San Francisco Journals

Our Favorite Getaway Place!

A November 2005 trip to San Francisco by mamsi

Quote: From San Francisco to the Monterey Pennisula, Sausilito and Napa Valley - what a beautiful slice of the country! If you've never been lucky enough to visit there, start planning a trip now!

Our Favorite Getaway Place!

Overview

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If you are there for pleasure, plan to stay in the Fisherman's Wharf area. There's so much to see and do all within walking distance and when you want to visit China Town, Downtown, or Union Square, the Cable Car is only a few steps away. While downtown, make a trip to the top of the Bank of America building and have a cocktail at the Carnelian Room. The view of the city is incredible, especially at sunset. Make sure to take the boat to Sausalito and spend the afternoon shopping and work up a big appetite for Angelino's Italian Restaurant. Rent a car for the day and drive down scenic Rt. 1 to Carmel. It is such a beautiful town, and the drive down is breathtaking. Lunch at Litt...Read More

Holiday Inn Fishermans Wharf

Hotel | "Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf"

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We were at first put into the annex, which is a smoking facility, as we had made reservations on Priceline. The smell of cigarettes was overwhelming for us nonsmokers, and the annex is in need of updating. As I have many allergies, we were finally able to change rooms to the main facility, and it was much nicer . We were very happy with our accommodations there. I would recommend this one but not the annex. Normally we stay at the Marriott across the street, which is a great location and facility.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 15, 2005

Holiday Inn Fishermans Wharf
1300 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 771-9000

The Buena Vista Cafe

Restaurant | "Buena Vista"

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We visited with friends and started each day with a hearty breakfast (corn-beef hash and eggs are my favorite) and a couple of Irish coffees each. I can't find a better start to the day!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2005

The Buena Vista Cafe
2765 Hyde Street
San Francisco, California 94109
(415) 474-5044

Little Napoli

Restaurant

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We had lunch, which was very reasonable. Most appetizers, of which we consumed several, were $5 (there were four of us). The bread is made from a 100-year-old recipe and is crusty and delicious, and the eggplant lasagna is the best I've ever eaten. The wine steward recommended a wine, and when we weren't crazy about it, they insisted that they take it back and try a different bottle. The service was impeccable, the staff accommodating, the ambience warm and inviting, and the food absolutely delicious!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2005

Little Napoli
Dolores St.
Carmel, California 93923
831/626-6335

Muir Woods

Attraction

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What a beautiful sight! After winding your way up and down the roads to the forest, it is a great experience. The air is so clean and crisp and the smell of the pines and forest so refreshing. It was raining the day we went, but we did not let it dampen our spirits. It did, however, shorten our stay. There are trails up the hill that overlook the ocean, and because of the rain and cool temps, we decided to leave them for the next visit, but just walking the main trail is lovely. The ancient giant redwoods are magnificent, and everyone should be fortunate enough to see them at least once.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2005

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

Wine Tasting

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

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We booked a limo tour to Napa Valley and visited several wineries. We began our day by stopping at Ceja Winery--and what a way to start. Amelia Ceja, president of this family-owned and -operated winery (also Woman of The Year for the state of California) was an absolute delight. Her love for wine making, her land, and her product are so evident in the enthusiasm she eludes as she describes each and every wine. Her wines were crisp, clean, and delicious. She had us carry our tasting glass of Chardonnay outside the patio to the vines and then taste the ripened fruit right from the vine. We had an indescribable taste, not what you find in the grocery store. It was a great experience. We visited...Read More

About the Writer

mamsi

mamsi
Weirton, West Virginia