Trip Coach: March 25, 2008

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Nick Edwards, co-author of "The Rough Guide to the USA," answered your questions about San Francisco and Northern California.

Nick Edwards: Greetings all! This is Rough Guide author (various bits of USA, Greece and India) welcoming you to our chat from chilly Pittsburgh. Please feel free to send any further questions on northern CA.

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Delray Beach, Fla.: I will be flying in from West Palm Beach to San Francisco on May 15 returning on May 18 as my son exhbits his art and sculpture work and receives his master's degree from the San Francisco art institute. other family members will be flying in from San Diego. I would like to know where in San Francisco I can find a bakery or cake artist that would design a specialty cake or a restaurant that is capable of doing this for a celebration.

Nick Edwards: Check out butterflycakes.com

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Boston, Mass.: We will be visiting SF in April. We want to drive some of PCH but are not sure where to start and how far to go. We can dedicate a day, but not an overnight to this. Question is where does PCH start in San Fran and how far should we go and what should we see before we turn around?

Nick Edwards: : As you no doubt know, the Pacific Coast Highway is Rte-1 and you have the choice of heading north or south for a day trip. Hard call 'cos both directions are beautiful.
Going south, Rte-1 leaves straight out of South SF and the first decent stop is Pacifica (good snack/meal choices). There are then a series of lovely beaches and the quaint seaside town of Half Moon Bay. You could certainly aim to reach as far as Ano Nuevo State Reserve (around 50 miles from SF), where there might still be some elephant seals hanging out after mating season. Santa Cruz is not much further.
On the north side, via the Golden Gate Bridge (US-101), you can bear west and hug the Marin Headlands, then skirt through a couple of beaches to the extremely impressive Point Reyes National Seashore. Beyond that Rte-1 itself hugs the shore, passing Bodega Bay (where Hitchcock filmed "The Birds"), Jenner and Fort Ross en route to Mendocino, though the latter is a bit far for a day trip.

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Silver Spring, Md.: I used to live in the Bay Area, so I know my way around as far as driving a rental car. To save money on ticket prices, should I use San Francisco airport or Oakland airport?

Nick Edwards: There's really very little to choose between SFO and OAK in practical terms for arrival. Different airlines offer deals to both, so it's a case of doing some online research for the dates you want.

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San Francisco, Calif.: I am a huge fan of trolley cars. Do the trolley cars still run on Market Street on the weekends?

Nick Edwards: The three cable car lines all operate daily and two of them have terminals on Market St. If you're an enthusiast, you won't want to miss the dedicated museum, near to Ferry Building: see streetcar.org.

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Philadelphia, Pa.: My extended family will be attending a wedding in San Francisco in August. Do you have any suggestions of rental apartments? Thanks!

Nick Edwards: I'm afraid we don't deal with long-term stays in our listings. The best I can suggest is to look at Craig's List or put an ad in a local SF paper.

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Bellingham, Wash.: Is the Bay to Breaker's Race fun to watch? If so, where is the best vantage point?

Nick Edwards: I'm always in Greece in May so haven't witnessed this event but I reckon the most pleasant place to watch would be anywhere in the Golden Gate Park. You can check the route at baytobreakers.com.

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Tempe, Ariz.: My wife and I (60's) will be driving from San Francisco to Newport, OR, starting on May 31. I have not had time to research the areas or scenic items we might miss if we simply drive up the highway. We are staying in Crescent City, CA, on the night of May 31. After about ten days in Oregon, we leave Bend, OR, drive to Redding, stay overnight, and then back to San Francisco. We need your advice. Sherman

Nick Edwards: It's definitely nicer to avoid the main highways if you have time. It would be good to travel up the coastal route, using Rte-1 as much as possible. The first part is mentioned in a previous answer (to Boston, MA). Highlights further up are Mendocino, the old town of Eureka and, most of all, the stunning Redwoods National Parks. There are miles of them to choose from. Coming back south through the interior, the standout places to visit in CA are Lava Beds, Mt Shasta, the Shasta-Trinity-Whiskeytown Lakes and Lassen Volcanic Park.

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N. Billerica, Mass.: I will be in San Francisco (with 3 other women, all around 55 yrs.) on May 26, 27, 28; what are the "must see" places for a short visit? We are staying at the Marine Memorial Hotel, near Union Sq.

