Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Travelin' Tuesday: San Francisco

What a way to bring in our 30s!

We flew out to San Francisco for a wonderful 7 day trip with my longest friend Corinne and her husband Dave.  Corinne and I started to plan this trip back in January and I think the guys were very happy to just go and enjoy!   

Our time in San Fran was pretty short, we flew in midday on Friday, drove to Napa Sunday - Wednesday, spent Wednesday night back in San Fran and then flew home on Thursday.  

Due to a changed flight plan, Chris and I got in 3 hours earlier than Corinne and Dave.  We walked from our hotel near the Embarcadero Center to find Pizza Orgasmica which turned out to be a pretty popular place.  Once Corinne and Dave made it, we decided to take a walk to the piers and check out the area set up for America's Cup.

We spent the night bar hopping before grabbing a bite to eat across the street from AT&T Park where the Giants were playing the Pirates.

Saturday was a fun filled day with a combo tour of the city and Alcatraz.  We booked with Tower Tours and had an amazing time, getting to see so much in a pretty short period of time.  Some of our stops included City Hall, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Bridge and we also had the chance to drive by and see other areas like Chinatown, Ghirardelli Square and the crooked Lombard street.  

In front of City Hall

The famous painted ladies

On top of Twin Peaks

Getting our fill of Golden Gate Bridge pictures

Once the city portion of our trip was completed, we were dropped off near pier 33 to grab some lunch and then board the ferry for our tour of Alcatraz.

We did the audio tour, which was included with our ticket price, and I think we all found it very informative.  There was so much that I never knew about the history of the prison, I would highly suggest this tour!

The bar spreader that one inmate used in an escape attempt

The holes left from 3 inmates that dug their way out with spoons from the kitchen and were never heard from again.

After the tour wrapped up, we decided to walk around Ghirardelli Square, pick up some souvenirs and grab a drink at a pub with a view. 

Thanks to some great recommendations, our dinner that night was at Epic Roasthouse.  Our table had a fabulous view of the light up Bay Bridge and the meal was by far the best of our trip!!  Both couples ordered a side of mac and cheese and I think we all would have licked the plate if we could, it was that good!

Sunday morning we picked up our rental car, checked out of Club Quarters and decided to make a quick pit stop on the way to Napa.

The ride up was a bumpy one, but the majesty of these trees was breathtaking to view. 

A stop for lunch in Sausalito and then we were on our way to Napa and Sonoma!


  1. Awesome trip! I've never been to California, but I would love to go on the Alcatraz tour!

  2. Alcatraz looks awesome, what a fun trip to take with your bestie!