Every trip I take, I like to pre-plan. Some people (my fiancee) would say that is way too intense, but with weekend trips, every minute counts :). So, I've decided to post my itineraries on here to hopefully inspire people in their planning process.
My first post will reflect on a San Francisco trip I took with a friend over Memorial Weekend in 2015 - which is more than a 3 day trip but still a weekend trip!
When we went to San Francisco, we stayed at our friends' houses which helped save us a lot of money - as hotels in SF can get pretty pricey. I'd suggest trying to find a place to stay in Union Square, as it is pretty central.
We started our weekend off with some happy hour oysters near the Embarcadero at a popular restaurant called Waterbar. They are typically a bit expensive, but have a great happy hour with $1.05 oysters on weekdays from 11:30am - 5pm. We had to wait for a little bit, but ended up getting a perfect table outside.
If you don't want to wait for a seat, you can try your luck in the Ferry building at Hog Island Oyster Co, or any of the many oyster places in SF.
Most people marvel over the Golden Gate Bridge, but the Oakland bridge isn't actually too bad! After we stopped at the Water Bar for some oysters and wine, we took an uber to Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill to walk up many stairs to see the tower. It was nighttime by the time we got there, but we still got some great views of the city.
From Coit Tower, we walked our way down to Chinatown, where we contemplated eating but ultimately did not. There are some great choices out there though! We did grab dim sum later on in the trip.
Saturday was a busy day, so we got up early and got coffee and breakfast somewhere that I can no longer remember, but there are definitely great choices out there on Yelp! Coffee though - plenty of great options.
We ubered from our friends house to the Painted Ladies, as made popular by Full House. There's a nice lawn area to hang out and have a picnic at to look at these houses and a view of San Francisco. We had pretty cloudy weather, so the colors weren't as vibrant.
From the Painted Ladies, we took yet another uber (or Lyft) to Golden Gate Park where we chose to visit the Japanese Tea Garden for some tea and snacks. I wish we had more time to explore the park, but we were running low on time. We had booked a bay sail departing from the Fisherman's Wharf with Adventure Cat. Little did we know that traffic is crazy in SF and so we ended up getting out of the car early and running to the gate. We ran through hoards of traffic and made it to a closed gate where the boat was boarding. Thankfully, a kind lady next to us with a loud voice was able to get the attention of the company who let us board.
After a few moments of catching our breath, we settled into the boat, grabbed some beers and enjoyed the views. It was windy and chilly so if you go - bring a jacket.
After our bay sail, we stopped by Fisherman's Wharf, and Buena Vista Social Club. I have no photos so, will continue on to our drive up to Santa Rosa, where we stayed at our friend's parents house. We rented a one day car rental and drove up to meet our friends at a winery.
The next day we stopped by Korbel for some champagne tasting and food before leaving for the redwoods at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Park (though I put Muir Woods on the itinerary because it's bigger and more popular). Redwoods are amazing to see in person!
And that was our fun trip to San Francisco!
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