Hello San Francisco! Who out there doesn't look forward to a trip to the beautiful Bay Area? From the first moment you see the iconic Bay Bridge, you can feel the energy of a city alive with both so much history and teeming with the innovators and creative thinkers of tomorrow. Amongst this hilly city, there can be something to do at every corner's turn. To guide you around is our Northern California Locations Manager and San Franciscan, Cassy Anderson. Keep reading on:
From Cassy, "There is a theme here and that theme is food. Welcome to SF :)"
Favorite local hot spot:
Tonga Room, Photo via Winspireme
Tonga Room, Asia SF (great for bachelorette parties!!)
Favorite place for happy hour or to grab a drink:
Top of the Mark, Photo via Hdnux
Top of the Mark on Nob Hill for a pre-dinner drink. It's the most gorgeous view of the city! For a completely different feel, try Zeigteist in the Mission for a beer garden vibe on the back patio.
Favorite Local goods:
Tartine treats, Photo via Betsyandiya
Tartine Bakery - great for pastries, hot pressed sandwiches and it's famous breads, this place is so good, it literally doesn't have a sign out front! (so hipster) Fraiche - delicious organic, natural frozen yogurt.
If you were having a stay cation where would you stay:
The Huntington Hotel - it's luxe, there is a full spa and it is accessible to all the city has to offer.
Huntington Hotel, Photo via Hotelchatter
San Francisco is all about free fun! My all time favorite city secret is the Seward Street Slides. Tucked amidst a quiet street of SF's classic victorian homes is a mini-park consisting of two side-by-side well-worn-to-perfection cement slides. Sometimes you luck out and the last visitor has left a piece of cardboard for you to ride down on, but bring your own to be sure you get that extra speed!
Describe your perfect day in San Francisco:
Lands End Trail, Photo via About
My perfect day would consist of an early morning hike along the Coast Trail at Lands End (great views of the bay, the Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge) followed by brunch at the Tipsy Pig (amazing Bloody Marys). There might also be a yoga class at Aha Yoga thrown in there too.
Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building, Photo via Embarcaderoshop
And the Ferry Building farmer's market. But it definitely ends up at one of my favorite restaurants in town - Dosa (south Indian), Mandalay (Burmese), or Little Star Pizza (deep-dish style) and finishes off for drinks at Bourbon and Branch - a password only speakeasy in the Tenderloin. Such a fun day!!!
If I had a rental car I would go:
Russian River Valley, Photo via rrvw
Wine country - but skip Napa and head to Sonoma Valley or Russian River Valley instead. If you do, be sure to stop at The General Store in Healdsburg for lunch. Best gourmet sandwiches ever!!