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where we roam in san francisco

hotel del sol
, moderate, (415) 921-5520. with its oversizehammocks, swaying palms, relaxed vibe, and bright splashes ofcolor, the del sol reminds us of staying at a friend's beach house.an added bonus is the fact that its marina district location isquiet, cozy, and eminently ­walkable.

hotel montgomery, moderate, (408) 282-8800. havebusiness in nearby silicon valley? then consider the stylish andrecently renovated 94-year-old montgomery in downtown san jose.even with all the hotel's amenities and techie-friendly treats, theprice won't tax your expense account.

, moderate, (415) 982-5299. take your taste budssouth of the border at this months-old dinner spot and club. if thelively music doesn't get you dancing in your chair, themouthwatering menu items - think cactus salad and beef brisketbarbacoa - from partner chef kerry simon (a recent iron chefamerica winner) surely will.

rue saint jacques, moderate, (415) 776-2002. nobhill is known for its good eats, and the fare at eric lanvert's newplace (he also oversees côté sud) adds another winner to itsculinary ranks. focusing on french cuisine with a californiainfluence, it features dishes like confit of rabbit on a bed ofroasted-garlic mashed potatoes with a ciboulette sauce, almost asmuch fun to say as it is to eat.

the boom boom room
, (415) 673-8000. the neighborhood's notthat great and the room is cramped and steamy, but that's all partof the appeal of this sultry blues club that belts out everythingfrom new orleans funk to high-energy soul seven nights a week. ifit's good enough for elvis costello, it's good enough for us.

boudin sourdough museum & bakery tour
, (415) 928-1849.san francisco and sourdough go together like boston and bakedbeans. this fisherman's wharf bakery dating back to 1849 now offersa peek into its flagship facility, so you can see how the city'ssignature bread is made and learn about its gold rush origins. ourfavorite part? the fresh-from-the-oven samples!

the de young museum, (415) 863-3330. thiscentury-old museum, known for its extensive collection of art fromthe united states, central america, africa, and points beyond, ismaking headlines again thanks to its fabulous new home, which is asbeautiful on the outside as the works are inside. don't miss the144-foot observation tower, which offers stunning views of goldengate park.