From LAX, nonstop service is offered on Virgin America, Southwest, United and American. Connecting service (change of planes) is offered on US Airways and Delta. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $118.
Golden Gate Hotel, 775 Bush St.; (800) 835-1118, http://www.goldengatehotel.com. Charming inn with period features, including the city's oldest operating elevator, a bird cage-like construction from 1913. Doubles with private bath are $165; with shared bath, $105. Breakfast and WiFi are included; parking $25 a day.
Hotel Triton, 342 Grant Ave.; (415) 394-0500, http://www.hoteltriton.com. Boutique hotel with striking artist-designed wallpaper in the lobby and a mini art gallery on the mezzanine. Doubles from $TK .
WHERE TO EAT
Gary Danko, 800 North Point St., (415) 749-2060; http://www.garydanko.com. Fine-dining California cuisine. Three courses for $68, four for $85 or five for $102.
Toast Eatery, 1748 Church St.; (415) 282-4328; http://www.toasteatery.com. Popular, no-frills neighborhood breakfast and lunch spot in Noe Valley. Breakfast entrees $6.25 to $10.99.
TO LEARN MORE
San Francisco Railway Museum, 77 Steuart St.; (415) 974-1948, http://www.streetcar.org. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. Admission is free.