I brought my Jeep here for them to diagnose a mysterious engine noise. Keep in mind that the San Francisco Jeep dealer left town and I could not be happier. Even though I must now travel to Colma for such repairs I have to give props to the team there. John and Cameron in the service department were totally awesome, low key and figured out what ailed the beast almost immediately. This is after I foolishly went to a local shop first. Turns out that the mystery noise was not at all what the first shop said it absolutely, positively had to be. While not ideal, the BART ride from the City is pretty easy and had to walk just a mile of easy terrain to get there and back. John would have gladly given me a ride to BART but walking is good for the soul! Sort of weird strolling by all the cemeteries in Colma but that offers a good reminder of why it is good to exercise. All in, they quoted a total price two bills higher than the actual amount so that made for a happy day. I will be back that is for sure.
It's a rare brewery indeed that has food just as good as the beer. Came here for a quick bite and brew for the first time, will definitely be back! Started with two apps; Raw Ahi Tuna and Cheese Loaf. Both were phenomenal. Ahi was perfectly presented and the portion did not disappoint, served on a bed of greens with wasabi and tamari. The Cheese Loaf is a small round sourdough roll sliced four times to resemble a checker board, stuffed with top notch melted cheese and swimming in a plate of red vinegar and olive oil for dipping; very filling but acutely satisfying. Had the Auburn Export Lager as the Oktoberfest was already tapped out. Not a stand-out but that's what the rest of the beer menu is for. Fully intend to march right on down that list in coming months.
Wow, just...Wow! I did not expect to find a place this cool in such a small town. Handwoven baskets galore and absolutely the most comfortable clothing I have seen in a long, long time. This stuff is certainly sourced from a very unique place. Not sure where, but it feels like some master artisans played a role in the creation of this merchandise. Found just what I was looking for after about two years, a replacement woven tote with quality leather handles and not too big/small. Not very descriptive i know, but like the best things on Earth, you know it when you see it! That pretty much sums up this great little store, you'll love it when you see it! Be prepared to be happy...very happy.
OOOhhh! This is a great little place for gifts and stuff to round out you collection at home. What's here? Custom art work, cards and such, unique home decorations and pretty much everything that will become your favorite things too! The space is super quaint yet not cramped. Prices are well in line, not the sticker shock you may have experienced at "other" specialty shops. This place has soul you can feel. Go there and find out what your new favorite ting may be.
Happened upon this place during a recent visit to Nevada City. What little downtown shopping district is complete without a hat shop? The Hat Store doesn't disappoint. Very helpful and friendly staff, tons of great options to cover up a receding hairline for guys and a bad hair day for the women! Prices are very well in line too. You will certainly not get sticker shock by turning over the tag, just honest prices from honest purveyors. Be sure to stop in...you'll probably leave with two.
While driving down the coast I happened upon this place as a good stop-over. I must say that this motel is a pleasant and refreshing blast from the past. Motor hotels like this were a standard feature of the coast for many years. Quick, clean, safe places to stop without breaking the bank...the kind of place that really enabled the car culture to thrive.
Harborview like it promises overlooks a real working harbor. The motel is built with cinder blocks that are clean painted and well maintained, helps with any outside noise too. The whole place is impeccably clean with a real family touch here and there like old towels instructing you to use them for spills and such to keep the other ones clean...nice touch as they expect you to behave as if it were your own house. Big showers, like there used to be a tub there but now its all tile, plenty of space. Bed is clean and comfortable, smallish TV but who really cares anyway.
The sum up: I've been looking for motels like this one all up and down the coast since it really is a great place...haven't found any that stack up yet.
Hey Harborview! Ever think of opening some like-style places further south? Could really use one in Fort Bragg, Calif.
Stayed here for two nights in the middle of the week. Of course we had to upgrade to a Tuscan room as it was for the anniversary. The new rooms are pretty darn nice and well positioned in Healdsburg. I like to think of this hotel as a poor-mans resort since each room has a private balcony, deep soaking tub and fireplace. The grounds offer two hot tubs, two pools and a steam room.
