36 Hours in San Francisco

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Many words come to mind when we think of San Francisco: artistic, unique, laid-back, seaside, and, of course, hilly. But, San Francisco means something different to every city dweller. To us, San Francisco is the city with soul. It is the city that defines our lifestyles; it is the muse that inspires our designs. We want to share some of the soul of San Francisco, and give you a little guide for your next trip west. Remember, coming to San Francisco is not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.

Friday:

4:00 PM- For a chance to see gorgeous views of the coastline, take the Golden Gate Ferry (http://goldengateferry.org/) from Sausalito to the San Francisco Ferry Building. You can snap pictures of Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park on your way! Once you land close to the Bay Bridge, rent a bike from The Bike Hut (http://thebikehut.org/), a “Nonprofit bike shop with a social mission” and go explore.

6:00 PM- Because we know you don’t want to leave the water, your next stop should be Waterbar (http://www.waterbarsf.com/#home). Here you can stop for wine and cocktails (or stay for dinner) and enjoy an evening view by the Bay Bridge.

8:00 PM- Forbes Island (http://www.forbesisland.com/home.html) is your next stop, but here’s the catch: it is a floating restaurant off the coast, and you’ll have to boat there. Sit in either the outdoor bar or the underwater dining rooms (which have portholes, by the way). After dinner, walk up to the lighthouse for a spectacular 360⁰ view of our favorite soulful city.

Saturday:

10:00-Brunch at Zazie (http://www.zaziesf.com/ ), a casual French restaurant in Cole Valley. Even though it’s Saturday, you can grab brunch here any day of the week. With a huge menu to choose from, we don’t always know where to start…are you in the mood for Challah French Toast, Poached Eggs “La Mer” (with Dungeness crab, green onions and avocados), or Wild Mushroom Raviolis? Take your pick, because Zazie has it all.

NOON- Rodeo Beach and Marin Headlands are calling your name this afternoon. The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy describes Rodeo Beach as, “Windswept, exhilarating, and covered with unique red and green pebbles… Sheltered by cliffs and bounded by a lagoon, it offers good picnic sites and is ideal for kite flying or just watching the roaring Pacific.” Couldn’t have said it better ourselves. As for the Marin Headlands, we’ll let these photos tell you what you need to know.

4:00 PM- When visiting a city as artistic as San Francisco, you cannot miss SFMOMA (http://www.sfmoma.org/). The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is temporarily closed for major renovations, but you can check out their schedule to find out what events are coming up! Their collection ranges from paintings, to sculptures, to multimedia and everywhere in between. SFMOMA is committed to challenging innovations and “embracing the new,” and their art reflects that mission.

7:00 PM- As long as you’re by the sea, why not have some fish? Try the Japanese, New American restaurant, Ame. This Michelin starred, award winning restaurant will be a feast for your stomach and your eyes, with their picture-perfect presentation. Learn more at their website, http://www.amerestaurant.com/home.html.

10:30 PM- San Franciscans are drawn to the sea, so while you’re here, make sure to have a Beach Bonfire. Bring some blankets for the chilly San Francisco wind, and experience this California tradition like a true West Coaster.

Sunday:

9:00 AM- Take a walk in the Sunset District. First, you can enjoy the sights of Lake Merced, a unique “urban lake” perfect for walking, jogging, or simply taking in the sunshine. Then you can head to the Sea Breeze Café for some breakfast or brunch. Here, you’ll feel like a local, but if it’s a nice day, you might have to fight for a table outside!

12:00 PM- Before you depart this soulful spot, spin through Golden Gate Park, just a few blocks away from the Sea Breeze Cafe. This park is a treasure trove of nature and attractions including: the Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, art galleries, and even an archery range and tennis complex. See their website for full descriptions of all this park has to offer (http://sfrecpark.org/parks-open-spaces/golden-gate-park-guide/).

San Francisco--and all the people who make it so special--are our daily inspirations. We hope you’ll see why we love our city of soul so much on your next visit. Any trip to San Francisco is too short, and we know you will not want to leave.

With Love,

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