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.
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!
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).
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!