My fiance and I are going to San Francisco for our honeymoon and will be staying at the Omni. We aren't exactly the richest people in the world, and we need some advice on what kinds of restaurants and tourist attractions are available but nothing that will kill our wallets. Also, I'd like to go to Napa and we will not be renting a car. What are some car services I may be able to get into contact with to drive us there and back? Voracious Vacationer
Dear Voracious Vacationer
Congratulations on the wedding! This is going to be a great honeymoon. A trip to SF wouldn't be complete without visiting:
- the #1 tourist attraction in SF Alcatraz. It's a must do and it won't cost you a bundle.
- Next Visit Napa and/or Sonoma. The trip is approx 1 hour and there are so many vineyards to choose from. I recommend taking a car service and a good one is Bauer's Limousine. It may be a little more costly, but it's safer than driving a rented car if drinking is a priority. Also, I would recommend staying in wine country for at least a night. Hotels range anywhere from a Marriott in the heart of Napa Valley to the very quaint and quiet Vineyard Country Inn in St. Helena.
- Back in SF, visit Coit Tower and see it's beautiful panoramic views from Bay Bridge to Golden Gate.
- Check out the Embarcadero; walk along the waterfront and walk through the Farmer's Market on the weekends. There's a terrific lunch spot called Taylor's Automatic Refresher for American food, or Poncho Villa Taqueria for great Mexican!
- Walk up to Pier 40 for a view of the sea lions that have taken over part of the marina!
- In the Marina District, walk around Union and Chestnut streets for the adorable shops and grab lunch and a glass of wine at Ottimista Enoteca-Cafe. Walk the Lyon Street stairs for an amazing view of the Marina, Marin Headlands and the Palace of Fine Arts.
This gorgeous Rotunda was a main attraction at its 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition debut and now it's a fab picnic spot.
- Walk the Golden Gate Bridge! It's a once in a lifetime experience, and the higher you climb the more rewarding the view.
- In Golden Gate Park there is so much to see and do. The De Young Museum just had a major renovation and is incredible. Also, there is a rose garden and a Japanese tea garden. They close the park for the weekends - so why not rent bikes and go for a ride?
- As for nightlife, there are 3 hot area's to explore; The Mission, The Marina and Soma. Check out SF Weekly or San Francisco's City Guide for some ideas.
- Now comes the yummy restaurant recs . . . SUSHI GROOVE has the best sushi, KOKKARRI serves delicious Greek cuisine, ISA is more of a tapas restaurant that won't break the bank, BISTRO AIX is also very neighborhoody and not too expensive for yummy American food, PANE E VINO is another amazing neighborhood Italian joint on Union. Lastly, pop into MAMA'S CAFE in North Beach for breakfast! Enjoy.