03/15/2012 07:18 am ET Updated Jun 05, 2012

Eating, Drinking And Playing In San Francisco (PHOTOS)

If you're traveling for pleasure, spring is the best time to visit San Francisco. The rain has subsided, the fog lifted, and the city and it's neighbors are abuzz.


The hotel scene is as diverse as the reasons for visiting the City by the Bay. Whatever your desire, we've got the the place for you.

Just off the Embarcadero, the cool and collected Hotel Vitale exudes a relaxed comfortable style fit for any urbanite. The location makes it easily accessible to the downtown business district as well as to the city's diverse neighborhoods.

History and nature buffs looking to stay within the city's limits will appreciate the opening of the Inn at the Presidio this April. Set within the National Park site, relax and unwind as nature ensconces you after a long day.

If you're looking to spread out away from the hustle and bustle, Cavallo Point's bayside location is ideal. The compound has both historic and contemporary lodging options, a culinary school, an award winning restaurant and a Healing Arts Center & Spa.

For a seaside break with striking city views, the Waters Edge , in the quaint town of Tiburon, brings the bay to your backdoor.


As a certifiable foodie mecca, it's difficult to choose between so many options. The shortlist:

In the North Beach neighborhood, the rustic brasserie Park Tavern serves up delicious food in a beautiful location. For the epicurean, take a culinary tour de force at Atlelier Crenn or Commonwealth, a harmonious blend of fine dining with the grit of the Mission.

Maven is the ideal spot for a casual way to pair food and libations. The small, seasonal plates are creatively paired with beer, wine, or specialty cocktails. See more.....


There is more to see than the throngs of shoppers at Union Square or Chinatown. Taste the ethnic flare of the city in the Outer Richmond or the cafe scene in sunny Potrero Hill. Check out the arts district in Yerba Buena or stroll the streets in upscale Presidio Heights.

If you haven't had enough fresh air, it's contagious in this city. Ferry over to Angel Island and take in the city views. For something more robust, drive out to Point Reyes and venture out on one of the many hikes for sandy beaches and ocean views.