San Francisco Journals

Family Weekend in San Francisco

A September 2008 trip to San Francisco by artslover

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Quote: Introducing our teenage children to the pleasures of the city by the Bay.

Hotel Adagio

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Hotel | "Convenient, Comfortable and Affordable"

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We did a lot of searching on the internet before choosing this hotel. There's a lot of choice in San Francisco and this combined what we wanted. First was location. We wanted to be in the Union Square area since this was a first visit for our children so it put us in the area we most wanted to be for sight seeing, shopping and restaurants.Second, we wanted a boutique hotel. Not too many rooms, and clean modern looking.Third was price. The hotel website provided a good rate for two rooms so we opted for one deluxe and one suite. The rooms were spacious and comfortable. We were lucky with the weather and even had to use the air conditioning but could also open the la...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2008

Hotel Adagio
550 GEARY ST
San Francisco, California 94102
415-775-5000

Boulevard Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Our favourite Restaurant"

Boulevard Restaurant Photo, San Francisco, California
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We had dinner at Boulevard, which according to Google maps, was 1.5 miles from our hotel near the Embarcadero waterfront. The sun had set by the time we walked to the restaurant and we enjoyed the street lights and lively crowds on the streets in the Union Square area. Closer to Boulevard, it was quieter as the office towers were empty and there were fewer people walking outside. Boulevard is located in the 1889 French-style Audiffred Building one of the few buildings spared from the 1906 earthquake. Its interior is Paris Belle Epoque with a long narrow room, hand-blown art nouveau glass light fixtures, pressed tin, steel girders and artisan ironwork throughout. The look is warm and stylis...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 17, 2008

Boulevard Restaurant
1 Mission Street
San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 543-6084

Farallon

Restaurant | "Unique Decor, Good Food"

Farallon Photo, San Francisco, California
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We had dinner at Farallon, which is barely two blocks from Hotel Adagio in the Union Square area. We made a reservation online at Open Table before we traveled to San Francisco. The restaurant was recommended for seafood or as the restaurant call it, coastal cuisine.The under the sea decor is very unique. The Oyster Bar is in the front next to the reception area and has jelly fish chandeliers. It very much sets the rather fantasy like look of the place. Next is the Nautilus Room with six booths surrounding a sea pillar and the main dining area called the Pool Room has a mosaic ceiling featuring mermaids and sea urchin lights. The overall effect is rather charming and comfortable....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 17, 2008

Farallon
450 Post Street
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 956-6969

Asian Art Museum

Attraction | "So Much to Look At"

Asian Art Museum Photo, San Francisco, California
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We have been to SF Museum of Modern Art a number of times so thought we would try looking at some other museums. Since we were walking along Market Street near the Civic Center, we decided to take a look at the Asian Art Museum. The exhibits in the museum cover a number of countries and civilizations in Asia over a great span of time. There is way too much to see in one visit. We toured most of the Japan, China, India and Java exhibits and the special exhibit on the Ming Dynasty in China but it was a lot to absorb. Everything from statutes from Indian temples, very unique and somewhat scary knives from Java, ethereal water colours from China, and exquisite gowns from Japan with so many oth...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 17, 2008

Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, California 94102
+1 415 668 8921

Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals and Tours

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Attraction | "Fun and Not Too Challenging"

Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals and Tours Photo, San Francisco, California
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Biking across the bridge if the sun is shining or at least, no rain is falling, combines exercising off some of the calories everyone puts on as they enjoy the bounty of San Francisco cuisine, an opportunity for great views of the Bay, a close up of the Golden Gate Bridge, and a stroll around Sausalito.Blazing Saddles is one of many companies offering bike rentals but they seem to have the most numerous locations. When we went to lock our bikes in the bike rack at Sausalito, it looked like a Blazing Saddles rental location. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Renting a bike is quite painless. We went to one of the many locations at the piers. Fill out the form, pay and they outfit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2008

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