Comments on: Tourists in San Francisco http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:57:41 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Shannon { writer + editor } http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-762391 Shannon { writer + editor } Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:08:29 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-762391 (No sight-seeing advice here, but I just wanted to say that the paintings are beautiful. Your brother-in-law has such a gift.)

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By: Petra http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-761246 Petra Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:08:45 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-761246 I’m reading and responding to this a bit late, but…. I highly recommend a visit to Point Reyes National Seashore. There are so many hidden treasures there – beautiful beaches, cattle ranches, tiny towns. The town of Point Reyes Station is a great place to stop for a meal – lots of good eateries, and there is the Cowgirl Creamery cheese factory where you can see their divine Mt. Tam being made. The little town of Olema also has a great stopping place, the Olema Inn. So much to see, it’s a great day trip. Hope Caroline is having an enjoyable time – the weather looks as though it has been perfect on your instagram photos!

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By: KB http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760796 KB Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:08:37 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760796 If you want to have a picnic day with the family on Sunday, Off the Grid does a Presidio Picnic at Main Post in SF — get a taste of all the good local food trucks, see what all the fuss is about. Really makes for a great day outdoors (especially with the weather being so nice these days)! There are some serious picnic-ers out there with a lot of fancy gear to help make picnic-ing comfortable and chic. Bring a frisbee and a deck of cards. Great, authentic SF weekend experience!

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By: Jenny http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760746 Jenny Wed, 16 Oct 2013 23:00:17 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760746 Muir Woods!

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By: Willa http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760539 Willa Wed, 16 Oct 2013 17:41:49 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760539 Oh also, was going to say my favorite redwoods excursion (since Muir Woods is maybe closed) is the Russian River valley and the areas around Sebastopol, Occidental, Monte Rio, Guerneville. Drive the windy, redwood-lined backroads. Armstrong Redwoods outside Guerneville is a popular state park. Occidental is the cutest town ever, The Union Hotel is a great place to take a big group for pizza. Freestone, between Sebastopol and Occidental, has the amazing Wildflour Bakery. There are also of course wineries and apple picking this time of year, especially along the Gravenstein Highway (named for the Gravenstein apples.) Stop at Sam’s market outside Sebastopol for gallons of Gravenstein cider to take home. Oh geez, also Screaming Mimi’s in Sebast for amazing ice cream.

This trip also gives you the option of making a loop on your way up or driving back down to include the coast highway and Sonoma Coast state beaches (Bodega Bay also) or head a bit further north to visit the Russian Fort Ross for more CA history.

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By: Willa http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760537 Willa Wed, 16 Oct 2013 17:32:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760537 I love love love the Oakland Museum of California. It is divided into galleries for california art, california history and natural sciences. The art section is my favorite, history is interesting and the natural sciences is very very cool now but more fun if you have kids along, in my opinion. Picnic in the beautiful sculpture garden (pro-tip: entrance to the sculpture garden is free for everyone during museum hours).

For more amazing Mexican food head to Fruitvale or get bahn mi or pho traveling toward downtown on International. Cam Huong on International is my all-time favorite place for bahn mi and it is connected to a yogurt shop now. If you want the best Thai/Lao food at extremely reasonable prices but not a hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, Champa Garden at 8th Ave. and E. 21st st. is the best I’ve ever had. Get the Lao sausage appetizer, it is amazing and I think homemade. I prefer lunch because dinner can get really busy, I don’t even try on a weekend evening.

Oh! Maybe a movie at The New Parkway where the seats are all couches and chairs with funky vintage furnishings so it feels like a living room. That seems like it would be a very unique experience for a visitor. The also have a large food and drink menu so you can eat in the theater. The nachos have a homemade bechamel-based cheese sauce which is really fantastic.

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By: Jenny Stockton http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760437 Jenny Stockton Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:49:48 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760437 I know you’ve been with your family, but I have to suggest a trip to Fenton’s. My dad grew up in the bay area and told me about black and tans for my whole life. I finally made it there this past May and it was every bit as outstanding as I’d imagined!

