A Golden (Gate) Reunion
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Q. My husband and I are celebrating our 60th anniversary in San Francisco with 14 family members. Any suggestions for a successful reunion?
Lillian Altman, Bethesda
A. San Francisco is tailor-made for family reunions: It's compact, easy to navigate and has enough activities to satisfy even the most demanding family members. "There are so many different things to do, whether you have 14 or 400 people," says Caria Tomczyskowska, director of operations at California Tour Consultants (800-227-4276, http:/
At many San Francisco attractions, you can keep the group intact. For example, the Giants' modern ballpark can accommodate large families; ditto for Alcatraz and the 55-foot Adventure Cat catamaran, which cruises the bay. You can also ferry over to Sausalito and let the family run free -- the kids explore the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the adults peruse the art galleries and everybody gets ice cream at Lappert's.
Depending on your family's mobility, you can opt for a walking tour or a double-decker bus excursion. City Guides (415-557-4266, http:/
Since dining en masse can be trying, Deborah Reinow, vice president of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, recommends Chinatown's banquet-style restaurants (try Empress of China) or North Beach's Italian eateries (Mona Lisa, Steps of Rome). For accommodations, book several suites in a centrally located hotel, such as the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway (415-441-4000, http:/
Can you recommend hotels in St. Thomas that are romantic but cost under $200 a night?
Tammy Arsenault, Woodbridge
On St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, every day is Valentine's Day -- though some properties up the cupid quotient more than others. "St. Thomas in and of itself is romantic," says Kandi Edelstein, a honeymoon specialist with CI Travel (888-627-8000, http:/
St. Thomas hotels that charge $200 or less a night are usually standard hotels or chains. The Best Western Emerald Bay Resort (800-780-7234, http:/
Don't lose heart just yet. The Point Pleasant Resort (800-524-2300, http:/
Is there regular shuttle service between BWI and Dulles?
Kirk Heselbarth, Manassas
Most airport shuttle companies that service the D.C. area also run the route between BWI and Dulles airports. The drive time ranges from 1 1/2 hours (no traffic) to more than two hours (rush hour). Most offer daily service and require reservations. Among the options:
· The Airport Shuttle Inc. (800-776-0323, http:/
· Baltimore Economy Shuttle (877-VAN-FOR-U, http:/
· Super Shuttle (800-258-3826, http:/
Going by public transportation is very involved: Take the B30 BWI Express Metro bus ($3) from BWI to the Greenbelt Metro station, then take the train to West Falls Church and catch the Washington Flyer shuttle to Dulles ($9). Send queries by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (202-912-3609) or U.S. mail (Travel Q&A, Washington Post Travel Section, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071). Include your name and home town.