David and I spent our 4th of July weekend in San Francisco, and absolutely loved it. I truly believe that traveling is such an important part of life. It encourages me to be adventurous and to try new things. One of my favorite quotes from John Steinbeck states it perfectly: “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” I can only hope that my life will be full of many, many more trips.
TO EAT & DRINK
Wrecking Ball Coffee & Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
San Francisco touristy musts for coffee and baked goods.
Rose’s is cutest little brunch spot on Union Street. It’s the perfect spot for a slow morning because the atmosphere is just as good as the food.
Presidio Social Club
This place is tucked away in Presidio Park and surrounded by trees with trunks that are so big that I couldn’t wrap my arms around them even if my arms were three times as long. If you love truffle oil, get the truffle parmesan fries.
We made the mistake of only stopping in for a drink and small bites. The avocado toast (whole wheat sourdough, chile, lemon & sea salt) and the deviled eggs were the best I have ever had. Next time I am in San Francisco, I’ll be doing brunch here. Get the Hummingbird – St. Germain, sparkling wine and grapefruit.
Leo’s Oyster Bar
The highlight of this dinner was dessert. I had the chocolate mousse, and David had a sundae with strawberries, walnuts and a balsamic chocolate sauce. My sweet tooth is uncontrollable, so you can trust me when I brag about desserts. And the decor! Palm trees e v e r y w h e r e.
West Coast Wine & Union Larder
Both are worth stopping in for a glass of wine and some cheese, bread and charcuterie.
Froyo done right. There are hundreds of flavor combinations you can blend in with your frozen yogurt, the most important being nutella.
TO SEE & DO
Rent bikes and ride along the coast/across the Golden Gate Bridge
This was an experience that I’ll never forget, and also my favorite day of the trip. We rented bikes on Lombard Street so we had several miles to go before we actually reached the bridge, but the views along the coast were more than worth it. That moment when we were actually on the Golden Gate Bridge was incredible. Taking a second to stop and look up and all around you is necessary to take it all in. You can also walk along the bridge if biking isn’t your thing or a ferry can take you across the channel. The length of the bridge is 1.7 miles and every inch of it is beautiful.
Southwest of the bridge and nestled below rugged cliffs, Baker Beach has a gorgeous view of the Bridge and the Marin Headlands. I’d suggest walking because riding a bike in this area was quite the workout. SO many huge hills.
We spent the majority of our time in local neighborhoods rather than the more touristy spots, and Cow Hollow was by far our favorite area. I could walk around an entire day or two just looking at all of the brightly colored homes in SF.
The Bud Stop
It would be difficult not to buy fresh blooms on a regular basis if I lived within walking distance of this place.
Also, in case you didn’t know (because I totally didn’t), summer isn’t really a thing in San Francisco. We were fortunate enough to have the sun out during the days, but the nights were much cooler than anticipated. Karl the Fog is likely to make an appearance (so much so that SF actually gave it that name). We were not ready to leave come Monday, but Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the Thunder for GS helped a little with that.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week. Mine will be a short one because I have a girls trip to Seattle/Portland and I cannot wait. I’d love to hear any recommendations if you have been to either before!