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By: caroline http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760312 caroline Wed, 16 Oct 2013 10:41:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760312 Wow ! I will probably have to come back to finish the list ! Thank you so much :)

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By: caroline http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760310 caroline Wed, 16 Oct 2013 10:37:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760310 Oh merci beaucoup Ania.Venant d’une voyageuse aussi aguerrie que vous, je suis certaine que tous ces conseils de visites sont les meilleurs ! Je reste toujours autant admirative ( et envieuse )de tous vos voyages :)

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By: Kim http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760228 Kim Wed, 16 Oct 2013 07:01:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760228 Although I’m a Bay Area native, I was recently introduced to these stairs.. http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-16th-avenue-tiled-steps-project-san-francisco
It’s worth checking out!

I love walking the city and visiting all the different districts. Talk about culture shock!

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By: Michelle http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760200 Michelle Wed, 16 Oct 2013 06:10:33 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760200 I am over in North Bay and think Sausalito and the redwoods and Mt Tam in Mill Valley are nice spots to bring visitors….

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By: Mary http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760169 Mary Wed, 16 Oct 2013 05:09:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760169 Do you know about the San Francisco City Guides tours? They are free, but you can tip at the end if you want to contribute to their program. There are lots of different ones, all led by knowledgeable volunteers. I’ve been on four or five of them and have always found them interesting. http://www.sfcityguides.org

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By: Kate http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760151 Kate Wed, 16 Oct 2013 04:27:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760151 Some of our favorite views: Muir Beach Overlook (!!!), panoramic views from the Lands End Trail, Baker Beach with the GG bridge framed so beautifully. I think Coit Tower is really great for views too and then you can walk down the steps from Telegraph Hill (Are there still parrots there?) A picnic on the grounds of the Palace of Fine Arts is always memorable too!

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By: Wendy http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760137 Wendy Wed, 16 Oct 2013 03:40:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760137 What about Calaveras Big Trees for redwoods? (I think that’s a state park..a drive, but amazing.) Also, the hang-gliders at Fort Funston.

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By: siobhan http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760092 siobhan Wed, 16 Oct 2013 01:40:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760092 Thursday night at the Academy of Sciences – it is 21+, so no kiddos allowed, but it is much less crowded (and much less expensive!) than going during normal hours. It is a real treat to see such a special place in the evening hours.

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By: Jessica http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760063 Jessica Tue, 15 Oct 2013 23:52:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760063 This reminds me of family coming to visit from overseas. They wanted to see the Statue of Liberty…. and CVS and the Dollar Store. They were at the Dollar Store for over two hours! My grandmother ended up getting on the plane with a plastic swan planter. Every time I went to see her, I got a kick out of the wild orchid growing in that plastic swan.

I hope you and Caroline have a lovely visit!

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By: aryn http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760049 aryn Tue, 15 Oct 2013 23:02:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760049 Caroline sounds like my kind of traveler. I love seeing what the grocery/big box stores are like in other countries even though my husband thinks its a bit weird!

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By: Meike http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760047 Meike Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:57:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760047 Taking the ferry from Jack London Square to the Embarcadero is fun too if you have not already done so. I also like to take visitors to Angel Island for a day trip. You get really nice views of the city and the bridges on a clear day.

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By: Tourists in San Francisco http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760027 Tourists in San Francisco Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:58:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760027 [...] Source: http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/ [...]

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By: Kelly http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/tourists-in-san-francisco/comment-page-1/#comment-760004 Kelly Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:43:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41841#comment-760004 I *just* came back from my first trip to SF. My favorite attraction was by FAR the Musee Mechanique [Pier 45, at the end of Taylor Street], home to tons of crazy working vintage coin op automatons and games, with some retro arcade games thrown in for good measure. Just make sure to bring a lot of quarters and/or small bills. I ran out and was very sad I did not get my fortune told. =(

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