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A few weeks ago, the wife and I were invited out to San Francisco to experience their celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Per usual, we had a completely amazing time while we were there. Not that I’m surprised, as the city has so much to offer. You could be just about anyone/be into just about anything, and always have the perfect trip there! Here are some tips to make sure you cover all your bases.
1. Find Your Perfect Place to Stay
Upscale, modern, antique, boutique, niche, hipster—it really doesn’t matter what style speaks to you; they have a unique hotel that fits it in San Francisco. Personally, I like to switch things up. So much so that I don’t think I’ve even stayed in the same place twice. It all depends on what I’m there for. A while back, for a weekend getaway, Sarah found a place that looked like it had been built for a Wes Anderson film. It was definitely more her thing than mine. However, I have to say the curtained canopy bed, velvet furniture, and claw foot tub were undeniably ideal for the purpose of the trip.
On another occasion I had the pleasure of staying at the Fairmont while visiting for a rum launch. Again, super fitting considering the famous Tiki bar they have there. And, most recently, at the Westin St. Francis, where they were offering special deals on tickets for Summer of Love activations. If you’re after more of a boutique/high style situation, just about any of the Joie de Vivre hotels will do the trick (though I think The Marker might be my favorite). Queen Anne Hotel for antique, Hotel Zeppelin for modern/funky…the list is seemingly endless. So, there are tons of ways that finding a great place to call home base during your trip can absolutely enhance it.
2. Have a Delicious Meal
I know there’s a good chance you don’t need to be told this, but I would be wrong not to mention it: San Francisco isn’t sleeping when it comes to the great food and beverage department. From gastropubs to (randomly?) barbecue, I don’t know that I’ve ever had a bad meal in that city. Of course that’s not to say it’s not possible. But thinking about it right now, the closest I can get to an example would be places that weren’t AS mind-blowing as another we had eaten at.
As for picking the best place to eat, you really can’t go wrong with how you choose. Maybe go with whatever’s the closest to you with the highest rating. Or maybe point to a random place on the map and go with that. Honestly, you could even make eating a certain kind of cuisine the theme of your trip. You’re likely going to have a great experience no matter what you go with.
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