A Weekend Exploring San Francisco

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Hi Loves,

Tony Bennett said it best when he sang the song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”  He sang of cable cars that climb halfway to stars and morning fog that chills the air above the blue and windy seas.  I can’t think of a better way to describe a place so unique and soulful at the same time.

Although our trip fell during spring break, it wasn’t a vacation — but a trip to celebrate a beautiful, charismatic, and adventurous soul.  Betty, Bryce’s grandmother, who I had the honor of knowing for the past three years passed away in January.  We were in San Francisco for her heartwarming service and to explore the city she and her husband loved.  She was laid to rest next to him.  So like the song says, “My love waits there in San Francisco.  When I come home to you, San Francisco, your golden sun will shine for me.”  Betty was home and on that day the sun shone brightly for her.

This post is not going to be very long and as informative as my typical travel blogs.  To be real with you all, I didn’t keep track of everything we did because we conquered so much in a short period of time.  I was living in the present … something I struggle with daily.  It was so nice.

Normally when I travel, I write down everything we did, how my experience was, where we ate, shopped … etc.  This time I just took a break and lived in the moment.

“The only way to survive eternity is to be able to appreciate each moment.”  – Lauren Kate

With all of that being said, here is my travel guide for a long weekend in the City of Love AKA San Francisco.

Where We Stayed:

The Lodge At Tiburon

Tiburon is a quaint beach town across the bay from San Fransisco and so stinking cute.  I absolutely loved the boutique hotel we stayed at during our time.  It was only a twenty minute drive into the city and so “Instagrammable.”  They had a neon sign set up in their lobby, the bedrooms were adorable, and the hotel restaurant served Lavender Orange French Toast (it was delicious).

What We Experienced:

Pier 39 – The iconic seals!!!  Absolutely loved seeing them and walking the pier lined with shops and restaurants.

Embarcadero’s Ferry Building – This place reminded me so much of the markets Bryce and I visited in London.  If you are wanting a foodie experience, make sure to put this on your list.

Chinatown – Seriously the best Chinese food I’ve had in forever, and the vibe of this area was insane! I didn’t want to leave.  It was alive and buzzing.

Ghiradelli Square –  Nothing short of delicious.

Cable Car – Although it’s a little pricey, you have to experience the cable cars at least once.  There isn’t a better way to see San Francisco and to navigate the hills.

Sutro Bath House – Breathtaking. The architecture, the sounds of the waves, the sea.  It just put me at peace.

Battery Spencer Park – If you are wanting the best photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, you need to go here.

Sausalito – You must visit this place if you are ever in San Francisco.  It’s a suburb of the city but has such a chic, small town vibe.  I loved it!

Painted Ladies – The homes from “Full House.”

Coit Tower – This is where Betty and her husband went on their first date. It’s an iconic lookout point with 360 views of San Francisco and absolutely dreamy.

Lombard Street – Most insane street ever!  The entire street is shaped like a zig-zag and so fun to drive down.  Curves upon curves.

Things We Missed:

Alcatraz – Make sure to book your tickets way in advance to visit this infamous prison.  This is at the top of my list next time I am in San Fransisco.

Tonga Room – Bryce’s mom wanted to grab a drink here so much, and we just didn’t have enough time.  Click HERE to see why it’s an absolute must see (it’s mind blowing).

Japanese Tea Garden – My parents loved this place.  It has Japanese bridges, koi, lavender flowers, and is known as the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States.

Although it was a quick trip — I don’t believe that I have ever been as inspired, motivated, and eager to visit a city again.  I see why Bryce’s grandma loved it here and why she wanted to be laid to rest in such an incredible place.  The Shea family were the absolute best tour guides, and I am 100% positive that Betty was smiling down on us while we explored her city.  Here’s to you Betty and endless desserts, condiments, and family.  We love you now and always.

See you here next week loves!

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