Invoke a bit of 60s magic with our Outfit of the Day featuring our “Perfect Crop Top” in navy, “Haight-Ashbury Palazzo Pants“, and “Druzy Crystal Necklace” in gold. Picture yourself strolling down Haight Street in San Francisco – maybe you stop by “Gallery 683” to check out some tribal art or “The Booksmith” to pick up some literature on Hippie History before you grab a beer and appetizer from “Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery.” No matter where your day takes you – this comfortable and cute outfit will help take you there.
On our last and final day in California we went a bit touristy and hit up some of the landmarks. We started out at Pier 39 so we could catch a ferry to take us on the “Escape from the Rock Cruise“… We wanted to go to Alcatraz Island, but we discovered that tickets sell out weeks in advance because it’s a national park and they only allow 3,000 people on the island daily – so we missed out on that one, but the ferry ride was great, but quite chilly, so bring a jacket! The tour goes under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island twice so you can take pictures while they blast stories from the days of Alacatraz. It’s definitely worth the money if you want to see Alcatraz, but don’t have 5 hors to spare for the tour.
After our cruise we took some time to walk around Pier 39, take pictures, and pick up souvenirs. We also had the chance to view the famous Pier 39 sea lions sun bathing, swimming, and playing in the harbor.
Another tour we (unfortunately) missed out on was the Candlestick Park tour, so we decided to take a ride through the streets of San Francisco and make our way south to Candlestick so we could at least take a few pics… I wanted to see it as the site of The Beatles final concert and my husband as an institution to the sports world.
After decompressing back at the hotel for a few hours we did some research and decided on the “Jackson-Fillmore Trattoria” for dinner. I had the “Ravioli al Pesto Genovese” and Gary had the “Contadino Misto” – After having several bites of his, I highly recommend both. We split the “Fantasia di Cioccolata” for dessert and it was absolutely delicious!
Did I mention that even though the restaurant was only .6 miles from the hotel, .4 miles of it was STRAIGHT uphill? So it goes in San Francisco. I swear, if I lived there I would have one amazing backside! But I digress, though it was fairly rough on the way there, it was all downhill (in a good way) on the way back so we paused to take some photos of San Francisco at night. It was a beautiful way to end our vacation.
Before heading north we had an early lunch at the Sandbar and Grill – needing a bit of protein after my foray into Carmel wine tasting, I opted for the “Chicken Sandwich Monterey” which was beyond delicious and just what I needed. Then, the most magical thing happened… a sea lion SWAM right by our window following a little dingy out of the harbor! It was so amazing and great way to start off the day.
We reconnected on Highway 1 in Tomales Bay where our gas light came on. We pulled in to a “town” and were told that the nearest gas station was about 20 minutes south along our route, while the gas meter said we had 15 miles before empty. Nervously, we started heading south – unable to totally enjoy the beautiful scenery because we were both worried about our car dying on the bending, dipping, rising, winding Highway 1. Not to mention that the bending, dipping, rising, and winding road wasn’t giving us a totally accurate read on our gas meter. The miles clicked down faster and faster and the lack of cell phone signal wasn’t giving us indication of the nearest gas station. We pulled over to let someone behind us go by and by a stroke of luck I was able to pick up enough signal to see that the gas station was 7 miles away, and our current gas meter read was 9 miles to empty, so we went for it… With the AC turned off…. We pulled into a small gas station in Point Reyes with two miles to spare! Whew! Finally we set off again, able to enjoy the beauty of Highway 1 and the quaint little towns along the way. I would love to do a “small towns of Highway 1” on my next trip to the west coast.
Hotel: the Motel Capri was in an amazing location within walking distance to some great restaurants! It was recently remodeled on the inside and clean. There was also a parking lot on premises which was a big selling point. I don’t think the spread at the “Continental Breakfast” could really be considered a “Continental Breakfast” – but if you crave a sugary pastry before walking around all day then it’s “fine”. Also, the location felt very “safe” – we went for a morning run and it was very pleasant. Though we were technically in the “Russian Hill” neighborhood, we were right on the cusp of “Pacific Heights”, “Marina”, and “Fisherman’s Wharf”.
For dinner we went to the Balboa Cafe which was only 2 blocks from our hotel. They had all the sliding doors open to let the breeze in and it was very pleasant. The food was good – not a reinvention of the wheel, but simple and well executed.
Lenny & Eva Piece of the day: “Tell me, what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” with Turquoise Necklace Foundation.