There’s a certain charm and hospitality that only exists in the Midwest. A close second would have to be San Francisco.
Andrew and I vacationed there over Labor Day weekend, relying solely on recommendations from locals. This is just a little something we like to do no matter where we visit, making it a goal to blend in with our surroundings as much as possible.
On our first day in the city, we popped down to the Embarcadero for a late lunch at Hog Island Oyster Company. Coincidentally, Andrew and I were seated next to a few natives, one of whom was visiting from Scottsdale. Long story short, she just so happens to live in our old apartment complex. Talk about a small world! Having grown up in the bay area her entire life, she gave us pointers on where to take in some great shopping.
Hayes Valley was, for lack of a better word, awesome. The entire street was lined with cute coffee shops and boutiques, which is where I snagged this hat, not to mention the rows and rows of iconic pastel townhouses. Despite the fact that I was ungodly full from earlier, I just had to fit room in my stomach for a cone of Smitten’s “Sweet Corn and Berries” ice cream. Words can’t even begin to describe how delicious it was!
Later that same day, Andrew and I met up with our good friend for dinner in Sausalito, which is just across the Golden Gate Bridge. To cap off a perfect evening, she then took us to Marin Headlands after our meal so we could see one hell of a spectacular sight. There are only a handful of things that have truly taken my breath away and this is definitely one of them.
We kicked off day two in the Castro District for brunch and bottomless mimosas, which was later followed with mural sightings along the Dolores and Valencia Corridor and a relaxing nap in Alamo Square per some more local tips. On our final day, Andrew and I moseyed over to the Buena Vista Cafe to sip on some Irish coffee as we walked through the Palace of the Fine Arts and Crissy Field. At one point in our trek, we ended up in a gorgeous neighborhood that was so peaceful and quite. There was no traffic, no tourists, no hustle and bustle; just silence.
This wasn’t just another vacation. This was a chance for the two of us to abandon any kind of schedule or set agenda and just enjoy each other’s company while exploring new things together. The food was unreal, not to mention the views, but the people were even better. Thank you to everyone who helped make it that much more special.
I hope you enjoy some of the fun pictures we took. We’re already planning our next visit!