Headed for the Frisco Bay (SF part 1)

A confession: I have been procrastinating.  We just came back from a whirlwind California road trip and we saw so much, did so much, loved so much that I don’t know where to start…

Let’s go crazy and begin at the end…

Our final and longest stop was San Francisco for 24 hours.  We drove in from Napa via Sausalito and the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Before crossing into the city, we spent some time at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  We had our first experience with the famous fog (that we later learned had a name and a social media presence!) and it was unlike any other fog we’ve seen.  It just wafts over the city.  One minute the skyline is clear and the next, it’s totally gone.  It is majestic.  It is captivating.  It is cold.  There’s a famous Mark Twain quote: “the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”.  Being New Englanders, we can’t quite agree, but it certainly did not feel like July.


After hanging out and taking in the views, we headed over the bridge and into the city.  Our first stop was Land’s End.  We hiked a few very steep paths and got great views from the outskirts of the golf course.  If we had more time, we would have explored for hours and checked out the Sutro Baths and the Labyrinth.


But, alas, we had 24 hours and an entire city to see.  So we headed towards Fisherman’s Wharf and our home for the night: the Argonaut Hotel.  We chose to stay in Fisherman’s Wharf because of it’s proximity to the bridge and Alcatraz Island which the Mann wanted to shoot early in the morning.  The hotel was great.  We booked through Hotwire’s Hot Deals.  This was out third Hot Deal experience, and, so far, we’ve been super satisfied with each booking.  But back to the Argonaut…  It’s a large boutique hotel with a nautical theme.  It reminded us very much of the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, MA where we got married.  Both were managed by the Kimpton Hotel group at one time, but the Argonaut is now a part of the Noble House Resorts & Restaurants group (which also manages the famous and ultra gorgeous Little Palm Island in the Keys).  But I digress.  Check-in was quick and easy.  We were even upgraded to a Deluxe room that looked out onto the cute little twinkle-light lit alley and restaurants below.  We settled in and then hit the street to explore Fisherman’s Wharf.


Fisherman’s Wharf is a typical tourist area similar to Faneuil Hall in Boston.  Lots of large restaurants, souvenir shops, tours, sites and people.  We walked over to Pier 39 to see the seals that hang out there, looked out over the bay at Alcatraz and the various ships docked in the area.


After an hour or so, we had had enough of tourist-central and headed out to find somewhere low key to wind down and eat.  Around the corner from the hotel, we found a great little art gallery, Art Attack SF (ask to see their awesome patio out back) and across from it Grandeho’s Kamekyo Sushi a Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese fusion spot.  We had been eating fish tacos thoughout the trip and, with SF’s chilly evening, were ready for something warm and comforting.  We feasted on gyoza, a huge veggie pancake, beef & broccoli and Bibimbap, hot stone bowl and all.  Then it was back to the hotel and a big, beautiful, cushy bed.


To be continued …

In part 2, we’ll take a take and tour and explore San Francisco’s neighborhoods.



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