A Day and Night in San Francisco

The Summer Saga continues with our short little teeny tiny San Francisco trip:

I fell in love with this city last year on my honeymoon.  This being our third excursion to San Francisco, we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted out of this very quick trip.  You see, my husband and I were on our way to Auburn, CA for my cousin’s wedding.  We turned that into an excuse to come a day early and fly into San Fran.  Some of the things we enjoyed on our prior visits include:

→ Taking the ferry to Sausalito and  lunching at Horizons

→ Enjoying the views and cocktails from the Top of the Mark at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nob Hill

→ Shopping the goods at the farmers market by the Embarcadero

→ Dining at the North Beach restaurant… delicious

→ Scaling the hills at Alto Plaza park and falling on my ass… it was damp and slippery

→ Admiring the painted ladies and all of the gorgeous homes, especially in Nob Hill

→ Going on a seven hour bike ride from the Embarcadero to Pier 39 to the Golden Gate Bridge and allllllllllll the way down to Golden Gate Park… yeah so I’m not “in-shape” or whatever

→ Union Street shopping

→Driving down Lombard Street

→ The champagne brunch cruise (Hornblower) it was wonderful, but champagne, bad balance, and a moving boat can be a tricky combination

→ Most importantly taking photos in front of the Full House, house and the Mrs. Doubtfire house, I was so stealth… fun fact:  the address Sally Field gives in the movie is the actual address of the house (2640 Steiner Street)  It was pretty surreal to see how close John Stamos and Matthew Lawrence lived to each other, well, you know what I mean.  

Upon our arrival of our most current trip, we had lunch at Kuleto’s.  We picked this place because is was designed by Pat Kuleto, whose estate and winery we visited in Napa during our honeymoon.  I don’t think I’ve seen too many places as breathtaking as the Kuleto Estate.  If you’re planning on going to Napa, I would say this winery is a must-go.  So anyway, when we saw his name on the building, we thought it would be good selection and we were right.  Perfection!

We grabbed some dinner at a little Italian place that I can’t remember the name of, but I do remember there were MAYBE ten tables in the entire place.  I was unimpressed with the food so I guess that’s why I didn’t care to remember the name.  Moving on.  It was time for dessert.  I was a little skeptical because the cannolis were pre-filled at the cafe we stopped at, but it ended up being delicious.  Actually, it was especially good – so much so, that I’m not entirely convinced that Rice a Roni is, indeed, the San Francisco treat.  Badoom-ching! Can you even take how funny I am?  I’m sorry, I’ve been alone all weekend.  I’m gonna put, friend-making, at the top of my to do list.  I’ll let you know if I break any ground.

 

Now what was left?  Beach Blanket Babylon, of course!  What’s Beach Blanket Babylon?  It’s a flamboyant, over the top, musical cabaret show in which subject matter is constantly changing based on current pop culture and political topics… even the scandalous ones!  It is beyond entertaining; I think an adult of any age would love it.  The singing, dancing, and punch lines are on point.  The absurdly grandiose costumes really make the show stand out.  This show makes for a great night out in San Francisco.  I highly recommend it.

One thing I will tell you to avoid is Hotel Frank.  And that is for one reason alone.  It’s a conveniently situated, very clean, very fairly-priced hotel.  Why avoid it?  Because, every single day for the past 18 months, disgruntled employees form a picket line twice a a day and scream at, and harass, you if you walk into the hotel.  This is why it’s so cheap.  The hotel actually provides earplugs on the nightstands.  Promptly, at 7:00 AM, the megaphone starts blaring.  As for the “leader of the pack”, I can assure you he has THE most obnoxious voice you could imagine.  If this is something you can handle, then by all means, do.  The hotel is wonderful in every other respect.  For us, it was only one night, so it really didn’t bother us too much, but I really didn’t and don’t prefer getting screamed at for no reason.  Not my cup of tea. (*After writing this, I discovered that Hotel Frank is currently closed and is expected to soon be under new ownership)

Before we were on our way up to Auburn, we had breakfast at Lori’s diner.   There are a few locations in the city.  The one we went to was a loft-like space, clad with mid-century nostalgia.  The food was good and service quick; the surroundings made for a special diner experience.  It was just really feel good place – it felt like an infomercial for Time-Life’s Malt Shop Memories CDs.  That’s my favorite infomercial.  The only thing that was missing was a poodle skirt and a pair of saddle shoes!  I would definitely recommend this place for breakfast.

No matter what you do in San Francisco, you can bet you’ll get a work out from the most ridiculously hilly streets ever.  This photo is of Wayne, pushing me up a hill… like I said, I’m not in the best shape so back off! Just kidding.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

Until really soon,

Renee

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