One thing to keep in mind though that irked us during the stay. As anyone from SF can attest Marin is often quite a bit warmer than the City. That was the case during our stay. We City dwellers found the weather quite warm but the locals were still a bit chilly. That is where a design component of the Tuscan rooms became apparent. The room on the ground floor and the one above it share the same heat pump with priority granted to the upstairs unit. The lower unit is dependent on the whims of the overhead neighbors as it pertains to the A/C or heat. If the people upstairs are cold they will have the heat on which overrides your ability on the ground floor to turn on the A/C if you are hot. Easy fix by choosing the top room but i liked ground access to the amenities in the courtyard and picked the lower unit as such...ended up switching though since I believe that if I'm paying money I should have full control of the room environment.
Not a big deal but good to keep in mind. Dropping a star for that one.
If you find yourself in Fort Bragg make sure to go here either before or after the Skunk Train. The place is fantastic! Once a dumping ground for appliances, old cars and assorted trash better suited to a Super Fund site than a beach this area has been cleaned up. Cleaned up of the big stuff and metal stuff which could be collected with giant magnets. Only thing left was the broken glass...windows, bottles and such. Over time the ocean surf polished the sharp edges into the little sea glass nuggets that are Glass Beach.
Biggest thing to remember when visiting: Go at low tide (so you can see the most glass) Oh yeah, and don't take any glass with you lest this place become known as Sand Beach.
Getting there is easy, from the parking area follow the old chicken wire fence to the end. Follow the fence to the South along a well-worn dirt path until you a small cove below...there lies the glass! There is a good chance you may even see a squirrel that is darn near domesticated looking for handouts. Be ready to clamber down about 20 feet of sandstone ledges to get to the cove. At low tide you can see all manner of sea life clinging to the rocks in addition to the super cool Glass Beach.
The Bay View cafe is ok in a pinch, a very expensive for what you get, pinch. Now I understand that rents are rough in this little town and bay views are nothing to sneeze at when considering your dining options BUT [fill in esoteric snide comment here]. To raise myself out of what surely would become a whiny quagmire of this versus expectations I will reflect instead on why I may feel this way. I get the sense that while the food is solidly in the middle of my cafe category in terms of quality the atmosphere doesn't keep up. i consider atmosphere to be part and parcel with the dining experience and with each incremental increase in cost I expect an incremental increase in the atmospherics. So here's a stream of consciousness tally on a 5 point scale: outdoor deck overlooking bay, 5; sufficient seating against picture windows overlooking deck and bay, 5; walls decorated with Mendocino area related movie posters, 3 (starting to cheapen things); menu with limited ingredient variety (different preps though), 3; no acoustic abatement, 2; little bit creepy bar area in the back, 2; sticky menus (of three sampled), 1. I've been here twice before and pretty much nothing has changed for the better or worse. Why do I keep coming back? Not sure, always seem to think that the prices will be lower than just eating at the Mendocino Hotel Bistro...not yet the case. Perhaps I'll read my own review and remember next time to make other arrangements.
Full disclosure: I frequent many locally owned and operated establishments of this sort and give plenty of leeway, as such I rate this place on my own contrived scale: 2 - uninspired food and decor occupying prime real estate in Mendocino, charging moderate sums of money sufficient to stay in high-rent district and disallow a real competitor's full use of the space.
Denny's, oh sweet Denny's, I do adore your faultless adherence to Corporate standards as I expect the golden arches to produce without fail an identical burger in NY and SF. Sometimes that kind of consistency both in preparation and price is just what's needed. A meal without the question "Where would Yelpers go?" Denny [can I call you that?], as promised, you delivered the Grand Slam and Meat Lover Scramble to our table...looking just the same as the promotional material and for this I thank you. The proletariat you employ are as expected, divine.
Full disclosure: I frequent standard multicategory restaurants occasionally and rate this Denny's on my own contrived scale: 3 star - Go unflinchingly towards the sunny-side-up polish 'n gloss for a no-frills synthetic representation of the American dream and keep the change.