Having been born and raised in the Bay Area, I’ve taken the culture and beauty of San Francisco for granted. I have become accustomed to tourists blocking the sidewalks of Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf to capture a family picture and have learned to avoid these tourist-filled attractions. In doing so, I lost sight of what makes San Francisco so unique.
When three of my friends decided to come up to San Francisco for Valentine’s Day weekend, I was excited and a little bit overwhelmed. To be honest, I didn’t know where to take them or what to do. They were only here for two days so I wanted to pack as much in as I could. I wanted there to be a nice balance between good food, famous tourist spots, and an epic night out in San Francisco.
My friends arrived Friday night and after a nice sushi dinner, I whisked them off to their hotel in Union Square, but not before a quick pit stop at Twin Peaks.
Saturday was when the fun began. First stop was brunch at Oola in SOMA. They had traditional brunch options such as Eggs Benedict, but also some unique spins on classic brunch dishes, such as Waffles and Chicken Nuggets and Nutella Filled French Toast. Can you guess which one I chose? They also have bottomless mimosas for $22, which seems pretty steep for a champagne flute of orange juice and champagne, but after four of these, it seemed like a good decision.
After our boozy brunch, we headed over to The Ferry Building and walked to Pier 39 because who can resist Trish’s Donuts, am I right? After downing a bucket of mini powdered-sugar donuts, it was time to head back to our hotel and get ready for dinner. The rest of the night was spent eating and drinking and catching up. I didn’t take any photos at night because nobody likes flash in a dim-lit environment.
Sunday was all about the Golden Gate Bridge.
After being up close and personal with the bridge I brought them to Lands End where you see the bridge from afar. We also briefly walked around the Legion of Honor Museum.
Finally, we decided to take a scenic route that went through the Sutro Baths and Sea Cliff. We got stuck in traffic on our way to Highway 1 to get to SFO, but we got to experience the sunset in my car.
My friends honestly could not have picked a better weekend to come visit San Francisco because it was in the high 70’s for the entire weekend. It was a great weekend to just walk around and rediscover the city I grew up in.