Planning a San Francisco Vacation

May 22, 2013

Have you ever been to San Francisco? Allen and I are going this summer and we are really excited to start planning. It’s our first trip to the city by the bay and we’ll be celebrating our fourth anniversary! We’re usually traveling on lots of weekend trips to visit family and friends in the summer but we haven’t taken a real vacation since we were first married. I think excited is an understatement!

So… Do you have any suggestions for us? I would love to hear your recommendations if you’ve been to San Fran or if you live there! Where to stay? What to see? Where to eat? Tell me!

Here’s the list we’ve started working on:
Ride a cable car

Get breakfast at Tartine Bakery
Visit Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39
Rent bikes for a day
Have dinner at Foreign Cinema
See the crookest street, Lombard Street
Dinner with my San Franciscan friend Meredith!
Ice cream at Humphry Slocombe
Stop in the Lydali office!
Head up to wine country and stay a night at The Beltane Ranch
Here are a few other suggestions for where to eat from Oh Happy Day: The Sentinel, Pizzeria Delfina, Pena Pacha Mama, Red Door Cafe, Frances, Zazie, Boulette’s Larder, and Nopa. I think we might gain  a gajillion pounds, even though we’ll only be there 5 days!

Oh and here are Liz’s tips on how not to look like a tourist. I’m going to heed all of her warnings!

Please leave me your suggestions, friends, I will pour over all of them and we’ll pack as much as we can into our itinerary! We can’t wait!

Photos via, unknown, The Selby (x2)Alan Levine

Copyright Whitney Curtis 2010-2013

7 thoughts on “Planning a San Francisco Vacation

  1. Jewel at Eat.Drink.Shop.Love

    You will love San Francisco! I stayed in Fisherman’s Wharf. Make sure to visit all of the museums they have and go to the restaurant at Niemans.

  2. brittanymakes

    YES GO TO NOPA! Also, if you’re over in the Lombard area, check out Pesche. It’s UH-MAZ-INGGG, and totally hidden just for locals. I’m from Sonoma, if you want some amazing wine at an affordable price point, go to Jacuzzi winery. They make Italian varietals, and their sister winery, Cline, is just across the street, and is one of the most beautiful wineries in Sonoma. Cline makes French varietals. Another winery that Sonoma locals LURRRVE is Gundlach Bundschu. My family owns both Glenn Ellen Village Market and Sonoma Market, if you want to get stuff for a picnic, shop at either store! I think where you’re staying is closer to Glenn Ellen Market. OH I’m so excited for you!

  3. Nicolette

    If you are planning on riding the cable car on Powell, get on at the top of the hill instead of the turn around spot at the bart station to avoid a huge line of people waiting to get on

  4. Camille Iman

    So excited to hear you’re coming! I live just across the bay in Oakland and there are so many great places here too. SFgirlbybay just posted a guide to Oakland, lots of great restaurants and shopping!

  5. Callie

    You’re going to have so much fun! You already have a great list, but in case you want more: Nopalito, The Grove cafe (there’s one on Fillmore, another in Hayes Valley and Yuerba Buena), Susie Cakes (best cupcakes ever!), the Ferry Building, walk around Fillmore St and end up Alta Vista for amazing views, Japanese Tea Garden and the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, drive through the Presidio. I could go on and on :)

  6. Robin cotton

    Take the coast highway up to the fort if you have the time. If not get off and go into Petaluma. Cute cute town. On the outskirts of the wine country. Also the town of Hearldsburg is darling. I don’t really care for fisherman a wharf. Reminded me a little of gatlinburgs tacky souvenir and tee shirt shops . If you miss the coast highway you will miss the highlight of your trip !


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