San Francisco Journals

Bay Area Break

A March 2004 trip to San Francisco by dswett1

Golden Gate Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: We took a mid-week break to the San Francisco Bay area. We flew into Oakland and stayed in in San Francisco for a couple of nights. This is our journal for our visit to this wonderful region.

Bay Area Break

Overview

Golden Gate Photo, San Francisco, California
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We took a midweek break to the San Francisco area. Naturally, this being San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge is a must-see, as well as riding on a cable car. The general feel of the city is one of constant activity and bustle. For the baseball fan, a tour of Pac Bell Park (home of the Giants) is a must. There is simply much to do and see in this great American city. There are also interesting places to visit outside of San Francisco. The entire Bay Area has many and various attractions worthy of a visit. Quick Tips: Although San Francisco itself is always a pleasure to visit, there are many activities outside of San Francisco which are equally enjoyable. During this particular trip we...Read More
Beresford Hotel Photo, San Francisco, California
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The Beresford is a small but fashionable hotel located in the heart of San Francisco. It was just a couple of blocks from Union Square and very near the trolley lines which can take you all over San Francisco. The decor for this hotel is "quaint" Victorian. By that I mean the hotel has the feel of a once stylish and elegant English lady who has seen many years of life; she's not quite what she used to be, but nonetheless has aged gracefully over the years. The rooms were on the small side and furnished simply but nicely with the usual pieces. There was only one window, which looked out onto an alley. The lobby again was small and there was a parlor where one could meet friends or...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 16, 2004

Beresford Hotel
635 SUTTER ST
San Francisco, California 94102
415-673-9900

USS Hornet Museum

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USS Hornet Museum Photo, San Francisco, California
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I didn't realize until recently that the World War II aircraft carrier Hornet had been turned into a living, breathing museum of our country's history. I made it a point to visit and I wasn't disappointed. The original carrier Hornet from which Jimmy Doolittle et al raided Tokyo early in WW2 was sunk in 1942. A new carrier was then being built and was commissioned again as the Hornet in 1943. This is the carrier on display at the former Naval Air Sation in Alameda. Although I had been on only a few ships in my life, I was awestruck by the size of it. You first come on board at the hanger deck, which looks like the interior of a gigantic but empty warehouse (save for a few displays of note)...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2004

USS Hornet Museum
Pier 3
San Francisco, California 94501
(510) 521-8448

Winchester Mystery House

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Winchester Mystery House Photo, San Jose, California
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Sarah Winchester would have been considered a crazy lady except for one thing--she had more money than she could spend in her lifetime. Since that was the case she was then instead considered "eccentric". She was the widow of the Winchester firearms firm manufacturer and as such inherited the company upon his death. She then got the idea that in order to appease the spirits of those slain by the Winchester rifle, she would need to build onto her home everyday for the rest of her life. This led to her to San Jose and the purchase of an 8 room farmhouse which became as we know today the 160 room Winchester Mystery House. Because of all the changes done during the course of the building of this hous...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2004

Winchester Mystery House
525 South Winchester Blvd.
San Jose, California 95128
(408) 247-2101