Friday, September 24, 2010

San Fransisco: Our Itinerary

As I'm about to tell you all about the specifics of our recent trip to San Fransisco, I figured I'd start with an overview.  That way you can get a sneak peak at what we did and you can skip the blog posts that don't interest you. 

We started off with a flight from LAX to SFO on Virgin America that only took about an hour.  I booked this flight a few weeks ago that was on sale for only $39 one way.  This means that BM & I flew for $199 including taxes, and we carried on all of our luggage to skip those ridiculous fees. 

Then we hopped on the BART at SFO and rode into the city for only $8.10.  No taxi fees and no tipping the driver!  From there, we hopped off the BART at the Powell Station and picked up a MUNI 3-day passport for only $20.  This allowed us to ride any bus and any cable car in San Fransisco for FREE for 3 days!  It was a great deal and allowed us to avoid taking any cabs or walking too much in the city. 

The first stop off of the cable car was The Buena Vista for some lunch and a few cocktails.  We ran into lots of crazy New Orleans Saints fans, and Mike was getting pretty fed up with all the "WHO DAT?" going on. 

Then it was off to our hotel, Inn at the Opera, to check in, where we were greeted by the friendliest staff and the nicest room I think I've ever encountered at a hotel.  We were able to hop onto an express MUNI bus for only $7 that went straight to Candlestick Park for the football game and were completely ecstatic to find out that we had bought 4th row tickets! 

(We knew the tickets were going to be good, but not THAT good!)

After the game, we caught that same express MUNI bus back to our hotel and got a great suggestion for a late dinner at Sauce.  It was a trendy bistro that wasn't terribly overpriced and happened to have an amazing prime rib sandwich that BM and I both loved. 

Fast forward to lunch on Tuesday and that's when we had to make the voyage to Fisherman's Wharf for some great seafood.  I've been there several times as a child and adult, and BM and I stumbled into Alioto's for clam chowder in a bread bowl and fish and chips. 

After a quick walk over to Ghiradelli Square, we stopped at Ghiradelli Chocolate Shop for a sweet treat and then over to Cellar 360 for a quick wine tasting. 

We were sort of exhausted after some more travel around the city and meeting up with my little sister, Sparkles & Stilettos, we headed to dinner over at Johnny Foley's which is an Irish pub and restaurant. 

This morning we made a quick stop at The Crepe House for some breakfast, and then it was a quick $8.10 ride on the BART back to SFO for our short flight home. 

Overall, I can say that this was an amazing vacation.  We didn't waste a lot of unnecessary money on taxi rides, tourist shopping, or stupid tours.  BM and I laughed more than we have in a long time and we ate better (or worse depending on how you look at it) than we do at home. 

Now it's back to reality, and back to dieting if you ask my scale. 

Travel happy! 


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