San Francisco, CA

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Nothing Like a Good Introduction:

http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/

http://www.visitsfbayarea.com/

http://www.sanfrancisco.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco

Weather: http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/san-francisco-ca/94103/december-weather/347629

Known For: Cosmopolitan, expensive, big, bustling West-coast California vibe and city feel. Its distinct neighborhoods have their own flavor and cultures. It is a compact city 49 miles square surrounded by water. Misty mornings and warm afternoons are the norm – Autumn and Spring best time to travel for best weather. Scenic cable cars, restored trolleys from around the world and BART (bay Area Rapid transit) are part of the transportation system. Parking is at a premium in this city and traffic is intense at times. The history is rich and diverse much based on the Gold Rush of 1849 and the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906. This city has high culture, a dash of flowers in your hair hippieness, one of the greatest parks in the US, The Golden Gate. Residents are known for a high tolerance of homeless. Union Square is the center of town with most of the downtown core located here. Its shopping core has many high-end stores Niemen Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Louie Vuitton; and, some great mid-range ones: Gumps and Macy’s. There is a Walgreens on almost every corner! San Francisco’s Chinatown is one of the largest in the US. This is a city of Harvey Milk, Gay pride and LGBT culture, and the Castro District.

Some History:
http://www.zpub.com/sf/history/sfh2.html

http://mceer.buffalo.edu/1906_earthquake/san-francisco-earthquake.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippie

http://thecastro.net/milk/milk+20.html

Particular to This Location and Particularly What We Liked, Fall 2013: Our B and B location: North Beach with Hop-on Hop-off stop here; Telegraph Hill – Coit Tower and Filbert Steps near-by; Northern Lights Bookstore – birth of the Beat Poets; Washington Square Park and Tia Chi; Molinari Italian Deli; Liguria Bakery; Chinatown; Walking the great restaurant and unique shop scene of North Beach; Mission Murals; the view, vibe and Diego Rivera mural at San Francisco Institute of the Arts.

A Place to Lay Your Head: Washington Square B and B

http://www.wsisf.com/

  • Check-In: 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm Check-Out: Before 11:00 am
    If you plan on arriving after 9:00 pm, please notify the inn to make alternate arrangements. Unfortunately, due to our small size we typically cannot accommodate early check-ins or late departures.
  • Rooms vary, some shared baths, look up on website and choose
  • Complimentary European Style Breakfast
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Evening Hors d’oeuvres and Wine
  • Guaranteed Parking one Block Away $32 a night
  • Non-smoking
  • Pet friendly for $200
  • One room for one child, under 5 years of age free, over $25, rest of rooms double occupancy only
  • Special Promotions at times like second night 1/2 price
  • Not Handicapped Accessible

Amenities:
http://www.wsisf.com/amenities.htm

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60713-d112371-Reviews-Washington_Square_Inn-San_Francisco_California.html

Four Sisters Inn Loyalty Points:

http://www.foursisters.com/index.htm

Map:

http://www.baycityguide.com/images/maps_pdf/San_Francisco_Map.pdf

Walking Map:
http://www.hiddensf.com/310-free-san-francisco-walking-tours.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Guide-g60713-i450-San_Francisco_California.html

http://www.mapmywalk.com/us/san-francisco-ca/?_ga=1.89284434.877797088.1421871834

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60713-d142463-Reviews-Filbert_Steps-San_Francisco_California.html

http://www.sanfranciscodays.com/telegraph-hill/

http://www.san-francisco-travel-secrets.com/coit-tower.html

Getting Around: Many modes of good public transportation – (Bay Area Rapid Transit, BART). Hop-On-Hop-Off Tours, ferry and foot.

Transit: http://www.sfmta.com/

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60713-s303/San-Francisco:California:Public.Transportation.html

http://www.hop-on-hop-off-bus.com/san-francisco-bus-tours

http://sanfranciscobayferry.com/

City Tours:
http://www.hop-on-hop-off-bus.com/san-francisco-bus-tours

http://www.sfcityguides.org/

http://www.hop-on-hop-off-bus.com/san-francisco-bus-tours

http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=trolley+tour&find_loc=San+Francisco%2C+CA

TripAdvisor reviews several Boston tour companies, you need to Google it!

Museums: This is a city rich with museums large and small. Some of large and of great reputation and others small, interesting and tucked away. The De Young Art Museum in Central Park is a must as is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The Asian Art Museum is known for its vast and interesting collection – one of the largest in the US. The Cable Car Museum is another one of interest. The Cable Car history is a long one and still exists in this city. I loved the little San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park Museum in the Argonaut Hotel.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60713-s410/San-Francisco:California:Museums.And.Attractions.html

Good Bites: Links only to things not in the blog: Molinari Italian Deli, gelato stands –you choose, Stella’s Cookies, focaccia at Liguria Bakery
(that’s is all they sell and lots of varieties, early sell -outs certain)

http://www.stellapastry.com/cookies.aspx

http://www.yelp.com/biz/liguria-bakery-san-francisco

Parks, Gardens and Trails:

http://sanfrancisco.about.com/od/environmentnature/tp/greenspace.htm

http://www.everytrail.com/best/hiking-san-francisco-california

http://blog.sfgate.com/stew/2014/04/10/our-favorite-hidden-parks-of-san-francisco/

http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/

http://japaneseteagardensf.com/

http://www.mapmyhike.com/us/san-francisco-ca/

Historical Sites:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g60713-Activities-c47-San_Francisco_California.html

http://www.noehill.com/sf/landmarks/

Get Bit by a Flea and Shopping:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60713-s405/San-Francisco:California:Shopping.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g60713-Activities-c26-San_Francisco_California.html

http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/

http://www.treasureislandflea.com/

Getting Out and About – Day Trips: So much to do on the city; but, if you want to travel a little off the beaten track there is Sausalito, Muir Woods National Park, or a day trip to the wine country. Here’s a good list of day trips and information on how to do it:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60713-c50293/San-Francisco:California:Traveling.Beyond.The.City.html

http://www.sunset.com/travel/california/san-francisco-day-trips

Local Wineries: http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=best+wineries&find_loc=San+Francisco%2C+CA

http://www.baycityguide.com/wine_country.html

Local Breweries: http://sfbrewersguild.org/

Kids’ Stuff to Do:
http://www.sftourismtips.com/san-francisco-with-kids.html

Dogs:
http://www.bringfido.com/attraction/parks/city/san_francisco_ca_us/

Golfing:
http://sfrecpark.org/parks-open-spaces/golf-courses/

http://www.golflink.com/golf-courses/searchresults.aspx?coursekeyword=san+francisco&within=20

Biking: http://www.stokedsf.com/kayaking-tours.php

http://www.mapmyride.com/us/san-francisco-ca/?_ga=1.183144687.877797088.1421871834

Kayaking: http://www.stokedsf.com/kayaking-tours.php

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