Nick Edwards: Of course, this depends on personal tastes and how much energy you have for cramming a lot in. I would say the "must-see" areas are The Haight and Golden Gate Park (including the renovated de Young Museum), the GG Bridge, The Presidio, Palace of Fine Arts, Chinatown and Coit Tower. I find the Fisherman's Wharf/Embarkadero waterfront and Alcatraz overly touristic and think time is best spent elsewhere on a short visit. If you want some real local atmosphere and great Mexican food, the Mission can't be beaten.

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Washington, D.C.: I want to take my husband to San Francisco and Napa Valley for our 36th anniversary. Should I stay in San Francisco and drive to Napa? Which hotels would you suggest?

Nick Edwards: It rather depends how long you have. If you've got four nights or more, I'd say divide them equally between the city and Wine Country. Hotel recommendations really depends on budget. Both areas have plenty of range, though not too much at the lower end. The Golden Gate Hotel is a nice inexpensive (by SF standards) European-style place quite near Union Square. Napa is full of B&Bs but they can be pricey ($120 plus)—check out the lodging link on napavalley.com. A more modest, albeit chain option is the Comfort Inn in Calistoga (which I think is the nicest of the Napa towns).

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Tucson, Ariz.: I am attending a conference at the Hyatt Embarcadero this summer and am disappointed at the location. Usually, large groups go out to dinner and bars within walking distance of the hotel (its hard to transport everyone otherwise). Any suggestions for cool, San Francisco-y places to go in that area. My searches and local friends haven't turned up a lot of suggestions. Thanks!

Nick Edwards: As previously stated, anything on or immediately around the Embarcadero is pretty touristic and/or corporate but the good news is that you're really not far by foot from North Beach, which is one of the city's most bohemian and best eating/drinking areas. Check out sfnorthbeach.org/dining/index.html

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Orlando, Fla.: I am visiting San Francisco in May. We would like to see the redwoods as well as wine country during our visit. I have seen combination tours to Muir woods and 3 wineriess in 1 day. Can you recommend a certain tour?

Nick Edwards: Gray Line does this by bus and Blue & Gold by ferry and bus. Both have good reputations and similar prices. It's in the nature of such tours to be a little rushed though.

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Grayslake, Ill.: Can you recommend a day trip from San Francisco that's both budget friendly and appealing to teenagers?

Nick Edwards: Depends what you're into. Up or down the coast (as described to Boston, MA) are beautiful trips, if you're into nature. If you're too young to hire a car, you can get to Marin Headlands from SF on bus #40 (Sundays only), to Muir Woods/Mt Tam area on bus #63 daily. If you want pure fun, there's a huge Six Flags at Vallejo, which you can get to by a ferry/bus link.

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Shreveport, La.: My husband and I (age 29) will be flying into San Francisco on our way back from our trip to Ecuador this summer (arriving in San Fran. on Friday June 6th- evening). We'll have one full day to explore the area (Sat.), then half a day of watching our friend run the Escape from Alcatraz Triathalon with the remainder of the day open for exploring (Sun.). We are thinking about renting bicycles to explore the Golden Gate bridge and the areas across the bay. Just wondering which hostel would be the best for our little trip, which bike company is the best, and some other ideas of what we might do or where we could eat. We are more interested in the outdoors, than the actual city. We love all kinds of food (ethnic or local fare), but would rather eat somewhere with character than a fancy restaurant. We will be using public transportation to get around. Thanks for your help!

Nick Edwards: Cycling in Marin is a long-established delight. The mountain bike was invented there, in fact. You can't beat the HI-Marin Headlands hostel for location. Not much right around there (that's the beauty of it) so take some provisions but Sausalito has a nice feel and plenty of good eateries. If you have the legs to make it over the southern edge of Mt Tam and via Muir Woods back to the coast, then Bolinas is a wonderful 60s throwback of a town. The bad news is that bike hire is fairly pricey around the Bay Area. Blazing Saddles has a good repution and several outlets in the city.

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Glendale, Ariz.: My friends and I are planning a trip to San Francisco this summer and would like to do a day trip to the wineries nearby. We are not picky about which resort town we go to and do not have a list of wineries that we must see, we're just looking for a safe way to do some wine tasting and get the flavor of the wineries. Where can I find a hassle free, budget friendly, company to do all the driving?

Nick Edwards: As I said before, Calistoga is my favourite town in Napa Valley, though I reckon Sonoma Valley shades it overall. There's also one real benefit in that Sonoma town has a number of wineries within walking distance. We don't list chauffeur driven tours and I think they are hard to come by. Apart from the aforementioned Gray Line and Blue & Gold tours from SF, private shuttles such as winecountrytourshuttle.com are reaaly expensive, even if you have a big group. Platypus tours do it for $75 per person.

