This is a sponsored post from NETGEAR and AT&T. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities. I’ve only been able to visit two or three times, so each visit is a treasured memory. To my way of thinking, it’s a perfect city for a romantic weekend, a girls’ trip, or even a solo vacation.
I’m a person who values experiences over objects. My favorite souvenirs aren’t bought in a shop, unless we are talking about Ghirardelli chocolate. I would rather pay for a boat or ferry ride, a remarkable tour or entrance to a museum, rather than try to find room in my suitcase for a tchotchke.
I don’t even usually take a lot of pictures, since I like to live in the moment and not Instagram everything to death.
Still, I tried to take enough pictures to give you a feel for my recent vacation, and to give you some recommendations I hope will be helpful.
Here are my five must-haves for a trip to San Francisco.
Power Up Your Tech
When you travel, ditch the slow and unsecure wifi in your hotel. I think the best tech for travel is a wifi hotspot from NETGEAR and AT&T.
In San Francisco, I tested out the AT&T Unite Pro, a 4G LTE hotspot. I used it in the airport, the hotel, a coffee shop—anywhere I needed wifi. And the Unite Pro has a ton of great features:
- up to 16-hours of battery life
- Connects up to 15 devices (imagine in the car on a road trip!)
- Can power up your phone with BatteryBoost
- Dual-band wifi to maximize reliability and data speed
- International compatibility
If you want a device with no contract that lets you pay as you go, another great option is the AT&T Unite for GoPhone. The Unite connects up to ten devices, and has up to ten hours of battery life. You can purchase one on Amazon or at Best Buy or Walmart stores.
Wifi hotspots are the tech devices you didn’t know you needed. You’ll use at the beach, the cabin, that holiday visit to Grandma’s, in the car every day with all the kids, and when you’re waiting for sports practice to end.
And, like a trip to San Francisco, you’ll never know how you lived without it.
A Wonderful Meal
San Francisco has an amazing food culture, with so many of the restaurants featuring regional, seasonal, organic food.
While there, you must have a meal at a quintessential San Francisco restaurant like Kuleto’s. The bread is fresh, the cuisine is Northern Italian with a California twist, and the atmosphere is fine, yet casual.
My dinner was fresh-caught fish on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes. It was a top dining experience enhanced by courteous and knowledgeable wait staff. Save room for the tiramisu!
A Trip to the Ballpark
AT&T Park is home of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants. In the South Market neighborhood, this facility was chosen as the 2008 Sports Facility of the Year. It’s also the host of concerts. Pop across the street before an event to Momo’s for a quick cocktail and a bite to eat.
I didn’t get a chance to catch a
ballgame, but I loved the neighborhood and would love to bring my family back to see the Giants. But mostly I liked Momo’s—what a fun place!
A Ride the Trolley to the Waterfront
I know it’s tourist-y, but it’s so fun! Catch the trolley early in Union Square and ride to the end near the Hyde Street Pier at Fisherman’s Wharf.
The pier is home to the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park and near lots of shopping. If it’s summer and you are a tourist, you’ll need to buy a sweatshirt. I wore a cardigan, and barely avoided that purchase.
It is surprisingly cool in the Bay Area in the summer. Write that down. Surprisingly cool!
To help warm you up, there are coffee shops everywhere. You can see one Starbucks when you are standing in the door of another Starbucks. Skip the chain coffee and instead…
Have an Irish Coffee
The trolley lets you off right by the Buena Vista, a café credited with being the first to serve Irish coffee in the U.S. Stop in for an amazing breakfast that’s served all day. I had the crab Benedict. Very different from the Maryland-style crab cakes I’m used to, but delicious nevertheless.
Pair a meal with an Irish coffee, or just have a drink at the bar. When you’re done, you are right by the pier in the Fisherman’s Wharf area. The sea lions are back!