a VirtualTourist member asked on Sep 5, 2016
I'm attending a conference in Saratoga in October that will last 3-4 days. I would like recommendations for hotels and things to do in the afternoon and evenings. I'm interested in wine tastings and would like to go to the tech museum. I will not have a car. Once the conference is over, I will take the train to San Francisco. I know there is a lot to see in the city, so would love some ideas about where to stay and how to make the best use of my time.
BTW it would help to have this in the Travel Forum instead of Misc to get better responces.
It's been many years since I worked in the area so things have changed. There's great pubs and restaurants in the area. Royal Exchange comes to mind but may not still be there. Central Saratoga had some wonderful restaurants even if a bit pricey.
SF...the train will take you to 4th st and from there you can take the bus/MUNI or walk a few blocks to the new light rail.. check the MUNI site for details. BART and MUNI can get you to most any place in SF you want to go.
Golden Gate Park is a great area with the park and museums. Just wandering SF is great. Check the VT Travel Guides as they will give you the top venues to review and you can choose what you like.
As for Saratoga here is a link to the City's Chamber of Commerce site that provides a great reference for things o consider there in October.
While not on their list October is a great time to visit beautiful Big Basin and Henry Cowell State Parks which are only a few miles away from Saratoga. Each park has some majestic redwoods and a number of great trails to visit. Week days are less crowded than weekends.
Stay in the Union Square area of San Francisco to be in pretty much the heart of the city. There are lots of hotels to choose from.
If you really want to see the city, then walk. Using Powell and Market as the starting point, and home of the famous cable cars. Walk North on Powell and walk to Sutter St. you will the famous St. Francis Hotel and Union Square.
Then turn right, East on Sutter and walk to Grant Ave. Turn left, North on Grant Ave, walk through Chinatown. Once you reach Broadway you will be in the area that was once famous for all the strip clubs, including Carol Doda's club, you may want to google her name to see what she was famous for.
You can continue on Grant Ave until you come to Greenwich and then you can turn right to visit Coit Tower. Or you can turn right on Broadway one block to Columbus then left onto Columbus until you reach Washington Square. You will then be in the Italian area of the city and at one time home to the hippy movement. You will find some great Italian bakeries and eateries. If you want a great sandwich stop in at the Molianri Deli on Columbus between Broadway and Vallejo St. You can continue on Columbus or turn right on any street and you will find yourself at Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39, a real tourist trap these days but might be worth a stop. You then have a few choices to get back where you started. You can take the cable car back to Powell and Market, you can take the F streetcar back to Market which goes along the Embarcadero, or you can walk back along the Embarcadero, stopping at the famous Ferry Building at Embarcadero and Market St. This is really the way to see the city. Enjoy your stay and your visit to San Francisco.