Post # 1
My fiance and I will be getting hitched on December 29, here in Calgary, Canada. We were originally planning to hold off on a honeymoon until the summer (we’re planning a 2-3 week trip to northern Spain and the French Pyrenees) since he’s a teacher and can’t get much time off other than in the summer. But now that airfares have fallen, we feel that we can justify a minimoon right after the wedding.
Right now, we’re thinking San Francisco from Dec. 30 to Jan. 4. I’ve been there before, but that was back in high school and I don’t remember much beyond Fisherman’s Wharf and Haight-Ashbury (which really appealed to 16 year-old me, but doesn’t interest me much now!).
Any travel advice would be very much appreciated (i.e. hotel recommendations, things to do, restaurants). We’re not really into huge fancy hotels and we’d rather not break the bank on accommodations (but someplace with a good location and more character than a Best Western would be great!).
I like: art, museums, galleries, design, hiking & eating (but not necessarily "fine dining")
He likes: sports, eating, anything to do with cycling
Ideas for non-bar/nightclub-type things to do for New Year’s Eve would also be helpful (we both drink, but we’re certainly not party animals).
Post # 3
we’re going to sf symphony for new year’s eve – tickets are $55/person, which is pretty cheap for a new year’s eve event! i think tickets for joy behar are still on sale as well, if you’re a fan.
some great restaurants to try:
- il borgo
sights to see:
- twin peaks
- biking across the golden gate to sausalito
- biking around golden gate park
- the painted ladies (the "full house" houses)
hope that helps! have a great time!
Post # 4
I recently relocated from SF to wine country, but still work in the city. There’s a ton of great stuff to do here– you’ll have so much fun!
Here are a few recs to get you started as far as restaurants/activities, broken down by personality type: Romantic SF (Marina, Lombard St), Hip SF (Mission), Foodie SF (Ferry Building, restaurants).
It’s been super cold here recently, but you can get a great view of the bay biking across the Golden Gate. An alternative is the ferry to Sausalito, which has gorgeous views AND heaters.
Definitely stop by the new California Academy of Sciences; it’s in Golden Gate Park just across from the DeYoung Museum.
And if you want to venture up to wine country for a day trip, that’s also a fun little excursion. My post on wineries/activities in Sonoma is here.
Feel free to PM me if you have more specific questions– would be happy to help!
Post # 5
I second what everyone wrote. I will add in Chinatown (huge blocks, great food, and bargains). Union Square (pretty decorations) and Market Street for shopping. Also Sausalito (across the Golden Gate), it’s a nice, cute town. The Exploratorium (more for kids though, so I would rec looking it up online, but it’s famous to take pictures there with its dome), Legion of Honor, Lombard Street (curvy street).
Some awesome restaurants to try: Home (best home cooked food!), Dim Sum in Chinatown, Cha cha cha’s in Haight street…
Check out Papa Beard’s cream puffs
You could always drive up to Berkeley, Oakland, or Napa for a day and sight see there.