Gerstle Park Inn

34 Grove Street, San Rafael, California, 94901, United States
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Forum Posts

october/november in San Rafael

by ClaraZZ

Hi,

I'm planning to attend an English course (I'm Italian and my English really needs to be improved...)at Dominican University in October/November, but I have a few doubts.
Is it true that it rains all the time in that period of the year?
Maybe it's not the best time to come to San Rafael...especially if I'm staying only for a month.
Can anyone give me a piece of advice?

Thank You!

Re: october/november in San Rafael

by Rixie

October is usually beautiful in the Bay Area. The rainy season usually starts in November. Last year was quite dry, and it hardly rained at all.

Re: october/november in San Rafael

by sacking

I agree that October is usually an excellent time to visit. Usually rainy season starts in January. Though officially it could start as early as October-November.
Even if it rains, which I doubt, it won't rain all the time. Temp in 70-80 degree F range during day, dipping into 50's at night. You'll be an hour drive from the wine country of Napa/Sonoma. Very pretty.

Re: october/november in San Rafael

by atufft

Sacking is right on target. The October period in the wine country is very good, and even if it rains a bit in later November, it will be a few days of light rain at most, and then weeks will go by without a drop. California is largely a desert in terms of precipitation--it never rains "all the time" here, and at San Rafael, you'll probably experience a rain shadow effect at that time of year anyway, where clouds pass overhead and drop the rain in the Sierra Foothills. You can catch a transit ferry direct to San Francisco from San Rafael, so regardless of the weather good times can be had in the city anyway.

Re: october/november in San Rafael

by Rixie

Actually, the ferry terminal is in Larkspur. However, Golden Gate Transit buses do run all day between San Rafael and San Francisco.

I agree that you shouldn't decide not to come because of possible rain. San Francisco is an exciting city to visit.

Re: october/november in San Rafael

by atufft

The Ferry terminal in Larkspur does service San Rafael completely, at least from the schedule provided. There are buses that convey passengers each way for every arrival and every departure.

Re: october/november in San Rafael

by ClaraZZ

Ok so, no flood in San Rafael, I worry too much I know...
Thank you for your help!

Travel Tips for San Rafael

Lose Yourself in the San Rafael Hills

by karenincalifornia

A favorite thing is getting lost in the hills -- well, actually, you can't get really lost. You just go down and eventually you will get to civilization. Yes, the sky really is this blue.

To get to this location, take Lucas Valley exit off 101, go west to Westgate, right on Creekside. Park in the small parking lot by the tennis court and hike on the fire road across the street. The road takes you to the top to Big Rock Ridge Fire Road that follows the ridge. The road is steep, so it is a pretty good workout.

A bit of history

by karenincalifornia

San Rafael began flourishing as a city in the mid 1800's. The late 1800's attracted a lot of new residents, and many Victorian houses from that era have remained. Here in California, we think this is old.

This Victorian house is now the Marin County Museum. The museum is small but does offer some tidbits of information.

Even more extreme than San Francisco

by karenincalifornia

How can anything be more extreme than San Francisco? Well, San Rafael is, but only if you are referring to the weather. In the winter, San Rafael is colder and wetter than San Francisco. In the summer, San Rafael is hotter and dryer. Each area in the Bay Area has its own microclimates, and the differences between San Francisco and Marin County (just over the Golden Gate Bridge) demonstrates this.

When it gets hot in San Rafael, like it did today with temps over 100 degrees, nothing hits the spot better than a cold glass of Miccosukee iced tea in the backyard.

Day of the Dead

by karenincalifornia

Every November 2, the culturally diverse Canal neighborhood in San Rafael celebrates Dias de los Meurtos (Day of the Dead), a major Mexican holiday. According to tradition, on this day, the spirits of the dead return to earth to be with their families.

The entire community joins in the festivities by creating altars at Pickleweed Park in the Canal and participating in the Dead Procession in the evening.

Celebrating Serbian Christmas in San Rafael

by karenincalifornia

Serbian Christmas - Jan 7, 2004

Cesnica

1 package yeast
1/4 cup warm water
3 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
3/4 cup milk (warmed)
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup butter (1 cube - melted)
4 cups bread flour
1 egg (beaten - for brushing on dough)

Dissolve sugar in 1/4 cup warm water and sugar. Combine all ingredients (except for third egg) and knead by hand or in bread mixer. Dough will be sticky. Put dough in buttered bowl, cover with cellophane wrap and let rise to double in size.

Punch dough down (will still be sticky, but that is fine). Cut off small piece of dough for a cross. Put rest of dough in a buttered springform pan. Hide a coin in the dough. Decorate with reserved dough to create a cross. Cover with waxed paper and let rise in a warm room for about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush top of dough with beaten egg. Bake for 40 minutes. Serve warm for most delicious results!

The person who finds the coin will receive one year of good fortune!

Hristos se Rodi! (Merry Christmas!)

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Address: 34 Grove Street, San Rafael, California, 94901, United States