Playing tourist at home in San Francisco
Well, my hubby and I always play tourist in San Francisco. We love to take long walks with our dog. Sometimes we’ll walk around the Presidio, through Crissy Field and walk towards the Golden Gate Bridge, cross the bridge, and go down to the other side to Cavallo Point’s restaurant, and have a drink on the patio. After a break, we head back across the bridge, through Crissy Field, stop at Dynamo Donuts for an energy booster, head towards the Marina and then down to North Beach where we usually have dinner. (If you plan on doing a walk like this, make sure you’re actually wearing the appropriate shoes.) It’s a long walk, but it’s really worth it. (Days like this, I can easily rack up about 23,000 steps on my fitbit!)
If we’re not doing that route, we’ll walk along the Embarcadero. We like to go to Frog Hollow Café, inside the Ferry Building, for coffee and pastries. Then we’ll walk down towards the ballpark -AT&T park – pass the park and down to an area called the Dog Patch. There is this cute little café, called Just For You Café, where we can sit outside with our dog and have brunch.
Interested in a cardio workout with scenery? Climb up the Filbert Street steps up to Coit Tower. It’s a killer cardio workout at almost 400 steps, but it’s cool walking through the little neighborhood that supposedly has some of the oldest cottages in the city. (I can’t even imagine trying to move furniture in and out of that area.)
If you’re lucky, the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill will be flying around as you climb the steps. I once had a Chinese grandma pass me up on the stairs, with her bags of groceries, while I had to stop and take break to catch my breath. I remember she smiled at me, put her hand over chest and pretended to breathe heavy like I was. How could I let grandma freakin’ beat me up the stairs?! HELLLOOOOOOO. When she did that, I made a mental note to get my ass in shape. Who needs a stair climber when you can hit the steps for free, and have a great view of the bay?
There’s so much to do here in the Bay Area. In San Francisco, there’s the Mission, the Castro, swing dancing in Golden Gate Park (check out here), foodie heaven at Off the Grid (food trucks) at the Presidio, theaters, comedy clubs, bars, restaurants etc. There’s Silicon Valley, if you want to check out some tech companies, maybe take a picture of yourself in front of the big thumbs up picture in front of facebook headquarters. If you want to go see some very tall, very old redwood trees, you can hit Muir Woods up in Marin County. Heck, this area is surrounded by 4 different wine countries – Napa, Sonoma, Livermore, and Amador. Ok, so Amador is kind of far away, but it’s still within driving distance! And FYI – I like Sonoma Wine country MUCH better than Napa Wine country.
There’s a ton of stuff to do here in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you’re local, give a shout out of hidden gems of where tourists should check out. If you aren’t a local, where would you like to go or what is your favorite place in the Bay Area?