Happy Friday! As I mentioned last week, we celebrated our first wedding anniversary with a day “trip” in the city. We live only 20 minutes away from SF, but we don’t often spend much time there! But recently, we’ve made a pact to try to see and explore as much as the city has to offer while we live here. We’re in the process of making ourselves a bucket list of things to see and do and I wanted to start sharing it with y’all here! My goal is that as we check off our own list, I can blog it so that eventually y’all will have a pretty good tour guide compilation here on amybethcampbell.com for if you’re ever visiting the SF Bay Area!
We covered a lot of territory, but of course there is so much to do and see in the city. Here’s what we checked off this round!
The photo below is a blogger fave… meaning that it seems like anytime any blogger is in SF, she takes a picture in front of this cheeky sign! Note: I don’t support their innuendo here!!! Y’all, the only thing I bake is cake mix from a box and my face with translucent powder (it’s a makeup trick). Just want to make that clear! Anyways, because the sign is pink and neon fabulousness, of course I needed a shot of my own. So what’s the deal beyond the sign? Mr. Holmes is actually this tiny little bake shop with crazy delish and decadent baked goods. If you go during prime time weekend hours, except to wait in line for at least an hour! Especially for their coveted “cruffin”. Because we went later in the day to avoid the crowds, I didn’t get one myself. But, I did get this ridiculous mint chocolate chip creme filled donut. Oh my word y’all. Absurdly yummy, but so rich! It’s definitely worth a stop for an afternoon pick me up to share, and for the token photo, of course.
The Painted Ladies
Can y’all believe this was my first time seeing them in person?? I was born and raised 30-45 minutes away from this city and I’ve never done it. Well, I’m so glad we did! They’re fun to see in person, especially if you grew up watching Full House. The location, across from Alamo Square Park, also has fun views of the city. Just beware: they’re currently re-doing the park and it’s a fenced off dusty dirt zone! Seeing so many tourists while we were there made me so sad that it was in this state! I’m not sure when their date of completion is, but just be warned that if you go anytime soon you’ll have to skip the picnic in the park.
Drooling over houses in Alta Plaza Park
Bless my husband for his patience with me and stalking other people’s homes! This is by far my favorite thing to do in any city, especially SF where the real estate is so unique and charming! This area of Pacific Heights is all emoji heart eye worthy! It’s so fun to see all the unique details on the homes (marble, gold, shutters, Bougainvillea, topiaries, etc.) and get a peek into why SF is such a coveted place to live. Sure, it’s ridiculously expensive, but after a day walking around here (especially if you hit perfect weather like we did), you can see why those with mega bucks choose SF as the city they call home.
Walking Across the Golden Gate Bridge
Again, this is something I had never done before! Embarrassing, but true. It was so fun to be able to do it with my husband, hand in hand! And again, hitting perfect weather made it really enjoyable. It’s soooo windy, even on a “good day” in SF, so I honestly wouldn’t enjoy it as much if it was actually foggy and cold. But if you can luck out with some sun, gosh… it is worth it! If you hate heights (like me), just be aware that once you actually do get on the bridge and look over, it does make you realize how big and high it actually is! We only lasted walking half way and then walked back. But the view was pretty spectacular! And if you’re not into walking the actual bridge, the trail up to the walk has great views too, as seen below. There are also so many charming little old military houses that are also fun to see!
That’s a wrap, for now. Again, there is so much to see and do in the city, but hopefully my own experiences are helpful to y’all! As always, feel free to reach out with any questions about the Bay Area (spots to see, places to eat and drink, etc.) and I’d be so glad to pass along any recommendations!
Wishing y’all a happy weekend that hopefully involves some good weather and exploring of your own!
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