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post #46 of 83
for a touristy activity in SF, the Alcatraz tour is actually really cool. one of the best "tourist" things I've ever done.
post #47 of 83
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In San Francisco, I always take people down to the Ferry Building. Usually to the Slanted Door for a cocktail or beer and their spring rolls. It is such a nice setting to watch the ferries come and go and to take in the bay view. Dinner or lunch there is nice too but a daylight or sunset view is to me the very best.

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i can think of no better lunch in san francisco than sitting out back of hog island at the ferry building, eating oysters and clam chowder, watching the bay. but if you want a full restaurant production, slanted door is definitely a good recommendation.

ferry building...
post #48 of 83
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I think you recommend this place to people as a gag.
It's either Taylor's in St. Helena or Foster's Freeze...the last remnants of the old school diner culture in Napa. High school hang-out spots for my parents' generation. Kinda like when people visit Seattle you tell them to stop and eat at Dick's.
post #49 of 83
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It's either Taylor's in St. Helena or Foster's Freeze...the last remnants of the old school diner culture in Napa. High school hang-out spots for my parents' generation.

Kinda like when people visit Seattle you tell them to stop and eat at Dick's.

If I ever find myself in St. Helena I might stop by for a burger. But the Taylor's at the Ferry Building was pretty bad. Especially considering the caliber of the other places at the building.
post #50 of 83
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If I ever find myself in St. Helena I might stop by for a burger. But the Taylor's at the Ferry Building was pretty bad. Especially considering the caliber of the other places at the building.

The Ferry Building Taylor's has no real nostalgic connection, but I do like meeting friends there for a sunny Sunday beer brunch.
post #51 of 83
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thanks, yeah, I love the ferry building, we will probrably hit that, too.

any must see museums or other in SF?

I am thinking about a quick walk through in China town, walk around norht beach, union square, ferry building, maybe the modern art museum.



also, hilton/holiday inn properties in the city - any recomendations?
post #52 of 83
Del Dotto Cave Barrel tasting is pretty amazing.
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post #53 of 83
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any must see museums or other in SF?

I am thinking about a quick walk through in China town, walk around norht beach, union square, ferry building, maybe the modern art museum.

i like the asian art museum, if you like that kind of thing.
post #54 of 83
The best art museums in SF are the De Young (intriguing architecture; good selection of contemporary and 19th century art), the Asian (small but excellent collection), and the Legion of Honor (world-class collection of Rodin; old masters; amazing views of the Golden Gate). SFMOMA is so-so, but sometimes has good exhibits. The most unique "museum" experience in the Bay Area is the Di Rosa Preserve in Carneros, about 30 minutes south of Napa. It's the largest collection of art by Bay Area artists in the world; displayed in and around the former home of the collector (who still lives on the grounds). Reservations are required. HIGHLY recommended. Chinatown is fun (R&G Lounge is tasty); North Beach is over-rated but you might as well check it out - I like Antica Trattoria, otherwise most of the restaurants there are crappy. The Mission District has more "authentic" flavor than North Beach, Latino style - take BART to 24th and Mission and head south on 24th, check out the murals on Balmy Street; go to El Delfin to eat "El Volcan", stop by Dynamo Donut for a 'gourmet' donut.
post #55 of 83
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The best art museums in SF are the De Young (intriguing architecture; good selection of contemporary and 19th century art), the Asian (small but excellent collection), and the Legion of Honor (world-class collection of Rodin; old masters; amazing views of the Golden Gate). SFMOMA is so-so, but sometimes has good exhibits. The most unique "museum" experience in the Bay Area is the Di Rosa Preserve in Carneros, about 30 minutes south of Napa. It's the largest collection of art by Bay Area artists in the world; displayed in and around the former home of the collector (who still lives on the grounds). Reservations are required. HIGHLY recommended.

Chinatown is fun (R&G Lounge is tasty); North Beach is over-rated but you might as well check it out - I like Antica Trattoria, otherwise most of the restaurants there are crappy. The Mission District has more "authentic" flavor than North Beach, Latino style - take BART to 24th and Mission and head south on 24th, check out the murals on Balmy Street; go to El Delfin to eat "El Volcan", stop by Dynamo Donut for a 'gourmet' donut.

cool, this is helpful
post #56 of 83
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go to El Delfin to eat "El Volcan", stop by Dynamo Donut for a 'gourmet' donut.

Seriously, i never thought anybody went to El Delfin besides me. That place is very underrated, the volcano dish is very good and the couple that own the place are awesome.
post #57 of 83
The California Palace of the Legion of Honor is my favorite museum in the country, in the grandest imaginable setting. Highly recommended.
post #58 of 83
First suggestion, if possible extend your vacation.

Second suggestion, at all costs, if you are in or near Napa at dinner time, eat at Ad Hoc. If you cannot obtain a reservation, arrive hungry at 5:00 p.m.
post #59 of 83
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The California Palace of the Legion of Honor is my favorite museum in the country, in the grandest imaginable setting. Highly recommended.

Yeah, but you have to find a parking space up there, which is impossible. Brave it and you will be rewarded, as Manton suggests.

As for Napa Valley, if you make it as far north as Calistoga go to the Vincent Arroyo winery and buy whatever he named after the dog. That's always the best stuff. Vincent Arroyo is out on the Silverado Trail.

I also liked the Sterling Winery, which is also in Calistoga (I think). It's a big industrial wine operation but it has (1) a self guided tour, so you are not bogged down with a slow-moving group and (2) great views of the valley. I think there's a cable car that runs up to the winery. Just embrace your inner rube tourist and enjoy!
post #60 of 83
One more thing . . . my cousins always take people up to Coit Tower, not to actually go up the tower, but to walk down Filbert through the "jungle" on the Filbert steps. It's a really unexpected walk if you haven't been there - small houses that are only accessible from the steps, parrots, etc. You end up down at the Embarcadero. If you are in North Beach anyway, you can go up the Greenwich stairs and down the Filbert steps. From there it's an easy walk to the Ferry Bldg.

It's touristy, but fun (if a bit exhausting).
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