At the tail end of last week, Scott and I packed our bags and stole away for an extra long weekend in San Francisco. Our yearly tradition has always been to discover a new city on or around our November wedding anniversary, and although we’ve spent a good amount of time in SF in the past, we were overdue for a visit with our friends (hi, Rex and Cat!). Although the city wasn’t new-new to us, we were shown an amazing time, and we squeezed in as many really-new sights we could.
Despite having visited several times – although not nearly enough! – we’ve never actually driven across the Golden Gate bridge, and that was remedied on the first day. We took a day trip north along the coast, stopping for a quick hike through Muir Woods (craning our necks to look up at the redwoods!) and grabbing an extra late lunch in Bolinas. I fell in love with a tiny half-dog, half-hippo, and by the time Scott was able to pry me away, hippo-puppy wouldn’t have it. We drove back into the city by sundown and stayed up way too late that night. (The first of many nights, but, you know, when in Rome.)
The weather couldn’t have been more incredible the entire time, but the next day, we fueled up on scrambles and coffee, and we hopped on our bikes and rolled through Golden Gate Park. That day was made for a bike ride. Rex recently started Urban Trails, a fun mountain biking experience in the heart of the city, and he cleared his schedule to give us a personal tour. My Chicago biking legs were so angry at all those hills (wow), but not surprisingly, it was worth it. Scott and Rex continued on to hit the Twin Peaks, while Cat and I stayed back to catch up, walk their (world’s cutest) dog, and gorge on ice cream.
The following day, we dined street-side and filled up on wine and pasta. We walked lazily around North Beach, taking in a car show and hunting for gelato. We made our way through Chinatown and ended the weekend watching – what else? – the presidential debate with the rest of the world.
We came home tired, happy and pumped full of vitamin D. We put off one more day of work, instead using our time to snuggle with Jack, CC and Libby and reunite with our Netflix queue. San Francisco, you never, ever disappoint!
I’m a little behind, but how was your weekend? Or should I say, what are your plans for this coming weekend?
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Sounds fantastic – a soul feeding good time! Love the pics – San Fran is definitely on our list. Also – have you guys watched the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld and Fred Armisen – they roll around Portland – it’s a good one.
I haven’t, but it sounds awesome! Where can I find it?
You’re the best.
Hi Kim! What do you use to edit your photos? I love the look of the Golden Gate Bridge shot!
Thanks, Eileen! I use Lightroom for initial edits, and then I pulled these photos into Photoshop and ran some light actions over them. :)
Oh, this is perfect! Hubby and I are going there in 3 weeks…can’t wait!
Any recommendations for restaurants besides the more popular ones?
Oh, dear. I don’t remember many of the places we grabbed food, since most of it was done late in the evenings after a fun night! We did have an amazing brunch at Black Sands (the photo of the coffee cake, but their scrambles were DELICIOUS), so I’d highly recommend that! Does anyone else have suggestions?
This was one of my favorite places when I lived there years ago. http://yemenisrestaurantsanfran.com/23920
Unfortunately a lot of places I remember how to walk to them but not the names or streets.
So we went and came back and had a FABULOUS time. We went to Burma Superstar to eat at least 2 times in 3 days and their Green Tea Salad will haunt me forever. SOOO GOOOD!
Do you want to know what is weird/funny? My husband and I were wandering around Chinatown and went into that exact tea shop in your last pic! We had a tea tasting with the man in your photo. He told us his name was “Kenny” and he was hilarious. We bought some very good tea afterwards.
Imagine my surprise when I saw your pic again! Whether it was coincidence or maybe my subconscious guiding us there…
Aww, that’s awesome!! I’ll have to add Burma Superstar to our list for the next time we go visit!