We stayed at The Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill. What a lovely place. The staff was professional and friendly, really beyond our expectations. We enjoyed having drinks in The Tonga Room while listening to a band play hits of the 70's...the rainstorm and ambience was fun. A step back in time. Our room was comfortable and nicely appointed. We also had a delicious leisurely breakfast in an elegant dining area. Our server was friendly and antcipated our needs. I would happily recommend this hotel to others and look forward to returning.
Since San Francisco offers the oldest Chinatown in America, we made a visit. The town itself is made up of several blocks of stores, markets and reseraunts. I especially liked checking out the market. The people in there were buying so many unusual things and the energy in the store was amped up! Check out the photos of the turtles and frogs. No they aren't pets, they're going to be dinner! We took a walking tour and learned a bit about Chinese culture and stepped into a few business and ended our tour with a dim sum lunch. I found the Memorial Wall in the Temple moving. The Chinese medicine shop sold Forever Young soup at just $6.50; it would be a big seller here in the OC!
Grant St. offered a lot of shopping for tourists seeking Chinese trinkets and dish ware. We purchased a traditional tea set and Chinese pajamas for the littles.
After our tour we walked the city. It was fun exploring on our own. We managed to cover all of Little Italy and took a staircase with a promise of a view! After a time out for cafe au lait and tarts, we walked all the way to Pier 39. Grateful to the Hubs for carrying my Chinatown purchases!
Can't wait to come back to this city.
We had a spectacular getaway.
And it is safe to say, we left a bit of our hearts in San Francisco!