Weekending with the Hammer family
Balancing family and business, culinary entrepreneur and lifestyle maven Elizabeth Chambers Hammer gives new meaning to the sweet life.
After perfecting her family’s heirloom recipes, she opened Bird Bakery in 2012 with her husband, actor Armie Hammer, in her hometown of San Antonio.
Now, with a second outpost in Dallas, the mother of two—who regularly charms audiences with her Today show cooking segments—splits her time between Texas and Los Angeles. birdbakery.com.
Colony Palms Hotel
“Our go-to for a quick weekend getaway—perfect with the children or as a romantic couple’s escape.”572 N. Indian Canyon Dr., P.S., 760-969-1800; colonypalmshotel.com.
“One of my favorite stops for savory and sweet. The chocolate éclairs are heaven. And the bread…Ah, the bread.” 600 Guerrero St., S.F., 415-487-2600; tartinebakery.com.
California Academy of Sciences
“An incredible destination for the children. The museum is expansive, with everything from an aquarium to a planetarium. There’s something for everyone.” 55 Music Concourse Dr., S.F., 415-379-8000; calacademy.org.
“A wonderful place to spend the afternoon, with more than 3,000 plants from around the world, the tallest cacti I’ve seen and, of course, phenomenal lotuses.” 695 Cold Springs Rd., S.B., 805-969-9990; lotusland.org.
“The best facial you’ll ever have. The beautiful spa’s founder, Lena [Bratschi], and her team use the most cutting-edge technology and procedures. Yes, she’s that good.” 8474 Santa Monica Blvd., W.H., 310-855-0105; carasoin.com.
“A culinary dream. My go-to for inspiration and wonderful gifts.” 3075 Sacramento St., S.F., 415-931-7433; marchsf.com.
“Oysters, pizza, linguine pescatore and everything in between. I love every item on the menu.” 29 Dolores St., Carmel, 831-622-9899; labicycletterestaurant.com.
Edited By Anush Benliyan