Our family has always loved San Francisco. With all of us spread out across the Western U.S., it was always a fun vacation destination where we could meet to spend some time together. Since family time is so precious, we often splurged on a luxury accommodations, a fancy rental car and fine dining. Here’s a guide to a luxury weekend getaway in San Francisco:
Fly or drive into this beautiful city by the bay on a Friday. For airline passengers, the area’s BART system includes a stop right in the airport, taking you into downtown San Francisco in 25 minutes. For a luxury driving experience in San Francisco, I would rent a beautiful Audi A8 L from the Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise (233 Ellis Street) which has more than enough room to fit my family in comfort and style. I would probably sit in the back with my wife and let our son drive, and pretend it was a limo.
For our accommodations, we always love the Nob Hill area and the classic InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco (999 California Street). Built after the 1906 earthquake, the neighborhood, then and now, is one of the city’s most exclusive, as is the hotel.
For dinner, I would suggest a visit to the Four Seasons San Francisco’s rustically delicious MKT Restaurant (757 Market Street) offering quality farm-to-table cuisine. For old diners like me, that means the chefs personally work with the ranchers and farmers to choose fresh, local items, from meats and cheeses to vegetables. They are then freshly prepared, so the food comes directly from the farms it’s grown on.
Saturday would be an art day, starting with a visit to the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums, which currently (through August, 2014) has a wonderful Impressionist exhibition with paintings on loan from the National Gallery of Art. Next up is a visit to the de Young Museum which features a more eclectic display of artwork and artifacts. We always loved viewing the Western and Native American art. Both museums are in Golden Gate Park and I would then suggest a seaside walk in this large nature preserve alongside the ocean.
For Sunday Champagne Brunch in San Francisco there is but one “best place to go” and it’s the Top of The Mark, the restaurant high atop the InterContinental Mark Hopkins. Sunday Champagne brunch with jetliner views is served from 10 AM – 1 PM. Luxury shopping would probably be a good thing to do on a Sunday afternoon and the Union Square shopping area and surrounding streets have some of the best shopping in the country. All the big luxury brands are represented with Chanel (156 Geary Street) and Tiffany and Co. (350 Post Street) being two highlights with spectacular, showcase locations. I would end the day with a drive up to the Marin Headlands in the Audi, which offers postcard views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the Bay and the city skyline.
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