On the NorCal Road

Rather than do the traditional turkey thing, my honey and I spontaneously jumped in the car and drove up the coast. We landed in Big Sur at a little place called “The Ripplewood”. It’s a funky motel kinda spot, 15 little cabins by a sweet river. Cheap too, decor circa 1959 with a wood burning stove. No phone, no tv. It’s right smack in the middle of nowhere. Everything smells good and full of pine in Big Sur. All the stress of the city just drops away. We hiked in Pfieffer Big Sur State Park, gorgeous waterfall, amazing vistas of the valley. After that we dropped in on the Post Ranch Inn for dinner at sunset. That place is amazing! The buildings are all tucked into the hillside, and made of wood and glass so you can see the stunning views of the pacific. The food was out of this world…it was great not to have a traditional feast and all the drama of family.

Now we’re on the road to San Francisco…literally, cuz my car broke down and had to be towed to a shop….so we’re in a rental and cruising. I’ve been to SF many times, but always for work and always with an agenda. Now I’m just kicking it and wonder…what’s fun to do in this northern alluring city? Any suggestions out there? We’re thinking of hitting the clubs tonight….I’m partial to house music….so if you have a favorite club, restaurant or cool thing to do or see here…fire away!

2 Replies to “On the NorCal Road”

  1. Well, I for one am ready to drive your route – that motel sounds killer!

    As for SF suggestions – might I recommend checking out Metroblogging San Francisco? :) http://sf.metblogs.com.

    We, way up there in SF, try to keep good advice on the site.

    If you want touristy – hit all the stereotypical sites you would come up with on your own – they usually are a lot of fun. Alcatraz has an amazing audio tour – it’s a very well run site.

    If you like Italian food – please check out Cinqueterra in North Beach – it’s a jem that doesn’t get a lot of business because it’s just a few steps from the main drag – Columbus – and most people just don’t wander off the trail. But just a few storefronts up Vallejo street awaits the BEST Italian experience in California (well, tied for the best with Osteria Del Forno which is on Columbus at Green street – but it is VERY tiny, so you’d likely have to wait awhile).

    For sights – the Conservatory in Golden Gate Park is stunning, inside and out, and if you want a nice long walk, cruz West in the park until you hit the ocean, hang a right, and grab a drink at the Cliff House while you check out the mean, choppy NorCal Pacific.

    Jason D would tell you to hit the Maxfields (the Pied Piper) at the Palace Hotel on Market Street, while I’d recommend the Redwood Room at the Clift Hotel on Geary in the theater district for the posh, hip, hotel bar scene.

    Have fun!

  2. Thanks for the suggestions, the city is awesome and quite frankly there is too much to do!!!!…we will definately check out Cinqueterra and maybe the Redwood Room or maxfields.
    Thanks again!

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