Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions for my recent weekend trip to San Francisco. We had a great time!
We arrived at SFO at 11pm on Halloween and caught a cab very easily. It was about a 25 minute trip to the Inn at Union Square. We had a lot of traffic, I'm sure due to the holiday. The streets were just packed. The cost was $42 with tip.
The Inn at Union Sqaure was a charming little place. Our room was right next to the area on the floor where they serve breakfast. The sitting room with couch and TV faced the street and it was noisy but the bedroom did not face the street so it was quiet. We enjoyed this place greatly.
Saturday it rained pretty much the entire day. We took our very first cable car ride (bought a one day passport for $11) which was a great deal. We hopped on and off cable cars, street cars and buses all day long. We walked around Fisherman's Wharf, saw the sea lions, and had chowder at Boudin Bakery - YUM! We visited the Ferry Building and Cable Car Museum just to get out of the rain. We also walked around Chinatown and had lunch at R&G Lounge. Fastest service I've ever had and good tasting food. I felt like we could have seen so much more if it hadn't been raining so hard, but oh well. We had dinner at Puccini & Pinetti - great pasta and fish. Then we headed to Ghiradelli Square for some sundaes. Awesome!
Sunday we finally had a break from the rain. We went to Blazing Saddles and rented bikes to ride over the Golden Gate Bridge. This was the highlight of my trip by far. It was a bit exhasting with all the hills and we didn't know we'd be competing for the trail with the USA Half Marathon that morning, but it worked out fine. Riding over the bridge was fantastic. Sausolito seemed like a wonderful town. We only had time for a quick bite to eat before we had to catch the Ferry back and check out of our hotel.
After renting a car at the nearby Hertz, we started our drive down HiWay 1. This was beautiful. We did stop in Pescardero but the wait at Duarte's was too long so we passed on that. I somehow missed the Pigeon Point lighthouse, which I was disapointed, but we loved Santa Cruz. The Boardwalk area seemed great for kids. My husband and I just enjoyed sitting on the beach watching the waves. It was the first time we had seen the sun all weekend. We also drove up 9 to get to the Redwoods Forest Preserve and enjoyed the scenery. As it got dark, we drove to San Jose for the night, so my husband could work in the morning. On the way back to SFO Monday morning we took 280 which was a beautiful drive.
Thanks again to all for your help. I would LOVE to return to San Francisco when we have more time, and hopefully at a better time of year weather-wise.