Wine Down Weekend: San Francisco
Hey loves! I didn’t post last week because I was hanging out over at Hey Girl Hey. Please check out my post where I discuss how my brunch club began and why it’s so necessary to have a squad. While I often talk about hanging with my girls, today I’m talking about hanging with the Hubs. I figured it was about time he was formally introduced.
A few years ago, when my husband, Tyson, and I were approaching our 1 year wedding anniversary we decided to plan a trip to San Francisco and wine country to celebrate. We had both been to San Francisco before,but never together, and I had never visited wine country (shocking I know) and you know how much I enjoy wine. Well, in the midst of planning our trip we were blessed with the news that I was pregnant with our son. I figured visiting wine country while pregnant would just be cruel, so the trip was cancelled and San Francisco was put on the bottom of the vacation list. Fast forward to last month I suggested to Tyson that we visit San Francisco for my birthday. My Mother-in-Love agreed to hold down home base so Tyson and I could enjoy a much needed kid free weekend. The objective of this trip was to eat (of course), drink(I mean it’s wine country), and, relax.
We took a Friday evening flight on SouthWest. We opted to get a rental car because we wanted the freedom to explore at our leisure. However, I strongly advise that if you decide to rent a car, you consider the fact that parking in San Francisco is expensive. Most hotels in the city charge $50 and up daily for parking.
Our home for the weekend was the Pier 2620 Hotel. When we were planning our trip I was looking for a fun boutique hotel,and Pier 2620 did not disappoint. The hotel is located near Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. The room was spacious and had an open loft feel with a contemporary design. It also included a continental breakfast every morning. The staff was friendly and helpful.
By the time we arrived, got our rental car, and made our way to our hotel, it was pretty late. We were starving and most places were closed. Thankfully, the concierge recommended The Pub, which was opened late and within a few blocks of our hotel. Of course I had to get Wine Down Weekend started off so I order the house red wine and the baked wings, both were really good. We were tired after a busy day of travel so we called it a night after dinner.
The next day we explored the city. We visited Fisherman’s Wharf and saw the famous Alcatraz Prison from the pier. I had to get clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl at Boudin Bakery for lunch. It was delicious! We got souvenirs for the kids as well. This is a very tourist friendly area, with lots of shops and restaurants. We drove down Lombardi Street, the crookedest street in the country. It was pretty cool. We also drove by the house that was on the TV show Full House and now Fuller House. I loved that show growing up so I was really geeked about seeing the actual house. I just knew Danny Tanner was going to come out the door at any minute. We also checked out Union Square. A visit to San Francisco is not complete without visiting the Golden Gate Bridge.We drove over the bridge and took in views from both sides. It is such an impressive structure. The views of the city from the top of the mountain are simply beautiful.
We headed back to Fisherman’s Wharf for dinner at Fog Harbor Restaurant. I had the lobster roll and pinot grigio. I think I had wine with every meal on this trip. I mean I had to accomplish all of my objectives, remember: eat, drink, relax. After dinner we headed over to Ghirardelli square for dessert. The brownie fudge sundae was everything! Before turning in we hung out at the bar in our hotel for a night cap. It was laid back and chill, which is exactly the kind of ending we needed to our day, because the next day we were heading to Napa Valley.
Be sure to stop by next Tuesday for all the details on where we ate, what we drank, and why I feel like I’m ready to become a sommelier after visiting Napa.