As residents of San Francisco, we don’t often have to leave the city. Everything we need is at our fingertips and we don’t need to go far to find what we’re looking for. One thing we always look forward to though, is getting out of the city to breathe some fresh air and take in the scenery. Northern California is one of the most beautiful places in the world and we’re lucky enough to have the conveniences of city living in close proximity to nature.
Our first stop is always the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point just north of the Golden Gate – one of the most magical views of the towering red bridge and the city by the bay. From there, we head north on US 101 into Marin County and seemingly get lost on the winding roads of Mt. Tamalpais State Park, ending up at one of our favorite places, Stinson Beach.
Miles upon miles of winding roads with views worth a million dollars make us feel rejuvenated. It doesn’t go unacknowledged that we live in such a magical metropolis and have the beauty of mother nature at our fingertips. From city streets and cable cars to rocky cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, our Simple Shoes carry us to the Bay Area’s most beautiful places.
As a seventeen year old living in Malibu, CA, surfing is a significant part of my daily routine. I’m always awake an hour before the sun pops up behind the beautiful mountain ridges of Southern California. Seeing the perfect waves, feeling crisp offshore winds and hearing the hoots and hollers of my closest friends motivates [...]
My boyfriend and I moved to Japan earlier this year so that Jerry could continue to chase his dreams of playing football. When I say football in Japan, most people probably think I'm talking about soccer, but no, they do actually have American football here. I would follow him anywhere but that doesn't mean that [...]
Moving from Chicago to Indiana, we can now hear crickets and see the stars at night. We’ve traded subway platforms for tree-lined streets and our two-bedroom apartment for a three-bedroom house. Space has become our most cherished possession. There was less of it in Chicago – construction crews taking up most traffic lanes, subway passengers inviting themselves to share seats [...]
On the hunt for some high test urban inspiration, we took a Summer road trip to The City of Gold, San Fransisco. Ground zero for 1968's Summer of Love, the impossibly charming City by the Bay is perhaps California's truest cultural epicenter. It is a city of world class proportions with dynamic and distinct neighborhoods, [...]
Palm Springs is known for its hot springs, stylish hotels, golf courses and spas. It's also notable for its many fine examples of midcentury-modern architecture. Its core shopping district along Palm Canyon Drive features vintage boutiques, hip interior design shops and buzzy restaurants. The surrounding Coachella Valley offers hiking, biking and horseback riding.We took a [...]
Venezuelan journalist Daniela Hernandez Pedraza surfs and travels the world, gathering insights and stories for Surfistas, a one-of-a-kind travelogue, complete with journal excerpts, quotes and travel tips you won’t find in most travel guides. Daniela has been drawn to traveling since she can remember and admits to feeling most at home while she’s moving around.When asked [...]
One third of the van-life traveling trio, Together We Roam, Jenelle Kappe explores The States with her boyfriend, Parker Hilton, and mini Australian shepherd, Emma, to capture breathtaking cross-country imagery. “The idea behind the name Together We Roam is predominantly about traveling and experiencing this world with each other and anyone else who’d care to join us,” writes [...]
Chef, restaurateur and philanthropist, Marilyn Schlossbach understands that sometimes you need to share life’s simplest pleasures with your community. Marilyn, whose restaurants have been a pillar in the resurgence of the beach town of Asbury Park, NJ, has made it her mission to address the needs of her diverse community through endeavors such as free holiday dinners [...]