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Staying Fairmont 10/30/09 3 Nights-10 best things to see/do?

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Staying Fairmont 10/30/09 3 Nights-10 best things to see/do?

Ok, I didn't plan it. Just got a great deal on a 3-night package to the Fairmont FRI-SAT-SUN starting 10/30/09. Haven't been to SF in years, so what's the 10 best things to do with three days in SF based in the Fairmont? Not into clubbing except maybe a nice jazz place. We like "conventional" live theater. Also, we like the idea of seeing the out-of-the-way sites, but safely . . . maybe with a group tour?? And, on top of all that, it's our anniversary!!

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1. Re: Staying Fairmont 10/30/09 3 Nights-10 best things to see/do?

for jazz music, check this page: http://www.sfjazz.org/

and http://tinyurl.com/jazz10-31-09

theatre: http://tinyurl.com/theatre10-31-09

tours/SF related items: http://tinyurl.com/tours10-31-09

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2. Re: Staying Fairmont 10/30/09 3 Nights-10 best things to see/do?

Check the forum, but here's a few to consider:

Wicked at the Orpheum Theater

http://www.wickedsanfrancisco.com/

the always popular Bech Blanket Babylon

http://www.beachblanketbabylon.com/

For Jazz, Savanna Jazz

http://www.savannajazz.com/

Dinner out at Gary Denko's

http://www.garydanko.com/

Take a ride on the Duck and see the touristy sites

http://www.sanfranciscoducks.com/

Sunday Brunch at the Palace Hotel

www.sfpalacerestaurants.com/gardencourt

Golden Gate Park - see the Tut Exhibit at the de Young and the new California Academy of Sciences

http://www.tutsanfrancisco.org/

http://www.calacademy.org/

Of course, drinks at top of the Mark - across the street from the Fairmont

intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com/top_of_the_m…

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3. Re: Staying Fairmont 10/30/09 3 Nights-10 best things to see/do?

If you like theater look at this.....American Conservatory Theater, better known locally as ACT. We are seeing the West Coast Premiere of Mamet's "November" on November 4, so it is probably playing while you are here.

http://www.act-sf.org/site/PageServer

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4. Re: Staying Fairmont 10/30/09 3 Nights-10 best things to see/do?

How fun, we loved our time in San Francisco yesterday, if only for a day! If Gary Dank odoesn't pan out for you, Boulevard is a nice alternative, down by the Embarcadero. Happy Anniversary! :)

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5. Re: Staying Fairmont 10/30/09 3 Nights-10 best things to see/do?

Well since October 30th is my birthday, I'll give you my favorite things to do in the city!

1. Free walking tours that are awesome. http://www.sfcityguides.org/

2. Go see Beach Blanket Babylon in North Beach

3. Walk the Filbert Steps up to the Coit Tower then down into North Beach

4. Dinner at Sotto Mare in North Beach

5. Coffee from Caffe Roma...in North Beach lol (My favorite spot in the city)

6. Walk out onto the Golden Gate Bridge

7. Watch the sunset from the 55th floor of the Bank of America building at the Carnelian Room (the food is bad so just get a drink in the bar) They're closing down on Jan 1, 2010 so check it out before it's gone.

8. Check out the Ferry Building with its shops and food

9. Have an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista near Ghiradelli Square (they invented it

10. Tour Alcatraz...at night (buy your tickets in advance)

Have fun and raise a toast to my birthday lol!

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6. Re: Staying Fairmont 10/30/09 3 Nights-10 best things to see/do?

Shiloh's list is excellent. One minor correction: the Buena Vista didn't "invent" Irish Coffees. Stan Delaplane, an old time SF Chronicle columinist, had them in Ireland and had the BV replicate them.

Definitely try to fit in a walking tour.

Yoshi's on Geary is good for jazz. 1300 on Fillmore is a restaurant just next door which is very good (comfort food from the American South).

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7. Re: Staying Fairmont 10/30/09 3 Nights-10 best things to see/do?

Walk across the street from the Fairmont to the Mark Hopkins and go to the Top of the Mark for a martini...great view, especially if it's clear.

We like the Tonga room in the basement of your hotel for some pre-party appetizers...island theme with rain showers on the 1/2 hour...cheesy but fun!

The weather has been gorgeous in Nor Cal!

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8. Re: Staying Fairmont 10/30/09 3 Nights-10 best things to see/do?

Sorry Sal I stand corrected! Probably due to drinking waaaay to many Irish Coffees lol...

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9. Re: Staying Fairmont 10/30/09 3 Nights-10 best things to see/do?

No worries Shiloh, at least the lack of memory was well earned! ;-D

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10. Re: Staying Fairmont 10/30/09 3 Nights-10 best things to see/do?

THANKS to all! We're back after a great trip! We did many of the things you suggested and were well pleased. A special (and lucky) treat for us: we received a personal tour of the top floor of the Fairmont tower on our last day. The view from Top of the Mark is great, the view from the Starlight Room is swell, but WOW, you've got to see the view from the top of the Fairmont tower. Again, thanks to all! (Isn't this why the internet was invented?)