So you are going to San Francisco. In the words of Herb Caen – “One day if I go to heaven .. I’ll look around and say “It ain’t bad but it ain’t San Francisco”.
Chances are you are going to love this city. The first time I arrived in this city and it felt like I was home. Take sniff of the air as this city has a smell of its own. Even now I can still smell that certain smell and think “yep that’s San Fran”. The first trip we arrived arrived in March and it was in a word “cold”. After checking into the hotel we headed for Macy’s sale department to purchase a winter coat. We managed to find a thick warm winter coat on sale for around $60.00 each – Winning!!
We had booked our hotel in the busy shopping district of Union Square. Our hotel of choice in this beautiful city is the Handlery Union Square having had such a wonderful experience at the Handlery San Diego. This is a beautiful old style hotel, the rooms are clean and comfortable. No guest laundry room available however there is a daily laundry and dry cleaning service to each room. To start the day with a yummy breakfast The Daily Grill Restaurant is located downstairs through the lobby. It’s a quite, clean and friendly place to start the day. I suggest you try the American Breakfast. The hotel also has a full-service Concierge to see to everything so don’t be afraid to ask. We had decided to take the subway/train to the shopping outlets and the Concierge could tell us exactly which train, where to get off, where to get the cab and how to return. They sure knew their stuff.
While on the subject of getting around, I suggest purchasing a Muni Visitor Passport for 1, 3, or 7 consecutive days of unlimited rides on Muni, Muni Metro, historic streetcars, and cable cars starting around $20. This is a fantastic deal as to ride the Cable Cars (and you are going to want to do that in San Fran) is around $7 one way. For heading out of the city by train you need to purchase a ticket with BART.
Some “must see” places I recommend are listed below. I will go further into some of these places in other posts.