San Francisco Journals

The San Francisco Treat

A travel journal to San Francisco by jl32

Quote: The world over, everyone loves the city by the bay--and with good reason. San Francisco is a gorgeous outpost on the California coast--with great people, food, sights, and a myriad of cultures to soak up.
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The Westin St. Francis is luxury with no rival. It is incredibly appointed, with beautiful oak wood walls and exquisite chandeliers. The service all around is incredible and white-gloved, what you should come to expect from Westin and the Starwood properties. It's location in Union Square is in the heart of picturesque San Francisco, with all the best of this city at your doorstep. Even if you never leave, you'll enjoy delicately apointed guest rooms and a plethora of public lounges and meeting spaces that reflect truly classic California luxury.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

Westin St. Francis
335 Powell St.
San Francisco, California 94102
415/397-7000

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Smaller than the St. Francis, the boutique Campton Place Hotel is quieter, softer, and offering a more unique guest experience--more tailored to each of its discerning guests. They expect personal attention and the special small extras and this hotel delivers. High quality sheets, turndown service, cd players, unique local art in each room, fresh cut floral arrangements daily. As a Leading Hotel of the World, Campton Place aims to give you more than just frequent-flyer miles: like the most luxurious hotel and responsive service that you could find anywhere.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

Campton Place Hotel
340 Stockton Street
San Francisco, California 94108
(415) 781-5555

Cheesecake Factory

Restaurant

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The chain dedicated to big portions of yummy, comfy American food takes on San Fran with all the bigness and zeal you expect from the Cheescake Factory--the restaurant atop Macy's overlooking Union Square offers balcony dining with views almost as stellar as what's on your plate.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

Cheesecake Factory
251 Geary St
San Francisco, California 94102
415/391-4444

Presidio Theater

Attraction | "The Historic Presidio"

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The former military compound is now a protected park, and you should check it out. An early morning run here is great, under the shadows of the Golden Gate Bridge, and away from the bustle of the downtown area. It's a little bit away from the main scene, but that's the charm and point of this cutesy and charming historic village.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

Presidio Theater
2340 Chestnut St
San Francisco, California
415/921-6720

Lombard Street

Attraction

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Ugh. One look at this street will make your stomach turn. Catch the trolley and get a picture of Lombard Street from above, and avoid walking down this crooked, hilly disaster.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

Lombard Street
Between Leavenworth and Hyde Streets on Russian Hill
San Francisco, California

Fisherman's Wharf

Attraction | "Fisherman's Wharf / Pier 39"

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Pier 39 is where the tourists meet the Wharf. It's touristy and expensive, and you'll be innudated with dumb things to buy, but on a clear day, the view of the bay and of course, the Rock--Alcatraz, is priceless. Soak in the culture on a cooler day with a bowl of chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and in February, mozy along here for deals on crabs during the city's Crab Festival.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

Fisherman's Wharf
The Embarcadero
San Francisco, California
415/956-3493

Oakland Bay Bridge

Attraction | "Bay Bridge"

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No, it's not the Golden Gate, and no, they didn't paint the Golden Gate blue. You are on the other side of town, staring at the city's other suspension bridge, the Bay Bridge. And yes, it does bear a very strong resemblance to the Golden Gate, but when you do see the real thing, the Bay Bridge, while beautiful, dwarfs in size and splendour to that of the Golden Gate. Check out the Bay Bridge, but keep in mind there is a good reason why the Golden Gate is an international landmark.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

Oakland Bay Bridge
At the junction of The Embarcadero and Hwy 80
San Francisco, California

Muir Woods

Attraction | "Muir Woods National Monument"

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Trees. Lots of trees. Muir Woods itself is a well protected redwood forest, but more exciting is the trip out of the city getting there. It's scenic and winding, up and down cliffs and valleys. Pass up the camera in Muir Woods--it's almost impossible to get any photograph to come out clear in the foggy darkness of the forest. Its one of those things best appreciated in person.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

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

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Famous for its beat-poet owner, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, City Lights has long been the site of liberal, Berkeley-style protests and intellectualism. The store itself is just a bookstore, with an upstairs dedicated to the beats, but the staff get tired of tourists who come in gawking and oogling over the place. Every occasion I've stopped in, I've always found a cold and distant staff, too busy reading or judging me to actually help. Customer service is not big here, and while staff would prefer to cater to its small niche local audience, it can't help that its owners and history have secured it as a famous sight in San Francisco.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 362-8193