San Francisco is my wife's and my favorite city. I planned a trip for us with a full moon for our night on the train to San Jose, and got tickets to the San Francisco Ballet just before the end of the season.
We started our adventure by flying from Orcas Island to Boeing Field in Seattle. In the previous week, one of our local ferries had experienced a bent propellor and another had generator problems, so it was nice to start our trip with no stress from ferries (not to mention no dealing with traffic on I-5). We stayed at our favorite Edgewater Hotel, in a third floor balcony room with a full view of Elliot Bay. Dinner at their Six Seven (for the pier number) Restaurant was excellent. The next morning, a cruise ship docked next door.
Our Bedroom on the Coast Starlight was #E in a Superliner II, on the proper side for viewing Mount Shasta under the full moon. The room was in decent condition, and we had a good SCA who brought us extra pillows and a full bag of ice. The food and service in the Dining Car was typical, although there were no salads (due to an E. coli recall of Romaine). But alas, it was cloudy for viewing Mount Shasta...
We had a fantastic time in San Francisco, walking through the various neighborhoods. My wife wanted to see redwood trees, so we rented a car and drove to Muir Woods one day. I am no fan of city traffic and freeways, but we and everyone else survived without a scratch and it was thrilling to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. I did not get to ride the Larkspur Ferry and SMART train. The Ballet was very good, although I find some contemporary music "challenging." We stayed in a 22nd-floor Tower room at the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill, and had great food and service.
I had booked a hotel room in Emeryville for us to use while waiting for the train, and it was a good thing because my wife had injured her knee getting out of taxis and rested in bed with an ice pack. The Hyatt House was fine, but we were disappointed in our dinner at the Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood Restaurant (although we had a beautiful view of sunset and the Golden Gate Bridge). It was a very easy walk to the Amtrak station. Our train was on-time leaving Oakland, but was then delayed almost an hour removing three cars. Right after we boarded, I went to the Cafe to buy drinks but it was just closing at 10:50 PM. Our Superliner II Bedroom #D had tilted arms on the chair, and tilted table and cup holders, plus the door on one of the cabinets fell off. Our SCA was okay, but the service in the Dining Car was uninspired (and there were still no salads, no steak, and a poor selection of alcohol).
We spent the night after arrival at the Edgewater again, and had the same cruise ship docked in front the next morning. The omelette we had in our room for breakfast was excellent, and we had a beautiful flight up to Orcas Island.
I'll post some photos separately...
Edited by Maglev, 10 May 2018 - 10:41 PM.