Parting Thoughts from San Francisco

San Francisco has been fun…jetting off of on the red-eye tomorrow night back for Beantown, but here are some parting thoughts from the City by the Bay:

  1. The city is a terrific jogging city.  Like I mentioned in my previous San Fran post, the city presents a runner’s paradise –  (besides the hellish hills that certainly present some challenges…).  Lots of distinctive neighborhoods to explore, plenty of room along the water to roam, and sprawling parks accessible only a quick trot away.  Each and every morning I’ve been here (now five and one more to go) I’ve gone on a jogging jaunt of at least 6 miles, and have found each one to be really rewarding and a great way to explore the city.

    Two cable cars in the same trackway in San Fra...

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  2. Cable cars are still a fun attraction.  I remember visiting San Francisco for the first time as a twelve year old thinking that the cable cars were a thrilling experience, so I was pleasantly surprised to find them equally entertaining twelve years later.  While they may be the uber-touristy way to get around the city, they are an abundantly helpful way to scale the city’s steepest inclines and afford terrific views of the streets passing by.  They may not be the best value way to get around (there MUNI bus system is by far the most cost effective) but, as an experience to check off the list of nostalgic attractions, it’s one of the city’s best-preserved highlights.
  3. Boozy Brunch in Mission District is amazing.  I may still devout an entire blog entry to this hidden gem, but discovering the Luna Park – San Francisco in San Francisco’s Mission District for a scrumptious Saturday brunch was perhaps one of the biggest highlights from this trip.  Not only was it a terrific value – $25 including tax and tip for a brunch of bottomless mimosas and a very creative Mexican egg dish – but the spot afforded great atmosphere and a people-watching perch in a colorful locale.  A definite must-visit for anyone that travels to the neighborhood.
  4. California street with Bay Bridge in the backg...

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    Joie de Vivre Hotels are a terrific boutique hotel brand.  The hotel hopping that I alluded to in my first SF post actually slowed down quite a bit thereafter, as the Galleria Park Hotel, nestled in between the city’s Financial District, Chinatown and Union Square areas, has become my home-away-from-home for the past 3 nights.  Honestly, it has been the perfect San Francisco boutique hotel and, as a Joie de Vivre (JDV) property, has lived up to the brand’s reputation as a unique, quality and comfortable collection of intimate properties.  This specific hotel not only offers in-room free wifi (which should be a luxury hotel staple by now) and Keurig coffee maker, but also has a complimentary wine hour each and every night and free coffee and tea in the morning (in case that one-cup of Keurig isn’t enough).  Rooms are large enough and the location you cannot beat.  Highly recommend to anyone.

For a full recap of my San Francisco adventures, check out my Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare feeds…they really give the full-picture.
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