My wife and I are both in our early 50's and though we've visited Southern Cal several times and have gotten as close as Carmel, Monterrey, and Lake Tahoe, this will be our first trip to San Francisco. We're tentatively looking at 6-8 days in late April or early May and I have a number of want-to-do's and questions:
Our likes: Good dining, theatre, music, good wine, general sightseeing, historical sites, natural beauty (e.g. Muir Woods), typical touristy things. Also like some of the things usually reserved for the locals--We'd love to be able to time our trip to coincide w/ a street fair or a festival of some time.
How many of our days should be allocated for visiting the city itself? Any insider suggestions on special events or tours during that time frame?
What part of the city should we stay in? I'd been looking primarily at the Union Square area, but a friend insists it sould be Fisherman's Wharf area (suggested hotels from him: Argonaut or Radisson). Would like to stay in the $200/day price range.
Restaurant suggestions are appreciated. We live in New Orleans, love seafood, but definitely would like things we can't get here, such as Dungeness crab, Cioppino, good Asian (esp. Dim Sum); We love Italian food but the tomato-based sauces of Southern Italy are probably our least favorite. We'd like some moderate priced options for lunch and dinner--great views appreciated--as well as one night for something more upscale, dressy, and special. Some uniquely San Francisco experiences would be great!
Outside of San Francisco, our options are wine country and/or Yosemite. I visited Yosemite as a child, but would love to see it again w/ my wife. Are the falls active in late April? Can we do a quick one-day tour and see the essentials (we're not backpackers or extensive hikers)
Regarding wine country--Sonoma or Napa or a day of each? We'll visit the city over the weekend, so the Yosemite and wine country excurisions would be mid-week to avoid crowds and save some $$'s.. Don't want anything as expensive as French Laundry, but other restaurant ideas would also be great.
Okay, long post, but thanks for any help (and if you want any New Orleans suggestions, let me know).