200+ flights a week to the Aspen airport.  And, of course, Ajax Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk are just minutes away from your beautiful residence.  You’ll stay in the best located ski-in ski-out residence in the new base village with sweeping mountain views and be right next to ski school.

2) Park City/Deer Valley: Ski the legendary Wasatch Powder, just 45 minutes door to door from the airport with two Equity Estates residences to pick from: downtown Park City and Deer Valley. Enjoy après-ski by bellying up to the dozens of watering holes just steps away from your home off of Main Street. Or take in the the Sundance Film Festival and skip the skiing. Get bored quickly? There nine ski resorts to pick from within an hour’s drive.

1) Telluride: Sitting high in the San Juan mountains, this historic mountain town is off the beaten path, but worth the journey. Stare eye to eye with fourteen thousand foot peaks from your living room–just steps from skiing where the lift lines are non-existent. Enjoy amenity access to the Peaks Resort and Spa and try your hand at some of the best heli-skiing in the lower 48 with Telluride Helitrax.

While our mountain destinations are certainly well equipped to host your winter adventures, they’re also ideal for action-packed vacations during the summer and fall months. Browse our summer and fall mountain destination spotlights below and consider taking advantage of upcoming availability.

Park City & Deer Valley

Outdoor Activities

Hiking: Enjoy a challenging 1.5 mile hike up to the entrance of Timpanogos Caves. It’ll be worth it to see the rugged beauty of the caves, including underground pools and limestone rock formations. Or, head 30-minutes from downtown Park City and begin to feel like you’re in another world at Uinta National Forest. The rolling mountains of Park City turn into a massive forest land complete with evergreens, crystal blue lakes and rivers packed full of trout.

Watersports on Jordanelle Reservoir: What says summer like water sports? Just 5 minutes outside of Park City, Jordanelle Reservoir features wonderful camping, fishing, wake boarding, water skiing, canoeing, jet skiing and boating.

Alpine Slide at Park City Mountain Resort: Park City boasts one of the longest alpine slides in the world. With more than 3,000 feet of winding and gliding tracks, this luge-like slide that runs down the face of the mountain is sure to provide thrills for the whole family. Open mid-May through mid-October.

Events

Hiking: Join celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers, and epicurean insiders for one of the culinary world’s most spectacular events. June 16-18.

Fourth of July: Snowmass shows its patriotic colors with a free holiday extravaganza to entertain the whole family. Weekend events include live music on Fanny Hill, food, games, movies and more. Nearby Aspen hosts their own celebration as well.

JAS (Jazz Aspen Snowmass) Labor Day Experience: Acts this year in Snowmass Town Park include Keith Urban, The Revivalists, The Roots, Maroon 5, Lake Street Drive, Daryl Hall & John Oates, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Nathaniel Rateli & The Night Sweats, and more. Sept. 1-3 Snowmass Village Summer Concert Series: Free concerts happening weekly from June
through August.

Snowmass

Outdoor Activities

Fly Fishing: For the avid angler, few things can beat fishing in Colorado. With dozens of scenic trout-filled rivers, streams and lakes in the area, Aspen and Snowmass lie at the epicenter of some of Colorado’s best fishing spots. Rent gear and try your hand or opt for a charter with an expert guide.

River Rafting: This region’s scenic and plentiful rivers are some of its best-kept secrets. Whether you’re seeking a day trip with class IV rapids on the or a gentle float on the Roaring Fork, local outfitters can help plan your adventure. The scenery along these pristine waterways promises to be breathtakingly beautiful.

Hiking and Biking: Surrounded by the 2.3 million acres of the White River National Forest, the hiking and biking options in and around Snowmass are truly endless. From Snowmass Village itself, hikers can head out to explore over 77 miles of hiking trails ranging from short morning jaunts to multi-day backpack trips.

Note: Trails around Snowmass Village are closed until June 21 to protect critical elk calving habitat.

Events

Food and Wine Classic in Aspen: Join celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers, and epicurean insiders for one of the culinary world’s most spectacular events. June 16-18.

Fourth of July: Snowmass shows its patriotic colors with a free holiday extravaganza to entertain the whole family. Weekend events include live music on Fanny Hill, food, games, movies and more. Nearby Aspen hosts their own celebration as well.

JAS (Jazz Aspen Snowmass) Labor Day Experience: Acts this year in Snowmass Town Park include Keith Urban, The Revivalists, The Roots, Maroon 5, Lake Street Drive, Daryl Hall & John Oates, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Nathaniel Rateli & The Night Sweats, and more. Sept. 1-3 Snowmass Village Summer Concert Series: Free concerts happening weekly from June through August.

Telluride

Outdoor Activities

Hiking: Hiking is by far the most popular activity in Telluride’s summer season, and there’s enough to terrain to explore a new trail every weekend. Surrounded by an abundance of scenic nature trails as well as plenty of less-traveled paths, you can choose from a quick afternoon jaunt, to summitting a 14,000-foot peak, to a multi-day cross-country excursion.

Climbing: Year-round mountaineering, trekking, and climbing schools provide backcountry and technical skills for outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels. Try the Ajak Peak climb for panoramic views of Telluride.

Fly Fishing: With some of the finest trout streams in the Rocky Mountains, Telluride is an angler’s paradise. To make the most of your outing, we recommend learning the waterways and surrounding terrain with the help of a local guide.

River Rafting: Several rivers provide incredible rafting opportunities in Telluride during the summer months. One of the most popular trips launches just thirty minutes downstream from Telluride at Specie Creek and runs 9 miles to the Beaver Creek River Access. This section features class II-III whitewater, ideal for beginning and intermediate rafters, families and groups of mixed abilities.

Events

Mountain Film Festival: Held every Memorial Day weekend, the Telluride Mountain Film Festival is a documentary festival that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. May 26-29.

Telluride Wine Fest: Featuring everything from street parties and intimate tastings, this event-packed weekend oers something for everyone. June 22-26.

Telluride Jazz Festival: This year’s lineup includes Mavis Staples, Macy Gray, Bootsy Collins & World-Wide Funk Drive, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Miles Mosley and the West Coast Get Down, and many more. August 4-6.

Telluride Blue & Brews Festival: This year’s lineup includes Bonnie Raitt, Steve Winwood, TajMo, Anders Osborne, Benjamin Booker, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Magpie Salute and many more. September 15-17.

Safe Travels!