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Hattiesburg, Miss.: What do you consider must see/must do when in the San Francisco area? My husband and I are planing our trip now for next year. We will be flying to San Francisco. Is it worth renting a car to venture across the bay and on up the coast or should we just remain in the city? We will have about a week to spend. Many thanks, Sharon

Nick Edwards: If you have a week, I definitely recommend renting a car for say three days of it and heading north to see the redwoods, the coastal highway and perhaps inland to Mt Shasta or Lassen. Of course, Yosemite is not that far in the opposite direction but it's off my patch so I don't know a lot about it. The Gold Country is another interesting area. Please refer to earlier answer to N Billerica, MA for "must see" SF sights.

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Oakland, Calif.: My mother-in-law will be visiting us in Oakland from England for two weeks in May. We can't take much time off work, but don't want her to be bored during the day. Any ideas foo activities or tours in she might enjoy solo? Thanks, Shea

Nick Edwards: The great thing about the Bay Area is that you have such good public transport by American standards. Your mum-in-law should feel comfortable about taking BART into SF and visiting any of the places I have outlined in the earlier answer just referred to. Being from England she should be used to figuring out train and bus routes. I would also recommend she takes BART up to Berkeley to walk around there. And in Oakland itself, the Oakland Museum and nearby Lake Merritt is well worth a look. She can even get a bus up to the fine Chabot Space and Science Center, if she's into that.

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Bethesda, Md.: My husband and I (mid-twenties) will be in San Francisco for 2 days NEXT WEEK! We haven't planned it yet, and I was wondering if you had any must-eat restaurants or cafes for us? I LOVE food, and great food experiences. We like it all--but I assume SF would have excellent Asian options. We'll also have one day in Sonoma and would appreciate any recommendations for there as well. Thank you!

Nick Edwards: Chinatown is huge and full of wonderful Asian food. The Mission is the place for great Mexican. I'd have to trawl through our book for specific recommendations so I'd just say hit those areas and follow your noses. Oh, and North Beach is great for trendier Cali cuisine.

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Toronto, Canada: Nick, We're planning a Girls' Getaway (4 nights, 5 days) to California wine country in early June. We're flying into San Francisco and renting a car. Can you recommend nice, but affordable accommodation options and day trip itineraries. Thanks!

Nick Edwards: Unfortunately, Wine Country's not the best place for room bargains, especially if you want to stay right in one of the mice towns. As you'll have a car, the best place, quite accessible for both Sonoma & Napa, for reasonable motels is Santa Rosa—do a Web search to shop prices. The B&B's in the valleys are lovely but pricey.

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Hopkinsville, Ky.: What is the place in San Fran that you can look down on the Golden Gate Bridge?

Nick Edwards: The best views of the bridge, especially if you want a little elevation are actually on the other side in the Marin Headlands. You can walk (or drive, of course) across there.

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Newberg, Ore.: Do you have a good deal for an over night stay driving back from California to Oregon in the wine country. Thank you.

Nick Edwards: An overlooked area is the Russian River Valley wine country around Guerneville. Johnson's Beach and resort has inexpensive cabins.

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Calif.: I need to have a good but budget hotel in April for a few days for Berkeley (Emeryville & Albany). Can you recommend one for me?

Nick Edwards: If you don't mind rather tatty furniture and carpets, the Nash Hotel is very central and only about $50.

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N. Billerica, Mass.: Is the tour of Alcatraz worth the time?

Nick Edwards: I would say no but some people love that type of thing. Others find it very depressing. It's certainly crowded, whenever you go.

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Fort Collins, Colo.: SF mid June 2008: Need a recommendation on where to stay for 2-3 nights. Two adults, One 18 year-old, one small dog, traveling by car. Thanks!

Nick Edwards: As I said to someone else earlier, I think the Golden Gate Hotel is a central hidden gem and not too pricey. Website same as name.

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Mechanicsville, Va.: Three of us will be in SF July 23-26th, and one of those days we want to bike across the golden gate bridge. I have researched this, and know I can book tour trips, etc. but wonder if it is cheaper and just the same to bike the route ourselves. We have been to SF before, just haven't done this, and don't know if the tours given by the bike companies are necessary. Could be just rent a bike and pay the ferry back from sausalito? Your opinion?

Nick Edwards: I'm always for independence myself. Detailed maps are available so i'd say just rent a bike from somebody like Blazing Saddles and go it alone.

