Thursday, July 29, 2010


View from our hotel room looking north up Jones St. from O'Farrell St. You can see the line of people waiting to get in to Dottie's True Blue Cafe.

San Francisco Accommodations : We actually spent a lot of time trying to decide where to stay while we were in San Francisco. The Visitors Planning Guide (see San Fran attractions entry) showed the different neighborhoods and some of the highlights of each neighborhood. Once we narrowed down the neighborhoods we thought would work for us, we searched the websites comparing prices and amenities.

Some of the older hotels don’t have bathrooms in the room, instead there’s a shared bath in the hallway. We ended up at the Americas Best Value Inn & Suites at Union Square. The room was gorgeous, it had recently been renovated with hard wood floors (no gross carpet!), a king-sized bed, mini-fridge, microwave and yes, a private bathroom. The free wifi was a little iffy, although we were on the top floor, but we could usually get it in the lobby or in the hallway. We were in a corner room, so we had two windows with great views that looked onto different streets. Since the hotel wasn’t air conditioned, we were glad that we could open the windows and get a cross breeze. The street noise was a little loud.

And while the location was very close to Union Square, I wouldn’t feel safe walking around by myself at night as the pan handlers were very aggressive. Minutes after we checked in we heard a loud BANG out in the street and several minutes after that there were two dozen police officers in the area. I wasn’t worried, the noise didn’t sound like a gunshot, and I remembered that the date was July 3rd, so I figured it was just a firework, which was what the police must have decided also, as they didn’t stay long.


San Francisco Dining : There are many different options for ethnic food, especially in Chinatown and the Mission District. We had Blondie's Pizza one night, and another night we got fish and chips at Fisherman's Wharf.


San Francisco Pies : Mission Pie is called that partly because it’s in the Mission District and they serve pies, although Scott thought that "Mission: Pie" would also be a good name. Along with fruit pies, they also serve savory pies.

Mmmm. Pies.

The other reason it's called Mission Pie is because they have a mission, they are guided by a commitment to environmental, social and economic justice. One example is serving Walnut Pie instead of Pecan Pie because walnuts are grown in California while pecans are grown in Georgia and must be shipped to California.

Looking for something fun to do? Here’s my post on attractions in San Francisco.

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