By David Jenison
Why You Must Go: Do you regularly TiVo I Love the ‘70s? If so, the Hotel Del Sol is the place to stay for your next San Francisco treat. Located in the picturesque Marina District, this former motor lodge has been transformed into a banana-colored retro flashback with hippie-themed suites like the Love Shack, Groovy Geeks, Sandy Beach and the Dream Factory. The budget-priced hotel also offers family-friendly perks like fresh cookies in the afternoon, Friday BBQs in the summer and a swimming pool filled with beach balls. And for those Griswold dads who still vacation by car, Del Sol even provides free parking. The hotel, which allows pets but not cigarettes, offers the best ‘70s-style family fun since The Brady Bunch.
Where To Eat: San Francisco overflows with overpriced eateries, but you can head to Pasta Paradiso for an exceptionally fresh, reasonably priced Italian meal highlighted by homemade pasta and exotic salads.
What Else To Check Out: On the local tip, stroll down nearby Union Street for the best window shopping in the city, and then check out the Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts (3601 Lyon St.) where over 650 hands-on exhibits display the wonders of the universe.
Hotel Del Sol, 3100 Webster St., San Francisco, (415) 921-5520, (877) 433-5765, www.jdvhotels.com/del_sol. Rates from $129; 57 rooms, including 10 suites.