For a breezy Labor Day weekend, I ventured back to The City by the Bay, San Francisco.
I arrived late Friday night, thanks to another flight delay–too many this month! The evening was casual, my friend Amy and I sipped scotch cocktails at Tradition, a sister bar of the famous speakeasy Bourbon and Branch located in Union Square.
We woke early on Saturday, swung by Chinatown for Dim Sum before heading onward to the famous Haight-Ashbury district. If you haven’t been to SF before, this is a must-see. Feel out this bohemian neighborhood, chock full of head shops, bars and other eclectic spots.
I shed my leather jacket at dinner, we ate at a cafe along the Embarcadero, the last stretch of the city before you hit water. The weather in San Fran can be unpredictable, warm in the sun and cooler at night. Layers are key.
Saturday evening we bar hopped through the North Beach neighborhood, here you can find quaint Italian restaurants and funky dive bars.
Sunday included brunch in the Marina neighborhood, followed by a quick drive up to Muir Woods to see the Redwoods. These giants have been inhabiting northern SF for hundreds of years. For $7 a pop you can take a leisurely stroll through the sunlit trees.
That evening we paid a visit to the “painted ladies” made famous by the television show “Full House.” Somehow we managed to snap a pic without 10 other people all taking the same photo, whew.
Heading back to North Beach for dinner, we noshed on eggplant parmigiana and red wine at the charming Franchinos. After stuffing ourselves to the brim, we stopped by Tonga Room, the famous Polynesian bar that inhabits the Fairmont hotel. The drinks came out in entire pineapples, fruity and tangy, and definitely full of booze.
No visit is complete without a visit to wine country, so on balmy Labor Day we packed our bags and drove one hour north to Napa. Our first stop was at Silverado wineries, the photo from the left is their back yard. We couldn’t have picked a better day to go wine tasting! Our next stop was at St. Supery Winery, this winery takes a modern twist on their design as well as with their wines. Our last stop was at Cakebread Cellars where we toured the grounds while sipping white wine in the Napa heat. Although it was a quick trip, about 3 hours to 3 different wineries, we left feeling giddy, full with wine and new stories to tell.
See you again SF.