The city of San Francisco never fails to impress. But she’s even prettier at Christmas, with decorations galore and plenty of holiday spirit. The “bridge to bridge view” rooms at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in San Francisco have stunning vistas, with guests able to take in both the Golden Gate Bridge (in the background here) and the Bay Bridge, with its fantastic lights.
Gitane is a fantastic restaurant on Claude Lane, a quiet street with European-style patios in the financial district. Try the black cod or (in season) the persimmon salad with arugula, pomegranate and a Meyer lemon vinaigrette.
The Washington Square Inn is a delightful hotel in the North Beach area of San Francisco. They have wine and cheese before dinner and a nice breakfast available. It’s also only a few steps to some of the city’s best dining spots and coffee shops.