Psoas Massage + Bodywork
This year has been intense. You have a couple of choices as how to deal with that. You can put on your pajamas and binge-watch every buzzworthy show on every streaming service with a pile of takeout on your coffee table — or you can let an expert rub the tension right out of your muscles and then get on with your life. Even the massage-shy will feel comfortable at Psoas Massage, where therapists focus on whatever's dragging you down, from a workout injury to that ugh-I-sit-at-a-desk-all-day feeling. Classic deep tissue, myofascial release, Rolfing: It's all covered here, and then some. Walk in stressed and hunched, walk out feeling six inches taller and ready for 2017.
Where: 333 3rd St., ste. 205, SOMA, San Francisco
When: By appt. only. Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
More info: 415-227-0331; psoasbodywork.com
There’s something sublime about cozying up after a long day on the slopes. You have the fire going, a wintry beverage in your hand and you're surrounded by good company. Now you can elevate your après-ski game thanks to local Kickstarter-turned-business Rumpl, whose blankets are the ultimate companion on any trip. Water-resistant, breathable, portable and warm, they are designed to maximize the comf during the downtime after you’ve conquered the slopes/trail/city sidewalks. There's even an electric version.
Bay Area Bike Share
Instead of shelling out major cash for a low-lit spin class, take a spin around town using the Bay Area Bike Share, aka those blue bikes you’ve seen all around SOMA and FiDi. The price is hard to beat: For $88 a year, you get unlimited 30-minute rides and access to the bikes 24/7 (there are other membership tiers, too). That’s kind of a big deal, because a recently announced Ford partnership and expansion will take the total number of available bikes from 700 to 7,000 and bring bike stations to your own backyard.
Homesick Candles & Glassybaby
This one's a twofer. Let’s start with your keen sense of smell, which will delight in the scents of Homesick Candles. Naturally, we're partial to the hand-poured Northern California soy candle with hints of pear, redwoods and vineyards. It comes in a lovely glass jar, but you'll want to stock up on others to surround it with — because your living room deserves to glow. House your smaller candles in Glassybaby's colorful glass votives, hand-blown in Berkeley. Ten percent of each sale goes to the Glassybaby White Light Fund, which helps people, animals and the planet heal.
Where: 2070 Union St., Cow Hollow, San Francisco
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
More info: 415-423-3694; glassybaby.com
The Bay Area is a foodie's paradise. It’s practically a full-time job to keep up with the new bars and restaurants that are always popping up (we should know). If your actual full-time job kind of gets in the way of such research, Avital Tours is here for you. The prix-fixe tours of the Mission and North Beach include four courses spread over four culinary destination, along with stops at local landmarks for some fun neighborhood history. There’s also a Union Square cocktail tour that takes you to three bars over the course of two hours. It's a pub crawl made classy.