(Closed) going to san franncisco on our honeymoon! any ideas,recomendations PLEASE!

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We went with my husband couple years ago and really enjoyed these:

– Golden Gate State Park (especially Botanical Gardens and Japanese Tea Gardens)

– Fisherman’s Wharf

– Walking up to Lombard Street and watching the views

– Palace of Fine Arts (striking even from outside)

– Walking across Golden Gate Bridge

– Shopping at Ghirardelli Square

– Haight-Ashbury for bars, cafes and window shopping at vintage stores

Just make sure to bring good walking shoes because you end up walking a lot in SF!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

The last time we were in SF, we really enjoyed having clam chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf, seeing all the seals and cute shops at Pier 39, touring Alcatraz (also gives you a really nice boatride in the bay), and strolling around the Castro. I guess it’s all kind of touristy, but we had a lot of fun.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

eat out in the mission and go to a bar

 

go small treasure shopping on polk

 

eat on clement

eat in north beach

eat in chinatown

really, just go out to eat a lot–so delicious

 

don’t take a tour bus

golden gate bridge

crissy field

ghirardelli square

golden gate park–look at the bison

cliff house

coit tower

fisherman’s wharf

brunch at town’s end

a baseball game (but you’re way too early for spring training)

breakfast at sears (get the swedish pancakes)

dinner at la folie (a huge splurge, but you only have one honeymoon)

 

so much to do and see! (and eat)!

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

Going up Twin Peaks, best views in the city.

Maybe check out a play?

 Visit the Tonga Room at the bottom of the Fairmont, totally awesome and should not be missed!

There is also Beach Blanket Babylon for a funny dinner show, and Teatro ZinZanni which is romantic and funny and a delicious meal (it is really awesome, unforgetable, and fun).

The Palace of Legion of Honor and the De Young have amazing art if you feel like seeing that

and the Exploratorium in the Palace of Fine Arts is fun for goofing off and playing with stuff.

Oh and shopping in Saulsalito!

Check out the Stinking Rose if you are up for a Garlic-tastic classic North Beach meal!

(Sorry, but I would personally skip Coit tower, its so much prettier from a distance, its kind of dirty and hard to see out the glass from the top, but that’s just my opinion)

I am from the Bay Area and I go there a lot, feel free to PM me if you have a mood or something you are going for (romantic, retro, relaxing, culture, beautiful, great food) and I can suggest some things to you πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@sweetpea1031:tonga room no longer exists πŸ™

 

but i forgot all the fab museums!

asian art (and then look at the main library while you’re there)

SFMOMA

de young

legion of honor

museum of african diaspora

contemporary jewish museum

arboretum

japanese tea garden

cartoon museum

 

 

also

japantown for shopping and eating

 

(i grew up in sf and always am the “tour guide” when people come to town)

tell me what kind of things you like and i will suggest them

 

definitely a yes on the walking shoes! and camera!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I LOVE this question.

1. http://www.clifthotel.com/#/home/  this place is in a great location, and provides a ready and trendy/popular bar in the redwood room

2. Head to Haight and Ashbury. Great second hand clothes stores, and the greatest record shop, maybe ever: http://www.amoeba.com/store-locations/index.html Once you’re done you can get back in your car and drive 10 minutes around Golden Gate Park to this: http://www.beachchalet.com/ a great place to have dinner and see the edge of pacific beach and walk to the tulip garden and windmill at the edge of the park. 

3. Head to Cow Hollow/Marina, the hippest/trendiest area of SF. There’s a highly recommended stop here called the california wine merchant http://www.californiawinemerchant.com/.  This place is AMAZING! Order a glass of wine or a flight. and a light snack. Listen to the music, and hopefully the windows are open and you’ll get a great taste of SF. Grab dinner in the hood or back toward your hotel, ANYWHERE here is amazing

4….but if you like asian fusion IT DOES NOT GET BETTER THAN THIS: http://www.betelnutrestaurant.com/ order a bottle of the Navrrao Guertsemeiner and the green beans. You can walk there from the wine merch.
 
5. Another MUST is House of Prime Rib http://houseofprimerib.ypguides.net/ 

6. Spend an afternoon walking around Pier 39 and stop at the original house of the irish coffee http://thebuenavista.com/ take the cable car Powell line from in front of the Buena Vista back up and enjoy the sights

7. And before you leave you HAVE to hit the Ferry Building http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/  
these are my recommendations, hope you like them!
Have fun!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@lola2011:going to second betelnut. πŸ™‚ and the whole neighborhood for wandering

mmm

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@Naiexoxo: warm welcome to my city by the bay! πŸ™‚

how many days will you be spending here? What type of tourist are you – foodie/arts-lover/nature/wine-lover? Please feel free to PM me if you don’t feel comfortable sharing. I love giving insider tips to see the real SF! Oh, and congrats on your wedding (for having such great taste, obviously..hehe)!

 

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

@Naiexoxo: Sure thing! My Fiance and I LOVE the city and if you are ever questionable about an activity, I can be your guinnea pig! I will go with my honey and we will chronicle it and give you a full report πŸ™‚ We are always looking for more things to do and I would love to help you out! I can PM you more ideas as they pop up if you like?

If you like shopping at the high end stores, you might want to check out Union Square, there is a Neiman Marcus and a bunch of fancy brand stores there like Louis Vittan.
I actually got so excited after answering your post I bought tickets for an exhibit that is at the De Young right now and Teatro ZinZanni for his Christmas present, so thank you for the idea!! lol

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

@ellabee: Yes it does, went to the Tonga Room 2 weeks ago, check it out on Google. Just called them to double check.

Its open all days except Monday and Tuesday, is that what you are referring to?

OH and great call on the Japanese Tea Garden!! πŸ™‚ 

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

It’s usually pretty rainy that time of year, but if you catch a break, go hiking in the Muir Woods north of the city!

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