Checkout at 11AM, so far this was the worst place we have stayed on the trip. The place was stained and with the CFL lighting, it glowed this horrible unnatural yellow. Overall, I think if we hadn't just come from Monterey I may have enjoyed Santa Cruz more, but I didn't. I didn't have a bad time, I just didn't get the feeling I would want to come back again. So we took off and hit the 1 again heading north.
We briefly stopped at Half Moon Bay, but just long enough to take a couple of pics.
Next stop San Francisco
We beelined to Pier 39 to eat at Eagle Cafe, which had the best Bloody Marys we have ever had. We didn't end up going in since it was remodeled and looked like it had lost the charm we so fondly remembered. Next time we are in SF we will stop in and check it out.
So we walked back closer to where we parked the car and had lunch at Boudin's, which had, according to Colleen "the best mac-n-cheese that I ever had out." She had the side dish, and I had the dungeness crab version. Alcatraz view obscured by the tour boats, but still a nice view.
North across the Golden Gate
Stinson Beach was as far north as we go and since its getting late we turn around and head back to SF.
Hilton at Fisherman's Wharf was full, so we got a room at the Hilton in the Financial District which had a nice view of the bay.
There was a cigar bar 2 blocks from the hotel, which kinda sucked. We were out of there by 10PM, and in search of some munchies. After a stop back to the hotel and reaffirming Citysearch has yet to solve their problems('near this location' module, resets location to generic SF point which makes it render the 'near this location' useless), we found some place to grab something to eat. Luckily it was about 2 blocks from the cigar bar, so a short walk from the hotel.