I really enjoy traveling to new placing and exploring new cities!
Two weekends ago, I traveled to San Francisco for the first time with three other friends to celebrate my friend Lacey’s 30th birthday!
Me, Lacey, Bridget, Anna
We flew in late Thursday night, so we didn’t have time to do anything. Friday morning I got up and went running along the bay, which was incredible. After getting ready, we started the day with an amazing breakfast. The restaurant was located on one of the piers, but I don’t recall which one.
Naturally we grabbed coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee Co. afterward. This was by far the best coffee I have ever had. It was so smooth and the perfect level of boldness. I really like Kaladi Bros. in Anchorage, but I am getting tired of it, so it was nice to change up my coffee palate.
With our coffee and pastries in hand (I had some biscotti, which was so crispy and crunchy!), we walked the boardwalk, saw all the sailboats racing in the American’s Cup. Then a stop at Pier 39—very touristy but still fun to walk through.
Anna had made reservations at Tcho Chocolate for tours of the factory and some chocolate tasting.
Hair nets were also required, but we had fun making fun of ourselves.
We didn’t have much pre-planned prior to going on this trip. I literally bought my ticket and showed up with no plans. (Anna was kind enough to book a hotel, but other than that, we pretty much flew by the seat of our pants, which was quite liberating for this planner.)
Friday afternoon we bought tickets to a hop-on/hop-off tour, which was a great way to get around downtown (instead of paying for a taxi or taking public transportation), plus we were able to see a lot of the iconic sights in San Francisco.
Things I learned on the bus tour:
– People from San Francisco never referred to it as “Frisco.” It is either “San Francisco” or “The City.”
– SF is a mecca for shopping
– China town was not what I was expecting
Friday evening we ate at The Slanted Door, which was recommended by two different tour guides, so we were pretty confident it would be good.
Saturday morning we had reservations for a brunch cruise through the bay. It was a glorious morning for it too.
Our tickets for the hop-on/hop-off tour were good for Saturday as well, so we stopped at some of the iconic sights including the Full House houses! Full House was by far my favorite TV show growing up. I’m positive I have seen every episode and the only time I remember crying while watching a TV show or movie was during an episode Uncle Jesse started crying.
Saturday night we enjoyed dinner at a very nice Italian restaurant and then got ice cream at Smitten Ice Cream, which was the smoothest, creamiest ice cream I’ve ever had.
Our last night in the city ended with a trolley ride. One cannot go to San Francisco without riding one of the trolley cars!
Our weekend together came to a close all too soon, but I am thankful for the time together with friends who you connect with even if you only see them every couple of years!!
What was the last new place you traveled to?
What is one place you’d like to travel to?