If you only have one weekend, I really recommend that you stay in the Fisherman's Wharf. The area is very close to most popular attractions as well as a bevy of amazing restaurants and yet is very accessible to other areas like Chinatown and Union Square. As I've noted in the past, unless we have to stay somewhere specific, we've gotten really great at the Priceline game and have lucked out with fantastic hotels. We've stayed at the Holiday Inn - Fisherman's Wharf and The Sheraton - Fisherman's Wharf. Our favorite by far has been Pier 2620 Hotel also in the Fisherman's Wharf. It is a beautiful boutique hotel with very comfortable beds and a cheerful and accomodating staff.
|Traditional Eggs Benedict at Beach Street Grill|
For lunch, we've enjoyed Cioppino's with the family. Italian is always hearty and gives you energy for all subsequent activities. Also in the Fisherman's Wharf, we like King of Thai Noodle House and in Chinatown, we love the Vietnamese food at Golden Flower.
Some our favorite meals have been dinners in San Francisco. When we took the boys, we found a great pizza place, aptly called Fisherman's Pizzeria, where we could order a family pizza and a couple of beers for the frazzled parents while catching up on the lastest sports events. A couple of years ago, Mr. Fantastic and I enjoyed drinks and appetizers at Capurro's while cheering for his beloved KU from our table at the bar. One of my favorite dinner dates with my husband was at McCormick and Kuleto's in Ghirardelli Square. All the tables are set on gradient floors and face the tall floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the bay. There is not a bad view in the house and watching the sunset, sipping champagne, and sharing calamari while we waited for our food is still one of my favorite memories.
VISIT & DO:
The hardest thing of this post was narrowing down what exactly you should do with just one weekend. While, we have often used San Francisco as a springboard to visit Wine Country, Yosemite, or San Jose for work, I will focus on what to do in town.
|View of the Golden Gate Bridge from a lookout off of Hwy 101|
From Fisherman's Wharf, it is a short walk to visit The San Francisco Maritime Park, also referred to as Aquatic Park with it's wonderful views of the bridge as well as Ghirardelli Square and the various piers along the boardwalk. We discovered during this last trip that one of our favorite museums, The Exploratorium, has moved from the Palace of Fine Arts to Pier 15, but it is well worth the trek, especially if you have science nerds in your family like we have.
|View of Alcatraz Island|
Other things that are so much fun and close by are a walk in the Muir Woods to see the Redwoods, taking a ferry to Sausalito for the day, or spending an afternoon shopping in the Union Square area. If you are a sports enthusiast, you could taken in a Giants game or a 49rs game depending on the time of year.
What are your must do's in San Francisco? Did I miss anything?