We came back to San Francisco to visit our daughter in August and discovered even more reasons why this is a great city. Here are my new favorite things to explore in and around the city:
Perry’s restaurant (1944 Union Street) – This local institution has been around for fifty years, which is the restaurant equivalent of forever. We had a seat in the atrium room near the back, which was bright and quite quiet. I had a tortilla scramble which was really yummy.
Octagon House (2645 Gough Street) – The Colonial Dames of America act as docents in this unusual historical house. It’s only open three days a month (second Sunday and second and fourth Thursdays), so our timing wasn’t so good on our last visits to San Francisco. They have a collection of Colonial and Federal era furniture and artifacts and the ladies are pleased to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors.
Muir Woods – This national monument is the home to giant redwoods, some of which are estimated to be 1000 years old. There are many hiking paths through a variety of terrains and the views are absolutely spectacular. You need to reserve ahead of time to get a parking spot.
Sausalito Houseboats – On our way to Muir Woods, we stopped at the colorful houseboats in Sausalito. I can recommend Fred’s Place (1917 Bridgeway) for classic and tasty breakfast or lunch options if you want to have a meal before going for your hike in the woods.
Stinson Beach – After our hike, we drove a few miles to the beach and just enjoyed a lovely walk along this wide, uncrowded beach.
Japanese Tea Garden (75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive) – This rather magical Japanese-style garden is located within the Golden Gate Park. Admission is free before 10am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; otherwise, it’s $7.
Britex Fabrics (117 Post Street, Union Square) – I just about went gaga over this two-story store filled with bolt after bolt of exceptional fabrics. Chanel suiting, dazzling silks, luscious velvets….oh my! If I were still sewing my own clothes, I would have staggered out beneath my load, especially since there was a half-price sale on remnants. I contented myself with fabric and ribbons to make sachets for all the lavender I brought back from Provence. I keep thinking about a particular silk so perhaps it’s good to know that I can shop online.
Our daughter is talking about moving back to the East coast, so this may be my last trip to San Francisco for quite a while. The City by the Bay is well worth losing your heart to! What are your favorite places here?