Being a true foodie at heart means I will go anywhere for good food. San Francisco, according to Michelin, is the place to go as the reigning culinary capitol of the U.S. But that’s not all San Francisco offers. The Bay Area can boast about their beautiful sunsets on the water, unique vintage shops, famous houses, and unique entertainment to keep you busy for a long while!
Though the flight from L.A. to San Fran is only about an hour, we decided to drive to keep it relaxed…leave when we want….
Our first day, we stayed by the beach and collected the perfect sand dollars on the shore. Usually in L.A. you’d be lucky to come across one, so it was a fun little treasure hunt. I’ve never seen so many in one place!
Before we left, we bought tickets for a mystery theatre, called The Speakeasy. I had always wanted to do an interactive theatre ever since I saw Bill Murray’s The Man Who Knew Too Little. And The Speakeasy did not disappoint! The night before the show, we received instructions to look for a woman in a red trench coat on the street to find the secret location and secret entrance for the night. We had to give up our cell phones, to keep the illusion alive. Even Yelp doesn’t even have pictures. 😉 When you go to the Speakeasy website, make sure you open your bar tab before heading out for the evening. The casino doesn’t take cash onsite. Also, brush up on your baccarat skills!
My best advice if you do this show is to visit the vintage shops in the Haight-Ashbury area before you go. The 1920s costuming is required. And H-A has lots of fun ’20s finds to put you in character. We ended up buying a bowtie for my husband and some long black gloves for me to complete our looks.
Since the Pacific Heights Painted Ladies are pretty close to Haight-Ashbury, we went to visit those famous Victorian houses and hung out on the green. What a view from that hill!
Next up was Alcatraz. The best way to see Alcatraz is the sunset cruise. You could go on a day trip over and see the prison/island, but why do that when you can view the city at sunset over the water? Tickets are booked months in advance for this, so if you choose to go last minute, make sure you call to get your tickets. Sometimes they still have some tickets available over the phone.
Before you end the night, check out the sea lions and Wyland painting at Pier 39.
There’s also a great area to shop and hang out at the pier.
Stay tuned for Part 2 for my food tips in San Francisco!