As if San Francisco wasn’t annoying enough already, the weather here has been obnoxiously perfect while the rest of the country looks like a live-action scene from “Frozen.” Lest we Bay Are residents be unappreciative, too, Priss & Vinegar recommends you make the most of this weekend by getting the heck outside.
There are roughly eight trillion different hikes you can take in the Bay Area as well as some fantastic expert advice on the subject (like our favorite, Weekend Sherpa.) We’re especially fond of the stroller-friendly Tennessee Valley Trail, with paved trails, a large parking lot, beach access and gorgeous views. (The photo above is the real-deal-Holyfield.) To note, the bathroom facilities are, ahem, spartan so we recommend bringing along a Baby Bjorn Smart Potty in the car for young children (and short, squeamish adults).
Hiking with babies? Piece of cake. Throw them in the ErgoBaby or the Bob Revolution Stroller and GO. But hiking with a toddler who’s too big to wear, too grown up to want to ride, and too young to go the entire distance on foot? Make it work by attiring your big kid in sturdy, comfortable shoes for when they walk; bringing a stroller for parsing more challenging terrain; and packing enough snacks to keep them from flipping out when you inevitably have to force them into said stroller.
After a morning of adventure, you’ve earned your lunch, and Priss & Vinegar thinks there is no lovelier place to dine post-hike than Murray Circle at Cavallo Point Lodge. Arrive early to snag a coveted seat on the veranda so you can enjoy the incomparable view of the Golden Gate Bridge (and of the huge lawn where your kids can run like animals without bothering anyone.)
The children’s menu is excellent, with healthy takes on reliable kid-friendly fare like quinoa mac n’ cheese, tempura battered all-natural corn dogs, and grass-fed beef hamburgers. (Crayons, coloring sheets and zippy cups are also part of the treatment.)
Order a glass of Sancerre, take in the view, and pinch yourself. It really doesn’t get any better than this.