I'm from the east coast and it's been about 15 years since I had the opportunity to visit San Francisco and the surrounding area. Sometimes, if you've had a great visit, the next visit is a let down...but San Francisco did not disappoint. Although I only stayed for a long 4 day weekend, I thoroughly enjoyed the variety of places and activities the area has to offer. Great restaurants, both small, intimate new finds and classic alfresco... watching the people go by along Columbus Blvd. The neighborhoods are a good searching ground for unique food and shopping finds. I loved Mama's in North Beach for breakfast and there was also a little french bakery with wonderful breads/pastries. Stepping further out, I loved all the great shops in Sausalito and the beautiful lookouts to San Francisco from the hills above it. What always amazes me is the temperature variations in the area....cool in the city and by the water and then very warm as you head into wine country. Did I mention wine country? We wound our way through a number of vineyards...some that paired food with the tastings, some very small and some that were huge and catered to many people at one time. Had to stop and take a nap at one point.....oh well, that's what vacations are for....to slow down and enjoy yourself.