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New York, N.Y.: If you were to give a "most overlooked" tour of San Francisco, bypassing the most overrated tourist sites, what hidden gems (in SF and its region) should one go out of one's way to visit? If one were limited to mass transit, what sites would remain on this list?

Nick Edwards: SF is a great city to walk around and find your own little nooks and crannies. I've already said the Mission is a great area for Latin food and an atmospheric street vibe so I'd check that out.

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Shreveport, La.: I'm a 50+ year old male who will be traveling with my 3, 20 something year old sons to San Francisco for a long (Friday departure and Tuesday return) Memorial Day weekend. Since we have never been to SF, what activities do you recommend? Include daytime, nightime, and day trips.

Nick Edwards: Please refer to earlier answers for "must sees" and a few more off-beat suggestions.

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Spirit Lake, Iowa: We are planning a trip to San Francisco. We would like to be close to all the sights so we can walk. What hotels would you recommend and is there a hop on and off bus that we could get to tour the city in a day? Thank you.

Nick Edwards: SF is great for walking and for the more far-flung parts you can by all-day travel cards that allow you to use any of the transport. See other replies for hotel suggestions.

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Loveland, Colo.: Hello, can you suggest a fun and affordable hotel where my two teenagers and me could stay in the city for three nights in April? Thanks!

Nick Edwards: Golden Gate Hotel, near Union Square. Of course, there are lots of options but I find this a charming and relatively inexpensive option. If any other chatters have just asked about SF hotels, please take this as your reply.

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Fresno, Calif.: We are planning a trip to San Francisco soon and will stay at the Best Western Tuscan Inn. Is there a parking lot nearby with reasonable prices? Thank you, Marge

Nick Edwards: Parking is a problem in SF but I'm afraid this is too specific. I'd contact the hotel and ask.

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Sonoma, Calif.: We will be staying in Sonoma Valley for a week Oct 25 to Nov 1. Where is the most romantic place to have lunch? George

Nick Edwards: There are several well-respected gourmet restaurants in Glen Ellen, such as The Fig Café. Pricey, of course.

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Pittsburgh, Pa.: What highlights should be taken in by a family with kids 12, 10 and 8 Thanksgiving 2008 week in San Francisco?

Nick Edwards: Greetings from Squirrel Hill! Apart from the standard sites mentioned, many of which are great for all ages, the Bay Area Discovery Museum near Sausalito is a treat for kids.

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Santa Monica, Calif.: My boyfriend and I are taking 3-4 days (flexible) to travel down the 101 from San Francisco to Santa Monica. We are looking for beautiful sights, great food, and a romantic time. We are active, and enjoy nature. What would be the ideal itinerary?

Nick Edwards: Half Moon Bay and Ano Bueno for starters. Then somewhere on the Monterey Peninsula, the Big Sur, of course and maybe Santa Barbara area. But I have to admit my patch is from San Jose north so I don't know those areas in detail.

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Santa Barbara, Calif.: My mom would like to take a trip to San Francisco via a bus tour. Where can we get a list of companies that offer this? Thank you, Donna

Nick Edwards: Gray Line is the most famous. Golden Gate Transit offer tours too. I'd do a web search to see if there are any more.

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San Diego, Calif.: Who has the best Motor Coach Trip to the Napa Valley out of San Francisco?

Nick Edwards: Gray Line

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Chattanooga, Tenn.: We are planning an early fall trip to San Francisco and then down the coast to Los Angeles. Is the best way to rent a car? Thanks.

Nick Edwards: Undoubtedly, and you can get really good deals (under $100 per week) if you search through Orbitz or somebody like that.

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Merritt Island, Fla.: 4 seniors planning a trip tp SF, late April 2009. Before a 10 day Mexican Cruise, we plan on 4 days of sightseeing in No. Calif. Especially considering 1 day Bus Tour to Yosemite and another 1 day tour to Monterey, Pebble Beach, and Carmel. Renting a car would save us big bucks, but we are wondering if we should spend the extra dollars to sit back and let someone else do the driving. This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for all, but dollars are tight. Any advice?

Nick Edwards: It's always tough to weigh up economics v convenience. The only thing I'd say is that you might find the tours a little restricting so if you shared the driving, you might enjoy the freedom of having your own wheels more.

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New City, N.Y.: Planning a trip to San Francisco in early May. What is the best way to tour Alcatraz and how early should arrangements be made? (There are many web sites offering services at various prices with little real info to go on.) Thank you.

