Trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley (day 1)

The other weekend Laura and I took an awesome get away to central California.  Niether of us had spent any meaningful time in San Francisco nor ever been to wine country.  Our agenda was simple, see as much as we can, eat as good as possible, and drink fantastic spirits.

Following this post I will be putting up reviews of some of the meals we ate, activities we did, and wineries we visited.  But for now I want to tell you, and show you, a little bit of our experience in San Francisco.  I’m deciding to break this up day by day because I have so many pictures.  They really cant fit all in one post.

Our first day in San Francisco, according to all weather reports, was supposed to be rainy/misty/nasty.  However we got really lucky and avoided the rain all day!  Maybe it’s because we lugged around our umbrellas, but who knows.  This was good fortune because we took a driving tour of the city from Dylan’s Tours.  Us and four other school principals from Canada were chauffeured around the city seeing pretty much all the famous landmarks.  Golden Gate Bridge, Seven Sisters (from Full House), Haight and Ashbury, Billionaire’s Row, and more!  One of our favorite stops was the Muir Woods across the bay from San Francisco.  There we walked through and marveled at many epicly tall redwoods.  It was very impressive.


Gorgeous mural on a women's center in the Mission District.

The corner of Haight and Ashbury where the time is always 4:20. HAR HAR HAR!!! Stoners are so super funny and creative!!

This is the house where The Grateful Dead use to live.

The Seven Sisters. These houses survived both large San Francisco earthquakes (1906 and 1989). The last one sold for just over 4 million dollars.

Obviously the Golden Gate Bridge. Did you know, they are constantly painting it? That's a lot of tax payer dollars to pump into the bridge. The color is technically called "International Orange".

Just a few of the majestic redwoods in the Muir Woods.

Some interesting looking fungus growing in the Muir Woods. It's only a matter of time before the folks in Haight and Ashbury get their hands on this.

After the tour of the city we had the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore the city.  We did a good amount of walking around the northeast side of town looking at shops and looking for places to grab a snack.  Along the way we made it to Lombard street where crazy drivers test their metal on a curvy downhill course.  Actually, if you walk up Lombard street (which we did) you will see that the street isn’t too hard to handle.  But looking straight on at it, it looks crazy!

Saw this place as we were walking around. I should have aborted all of our plans and spent the rest of the day here. What an awesomely delicious concept for a restaurant. I want to be in there!

Whoa! Crazy street! Lombard Street had to have been designed by a 3rd grader.

Before our dinner we stopped at a local pizza place in Russian Hills because I was getting tired and I need a refuel.  If you dont know it already, this machine runs on beer.  So I got some high octane local shit called Anchor Steam.  You can get this brand anywhere in the states, but I had to get one in it’s hometown.  Needless to say, it was damn good!

After dinner (I’ll write about it in it’s own post) we again walked to Ghirardelli Square.  At the Ghirardelli store they give you a free sample chocolate, so you bet you ass we weren’t going to fly all the way to the way to the west coast and not get our free 1 oz sample of chocolate!  It’s not like you can get that stuff at Home Goods or Walmart!  And what do you know, right there in Ghirardelli Square is a lovely little cupcake shop, Kara’s Cupcakes.  You know what happens next, I’m sure.  (Post to come).

Part of the display of cupcakes from Kara's Cupcakes. (Spoiler Alert! They were really good!)

That evening we went to the Top of the Mark, the bar at the top of the Mark Hopkins hotel for some night cap drinks.  It was a nice relaxing setting, and the drinks were wonderful!  This was a great way to end our first day in San Francisco.  But that’s also because we had no more energy to do anything else.  Better believe we slept well that night!


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4 Responses to Trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley (day 1)

  1. John says:

    Anchor Steam is real good beer, but at over $10 per sixpack, it doesn’t fly off the shelf into my arms.

  2. Rich says:

    Did you try the brownies at Haight Ashbury? I hear good things …

    • The store owner told us we had to have a prescription for them which I thought was weird. But evidently it’s super easy to get one. We just didnt have enough time. oh wells.

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