On Tuesday we took our son Chase up to San Francisco to celebrate. He just finished his AA and he will be transferring to Cal State Fullerton in the Fall. I wanted to share the details of the trip because, well San francisco is just a really fun city to visit. Public transportation is easy and the food is delicious.
We flew out of John Wayne Airport in Orange County and arrived around 1pm. The one hour flight was perfect. We hopped on the bart to Montgomery and 3rd. Exit B by Peets Coffee and you will find yourself one block away from the Westin at Union Square. It takes about 30 minutes from the airport to the hotel.
First stop Super Duper just up Market for some garlic fries and Neiman Ranch burgers.
Next we jumped on the 30 bus-the stop is right across the street from the hotel. A transfer to the 28 at Chestnut and you will end up at the Golden Gate Bridge. The views and weather were spectacular. Sometimes the bridge is fogged in in the morning so this late afternoon trip paid off.
Grab the bus back right outside the visitor center. You can use your transfers again. The whole trip costs just $2. Get off at Market and 5th on the return journey and walk just 2 blocks back to the hotel.
This bus line takes you right through the heart of China town-so fun.Be prepared to get squished and see a bunch of cute grandmas with their big packages.
Once you transfer to the 28, it's mostly tourists. We met a nice family from Australia. It was fun hearing about their travels in the states.
When we got back to the Westin Market Street, we changed for dinner and headed to the Mission District via the Bart.
-Mission and 24th-We enjoyed dive-Mexican Food at Farolito. Try the quesadilla-bring cash-they don't accept credit.
-Mission and 16th- Bi-Rite Creamery for some Salted Carmel Ice Cream
There's also a variety of restaurant choices if you want something more upscale at 16th Street-Pizzaria Delfina, Limon Rotisserie, 7By7.
We headed back to the hotel after ice cream. The staff had found out that we were celebrating Chase and had brought about a fruit and cheese basket. Thanks :)
In the morning we woke up early, grabbed coffee at Starbucks across the street from the hotel and walked down towards the water to the Ferry building. The Ferry building is definitely more hopping on the weekends when they have the outdoor Farmer's Market.
In the Ferry Building we tried the Olive Oil Fried Egg Sandwich from Il Cane Rosso (the red dog). The flavors were perfect! And the restaurant counter was so well styled.
Next we walked along the waterfront towards Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. After seeing the sea lions we headed a bit further to Ghirardelli Square.
If you want to try In 'n Out Burger or Boudin Bread (or both) you will find this along the walk. Both are amazing!
From Ghirardelli Square-Grab some Chocolate! I would suggest taking the cable car to Powell street and walking the block to Washington Square. From there we took to the 39 bus to Coit Tower.
Coit tower has amazing views of the city-lots of places to take pictures. I wouldn't recommend going up inside it-the wait is long and it's expensive. The area around it is just as good. The bus will pick you up every 20 minutes for your return trip.
Back to the 30 bus and then a stop in China Town to taste some Dim Sum. If you stop at Broadway and get off-look for the long line in front of a small shop and grab food there. (see photo below)
You have to be a little adventurous because they don't speak English and you have to just point to what you want. After walking around a bit in China Town-it was back on the 30 bus to the hotel.
At the Westin, they were very generous with a late check out so we showered and headed out for a late lunch at Super Duper before heading back to the airport.
Klout was generous and gave us free American Airline Admirals Club entrance so we hung out there (with free wifi, quiet, drinks, snacks and showers) enjoying the quiet until our flight brought us home.
It was a great trip! Lots of walking and perfect weather. To see Chase's photos from the trip-go here.
Today we hosted a Mother's Day and Birthday Brunch. My parents and Mike's mom and Step Dad came over for a warm meal topped off with peanut butter brownies.
It was great to be able to honor them:)
Happy Birthday Mom, Happy Birthday Dad, Happy Birthday Don, Happy Mother's Day Mom and Happy Mother's Day Hootie!
We love you all.
Scott Bedley named 2014 Orange County Elementary Teacher of the Year from Irvine Unified School District. I'm rooting for you for state!!!
But it's still amazing. I'm always in awe when I see that horizon line, the sky and the sand.
Worked on some more designs today too!