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An October 2004 trip to San Francisco by Foxboro Marmot

Quote: We were trying to decide where to go with frequent-flier miles that had built up when one of us said, "You know, we haven't been to San Francisco for a long time. We always enjoyed San Francisco." And so....

York Hotel

Hotel

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Oh, how we wanted to like the York Hotel! It had a lot going for it, and yet…. The York is a small hotel on Nob Hill, built in 1922 and extensively renovated in 1995. Three rather hilly blocks from a cable-car line, six blocks uphill from Union Square, it seemed convenient, yet away from the tourist mainstream. It was a pleasure to walk up Sutter Street unmolested after passing the panhandler gauntlet around Union Square. To top it all off, the hotel appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Vertigo (as the ‘Empire Hotel’), and we were staying in room 501, the Kim Novak room. In Vertigo, Jimmy Stewart, standing on the other side of Sutter Street, sees Kim Novak look out th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 14, 2005

York Hotel
940 SUTTER STREET
San Francisco, California 94109
415-885-6800

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With an early morning flight out of San Francisco, we thought it best to spend our last night near the airport. There’s not much to say about the Four Points; like most new hotels operated by major chains, it was clean, comfortable, and cookie-cutter-identical to hundreds of similar places. We chose it based on price: total cost for our room, including all taxes, was $98--not a bad deal for a room at a quality hotel in San Francisco! Of course, no one would ever want an extended stay here--it’s in the middle of highways, exit ramps, and the general effluvia adjacent to any major metropolitan airport-–but it’s a great place to crash if your flights arrive late at night or if, like us, you’re head...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2005

Four Points Sheraton
264 South Airport Boulevard
San Francisco, California
(650) 588-4683

Coit Tower

Attraction | "Coit Tower - and the Parrots!"

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Coit Tower and San Francisco’s Parrots Take a walk to the top of Telegraph Hill for the view and check out Coit Tower… but make sure you walk down the Filbert Street steps to see the wild parrots too. There’s a statue of Christopher Columbus and nice views from the top of Telegraph Hill. The view’s even better from Coit Tower, but the fee keeps going up, and I don’t feel it’s worth the $5 to go to the top. If you’re around while the tower is open, wander in and inspect the interesting Depression-era murals on the ground-floor walls. There’s no charge to look around. After getting your fill of scenery and art, head down the Filbert Street steps. It’s nice enough—a steep walkway...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2005

Coit Tower
1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 362-0808

Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals and Tours

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Attraction | "Bike the Bridge"

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If you have good weather and the better part of a day to spare, rent a bike and ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. Have lunch in Sausalito and take a ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf. There are a batch of bike-rental shops near Fisherman’s Wharf—Blazing Saddles and Bike and Roll have seven outlets between them. Looking at price and equipment, they’re pretty much interchangeable. Maps and written directions are provided for a variety of routes. Helmets and bike locks are included. A basic rental is $26 to $28 per day, but invest a couple of minutes in skimming through one of the free tourist guides; you should find a coupon good for $2 to $4 off. Generally, the ride is flat and prote...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2005

Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals and Tours
2715 Hyde Street
San Francisco, California 94109
(415) 202-8888

Muir Woods

Attraction

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I always thought the redwoods were off in some remote part of the Pacific Northwest. That may be, but there’s also a good-sized grove of these giants only 20 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Muir Woods National Monument is tucked into a valley along the aptly-named Redwood Creek. After checking the very limited displays in the visitors center, walk along the creek at least to Cathedral Grove to get a sense of the size and majesty of these big boys. The 0.8-mile-long main path is an easy, level walk. There are four bridges across Redwood Creek along the trail; people walk as far as they want, cross a bridge, and head back along the other side of the creek. The beauty of it is that, at...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2005

Muir Woods
Muir Woods National Monument
Mill Valley, CA 94941-2696
(415) 561-4700

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The Beatles sang A Long and Winding Road, which seems appropriate background music for a drive up the mountain… but you’d have to play the tune at least a dozen times over. What I’m saying is: it takes awhile to get to the top. Seriously, though, it’s worth the trip. Parking at the top is $6.There’s a mostly level, 0.7-mile-long paved path around the top that opens up to spectacular views of the north side of the bay, toward Richmond and Tiburon. Mount Tamalpais is only 2,570 feet tall, but it rises so quickly from sea level that views from the summit path rival those from an airplane. Walking along, we looked down on hawks, ravens, and turkey vultures soaring back and forth in the ravin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2005

Mount Tamalpais Drive and Walk
Mount Tamalpais State Park
San Francisco, California 94941
415-388-2070

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It’s a little tricky to wind your way from the terminals at San Francisco Airport through the parking garage to the interterminal shuttle and finally reach the Bay Area Rapid Transit–-BART-–stop at the airport, but it’s well worth the effort. BART trains are clean, fast, and run on time. At $4.95 to go from the airport to Union Square in downtown San Francisco, the ride is much cheaper than a cab and, during the morning and afternoon commuter crush, faster too!