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A May 2006 trip to San Francisco by rabbitgirl

Best Western Pea Soup Andersens Photo, Buellton, California More Photos
Quote: Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair! This city is full of friendly, amazing people, and good times for everyone (not just hippies)!

If you're going to San Francisco...

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Overview

Relaxing at the Vietnamese Restaurant Photo, San Francisco, California
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This city is fantastic! I don't think I have even been to such a place that rewards individuality to such a degree. It's great! People wear what they want and there isn't much of an issue as to what is cool and what is not. Everyone is very nice and friendly. Where else could you be walking down the street and someone offers you a hit off their pipe? Yes, it's true in San Fran. It's fantastic because there are so many neighborhoods—all unique and fantastic in their own ways. As we drove and walked through, I imagined if I was to move there what a difficult task it would be to actually choose a neighborhood to live in. Also, the food is fantastic! Everywhere we ate we had a great time and the food was ...Read More

Best Western Pea Soup Andersen's

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Hotel | "Anderson's Best Western"

Best Western Pea Soup Andersen's Photo, Buellton, California
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This hotel was really cool! It cost us $85 (just drove up to the door, no reservations) and it was a pretty nice room. Had a mini fridge and was located right off the pool with sliding glass doors. We didn't have a chance to swim but it was very inviting! I would really recommend this hotel because it was reasonable and very clean and comfortable. It is also pretty cool looking because it is built like something you would imagine to see in the alps. Right next door is the famous Anderson's restaurant that makes the incredible pea soup you see signs for on the highway. We didn't have a chance to sample it but I have heard it is excellent! They also provided a basic complimentary breakfast—coffee, juice...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 26, 2006

Best Western Pea Soup Andersen's
51 E Highway 246
Buellton, California 93427
(805) 688-3216

Hilton San Francisco Financial District

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Hotel | "The Hilton"

Hilton San Francisco Financial District Photo, San Francisco, California
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We got a GREAT deal on this hotel through Priceline. We only paid $75 a night for a room that would normally have gone for $189 per night! It was a great room with a fantastic view of the city. To be honest, if we had paid more I would have been really disappointed. Maybe I'm just a low maintenance type of girl because it is the little things (like a game room) that make me happier with a hotel than having fancy zoom machines (instead of vending machines). It was a beautiful hotel but the fees for other amenities were ridiculous. For example, to valet the car would've cost $45 a night! That's absurd! They have no other parking available so if you don't go with their inflated prices then you are on you...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 26, 2006

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
750 Kearny Street
San Francisco, California 94108
(415) 433-6600

The Stinking Rose

Restaurant

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I am a foodie, and this place was awesome! If you like garlic you will LOVE this restaurant! The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was really cool! I got the pesto dish with garlic and it was out of this world. Everyone I was with loved their meal. The house wine was fantastic and the roasted garlic appetizer was great! The total bill came to about $95, which included 4 entrees, 2 appetizers and a full carafe of the house wine. Split between 4 people it was very reasonable and well worth it. I felt like everything was moving in slow motion as I thoroughly enjoyed every bite. The smell was incredible as well. I would definitely eat here again and I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone l...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 26, 2006

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

Nepenthe

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Restaurant

Nepenthe Photo, Big Sur, California
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This restaurant was really awesome. You can eat right on the side of the mountain looking at gorgeous views. It's very relaxing and you can sit on pillows while you drink a beer and wait for your table. We were there during the day but it looked like it would've been a lot of fun at night also because they had a giant fire pit there as well. I would highly recommend it. We stopped at two other places on the way up and were shocked at the prices. This place was probably similar in price but the view and the atmosphere make it worth every penny. If you're looking for a cool place to relax and grab a bite to eat save yourself for this spot. You won't regret it!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 4, 2006

Nepenthe
Highway 1
Big Sur, California 93920
(831) 667-2345

Henry Miller Library

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Attraction

Henry Miller Library Photo, San Francisco, California
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Nestled back in the woods you can find the old home of Neal White—now the home of the Henry Miller Museum. Henry Miller was a great writer who wrote such classics as Tropic of Cancer & Sexus, Nexus & Plexus. This library is more like a little book store/museum dedicated mostly to Henry Miller. It is really cool and laid back inside, and you can just mill around looking at different types of books, posters, photos, and a lot of memorabilia. You can easily see the layout of the house and how it was originally. Being within the large trees and beside a little stream it made me feel like I was back in New Hampshire. Everyone there was really friendly and everything was reasonably priced. Definitely a must...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 4, 2006

Henry Miller Library
Highway One
Big Sur, California 93920
(831) 667-2574