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Lafayette for visitors

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Lafayette for visitors

has anyone stayed in Lafayette during a holiday to California. We like the look of the Park Hotel & Spa - but are there restaurants there and is it a suitable place for a 4 night relaxing time after a 3 week tour.

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1. Re: Lafayette for visitors

Lafayette . I thought you were interested in Calistoga and the Napa valley ? Humm. I dont think lafayette would be in the top 100 places to visit in CA from a tourism perspective. It is a Bay Area city and I am sure a great one in the East Bay but not a place for visitors to hang out in.

But perhaps that is why you want to go visit and stay there. By all means please do.

Edited: 5:35 pm, November 01, 2012
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2. Re: Lafayette for visitors

we're still researching... it will probably be Sonoma or Napa - thanks for the advice

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3. Re: Lafayette for visitors

Lafayette is a bedroom community of San Francisco. A nice one to be sure but not a tourist mecca. Just as police will say "keep moving, nothing to see here," Lafayette is that sort of place for visitors unless they have friends or family in the immediate area.

Edited: 9:13 pm, November 01, 2012
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4. Re: Lafayette for visitors

Lafayette is a fine place to visit if you have family or friends there, or are doing business or attending a class in town. It's a suburb.

Spendng 4 days there would, IMO, get pretty dull after Day 1. You can take BART to San Francisco, Berkeley, or Oakland, which are much more interesting. But for the money and time you'll spend on riding back and forth, you could stay in San Francisco and be closer to all the amenities you'd want.

San Francisco has lodgings that are not right in the midst of the bustling tourist, shopping, performing arts, or other busy areas, if you want a more tranquil atmosphere. Or you could get a place at Union Square, Market Street, or the Embarcadero, and just be selective about your activities if you want it to be a relaxing time.

A big advantage to staying in the City is the ability to be spontaneous. Everything is within reach, so that WHATEVER you decide to do, you won't need to get to a transit station, ride for 30-45 minutes, orient yourself when you disembark, get to your actual destination, and then reverse the process on the return trip. Another big advantage is getting to experience San Francisco by being immersed in it, day and night. That doesn't happen when you have to commute back and forth.

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5. Re: Lafayette for visitors

Thank you - that's very helpful - I guess we'll re-visit our plans!

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