Post # 1
Hi bees! My husband and I are going to be visiting San Fran for the first time for 3 days in October and I’m looking for some recommendations on how to spend our time there! Where to stay/where to eat/what to see. We may go to a football game on the Sunday but that’s all we have planned so far. Looking forward to hearing your ideas!
Post # 3
Hmm let’s see….
Our favorite date night night spots:
– Italian http://tommasos.com/
– Seafood for when we want to play tourist on pier 39 http://piermarket.com/
– Shabu Shabu http://www.yelp.com/biz/happy-shabu-shabu-san-francisco and then crepes for dessert over in Japantown
Afternoon tea http://www.lovejoystearoom.com/
Good ways to spend the day:
– Visit the Academy of Sciences or the Zoo
– Play tourist and take a cable car down to Fisherman’s Warf
– Shop downtown
– walk around Crissy Field
Also just a note if you are gonna see the 49ers. It’s proving to be quite a trek to get out to the new stadium, so do your research. I think the consensus is that taking public transit is still easier than driving.
Also if you have any specific questions let me know. I’ve lived in the city my whole life and like to think I know it pretty well.
Post # 4
MissGeeBee: which weekend? Fleet week is the 9th-13th and there is an amazing air show that weekend (this coming from someone who didn’t think she had any interest in air shows until she saw it a few years ago)
Post # 5
Just returned from the area last week. In the actual city, go to Fisherman’s Wharf. Other than that we just wandered the streets on a Saturday to see the markets and China Town. I was disappointed in ChinaTown other than this little tea shop where you sit at a bar and the hilarious owner pours samples.
Outside of the city, we mostly did wine country. Sonoma county is less commercial than Napa and I preferred it much more. I suggest Healdsburg specifically. We also went to Muir Woods, which was beautiful. Go bright and early when they open to avoid crowds. Best view of the city is near there too. Go north over the Golden Gate Bridge and take the first exit and drive up the hill to the west. Gorgeous. Have fun!
Post # 6
dwarfhampster: thanks for the tips!! the 49ers are out of town the weekend we are going so we were thinking about going to a raiders game because we heard it was easy to do from San Fran (Public transport). Any thoughts on that?
Post # 7
MissGeeBee: Yup getting to the Oakland Coliseum is very easy if you take BART, the station has a bridge thing that connects to the stadium. I’ve gone to many concerts and a few A’s games that way. Never gone to a Raiders game there though cuz the crowd is a bit too rowdy for my taste. Be sure to wear raiders or neutral colors to avoid being heckled.
Post # 8
Definitely trek across the Golden Gate. I took some awesome pictures from there.
I also recommend the cable cars (hello, it’s San Francisco!) and seafood from Pier Market. You should also check out the sea lionsat Pier 39. They look so lazy! Chinatown is fun to walk through, but I prefer walking around the bay line more.
I’ve never been in it, but I’ve heard the Exploratorium is fantastic. The outside is gorgeous, and I think it’s worth a visit just for that.
Post # 9
MissGeeBee: I’m from Canada but got married in SF last August. Here’s a link to my wedding website with a ton of suggestions for you!!
Post # 10
Cliff house has really nice walking trails along the beach and great view of the Golden Gate.
Golden gate park is really nice for walks as well.
Post # 11
Thanks for all the feedback bees. Does anyone have any recommendations for an affordable hotel in a good location? Thanks!
Post # 12
Right now we are looking at one in union square for 325 a night. Seems expensive considering it’s a very basic hotel!
Post # 13
Have you considered staying outside of SF? If you stay near SFO, you could take the BART up pretty easily.
Levi Stadium is actually quite far from SF – it’s in Santa Clara, which is about an hour’s drive away. But the hotels in that area are also a lot more affordable. But the Millbrae/South SF area is much closer to the city.
Post # 14
I love the Legion of Honor. It’s just so peaceful and beautiful there. I’d recommend it, but not if you don’t care for museums. The Palace of Fine Arts and Presidio are also beautiful.
I’d also recommend day trips to Sausalito/Tiburon (or even all the way to Napa if you want to go that far). Angel Island is a fun place to go for a hike.
Taking BART to Berkeley and walking around there is also fun. There are some great restaurants in the Gourmet Ghetto there (including Chez Panisse).
Post # 15
MissGeeBee: Have you looked on AirBNB? You might find some good deals there.