i have been negligent in my trip planning, which is rather unlike me as i typically spend more time planning for a trip than actually on a trip. call it a hobby, if you will.
and now i am need of a) a place to stay in about the ~$100/night range that offers a fantastic location, good atmosphere, the opportunity to meet people, and enough space that my 5'2" frame can sleep comfortably. b) ideas on places to eat that are absolutely delicious, not particularly fancy or expensive, but just tasty. c) your thoughts on what attractions/sights/museums/events that are not worth my time/money/energy.
for instance, if you were going to travel to san francisco on your own i would offer you the following advice:
a) stay at the mosser where you might have to share a bathroom, but the rates are completely manageable, and the location is ideal.
b) i would insist that you go to the ferry building martketplace and sample the delicious fish tacos at taylor's automatic refresher (which, a google search tells me has been rebranded as gott's roadside, but i would still insist you eat there because its owners are the same), have a pannacotta at miette, and a cup of coffee at blue bottle coffee. i would also suggest grabbing a newspaper and hitting the neighbourhood of north beach to savour something on a cafe's brunch menu while you people watch. and i would also suggest going to knob hill for a cappuccino and to poke around the boutiques. eat anything mexican, mexican sounding or otherwise latino in mission and make a stop at tropisueno for more authentic mexican food.
c) i would suggest that you make fisherman's wharf your last stop and fit it in only if you need to kill some time, do alcatraz if you really love prisons, self guided tours, or really chilly boat rides, and give the bridge a miss unless you need to see the thing up close.
how do you feel about new york city? i have 5 days to bust a move about town after spending a week on long island holed up in a conference facility, no where to stay, no itinerary as yet, and a whole lot of scarves to wear to keep warm during february.