Hello San Fransisco! You are b-e-a-uuutiful!
Now, I have been blessed immensely and have traveled to many places in and outside of the United States. But, San Fransisco is at the very top of my list. It has earned the number one spot in my heart for cities within United States. The food, the culture and things to do make it an ideal girls weekend getaway location.
- Golden Gate Bridge: It is as beautiful and magnificat in person as it is in pictures. I recommend Baker’s Beach to get the best view of the bridge and the shore line. Now word of caution, it can be a nudest beach (We got lucky and didn’t see any unwanted sites.)
- Ghirardelli Square: You may not have known this but, on that little delicious chocolate square it says “San Fransisco.” I have always demolished the chocolate before I could get a close look at the cute masterpiece and did not know this little piece of heaven was made in San Fran. So of course you need to make it here. And they give away FREE yes I said FREE chocolate! Right below the chocolatier is the Ghirardelli Pub. After you have had your sweets you can now dig into the best macaroni and cheese you will ever eat. The TRUFFLE macaroni and cheese is a must have along with the view of the bay.
3: Chinatown: Now I am not big into small, cheap plastic gifts but if you are then this place is for you! Of course, everybody needs to at least walk around Chinatown and see all of the bright lights. What made this place worth it all was the little hole in a wall, family owned, cash only, bakery. I recommend the lotus mooncake. The owner recommended this coconut bread pastry and she was right. Warm, sweet, soft bread with a coconut filling, filled me with joy. Lastly you have to get a fortune cookie seeing this is where they were invited! Chinatown shuts down about 9pm, but some shops remain open until about 10:30.
4. Fisherman’s Wharf: Take a stroll down Fisherman’s Wharf about 5pm and grab a bite to eat at the Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar. I was about the only one who did not get Clam Chowder but the Crab Cakes did not disappoint. A little bit pricy but the sauce on the cakes make it worth it in every bite. This place is a little bit further down the street but is next to a small cove perfect for watching the sunset behind the Golden Sate Bridge after dinner.
(NO filter was necessary for this picture. God is that beautiful.)
5. Alcatraz Island: This is a must do and must cross it off your bucket list. The island is filled with plants and amazing views along with goosebump history. The tour is self guided and comes with a free audio tour. I recommend having a meeting spot and a ferry time just incase your group gets spilt up. My favorite part was the skyline view. I sat on the same bench for about 30 minutes soaking up the sun while people watching. We planned to be on the island for two and a half hours which was plenty of time. Lastly, grab a quick snack at Baker’s House. This 4×4 bakery is loaded with pastries and homemade pop tarts. You have to get the pink puff pasty with the purple filling. The cashier suggested it as her favorite and now i am suggesting it as mine.
All of these sites are do-able in two days time. We first went to Baker’s Beach for about and hour and then headed to Ghirardelli Square for a late lunch and dessert. From there we made our way up Russian Hill (the largest hill btw) then to Lombard Street to catch a cab to the Painted Ladies and then to Chinatown. The following morning we got on the second ferry out to Alcatraz Island. Later that night we celebrated with dinner in Fisherman’s Wharf and a Giants game. There is so much to see, do and taste and these are just my top recommendations.
Peace & so much love San Fran.
Grace & Blessings,