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September 3, 2023

What to do and where to stay in San Francisco

I am heading to SF very soon, oops! What to do and where to stay please? I got great answers in my recent Vegas thread, so fingers crossed! [more inside]
posted by Iteki around San Francisco, CA at 11:30 AM - 29 answers

August 25, 2023

How can I easily transport a bike and 2 large bags in San Francisco?

I'm from out of town and I'm trying to find the best way to transport myself, a bike and 2 large suitcases in San Francisco. I can't ride the bike because of the bags and don't want to chance ordering an uber or lyft that won't take the bike because I'm being dropped off at a bus and don't want to be late. The drive is only 7-10 minutes away. Any suggestions on the best way to do this? Thanks!
posted by eaq around San Francisco, CA at 9:38 AM - 8 answers

August 13, 2023

Where is this Bay Area wedding venue?

In the summer of 2016 I attended a wedding at a historical mansion, within a 90 minute drive of San Francisco. This is a photo taken inside. Other things I remember: [more inside]
posted by umwelt around San Francisco, CA at 4:10 PM - 8 answers has best

August 10, 2023


I want to be able to hail or otherwise get a taxi in San Francisco. What's the best way to do this? I have a big ol' bag full of questions. [more inside]
posted by pdb around San Francisco, CA at 8:14 PM - 10 answers has best

July 13, 2023

San Francisco Exploratorium - how is it now?

Our family is heading out this weekend on a road trip that will eventually bring us to San Francisco, where we have not been in many years. Last time we were there the Exploratorium was still in the Presidio and our (now adult) kids loved it. Our youngest kid (age 12) has never been; how does the new (or really "new" by now) Exploratorium rate against the original? [more inside]
posted by sencha around San Francisco, CA at 6:40 PM - 11 answers has best

June 19, 2023

What NEW places are great in SF/Oakland in the past 5 years?

I lived in SF for years and years, but it was time to go a little over 5 years ago. I'm heading back for a brief trip, and have found many of my favorite places closed or not quite what they used to be. I'll be going to several favorites that are thankfully still around (The Roxie! Forbidden Island!) but I'm hoping for any new hotness is that's opened since 2017 that you'd recommend.
posted by eschatfische around San Francisco, CA at 4:06 PM - 6 answers has best

February 23, 2023

California Wine Country: Renting an Entire Vineyard

AirBnB/VRBO seem to have cluttered up wine country estate listings and many older standbys have closed down. What are some good winery estates with onsite lodging? Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by JaneTheGood around San Francisco, CA at 10:32 AM - 5 answers

February 15, 2023

Help me have my first solo day to San Francisco

I'm from the Bay Area and grew up going to San Francisco, so I'm familiar with some things, but there are tons of other things I haven't explored. I have the whole weekday to myself this week, and I've never done a solo trip to SF before. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by yueliang around San Francisco, CA at 1:30 PM - 9 answers has best

January 27, 2023

Quick cycling trip from Oakland

Quick overnight trip from Oakland with cycling - how do I do this. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip around San Francisco, CA at 9:40 PM - 13 answers

October 23, 2022

Tourist tips for San Francisco/Stanford

I'm staying at Stanford University for a few days next week - I will be at a loose end while my wife is at a conference. I'm planning to go into SF as well while I'm there. I have been to SF before but not since the late 90s. Looking for some recommendations to see - more details inside. [more inside]
posted by crocomancer around San Francisco, CA at 9:37 AM - 13 answers has best

October 13, 2022

SF restaurants with real outdoor patios

I often have to visit San Francisco for errands. After completing the errand I used to enjoy having a nice meal, but because of reasons I can only do that at places that have actual-dactual patios, not the "tables on the sidewalk" setup, preferably with heaters. Suitable places are really hard for me to find though and last time I was there I just had to slink home hungry because I couldn't find a single place to eat. Could you suggest some places I could try? [more inside]
posted by bleep around San Francisco, CA at 12:08 PM - 11 answers

September 21, 2022

What should I do with a day and a half in the Bay Area?

Traveling for the first time in 2 1/2 years, and heading to the Bay Area for the first time in 3 1/2 years. I'll have most of a weekend solo to sightsee, relax, and be pampered. Since it's been so long since I've been, what are the things that are on your can't miss list? [more inside]
posted by hijinx around San Francisco, CA at 7:13 AM - 12 answers has best

July 23, 2022

Trans-affirming activities in the Bay Area

A newly out trans relative of mine will be in the Bay Area on vacation and he is looking for activities that he can connect with as a trans person. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Toddles around San Francisco, CA at 8:38 AM - 8 answers has best

March 16, 2022

Affordable short-term accommodations in San Francisco

I know SF is notoriously unaffordable, but I wanted to reach out and see if anyone had tips for less expensive places to stay in SF. [more inside]
posted by dokodomo around San Francisco, CA at 10:08 PM - 9 answers has best

February 21, 2022

What to do with ourselves at midnight in SFO?

After 22 hours of travel, we'll be landing in SFO at midnight in late April. What's our best option for getting our tired bums into beds safely? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam around San Francisco, CA at 4:23 AM - 25 answers has best

February 10, 2022

San Francisco Overnight Parking

I have a San Francisco trip in the works where I drive and stay for about a week. What are some economical options for places to park my car while I’m there? [more inside]
posted by Goblin Barbarian around San Francisco, CA at 11:48 AM - 10 answers

November 9, 2021

San Francscio this week with older kids

We are heading to San Francisco from Wednesday through Saturday with our 12 year older son and 15 year old daughter, staying at the Marker in Union Square. Need your ideas for fun things for kids that age in this pandemic era. Everyone fully vaxed. [more inside]
posted by purenitrous around San Francisco, CA at 11:26 AM - 13 answers

May 29, 2021

Tell Me What To Do - SF Bay Area vacation version

I want to get away for a night or two (Jun 12-13 or 11-13) to celebrate my husband's birthday. We live near San Jose CA and I have spent too much time browsing hotel sites trying to find a place that is an easy drive, a nice getaway and not too expensive (under $300 per night w/taxes) Please, would someone just tell me what to do! [more inside]
posted by metahawk around San Francisco, CA at 11:49 AM - 10 answers has best

May 22, 2021

Weekend in San Francisco, pandemic style?

I’m going to be in San Francisco for a weekend with my sister and her wife. I’ve been to SF many times, but not during the pandemic so my usual food-oriented travel ideas are a bit out of step (several options I’ve looked up are still takeout only). What would you do that’s actually open right now, including outdoor activities? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar around San Francisco, CA at 11:04 AM - 6 answers has best

November 23, 2020

Solo Writing Retreat Location in SF Bay Area?

I would love to hear recommendations for places I should look for cabins/homes/guesthomes I might like for a two week stay sometime next month (December) around San Francisco. I have a car and I'm happy to drive anywhere with 3-4 hours of the city. Could be coastal or forested, but I do need internet access. Hot tub would be great but definitely not a requirement!
posted by vocativecase around San Francisco, CA at 12:26 PM - 10 answers