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San Francisco Getaway

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A June 2000 trip to San Francisco by tcguide

Hotel Juliana Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: I live in New York, but I visit San Francisco rather often, and I wanted to share some of my favorite local dining options and other activities.

San Francisco Getaway

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Overview

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San Fran is a great contrast to New York City. It's a prettier city, with magnificent views of the bay and hills that you don't find in New York. Cool summers and windy nights are also uniquely San Francisco.

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I usually drive when I get to San Fran, but parking can be expensive and a pain. Even for a New Yorker. There is no subway system or public transit that is as easy as NYC.
Hotel Juliana Photo, San Francisco, California
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This hotel has a superb location because it is near Union Square and one block from the entrance of the Chinatown Gate. It is also not too far from the Moscone Convention Center. The staff was very friendly and efficient, and the hotel was classy and elegant. We also stayed at the Marriott during this trip and found this place to be much a more homey and a unique experience. The room is spacious, clean, and quiet, despite its downtown location. Parking in San Francisco can really be expensive and hard to find. But at the Hotel Juliana, we found that the self-parking garage across the street is very convenient. It is about $8 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 AM in the morning, which is a pretty good d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2002

Hotel Juliana
Bush Street
San Francisco, California 94108
(415) 392-2540

Executive Hotel Vintage Court

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Hotel | "Hotel Vintage Court"

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Staying at the Hotel Vintage Court made my stay in San Francisco a unique and comfortable experience. This boutique hotel is a renovated old hotel, and it has a vineyard theme which makes it feel like a B&B at a winery. It''s not a place where all the rooms are identical. Each room is named after a winery, and I stayed in the Estancia Winery room with a king sized bed and green pillows in the shape of Hershey''s kisses. Wooden blinds were a nice feature, and there was a modern workdesk for the business traveler. The Hotel Vintage Court has an excellent loation because it''s located just a few blocks from Union Square, where there are many shops. Many coffee shops and restaurants are loca...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2001

Executive Hotel Vintage Court
650 Bush Street
San Francisco, California 94108
(800) 654-1100

Cheesecake Factory

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Restaurant

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Cheesecake Factories are famous for their huge portions and huge selection on their menu. This CF is located at the top of the Macy's in Union Square, so it's a great place to go after a busy day of shopping. There's outside seating on the balcony when it's warm and not too windy.

My favorite thing is the Chinese Orange Chicken, which I can never finish in one sitting. For dessert, try one of the 25 or more varieties of cheesecake!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 29, 2000

Cheesecake Factory
170 Ofarrell Street
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 391-4444

Hunan Home's Restaurant

Restaurant | "Hunan Homes Dining"

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This is my favorite restaurant in San Francisco's Chinatown, with tasty, authentic Chinese food at very reasonable prices. It's got an unusual name, but the menu does contain many spicy Hunan-style dishes. It was first recommended to me by the concierge at the upscale and fashionable W Hotel- even though this place is hardly luxurious or trendy. The setting is unremarkable but clean and friendly, and the customers are both Chinese and non-Chinese. My favorite dish is the Orange Chicken which is well done because the orange-spicy flavor is not overdone. In addition, the stir fried seasonal vegatables are a good bet. I also like the Friend Spring Rolls as an appetizer because they are fresh...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2001

Hunan Home's Restaurant
622 Jackson St
San Francisco, California 94133
+ 1 415 982 2844

Firefly

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Restaurant | "Firefly Restaurant"

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I loved this friendly and small restautaunt located in an unlikely area of the city near Noe Valley. A quiet residential neighborhood near the theater district on Market Street. The atmosphere was relaxed with unpretentious, natural-wood furniture and homey decorations. The Firely-logo etched mason jars served as candle holders, and that was another friendly touch. The food was simple and delicious! They served free-range meats from the famous Niman Ranch. For appetizer, we had a crisp fried calimari with a delicate sweet and sour Napa Cabbage Slaw, and very fresh and tasty warm goat cheese salad. Both dishes were accompanied by champagne by the glass for a "special occasion" touch! ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 4, 2001

Firefly
4288 24th St
San Francisco, California 94114
+1 415 821 7652

Bill's Place

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Restaurant

Bill's Place Photo, San Francisco, California
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Bill's place would be classified in the dining review vernacular as "neighborhood hamburger joint." Or in other words, a "place you take someone you are not trying to impress" or "spot for a burger with other guys who enjoy no-frills feeding time!" On a Saturday afternoon, you will find families enjoying the "comfort food" here.This diner, I must say, makes a pretty good burger and milkshake. There is a long counter and formica topped tables which gives it a nice nostalgic feeling. Bill's place does stand out because it is located in a neighborhood with mostly ethnic food like Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexican, and Indian just down the street. So in a funny and unexpected way, Bill's Place, with it'...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2002

Bill's Place
2315 Clement St
San Francisco, California 94121
+1 415 221 5262

Restaurant Gary Danko

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Restaurant | "Gary Danko"

Restaurant Gary Danko Photo, San Francisco, California
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What an incredible dining experience we enjoyed at Gary Danko. This place is named after the chef who is recognized as one of the best chefs in America. I live in New York City, and we often enjoy dining at the nicest places in Manhattan during special occasions. We found that Gary Danko is in every way just as good as the best places in Manhattan. Ally was very excited as soon as we walked into the dining room which had a simple and classy atmosphere. We had very high expectations, and we were not disappointed. We each enjoyed the tasting menu, which meant we could choose an appetizer, a fish and seafood item, a meat item, and a dessert. The decision was extremely difficult, but I had evi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2002

Restaurant Gary Danko
800 North Point At Hyde Street
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 749-2060

Lincoln Park Golf Course

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Attraction

Lincoln Park Golf Course Photo, San Francisco, California
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This is a wonderful course, and just about my favorite course in the world because it is reasonably priced, easy to find, fun to play, nice and hilly, and there are amazing views of the Gold Gate Bridge, the wide open Pacific Ocean, and the hills across the San Francisco Bay in Marin County. Walking is fun on this hilly course. Another bonus is that you get to tee off on a few holes right behind the Palace of the Legion of Honor museum, and the course winds around the museum grounds. You even get to see a statue or two!This course has pretty rough greens, but that is to be expected given that it is a public course and there is lots of traffic here. It plays pretty quickly, even when walking, an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2002

Lincoln Park Golf Course
At the corner of 34th Avenue and Clement Street
San Francisco, California 94121
+1 415 221 9911; for