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There’s More to Belfast Than Van Morrison

Belfast is on the rise as a travel destination, evidenced by the kind of food-and-cocktail consciousness seldom associated heretofore with the U.K., let alone Northern Ireland.

Marika Chop Spreads the Power of Healing

In Marika Chop’s opinion, everyone deserves body, mind, and spiritual wellness. As the owner and director of the Alameda Wellness Center, Chop is doing her part to bring healing and wellness to her clients.

Matt Kalkstein Makes Custom Boomboxes

Carpenter, artist, and MAKBuilt founder Matt Kalkstein loves music, classic cars, and vintage clothes, combining his interests with his craft to make handcrafted “funk-tional” art.

Make Venice Your Own

You’ll love the ancient watery city more if you arrive as a curious, respectful semi-innocent.

Marilyn, Martinis, and Muir

Visitors to the charming Contra Costa town can sip stout coffee, browse for antiques, and see where John Muir lived.

Go Ahead and Declutter

Professional organizer Shira Gill helps clients live well with less by getting them to shed their stuff.

Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Board games and spunky knives, flashy watches and necklaces, flying drones and scooters are among the hot gifts of the season.

Kings Beach is for Families

The little town on the northern shore of Lake Tahoe has just-right amenities for the parents and kids.

Solano Avenue Is Paradise for Consumers

From one end to another, Solano Avenue is an alluring destination for shopping, dining, and hanging out.

Upscale Assisted Living Comes to Mariner Point

Retirement community giant Oakmont Senior Living believes in a five-star approach to service and residency. Crystal Robinson of Oakmont Management Group talks about the latest addition in Alameda.