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An April 2005 trip to San Francisco by koolbargan

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Prescott Hotel - A Kimpton Hotel

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Hotel | "The Prescott Hotel"

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LOCATION (Rating - Excellent) Aside from the fact that the Prescott is on Post Street, where one finds stores of top name brands, it is also a block away from Union Square, another hub for shopping and dining. Nob Hill, SF MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), and the Yerba Buena Garden are short walking distances away as well. Fisherman's Wharf is about a $7 to $10 (depending on how much your driver feels you need to see the sights and take you via the long or short route) cab ride. ROOM ACCOMMODATION (Rating - GOOD) We had specified a queen-size bed, but ended up with what seemed to be a full-sized bed. The room, though very small (compared to other hotels in the same ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 8, 2005

Prescott Hotel - A Kimpton Hotel
545 POST ST
San Francisco, California 94102
415-563-0303

Scoma's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Scoma's"

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We dined on a Friday night, arriving at Scoma's a little before 7pm, and were the eighth party on the waiting list. The wait was about 20 minutes, which was not bad, as it gave us time to shoot some sunset pictures, wharf-side. I suggest, though, that one call ahead for reservations to avoid wait time. Luck was definitely on our side, as not only was our table by the windows, but we had Hero, the Armenian waiter (as he proudly told us to describe him), serve us! Hero is definitely a treat all his own, aside from Scoma's treats! My husband had the Dungeness Crab Cakes Dinner, while I opted to be more adventuresome and try the Lazy Man Cioppino. The crab cakes (3 pieces) were jus...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 8, 2005

Scoma's Restaurant
Pier 47 on Al Scoma Way
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 771-4383

Colibri Mexican Bistro

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Its facade/entrance is a bit inconspicuous, so, as a tip, Colibri is adjacent to Hotel Diva. Entering the restaurant foyer, one gets the impression of a small, tightly packed restaurant that is, judging from the clientele we saw, a favorite after-office destination. Without any reservations, we were politely told that they were full but that they could accommodate us if we would not mind making it a fast dinner before the next reservation booking. Such service certainly earned them positive points from us! Our first impression of the place being a tight squeeze was wrong when we were ushered in farther past the bar and the main dining hall to an adjacent room made more intim...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 9, 2005

Colibri Mexican Bistro
438 Geary St.
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 440-2737

The Stinking Rose

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The Stinking Rose  Photo, San Francisco, California
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The restaurant's tagline describes it all, "A Garlic Restaurant," and for garlic lovers, it's love at first bite. Located in the restaurant and shop-lined Columbus Street, the first problem one has to contend with will be finding a parking spot. It’s no problem for tourists like us, who took a cab from our hotel, The Prescott, on Post Street. Cab fare from the hotel was at $10. Take note, though, that it could be less, as going back to the hotel was just $7. I guess that the sights we saw that were happily pointed out to by the first cabbie explains it all. The ride also included some sightseeing "detours." It wasn’t too bad, though, as we learned that the area where Columbus Street i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 25, 2005

The Stinking Rose
325 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 781-7673

Napa Valley Wine Country

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Attraction | "Napa Valley Winery Day Trip"

Napa Valley Wine Country Photo, Napa Valley, California
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Not to be missed if you’re in San Francisco is Napa Valley, synonymous with wine. Though we are not into wines, we definitely will not pass up any chance to get some good photos and Napa is definitely one! We started a little after 8am, and after a 15-minute Starbuck’s boost, were on our way. This was no package tour, so we had all the time to stop and take the sights on the way. The ride was a breeze, considering it was a Saturday when most Napa trips are taken both by tourists and locals alike. In less than an hour, we were at Yountville where one can find the Napa Valley Tourist Bureau. Great stop if you want a map to all the wineries and not lose precious time ch...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2005

Napa Valley Wine Country
Napa County
Napa Valley, California

Domaine Chandon Winery

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Attraction | "Domaine Chandon/St. Helena"

Domaine Chandon  Winery Photo, Yountville, California
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DOMAINE CHANDON California Drive Yountville Open: 10am to 6pm Tours: 11am to 5pm Approaching the entrance of Domaine Chandon, we were immediately struck by the artistic archway announcing the winery name. The archway, lily-filled pond/river, wooden bridge, a fountain, and stone-cobbled paths are just a few of what makes this winery special. All around, more pleasant surprises dotted the grounds, and not to be missed is the rock-mushroom plot and the stone/metal art-pieces. The wine-tasting area looked more like a restaurant, which, in fact, is situated just across. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we decided not have our lunch there and try ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2005

Domaine Chandon Winery
One California Drive
Yountville, California 94599
(707) 944-2280

Beringer Vineyards

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Beringer Vineyards Photo, San Francisco, California
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BERINGER VINEYARDS2000 Main St.St. Helena Open 10am to 6pm Built in 1876, Beringer is as beautiful as Domaine Chandon. The whole grounds seem to transport one in another country in a different century. The driveway is bordered by lush greens on one side and a grand old state manor-like house as picturesque as one can ever imagine. If it wasn’t for its well-maintained state, manicured lawn, and the fact that it sits in such beautiful surroundings, the house could nearly transport you back in time with its gable, turret, and Beringer family emblem proclaiming old and rich in the same breath. And just like in the olden times, one formally enters Beringer via a big stone...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 30, 2005

Beringer Vineyards
2000 Main Street
San Francisco, California 94574
(707) 967-4412

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Taxis and shuttle services are readily available just outside the terminal. We chose the first one we saw by the curbside, a red van proclaiming itself "Lorrie's Shuttle." There were already two other couples (four passengers) inside, so we were delegated to the last row. Tip: For convenience and if you are not as excited as we were to get going on our sightseeing, wait/look for another shuttle where you can get better seats and/or have better air-conditioning. Fee from the airport to our hotel, The Prescott (right smack in downtown SF by Union Square), was $15/person. Upon payment, you are handed a coupon, which you can redeem for a discounted rate/fare on your next trip...Read More

Booking a Day Tour (Tower Tours)

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We had earmarked a tour of Carmel/Monterrey, but were disappointed to find out that tour was not scheduled on Tuesdays. We had called Tower Tours the day before (Monday) for the following day’s sightseeing. It was too much a chance to pass up, so we booked for their Muir Woods/Sausalito Tour instead. This was the second best option because it would take us to two more sights NOT to be missed in SF. More importantly, for people like us, who were squeezing as many sights in 6 days, the tour was for only 3.5 hours, giving us the remaining half-day after the tour for more gallivanting around the San Francisco. So, having missed out on Carmel/Monterrey, we made our bookings for the ...Read More