During our stay in San Francisco, we wanted to be sure we spent a good deal of time exploring and getting a bit lost. It was easy to eat and drink our way around the city, but we wanted to be sure we enjoyed the urban sprawl around us. For Part 2 of our 24 Hours In San Francisco story I wanted share a bit about where we stayed and what we saw along our walks.
We read the blogs and made our plans including a reservation at the beautiful Hotel Majestic. We checked into the hotel around 12 noon and were graciously given a free upgrade (always ask!). The room was elegant and made us feel as if we stepped back into another era. I love turn of the century design and our suite gave me all the 20th century decadence I was hoping for in a historic SF hotel. It was also perfectly situated in SF's Pacific Heights district which put us about 15 minutes away from many of the sites we planned to see.
We set off on Sunday in search of the stores of Cow Hollow. Union street boasted a lot of the eateries we planned to dine in (read more on where we At and Drank here!) and so we started our walk in that direction.
Having allotted enough time for extensive wondering, we enjoyed stopping along each side street to take photos of the classic SF town homes and slanted streets. This day in the city felt a lot less rushed than our last and I was grateful to have the time and a relatively empty neighborhood through which to roam. SF has such beautiful architecture and it was fun to imagine how we would design the inside of one of these historic homes.
After enjoying our lunch, we made our way down Union street to The Bud Stop. We added this street-side floral shop to our list after seeing the photos on Julia's blog here. Although we wanted to curate our own bouquet, the shop's signature product, we unfortunately new the long drive home to LA wouldn't be the best for fresh buds. It was still fun to browse the gorgeous blooms and had we been staying longer, we likely would have taken a bundle for our hotel suite.
One cannot wonder the hill tops of SF without stopping to see the famous row homes of Alamo Square. I had always wanted to visit this tourist destination as the facades of beautiful homes have always been of interest to me. Jeff and I climbed up the steps to the top and gazed at "Postcard Row" located on Steiner Street between Hayes and Grove. The sun was warm on our faces and the view of the city beyond the Row otherwise known as The Painted Ladies was breathtaking. We sat on the hillside and rested our weary feet. Before we knew it we were lulled into the best naps which lasted an hour. I could always fall asleep to the ambient sounds of the city and to be surrounded by such a gorgeous urban landscape...well consider it my heaven.
We eventually found ourselves in SF's Hayes Valley district which offered up some cool street art compared to Cow Hollow's chic boutiques. We stumbled into a very cool Warby Parker and snapped some photos in their front lounge. After taking a spin through Miette's confectionary we walked towards downtown and found ourselves in the backyard of SF's titanic City Hall. I had no idea how expansive the city hall campus is. Jeff and I took it all in as we walked between the various civic centers, museums and the symphony hall. After reading about the San Francisco fire and the city's subsequent rebirth, I was grateful to gaze at this monument which has become a testament to SF's strength and character.
We then wondered down Market Street for a bit before realizing we had stumbled upon 6th street, a rougher area of the city. We called an Uber which took us back up the hill towards our hotel.
All in all our day of exploring was a total success and I have already ear marked some spots for our next trip! I would love to read your SF recommedations in the comments below!
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