We are taking our honeymoon in San Francisco this summer and I am looking for a really good hotel. Not too expensive but not cheap, and in a really good location. This is our first time to the city and thought you would be the perfect person to ask! --Headed to the City by the Bay Betsy
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Dear Headed to the City by the Bay Betsy--
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding, what an exciting time for you! I can't say enough amazing things about San Francisco -- you chose a great city for your honeymoon! One thing I should tell you is beware of the weather! Mark Twain said it best, "The coldest winter was the summer I spent in San Francisco" so be sure to pack accordingly.
The best thing about San Francisco is you are just an hour away from the Napa Valley which is where I highly recommend you stay, at least for a few nights. The weather, the wine, and the views makes Napa great honeymoon destination. Meadowood Resort has everything from croquet to pool side massage, not to mention your choice of fine dining just minutes away. If you want to splurge for a night or two, I suggest staying at Auberge Du Soleil or The Carneros Inn. If you decide to lodge in the city for your entire trip, I highly recommend taking at least a day trip up north, I promise you won't regret it!!
San Francisco has a plethora of hotels for you to choose from. If you are looking to stay in Union Square, I recommend the Westin St. Francis which has an amazing restaurant and spa, plus it's right next to all the great shops! If you want to stay off the beaten path a little, one of my favorite boutique hotels is The Hotel Drisco in Pacific Heights, a gorgeous neighborhood chalk filled with beautiful homes, rolling hills, and Golden Gate Bridge views. Hotel Vitale on the Embarcadero is another favorite of mine. This hotel give you a view of the East Bay and is also walking distance from wonderful restaurants. Since this is your first trip to San Francisco, make sure to check out DEARSUGAR's Guide to San Francisco. Congrats again and have a great honeymoon!