San Francisco Visit — Day 1

Hello San Francisco! Sharon and I took a long weekend vacation to the bay — we haven’t really spent time in the city and wanted to experience all that San Fran had to offer. We arrived in style via Virgin America, our favorite cross-country airline. When we pulled into town, we originally planned to stay at The Clift, a Morgans hotel. Much to our chagrin, the walls were paper thin and we moved down the street into the The Westin St. Francis — a wise choice.

The weather was perfect and we decided to get to know the city on foot. We took Market Street down towards the water and made our way into the Ferry Building. It’s shops called our names and we visited the row of local eateries and goods before ending at Taylor’s Refresher. Sharon and I are huge fans of the Napa outpost and this location didn’t disappoint. Full stomachs? Check. Behind the building (thanks @foursquare) was a huge green market. Sharon was delighted as she saw her favorite spring veggie everywhere — green garlic! Loaded up with over a pound, we went back to the hotel to change before dinner.

On the way, we took the California Street line Cable Car. So fun! It took us up and down the hills of San Fran and we got off at one of the higher points in Nob Hill. Here’s a quick video I took:

We enjoyed looking around the city and were amazed at the crazy angles of each building. Everything needed a custom slope. Finally back at the Westin, we changed and got ready for The Slanted Door.

The Ferry Building at sundown was beautiful and we got a great table near the water. We watched the harbor and the Oakland Bay Bridge as day turned to night. The meal was delicious and were even treated to a surprise birthday cake! (More in Sharon’s review) The savory and sweet flavor with local, organic ingredients really made us happy. This was going to be a good trip!

The night ended with drinks at The Clock Bar in the St. Francis. A nice, relaxed place to have a cocktail, and the bartenders knew their drinks! A blood and sand was enjoyed by Sharon while I tried the local beer — Anchor Steam. We headed off to bed, excited for what Sunday was to bring…

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