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A week in San Fran, need some input

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    derm
    derm
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    My shorties and I are going to San Fran for a week this summer. I have been before and have a good list, but wanted some up to date info from anyone who wants to chime in. I am looking for either a downtown hotel or one on BART. Last time in town we were near the Airport, which was good as it was right on the line, but dont have a conference so can stay in town. Anyone have a recommend for a place for 2 adults and two teenagers? We will be doing public transportation for all in city movement and have used BART, the buses and trollies before. The next thing is the three days or so out of town. Will probably rent a car for a few days and do know if I want to head north up the PCH to Redwoods or south to Monterey. Have not been there in 30 years. Looking to do a 48 hour trip with hotel. Anyone have a favorite weekend northern Cal trip they want to share?

    #540669

    geoyui
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    I’m curious as well. It’s been a couple of years since my last sf visit and I’ll be downtown for about 5 days.

    #540670

    NerosNeptune
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    North to Eureka for the side trip I’d say. Its so pretty.. the drive is nice, and its nice and cool up there which is good during the summer

    #540671
    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans
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    I liked Hotel Diva when Walker and I went like 6 years ago.

    #540672
    Snarf
    Snarf
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    Can’t beat BBQ oysters to the NW in Tomales Bay.

    Mission Chinese and Burma Superstsr are two of my fav restaurants in SF.

    Last year I did a motorcycle trip up 1 from SF to Mendocino…loved the b&b’s and restaurants and sights there.

    #540673

    InnerCore
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    I usually stay in Union Square at the Hilton on O’Farrell st. But most the hotels in the area will do. It’s in a good central location and only a couple blocks from Powell st. station.

    I definitely second Snarf on Mission Chinese. Look it up because it’s in a non descript building that doesn’t have a sign. The other restaurant that I would recommend is Flour + Water. I’d make reservations though because getting a table is tough.

    #540674
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    Skip the hotel and use airbnb.com and find an apartment/home to rent out for cheaper:

    https://www.airbnb.com/s/San-Francisco–CA?room_types%5B%5D=Entire+home%2Fapt&price_max=125

    #540675
    Chris Sunami
    Chris Sunami
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    We’ll be there this summer too.

    The last time we went, pre-kids, we loved doing the whole Napa/Sonoma wine tour. I never knew anything about wines before that, but it definitely gave me an appreciation of wine and wine culture. Probably not a trip to take with the teens, however, since they’re old enough to feel excluded.

    #540676
    Jeffersin
    Jeffersin
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    Went last summer for a few days, riding bikes across the Golden Gate to Sausalito and spending the day there was fun and then took the ferry back. Headed down south to Monterey spent the night there and they took a couple hours to check out Pebble Beach the following day. Loop over to Yosemite for a few nights and then up to Napa/Sonoma for a couple days to close it out. Could have used a couple more In wine county.

    Was really impressed with http://citybythebaytours.com/

    #540677
    Jeffersin
    Jeffersin
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    Jeffersin said:
    Went last summer for a few days, riding bikes across the Golden Gate to Sausalito and spending the day there was fun and then took the ferry back. Headed down south to Monterey spent the night there and they took a couple hours to check out Pebble Beach the following day. Loop over to Yosemite for a few nights and then up to Napa/Sonoma for a couple days to close it out. Could have used a couple more In wine country.

    Was really impressed with http://citybythebaytours.com/

    #540678

    davescott
    Member

    Book hotels early as events affect rates and availability. There are some quaint Victorian hotels near Union Square with easy BART access, but rooms are often small and $150 a night is the norm. As for where to go outside of the city, it’s easy to be too ambitious. You can do a leisurely 2 day drive south to San Luis Obispo and come back on the freeway. I love the far less crowded drive north to Redwood NP but you will spend a day getting there, and parts of Rt 1 are not made for making time.

    #540679

    drew
    Participant

    You’re spoiled for choices when it comes to side trips, and almost all of the aforementioned would be worthwhile. My personal favorite, though, is the Big Sur area.

    #540680

    joev
    Participant

    Best thing I did in San Francisco was go crabbing at Fort Point State Park – somehow, it’s right in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, and you can see Alcatraz, and yet, we only saw a few people during the time we were there. San Francisco is weird. For every block that’s beautiful and interesting, the next one is dingy and dirty and smells like pee.

    #540681
    Liner Notes
    Liner Notes
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    I have to second Snarf’s Mendocino suggestion for your side trip. Wonderful restaurants, shops and ocean views in Mendocino. Brunch at the Little River Inn[/url] and dinner at The Ravens’[/url] would definitely be on my itinerary. The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens[/url] is a must see while you are there. And if you are a fan of craft beer, pay a visit to North Coast Brewing[/url] in Fort Bragg. Oh and Cowlicks[/url] has great handmade ice cream!

    Yeah, I used to live there. ;)

    #540682

    CMH Gourmand
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    This could cover many of your field trip options via Bart.

    Gourmand in the Gourmet Ghetto

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