De retour à San Francisco

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:

598DFC8D-5227-49CE-A950-6F0D4A3A42C5.jpegPerry’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.

392C7C59-8831-4234-A99C-AD26E5F1AC0FOctagon 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.

14FDF1DB-1BE2-4A8D-A580-6B124C0BF708Muir 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.

D70CFF54-EBCA-4557-BA96-A417FC42F2F6Sausalito 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.

BA892063-A8E1-4F3B-BBD0-0D661F3FD7F7Stinson Beach – After our hike, we drove a few miles to the beach and just enjoyed a lovely walk along this wide, uncrowded beach.

367EFE92-E33A-47A8-AEC4-3F05B6893D33Japanese 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.

CCF87897-7540-40BA-B79C-E97DF29191AFBritex 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?

8D957536-92C8-40E4-A0D0-FD580AEE911C111 Places in San Francisco that You Must Not Miss

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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