Whirlpool Weekend


I picked up a taxi fare, a young man who had recently relocated here from the Midwest.  He had landed a job with a major accounting firm, and he met a girl who is employed by Google. He said that life was good, but his income was still limited. He needed a suggestion for a weekend date that would be unique, yet wasn’t too costly. I told him that for the price of a DVD, gas, and a few meals I had an idea that he might like…

The Vertigo Date:  Rent, or buy the 1958 Hitchcock thriller, Vertigo (1958) 

Watch the movie while having brunch at home. Go on line for a list of “Vertigo” filming locations in San Francisco. Then with a good map of the city visit each site.

Locations for Vertigo (1958)

* Scottie’s (Jimmy Stewart) Apartment at 900 Lombard St. (A few blocks downhill from the crookedest street in the world.)

* Brocklebank Apartments – 1000 Mason Street, San Francisco

* California Palace of the Legion of Honor – 34th Avenue & Clement Street, San Francisco

* Fort Point, Presidio, San Francisco

* Mission Dolores – 3321 16th Street, San Francisco

* Palace of Fine Arts – 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco

The next day, take a drive down to San Juan Bautista to see where the shocking climax was filmed.

Mission San Juan Bautista – 2nd & Mariposa Sts., San Juan Bautista, California, USA

San Juan Bautista is one of my favorite getaway spots, and I recommend “Vertigo” to anyone that loves seeing glimpses of San Francisco in the 50’s.
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6 Comments so far

  1. Mark (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 8:06 am

    Great post! Lovely for residents and visitors alike.

    I believe there is also a Sam Spade tour people can take in San Francisco.

  2. minispace (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 12:38 pm

    And I also flew roughly 7000 miles just to do that indeed – so it was a little more for me than a DVD, gas and a few meals – no less fun though ;)

  3. Nancy (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 4:34 pm

    The bar Vertigo on Polk Street plays Hitchcock’s masterpiece in a loop on their monitors, so you could skip brunch and have a bloody mary, instead! [wink]

    Also, there’s another spot missing on Joann’s list:
    offers a Vertigo Package for two to stay in the room where the Kim Novak character lived in the second half of the film.

    Vertigo: See it, stay in it, sight-see it.

  4. Nancy (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 4:35 pm

    oops, The York Hotel. (glitch in my html)

  5. joann Landers (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 4:55 pm

    Thanks for the tip, Nancy. It would be too expensive for my penny-pinching taxi customer, but that is a very cool package. I’m thinking that I need to get my husband to take me on this date!

  6. TinMan (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 9:35 pm

    Ernie’s Restaurant (defunct) was at 847 Montgomery Street in the Jackson Square neighborhood (near North Beach). And yes, it did look like that, old-school with all the flocked wallpaper.

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