Since 2004, Super Jet Limo's smartly dressed chauffeurs have transported clients in a fleet of stylish town cars. They drive travelers to and from San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport, and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In addition, they facilitate sightseeing tours and provide transportation for special events, such as proms and weddings. In the case of the latter, they'll even outfit limos with customized Just Married signs.
Since it began flying in 2007, Virgin America has focused on making air travel exciting again, starting with giving passengers more control of the experience. Virgin America's planes come equipped with 9-inch touchscreens, where food and drink orders can be quickly tapped out and paid. The Red entertainment system makes a library of movies, TV shows, and nearly 3,000 MP3s available on demand. Virgin America has also enhanced the passenger experience by becoming the first airline to offer in-flight WiFi access during every flight. One-way fares start at $109 for flights between ORD and San Francisco International Airport (SFO), including government taxes and mandatory fees; restrictions apply. Baggage weight and size limits apply; see full list of rules here.Named the best domestic airline for four consecutive years by both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, Virgin America has won over travelers not only for its quality service but also for its creative flourishes. Mood lighting glows in sunset hues, and hot-pink headphones (available for an additional fee) tuck into the back pockets of posh black-leather seats. Decorative touches even enliven Virgin's airport terminals. Designed by esteemed Gensler architects, the airline's futuristic SFO hub was called "one of the most modern way stations…in the country and perhaps the world" by USA Today, with crimson egg chairs, a recomposure zone after the security checkpoint, and telekinetic luggage handlers.Virgin America terms and conditions apply.Gogo terms and conditions apply.
With more than 15 years of flying experience, Fly Bay Area creates tours that are designed to bring recreational flying to the general public. Participants on Fly Bay Area's tours get to see Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Half Moon Bay, and the coastline cliffs—but instead of exploring each up-close, they view them from around 1,500 feet in the air. Experienced pilots steer four-seat, single-engine planes over the San Francisco Peninsula and Bay, across sweeping redwood forests and the Pacific coast, during sky tours at any time of day. The FAA-approved air-tour company also lets passengers helm the plane's controls on U-Fly tours. During these flights, pilots train one or two passengers in basic flight maneuvers and making airplane noises with their mouths, eschewing the extra technical and theoretical lessons required by pilot-training programs. On any flight, staff members can snap high-resolution digital photographs or high-definition videos that document moments of the customer's in-flight experience.
In 1955, Dominick Chirichillo’s grandfather began teaching him the family pastime: winemaking. They worked on a wine press in the basement of his New York home, transforming bunches of grapes into nuanced reds and whites. Quickly finding that the hobby of his ancestors was his passion, Dominick entered his creations in amateur competitions around the East Coast. When he felt confident enough to open up his own winery, he moved to northern California, lured by the prospect of living and working right next door to the vineyards that grew his grapes. His winery—named Domenico to honor his Italian heritage—now produces boutique wines that have won more than 300 awards for their rich, complex palates and excellent scores in the swimsuit competition. Some varieties are made in batches of only 100 or 200 cases, allowing his staff to innovate fearlessly. Locals often drop by the winery’s spacious tasting room to sample these limited-edition flavors. Outfitted with a 24-foot mahogany bar and sweeping drapes, the tasting room recalls an elegant Tuscan café, complete with impeccable hospitality. The staff eagerly shares the undertones and flavors of every pour, suggesting potential food pairings or the best glass of red to throw at an offensive suitor.
Formerly known as Colquhoun Glass Works, the seeds of Half Moon Bay Art Glass were sown in 1977 when artist Douglass Colquhoun Brown stepped off a tall ship in the English Channel. Discovering the art of etched glass in France, Brown became instantly smitten with the craft, and vowed to learn it upon his return to the states. After honing his skills creating scientific glassware for Silicon Valley, the artist expanded into more decorative objects such as jelly fish lamps, orchids, and seasonal glass pumpkins ideal for the jack-o-lantern-averse. Brown is eager to share his love for the fragile medium with others, leading glass-blowing classes suitable for first-timers of all ages, 13 and up.
Silicon Segway equips un-wheeled tourists with a Segway PT, which acts as an electric chariot that takes scenic-surveyors on a breezy tour of the coast. Pacifica tours start at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. seven days a week. Civilian Robocops will gather at Rockaway Beach and don a fashionable helmet before cruising along the shores of Pacifica for a spectacle-filled hour. After a quick Segway training session, tourists can spot oceanic fauna while jetting through a wildlife area, then climb through 12 hairpin bends up Pacifica's Strawberry Hill. On the way, you'll encounter historic landmarks, ride past majestic bluffs, and perhaps even spot a whale popping up to ask, "Pardon me, is this the 5:19 to Scottsdale?"
San Francisco Fire Engine Tours & Adventures’ sparkling 1950's Mack Fire Engine carries passengers on themed adventures that combine the excitement of racing toward a fire with the fun of outwitting time. From the vantage point of the "Big Red Shiny Mack Fire Engine," guests catch views of the Bay Area while pretending to be important pieces of firefighting equipment. Tours run year round, and the crew outfits patrons with authentic fire gear to keep them warm while they explore the city on one of the themed tours. Winery tours cruise to Treasure Island, where guests enjoy tastes of signature varietals, while the Golden Gate bridge tour begins in Fisherman's Wharf before heading across the iconic bridge, through the village of Sausalito. Holiday-lights tours capture some of the city's most festive and decorated locations, and Halloween tours creep through Historic Presidio where ghosts are rumored to vacation.