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San Francisco, and Sonoma County

San Francisco, and Sonoma County

By kimbang
Trip Plan Tags: 
wine
Destinations: 
California,
North America,
San Francisco,
United States

A quick stopover in San Francisco to hit some vintage shops, and then out to Sonoma County for wine, and driving along the coast (not necessarily at the same time)

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Step Into Summer: North America

Most of us have a laundry list of countries we'd like to visit, but sometimes we forget about all the miraculous places right outside our own doorsteps. There are probably thousands of worthwhile destinations in the U.S. and Canada you haven't experienced—and what better time to do some than summer, when the days are long and the light is as bright as the locals' dispositions. Here's a photographic hit list of some of those possibilities, from the Pacific swells of Kauai to the rocky shores of Maine. Go west, young man—east, north, and south, too!

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Phoenix Hotel, California

601 Eddy Street
San Francisco, California 94109
Tel: 800 248 9466 (toll-free), Tel: 415 776 1380
Email: phoenixhotel@jdvhospitality.com
Website: www.thephoenixhotel.com

If you're looking for a romantic hideaway, the Phoenix is not for you. If you want to party like a rock star, you've found the place. Popular with visiting celebs, such as Keanu Reeves, the Phoenix is a funky boutique hotel with tropical bungalow decor and an outdoor heated pool (check outnote the mosaic-tiled mural on the bottom). Think retro-cool motor lodge built around a central courtyard, with art installations among the landscaping. Some of the furnishings could definitely use upgrading (namely the foam pillows, too-thin carpeting, and nothing-special bed sheets), but the look is cool in a rattan-and-tiki kind of way. The Bambuddha Lounge downstairs can be noisy and overrun by drunk 20-twentysomethings on a Saturday night, but that won't be a problem if you're partying partying, too. The Tenderloin neighborhood looks shabby but is perfectly safe if you exercise common sense (don't flash your cash). —Updated by John Vlahides

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.