It's full swing FOGUST in San Francisco. While the rest of the Bay Area is soaking up the last of the summer sun, we are living in a world of fog. How do you survive until summer returns in September and October? We put together a list of our favorite sunny spots in the city and beyond, plus the best sunglasses to wear on your adventure.
1. Go on a Hike!
Don't let the fog slow you down. One way we love to find the sunshine is to explore a trail in Marin, Berkeley, or along the peninsula. Grizzly Peak in Berkeley is a great beginners hike with incredible views of the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate. For more experienced hikers, try the Marin Coastal Trail.
Sunglasses for Hiking:
Men: Smith Lowdown2 Polarized ChromaPop Sunglasses, $169
These sporty yet stylish shades will keep your eyes protected and keep up with the pace. The hydrophilic nose pads keep the glasses from slipping while the ultra light frame keeps you from getting that dreaded sunglass imprint.
Women: Oakley Latch, $163
The frames are super lightweight for all day wear, and their special lens technology helps enhance visual details for a crystal view, while blocking out too much sunshine. An extra feature allows you to clip the shades to your shirt, so they'll stay secure when you're hiking under shade.
2. Hit Off The Grid Presidio Picnic
Not only is the Presidio Picnic free, it takes place every Sunday rain or shine on the Presidio’s Main Parade Ground, with amazing views of the park, the city, and the Bay. Enjoy the incredible views, 25+ food vendors, music, crafts for kids, and even a free yoga class from 11-12.
Sunglasses a Chill Park Day:
Men: Warby Parker Abe, $145
The Abe is an aviator style with a fresh square silhouette. These offer 100% UV protection, are scratch resistant in case you drop them, and have a cool silver frame.
Women: Quay Australia Somerset Aviators, $60
Megan recently picked up this style on a weekend trip to Vegas, making it her second pair of Quay's. The highly reflective lenses make them great for protecting your eyes, while the sleek brow bar amps up the style.
3. Explore a Farmer's Market or Flea Market
If you are willing to drive a little, why not pick up picnicking supplies for wine tasting at the Healdsburg Farmer's Market? Located just off the main street, local vendors offer a mix of fresh flowers, cheeses, and breads perfect to beautify your spread.
If you want to explore something closer to the city and still find some sunshine, Kimberly is a big fan of the Alameda Antiques Faire held the first Sunday of the month. Find your latest vintage piece, grab lunch at the market and take in the views of the city (if it's not fogged in).
Women: J.Crew Seaside Round Cateye, $65
Perfect for adding a little color to your life and a retro nod to summer. These frames are easy on the eyes and the pocket book while providing standard UV protection.
Men: TOM's Dawson Milky Honey Fade, $139.95
Understated in a soft honey fade, these chic sunglasses are a softer take on a masculine wood frame. This slightly square shape does more than make you look good. With every pair of eyewear you purchase, TOMS will help restore sight to someone in need. One for One®