Going to San Francisco, Santa Cruz this weekend .....

  1. any suggestions on dining? sight seeing?
    I was told to go to Union Square for shopping :yes:

    also, what is the weather like??

  2. I posted the info below last week for someone else.

    Hope you find it helpful!

    I lived in SF for decades. I miss it.

    Take a taxi for everything. Driving, parking, and traffic are horrible.

    My fav spots:

    Union Square. Take a taxi. Then ask an SA or someone for walking directions to Bloomies. People in SF are very friendly and helpful to tourists.
    Union Street. Take a taxi. Charming.
    If Obiko is still in business, go there.

    Museums - in order of my preferences
    Palace of Legion of Honor
    de Young museum in Golden Gate Park
    Museum of Modern Art

    I like to buy gifts for friends at museum stores. My friends get a unique gift and the museums get the benefit of my purchases.

    Japanese Gardens in Golden Gate Park
    Have tea in the teahouse. The Japanese Gardens are next to the de Young museum.

    Check with the SF Visitors center to see what is going on.
    I love the SF Ballet. They have performances this week and next. The Opera House is beautiful.

    I also love the SF Symphony
    Choose concerts when Michael Tilson Thomas is conducting. He is fabulous.

    Best view
    Top of the BofA building in the Financial District
    Cocktail lounge on the 50+ floor. View is spectacular if there is NO fog. Drinks are pricey but who cares! Just get one or two.

    If Stars restaurant is still around, have dinner there with hubby. It's on Van Ness.
    For lunch or dinner, go to the Cliff House for a fabulous view of the Pacific Ocean. It's at the west end of Geary. Take a taxi.
    If you want to have lunch with a view, go to Anthony's at Fisherman's Wharf.

    High tea
    Fabulous afternoon tea complete with exquisite little sandwiches, scones, Devon cream, chocolates, pastries can be had at these hotels:
    Ritz Carlton
    Palace (Market St)
    Food is generous. Enough for lunch or dinner. Inform hubby that full bar is available.

    Watch out for pickpockets. Keep your purse tight against your body.

    Don't worry about the cross-dressers and gay guys. They are far too vain and concerned about themselves to think about bother you! Just enjoy the colorful scenery!

    Bart and Muni are fine during daylight hours. Avoid evening.

  3. ^^^wow! Thanks so much for all the helpful info!!
    much appreciated!!
  4. probably rain this weekend

  5. Ok this just sucks :crybaby: any suggestions on how I should pack/dress?

    how disappointing
  6. It is raining now, but still retty cold. Def layers, and something water proof. Good walking shoes.
  7. My favorite resturant in SF is the Slanted Door...pricey and upscale, but the food is TDF!!
  8. For a sweet treat while shopping: when you're at the Bloomingdales/Nordstrom mall near Union Square, go to the lower Concourse level of the mall to the Food Court. There's a a little stand under the escalator called Beard Papa that specializes in amazing Cream Puffs!