We just got back from a lovely trip to San Francisco. Wow, Where do I start! I completely fell in love with everything there! I was pretty much ready to come home, pack our bags, and move there. I thought I had been there when I was a little girl, but after asking my mom and dad, they both said no. It’s one of my dads favorite cities. We grew up our summers on the east coast, so I’ve always had a love for NYC, but this trip had me rethink my love may be closer to me than I thought.
We decided to drive, which was super easy. Eleanor was perfect! We stayed at the Hilton Union Square. We got up every morning and went out for the day. I had a list of places we wanted to go and see (most were food). We don’t normally make lists of things we want to do, see or eat, we like going with the flow, but we had too many places we REALLY wanted to experience. They were all good! We also got a chance to drive over to Sausilito, which is the prettiest little beach town. This meant that we had to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, which I’m not going to lie, I was a bit terrified. I have a horrible fear of heights. Don’t think the day before I was taunted by the Bay Bridge, when I accidently made a wrong turn, and there was no turning back. YIKES!!! The Golden Gate is so beautiful, and the drive over was easy peasey. I’m not sure how I feel about that Bay Bridge yet????!!!
Some of the places we went and really enjoyed were:
Dynamo Donuts: ok, we don’t normally eat donuts, but these are, trust me when I say this, “THE BEST!” All organic and local (when possible) and fun flavors like lemon tyme, guinness gingerbread, vanilla bean, poached pear, caramel de sel, I’m not a gluten carrot cake, maple glazed bacon apple (one of our favorites), spiced chocolate, and many more.
La Taqueria: a complete hole in the wall (we like those kinds of places), but some damn good tacos. I actually had a burrito and it was delicious, and my husband had the tacos and I tasted them. Stick with the carne asada tacos and burrito.
Haight Ashbury: enough said!
Cow Hollow: great little shops and tons of places to eat.
Bernal Heights park: This place is amazing! You park and walk about 20 minutes to the top, and then you have 360 degree view of SF. It’s worth the hike. We met a local there, and he even said that this was one of the top 3 places to come to see all of SF.
Golden Gate park/bridge: It’s just what you have to do if you are in SF.
General Store: great up and coming artists’ work. located in a funky little area called outer sunset.
Boudin: I mean if you’re going to Fisherman’s wharf, you have to have the famous bread bowl and clam chouder. Of course we had to have it at Boudins.
Blue Bottle Coffee: This was the BEST coffee! Just to see how they make you your own specific cup is worth going there and buying some. This is a good place for coffee connoisseurs.
We checked out so many more places, but these were some of our favorites.
The painted ladies