Nick Edwards: It's not usually a problem to go on the day. Just head up to Pier 41 and jump on a Blue & Gold Ferry. That way, with SF's fickle weather, you can also see what sort of day it is before deciding to go. The free rangers' tours on the island are better than the private ones.

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Phoenix, Ariz.: What is the easiest way to get from the Marina District to Muir Woods?

Nick Edwards: Bus #63 goes to the Muir Woods area from the Transbay Terminal but you'd need to cheeck if it goes nearer to the Marina. If driving, just head across the GG Bridge and get off US-101 at the Mill Valley exit.

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Hyde Park, Utah: What is the best place to enjoy the Golden Gate Bridge?

Nick Edwards: From the Marin Headlands across the bridge. That way you get to see the famous view with the bridge and the city together.

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Gurnee, Ill.: We will be spending this Friday into Saturday morning in San Francisco. Our hotel will charge us $41 plus tax to park. Is there a less expensive alternative?

Nick Edwards: There are a limited number of parking lots that should certainly be less than that. Do a search based on where your hotel is. Another option, once you've dropped your stuff off, is to park at BART station further out of the city and get the train in. You won't want the car while you are there anyway.

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San Diego, Calif: My daughter has been all over the world and loves San Diego. She said that my sister and I should go there. We are two women in our 50's. Would you suggest we visit San Diego, and where should we stay and go? Do you think it a better idea if we go somewhere more touristy like San Francisco? Let me know some things to do there. Thank you, Diana

Nick Edwards: I'm afraid I've never set foot in SD but I can wholeheartedly sing the praises of SF and it's a really vibrant city, not all touristy by any means.

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Christchurch, New Zealand: My 15 year old son and I are planning a 12 day trip starting in San Francisco. What ideas do you have for off the beaten track for budget travelers. We want to stay within a 250 mile radius of San Francisco, and my son loves music. Thanks, Bernie

Nick Edwards: As I've said, my patch is the north. Please refer to earlier answers for the wilds of the coastal redoods, Lava beds, Mt Shasta and Lassen. Modoc County is also as off the beaten track as you can get in CA but is a bit over 250 miles away. Great wildlife everywhere but no Mutton Birds (my fave Kiwi band)!

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South Portland, Maine: Two adults, not able to walk much, looking for the things we really ought to do in San Francisco on Sunday, August 17, the day before starting our "Caravan" tour of the region.

Nick Edwards: Please refer to earlier list of sights and I remind you that SF has great public transport to save the legs.

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Alexandria, Va.: Is there a hotel in the center of the city where I can pay no more than $75.00 per night for a private room with private bath and toilet? It must also have free parking. Thanks. This should be a real challenge.

Nick Edwards: You can find hotels for just about that price, like the aforementioned Golden Gate but I'm afraid the free parking is not going to happen unless you choose soemwhere well out of the city centre. But with BART being so efficient, that's not a bad option, if on a tight budget.

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Caliente, Calif.: My husband and I are driving to Bodega Bay, will arrive on April 4 and leave April 10. We need suggestions for day trips. We want to see the Mendocino Botanical Gardens and Muir Woods and Muir's home. We are in our 60's, so we don't want anything too strenuous. We enjoy easy hikes. We've already seen the wine country and have ridden the Skunk Train. One day in San Francisco would be OK. Thanks for your help.

Nick Edwards: Have you seen the Russian River Valley wine country? Much more laid back and less touristic/crowded than Napa/Sonoma. Also the Anderson Valley, inland from Mendocino, is an up and coming area and boasts Boontville, with its unique dialect, boontling.

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Bowling Green, Ky. : I will be traveling to San Francisco for a business trip arriving April 21, 2008. I will have a one full day and maybe a 1/2 day for sightseeing. I am interested in knowing which tour companies are recommended & reputable (I want to get my money's worth). I would love to see the California coast, any recommendations? I'll be staying in the Union Square area so any must sees in that area or close by would be great to know about. I'll be on foot or travel by cable car. Thanks for any input. I am looking forward to this trip and want to experience as much as possible in short amount of time.

Nick Edwards: Please refer to earlier answers.

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Baltimore Md.: We will be in San Francisco in September this year. Can you recommend a place to eat that has great food and is a real bargain? (We like any type of cuisine.)

Nick Edwards: There are so many wonderful restaurants, it's hard to know where to start. I'd just cruise China Town, the Mission and North Beach and do some window sniffing for yourselves.

