Honeymoon to San Francisco in September 2012
My fiancee and I are starting to plan our honeymoon to the San Francisco area and are wanting suggestions for restaurants, attractions,superb hotels, etc. Our wedding is September 21, 2012 and we will be flying out the next day. I am particularly interested in seeing the ocean as I never have. I have heard that San Francisco, especially this time of year, does not have the best swimming beaches, and that is fine, I just want to see the ocean. Also, we are wanting to camp, but as we are flying out, we cannot bring any sort of camping equipment. In addition to the great tips and suggestions you give, could you refer to us a store that rents our campers (preferably an airstream) or a tent and other camping equipment.
Be sure to visit the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. Cliff House is a great idea. There is no camping on/near beaches in SF. Drive down the coast to Carmel, park and walk down to the beach. Head off to your right and climb up the cliffs, finding a nice rocky perch to watch the waves. I know of no more romantic spot on earth. (Boyfriend and I drove down from Berkeley many years ago and did this -- remember to this day.) There is also excellent food to be had in Carmel. You will pass through the artichoke capitol of North America, and should stop for a superior choke.
Japanese Tea Garden
7 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118
Thanks for the suggestions. Yes, I realize this is primarily a message board about restaurants in the San Francisco area. My apologies for the mostly off topic post. I searched for San Francisco message boards and this is what I found. I realize it is a little early and realize as the food scene changes and restaurants close, but I am a planner and as we are staying for two weeks I like to have a general idea of what there is to do/what we are doing. A general guideline/schedule if you will. Since we are going to be there for two weeks, yes for part of the time we will be renting a car and will be exploring outside the San Francisco area, like wine country.
Thanks for being kind. I will check back for more dining suggestions.
Although, some may say a bit touristy...I would highly suggest getting a drink or several at Cliff House. You won't find a better view of the pacific ocean.
As far as restaurants goes...I'll give you a few of my personal favorites..
Cafe Baonecci for (imo) the best Italian style pizza in the city.
Swan Oyster Depot for fresh off the boat seafood
La Folie, although I've never been, its highly recommended (I'm going there for the first time next Saturday..ill let you know how it goes)
Avatar in Sausalito..just over the GG bridge...its an indian/mexican/italian hybrid place. Very unique and very good.
Check Michelin guide for some good restaurants..or of course, these forums..
2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109
Swan Oyster Depot
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Jennifer, I can understand your excitement! That said, it's a little early to start looking for specific suggestions, as the food scene changes constantly. Rather, I'd suggest that you give some thought to the overall structure of your trip. How long will you be in the area? Are you planning to rent a car? Do you want to spend all your time based in San Francisco or maybe spend a few days in the wine country or, since you like camping, some place like Yosemite or Big Sur? Once you have some of that nailed down, we can help you with some more targeted questions.
As wolfe noted, this is a food board and discussion of attractions, hotels, etc. is off topic. However, many people visit the Bay Area and report back about places they've been, so mining this board could give you lots of ideas. You might want to start by searching "visitor" or "honeymoon."
Congratulations on the impending nuptials but this board is about food. That said La Costanera Restaurant in Half Moon Bay serves very good Peruvian food and will let you gaze on the Pacific.September is usually our warmest month but the ocean remains cold. BTW "stout Cortez, staring at the Pacific", error Keats error, that was Balboa.
8150 Cabrillo Highway, Montara, CA 94037