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Romantic San Francisco

Even as the City by the Bay welcomes an ultramodern era, its vintage hallmarks—the camera obscura at Cliff House, the WPA murals in Coit Tower—continue to impress.

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Inspired by: Romantic City Getaways — by Sunshine Flint, Published Apr. 2006

Hotels (2)

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    Hotel Vitale

    Location, location, location…the 199-room Vitale has it in spades. Not only is the hotel right on the Embarcadero—three minutes’ walk from the Ferr

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    Clift Hotel

    In 2001, Ian Schrager took over this 1915 Theater District landmark (it’s also close to the not-so-scenic Tenderloin), and the entire city agonized

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    Canteen, San Francisco

    Comfort food is taken to new heights at this retro-hip diner, run by wunderkind chef Dennis Leary in the neighborhood known as the TenderNob (where

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    Back in 2003, it took clever maneuvering—partitions, flattering lighting, butter-yellow walls, a Murano-glass chandelier—to make this diminutive fo

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    Climb the Filbert Steps

    Running down the east slope of Telegraph Hill on the old trail of dock workers, the Filbert Steps is the same seemingly endless staircase Humphrey

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    Jeanine Payer

    “Nothing is worth more than this day,” a quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, is one of many poetic phrases hand-engraved on Jeanine Payer’s jewe

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