Planning for New Years (San Francisco in particular)

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    Dec 03, 2015 7:38 AM GMT
    I've never done much for New Year's Eve, but this year I'm thinking of making an exception.

    I'm over on the east shore of the San Francisco Bay, and there's no way in hell I'm driving that night, so I'm wanting to treat it as an overnight trip; I'm assuming I'll want to spend at least *some* time in the Castro district (where I've never been), but I don't see many hotels nearby (and the ones I do see have mediocre ratings).

    So one question is generally how far in advance does one have to think about travel and lodging for New Years in a popular destination city? How much distance is too much between the places you want to check out and your expected final destination for the night?

    In particular, what areas of San Francisco are good to spend what parts of the day on New Year's Eve? Any sights or crowds I won't want to have missed?

    I probably have left important questions unasked too, so if anyone has any other tips for a fun and safe New Years on the town, any comments are welcome.
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    Dec 03, 2015 4:55 PM GMT
    This might be a situation where you'd want to check out the "sharing" apps, like MisterBnB or AirBnB.

    The confounding thing about that, is that people book into a home on holidays when the hosts might want to be going out themselves. Well, I suppose if it was all that important, they'd block out those dates.

    Also, "Scruff" seems to be trying to make itself over into a gay travel app. If you haven't noticed, people are signing up to be "ambassadors" who volunteer to answer such questions about their city. In the app, go to "Ventures," select a city, then scroll down to find the "ambassadors."

    Damn. I spent all Thanksgiving weekend doing maid service for guests. Ordinarily, I'd have been hosting guys who need to get away from their families for a few hours of fun.
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    Dec 03, 2015 8:35 PM GMT
    I'd stay at the Drisco in Pacific Heights and take a cab down to the Castro (about 15 minutes, max). I like that hotel, and it is a great one. Or, I'd stay at the Mark Hopkins on Nob Hill (they have Christmastime deals often). You can go to a lot of places from Nob Hill via cable car or cab, including down to the Castro or Union Square. Their are fun places to go around Nob Hill & Russian Hill, or over to Union Street, or even Fillmore Street. The one thing I would totally avoid is Pier 39, or the whole touristy wharf area. Breeders and their kids from the flyover states crowd these areas. There are plenty of great places to have fun in The City at night. Even though we live here and have totally explored the Castro, it isn't a place we go very often. There are some cool little places there, but there is so much more to do other places.

    http://www.hoteldrisco.com/



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    Dec 03, 2015 10:58 PM GMT
    New Years is Vegas in the west not SF.
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    Dec 04, 2015 2:12 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidThis might be a situation where you'd want to check out the "sharing" apps, like MisterBnB or AirBnB.

    The confounding thing about that, is that people book into a home on holidays when the hosts might want to be going out themselves. Well, I suppose if it was all that important, they'd block out those dates.

    Also, "Scruff" seems to be trying to make itself over into a gay travel app. If you haven't noticed, people are signing up to be "ambassadors" who volunteer to answer such questions about their city. In the app, go to "Ventures," select a city, then scroll down to find the "ambassadors."

    Damn. I spent all Thanksgiving weekend doing maid service for guests. Ordinarily, I'd have been hosting guys who need to get away from their families for a few hours of fun.


    I ruled out the social BnB sites for those very reasons; I didn't really want to be a burden on anyone else's holiday plans.

    I might check out Scruff again, but it was kind of weird last time I tried it out. Maybe that's just because I was in the lower Midwest at the time.

    Thanks!
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    Dec 04, 2015 2:21 AM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidI'd stay at the Drisco in Pacific Heights and take a cab down to the Castro (about 15 minutes, max). I like that hotel, and it is a great one. Or, I'd stay at the Mark Hopkins on Nob Hill (they have Christmastime deals often). You can go to a lot of places from Nob Hill via cable car or cab, including down to the Castro or Union Square. Their are fun places to go around Nob Hill & Russian Hill, or over to Union Street, or even Fillmore Street. The one thing I would totally avoid is Pier 39, or the whole touristy wharf area. Breeders and their kids from the flyover states crowd these areas. There are plenty of great places to have fun in The City at night. Even though we live here and have totally explored the Castro, it isn't a place we go very often. There are some cool little places there, but there is so much more to do other places.

    http://www.hoteldrisco.com/





    Those look like great hotel options; I'll check them out. The only neighborhood you list that I've been to, I think, is the Wharf (with my family and breeder friends visiting from their respective flyover states icon_wink.gif ) but I had been keeping that option open so it's good to know that I won't be missing much.

    It also helps to know that that distance isn't difficult to cover; I was originally trying to find something much further south, which was proving difficult.

    Do you know what the Castro is like at New Years? You're not the first local I've encountered who said they don't go often; I'm *guessing* that this would be a relatively lively time to look around, but since I'm not sure I appreciate the other options too. I'll check out some maps and see what I can find out.
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    Jan 01, 2016 8:50 AM GMT
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    Jan 01, 2016 9:01 AM GMT
    Oh, and happy New Years to those of you smart enough to not be where I am. Here's to 2016!!!