April 12th, 2012
These San Francisco must-sees are much chicer than Alcatraz.
Technically the Inn Above Tide is in Sausalito, but its on-the-water location and big picture windows frame a sunrise that feels much more island town than big city suburb. From $320 per night Inn Above Tide, 30 El Portal, Sausalito, CA, 415-332-9535, www.innabovetide.com
A bright, beautiful space that’s open late, Locanda specializes in traditional Roman fare gone modern and pours equally inspired cocktails. Locanda Osteria and Bar, 557 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA, 415-863-6800,
Ask anyone where to go in San Francisco and they’ll mention the up-and-coming (read: rapidly gentrifying) Mission District. For drinks, you’ll want to head off Mission Street to Valencia, which houses brasseries and lounges packed well into the night.
Some cities are best seen by foot, but San Francisco, with its waterfront baseball diamonds and spooky island penitentiary, is stunning from the air. San Francisco Helicopter Tours start at $175 per person. —Kelsey Dundon