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Wilson, Wyo.: My just-turned-21-year-old daughter and I will be spending 2 days on Nob Hill May 20-21. I understand San Francisco is not as dressy as it once was, but is there a good restaurant for a "ladies' lunch" where jeans would not be appropriate, but could appeal to both of us?

Nick Edwards: Sorry, that's a bit specific for me. SF's definitely mostly casual. I'd ask at your hotel, when you get there.

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Minneapolis, Minn. : Four fairly active women, sixties to eighties, game and open minded, good senses of humor, want to have a blast in San Francisco in July. It is possible for us to get off the beaten path? We get to the museums, theatre, recognized tourist tourist attractions by ourselves. Can you suggest some less pedestrian activities we might not have heard about?

Nick Edwards: Just walking around's the best thing. And as I keep trumpeting its value, I'll say the Mission once more.

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Toms River, N.J.: On May 16th, I'll be making my 2nd trip to San Francisco. I'll be there for 3 days. I've already seen Fisherman's Wharf, Lombard St & Alcatraz. I've also ridden the cable cars, eaten in Chinatown and rode a bike over the bridge into Sausalito. I am planning on going to Napa one day. Is there any big or special that you recommend? Thanks! Christine

Nick Edwards: Please refer to earlier answers.

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Mechanicsville, Va.: My wife and I will be traveling to the San Francisco area July 5 through July 11, 2008. I will be attending a Conference on July 6 through noon, July 9. We plan on doing the Alcatrez Island tour on Sunday morning, July 6, with the rest of the day unscheduled. My step-daughter will be coming in the morning of July 7 to join my wife for sight-seeing during the day on July 7 and July 8. After the conference we will be driving to Muir Woods to see the redwoods and then to the Monterey area for the next 2 days. What would you recommend we do the afternoon of Sunday, July 6 and what would you recommend as your top 5 things to see for my wife and step-daughter to do on July 7 and July 8? Also any recommendations for our time in the Monterey area for July 10 and July 11? Thanks in advance for you advice. Stan

Nick Edwards: Please refer to earlier answers.

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Staten Island, N.Y.: I will be traveling to the S.F. area August 30th for my brother's wedding. Any suggestions for a kid friendly hotel/motel that is central to most popular attractions & moderately priced? Any other advise would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Nick Edwards: Once more, the Golden Gate Hotel.

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Cleveland, Ohio: Can you please recommend a hotel/bed & breakfast in the Union Sq. area. Best value?

Nick Edwards: Ditto (not Beth, though I love her!)

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San Francisco, Calif.: I will be in San Francisco 1 day--April 28--with 3 teenage boys (13&15). We will have a van and have an 11 pm flight home. What would you suggest we do, and how, so that they see as much as possible. We could switch the day to Sunday the 27th with no time restrictions, too. Kathy

Nick Edwards: Please refer to earlier answers.

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Forest Lake, Minn.: Attending a family reunion in Hollister CA Aug 1-4. Need suggestions of places to stay in Carmel or surrounding area during that timeframe (block of rooms reserved for occasion is already booked!). Since we will have children accompanying us need to find lodging at a reasonable rate. Thank You, Betsy

Nick Edwards: I'm afraid Carmel is off my patch to the south. Check out a reliable guidebook or search the web.

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Louisville, Ky.: We will be traveling to the Northern California area from April 7-12 with two teenage boys ages 13 and 15. We want to mix educational (not boring!) and FUN, and probably won't include wine country because they will be with us (sigh). Any suggestions for places to go in San Francisco that will interest teenagers, maybe even off the beaten path? We plan to spend 2 or 3 nights in San Fran and 2 or 3 nights in the Pismo Beach area. Thanks!

Nick Edwards: Was in Louisville last week—great town, especially the Ali Centre. Please refer to earlier answers for SF suggestions for all ages.

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Denver, Colo.: My company is having a conference on Nob Hill for 4 days. ince our group will have limited time in the city, what are the top 3-5 attractions that I should let the attendees know about?

Nick Edwards: Please refer to earlier answers.

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Nick Edwards: Well that was fun! I never expected to get through all the questions and please forgive me if any answers were brief or inadequate. I hope you all enjoy your travels out West. I'm actually going next week to research the next edition of the Rough Guide to San Francisco, where my patch is the surrounding Bay Area, Peninsula, Marin & Wine Country. Please do try one of our books if you are not familiar with them. We cover most of the globe (can vouch for Greece and India especially!) and if you're local shop doesn't stock the one you are after, order it through them or online at roughguides.com.
HAPPY TRAILS!
Nick Edwards

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