Winter is coming: San Francisco’s top seasonal spots for those who miss the sunshine

Rooky Ricardo's Records | Photo: Kelly M./Yelp

The shortest day of the year arrives Dec. 21, which means winter is about to take hold.

Sure, the sun basically disappears for months, and in most parts of the country, it’s cold and dreary, but not everything is grim. Winter’s a time to appreciate family and friends and the cozy side of life. We’re here to help.

Hoodline put together a list of winter solstice-related activities in San Francisco, from board games and entertainment to tanning, using Yelp data and our own methodology. Here’s to enjoying the indoors — or at least forgetting about the season for a while.

Let's face it, the sun is in hiding and your skin craves Vitamin D. A visit to a local tanning salon can give your body the fix it needs. Here's a list of the best tanning salons in San Francisco.

1. Great Tan

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Topping the list is Great Tan. Located at 2286 Union St. (between Fillmore and Steiner streets) in the Marina, Great Tan — which has another location in the Castro — is the highest-rated tanning spot in San Francisco, boasting four stars out of 52 reviews on Yelp.

2. Organic Shimmer Blowouts and Bronze

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Next up is SoMa's Organic Shimmer Blowouts and Bronze, situated at 680 Eighth St., Suite 188 (between Brannan and Townsend streets). With five stars out of 79 reviews on Yelp, the tanning and hair salon has proven to be a local favorite.

3. Lisa Eddy Skincare

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The Marina's Lisa Eddy Skincare, located in On Union Healthcare Center at 1626 Union St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the skin care, tanning and body contouring spot five stars out of 64 reviews.

Board games let you immerse in fantasy — no matter how frightful the weather outside. Here are some popular tabletop game spots in San Francisco worth checking out.

1. Gamescape

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Topping the list is Gamescape. Located at 333 Divisadero St. (between Oak and Page streets) in the Western Addition, Gamescape is the highest-rated tabletop game spot in San Francisco, boasting 4.5 stars out of 185 reviews on Yelp.

2. The Game Parlour

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Next up is the Inner Sunset's The Game Parlour, situated at 1342 Irving St. (between 14th and 15th avenues). With 4.5 stars out of 222 reviews on Yelp, it has proven to be a local favorite.

3. Russian Hill Bookstore

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Russian Hill Bookstore, located at 2162 Polk St. (between Broadway and Vallejo Street), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the shop, which sells books, stationery, board games and more, four stars out of 121 reviews.

There's something about playing records in the winter, when the analog pops mix with crackles from the fireplace, that just equals cozy. Pay a visit to one of San Francisco's most popular record shops to stock up on vinyl, both old and new.

1. Rooky Ricardo's Records

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Topping the list is Rooky Ricardo's Records. Located at 419 Haight St. (between Webster and Fillmore streets) in the Western Addition, Rooky Ricardo's Records is the highest-rated vinyl record shop in San Francisco, boasting 4.5 stars out of 87 reviews on Yelp.

2. Originals Vinyl

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Next up is Originals Vinyl, situated not too far away at 701 Fillmore St. (at the corner of Fillmore and Hayes streets). With 4.5 stars out of 60 reviews on Yelp, it has proven to be a local favorite.

3. Groove Merchant Records

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Then there's Groove Merchant Records, also in the Western Addition, at 687 Haight St. (between Steiner and Pierce streets). Yelpers give this record store 4.5 stars out of 60 reviews.

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