Whether teardrops or raindrops, I don't think I'd mind them so much if they came in all shades of the rainbow. Wouldn't that make for a far prettier storm or crying jag? I'd say so. And to prove my point, have a look at these colorful wall tears: Yes, that's not a typo. Wall. Tears. Why?

Chef Russell Jackson was inspired by pirates, smugglers and revolutionaries to open his new restaurant, Lafitte—named after the famous 19th-century Louisiana pirate—on a renovated San Francsico pier that dates back to 1918.

San Francisco’s Atelier KS designed Local Mission Eatery with an eye to the surrounding buildings in its Mission District location.

After a $9 million renovation, the Garden Court Hotel in high-tech Palo Alto now boasts a distinctly old-world aesthetic.

Good golly! Have you ever seen anything like these Golly Pods, aside from, say, in a Pixar movie? The alien-like ceramic planters are a collaboration between Richmond, CA-based Tend and designer Jason Lane, and they're too fun not to share.

Since I'm more of a summer sports gal than a snow sports fan, I much prefer proximity to a lake than ski-in/ski-out access. 

Nearly 10,000 votes were cast in our latest Readers’ Choice Contest: Best Outdoor Room.

As with all long weekends, this last one was far, far too short. If it were up to me, three-day weekends would be the norm. Why not? You'd still get a respectable four days of work under your belt, but you'd also get an added day to enjoy the sunshine, slip off to the beach, and maybe even pick up a new hobby. In fact, I contribute my lack of surfing skills to the country's measly weekend allotment.

You are here. And I've been just about everywhere else rummaging for the best in maps to bring to you... here. Below, a few personal favorites that will help you get your bearings as stylishly as possible.

What events not to miss this weekend, from sales to exhibitions to open houses.


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