San Francisco or Santa Barbara

Thinking of going on a minimoon after the big day in May.


Which do you recommend?
Why?
What shall we see there/do/eat/stay?


 


**EDIT**I actually don't really do much of the partying night life, but love to go out to great restaurants, and I love sightseeing and shopping. I hate the cold! and I just want to have something to see and do the whole week/weekend that we spend there, KWIM?


 


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Posted on November 27, 2010 at 8:24 am
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Katiae45
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SF tends to be quite coooold.

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 8:25 am
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What kind of minimoon do you want to have?   San fran and San B are very different as far as activities, sites and adventures.

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 8:25 am
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Both are wonderful places to visit. I agree quite different, but equally as nice. I went to SB for my minimoon and had a ball. Great hotels and restuarants. A little bit of a night life, but not like SF. There is so much to do in SF from tours and rides through beautiful country to wonderful restuarants and landmarks. SF is a little bit more costly, but well worth it. You want be disappointed in either. There are some pics of SB on my page if you care to see them.

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 8:30 am
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thanks lexusv!

I actually don't really do much of the partying night life, but love to go out to great restaurants, and I love sightseeing and shopping. I hate the cold! and I just want to have something to see and do the whole week/weekend that we spend there, KWIM?
Posted on November 27, 2010 at 8:39 am
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Hmm depends on what you like to do.  Both places are beautiful!  Are you a fan of wine?  If so, you could def go to SB & go Wine Tasting =)

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 8:40 am
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April is tricky...I definitely enjoy SB, but SF holds a special place in my heart.  SF has a huge foodie culture so you would have so much selection.  Tough call!

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 9:23 am
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Well then the ocean view rooms in SB would be just what you ordered, and even if it rains you will have a wonderful time. Walking through downtown and the mission is nice and peaceful. Although my favorite time to go up there is when it is sunny and a lil hot ;o) But there are a lot of thing to do so you won't be bored. And about 40 miles South (Oxnard/Ventura) they have some really great outlet malls where you can shop till you drop ;o)

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 10:45 am
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Its usually cold and sometimes rainy here in SF during April.  SOMETIMES we're lucky if it warms up for a few days, but for the most part its chilly.  If you love food though, man, SF blows away anywhere along the California coast and we have wine tasting in Napa wine country which is only about 30-40 min away!  I think you'd have more fun in SF personally (yeah its a partially biased answer because I live here) with the culture, shopping, and things to do BUT....your only downfall would be the weather. Its hit or miss in April:)

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 10:58 am
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There's no place like SF!

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 11:01 am
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They are correct, staying anywhere around Union Square and going to all the outlying areas is a real treat. My favorite thing is to have a car and go throughout the SF area, Tiberon, Mill Valley, Sausalito, Napa Valley, etc. all like an hour or two away. Now I am dreaming about the crab boils and delicious seafood and chinese food....oh my, I have not done myself any favors ;o(

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 11:54 am
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I LOVE San Francisco!  Both can be on the cold side, but I think SF may be a little bit colder. 


 

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm
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I live in San Francisco and it's gorgeous!!!  It is very romantic here =)  So many amazing restaurants, Napa, Sonoma, amazing shopping, Muir woods, Carmel by the sea, Monterey is so beautiful.   However I have to agree May is tricky with the weather.  Before I moved here I came in June and it was very chilly!  The warmest time is October.  June is when the fog usually rolls in across the bay everyday it is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!


I have only heard great things about Santa Barbara!  I want to go there myself.   Not sure about the weather there either.  Socal can get cool too. 

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 2:15 pm
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My BFF (also MOH) and I took a trip up and down the CA coast two years ago, and had a blast.  We rented a bicycle built for two in SB and walked around...it was beautiful and had a very low-key vibe to it.  The water at the beach wasn't as beautiful as I'd imagined it would be (can't compare to FLA waters!) but everything else was absolutely gorgeous.


San Fransisco is more expensive, but just as beautiful, and a lot bigger.  It was cool there too, even in the summer.  We stayed at my friend's cousin's house in San Fran, so having family there made a difference, but we were there for three days and barely scratched the surface of the city.


So maybe SB is better for a day trip?

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 2:16 pm
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There is definitely more to do in SF. Each part of SF has a different flavor, especially if you include all of the day trip areas.  I think SB is a little more one dimensional.  However, SF is always chilly, even at that time of the year. 

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm
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FI and I have always wanted to take a romantic trip to SF together!

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm

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