It has taken much longer than expected to document our honeymoon (er…it was back in November), but as long as you are still enjoying the posts, I will continue! Here are the first two installments:
The third morning of our trip brought us to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf!
We explored the area for a while before our scheduled bike tour. I immediately zeroed in on the Boudin Bakery and knew we had to go in. Pretty much anything that has a chance of selling delicious breads is a must-see in my book.
It was right before Thanksgiving so there was definitely turkey-shaped sourdough. Plus various sea creatures! I picked up a skim mocha to walk around with and we also snagged a lunch sandwich to share.
Eventually, we headed over to Bay City Bike, where we had a Groupon for a guided tour of the city. Before we knew it we were outfitted with bikes and helmets and out the door! We were on the tour with two other ladies who were having a girl’s weekend.
Our tour guide was GREAT! Full of information and happy to take pictures. We stopped for a photo opp of Coit Tower, which is located on Telegraph Hill.
We also stopped periodically along the beaches en route to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Our tour guide even showed us how to take an optical illusion shot. Look how tall we are.
When we reached the top of the hill before the bridge, we had a gorgeous view looking backward.
Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge was unreal. As a self-professed acrophobe (especially over water), I was surprisingly impressed with myself because I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be. The ride was very peaceful – and gorgeous, too.
We made it to the other side and headed into Sausalito, where our journey ended. All in all, the bike tour was 90 minutes long, great exercise and a phenomenal way to see more of the city. They leave you in Sausalito to explore and then provide you with a ferry ticket back to San Francisco. But since we were staying in Sausalito, we already had a lay of the land and new exactly what we wanted before we went back across the bay – ICE CREAM!
We ventured into Lappert’s and decided on a mint chocolate chip with bubble gum twist!
We also split the sandwich we picked up at Boudin – roast beef with veg. Twas delicious.
We sat in the shop for a while to soak everything in, then decided to take a short walk around town once more. Our time in San Francisco was nearing its end, but there was still a lot to look forward to in Napa!
Along the way, we ran into a man who was literally stacking boulders on top of stones. It was amazing!
Then it was time to bring our bikes to the ferry. We said goodbye to the Inn Above Tide one last time as we floated away. It was fun to travel across the bay by boat instead of driving over it!
We had a gorgeous cityscape to welcome us. I love the architecture of the Trans-Atlantic Pyramid!
We arrived in Fisherman’s Wharf and watched as a few sea lions basked in the sun before packing our things into the car and setting off for the next location on our journey. Along the way, we made a stop at Muir Woods for some late afternoon hiking.
We chose a 2.6-mile path that took us off the main “boardwalk” and into the trees. It was quite exhilarating going up and down the sides of hills and over creeks, all while surrounded by gigantic redwood trees!
By the end of the hike, the sun was setting over the cliff and we were ready to continue on our way. When we arrived in Napa, we checked in at the Silverado Resort, which was an awesome hotel to work with on Twitter before the trip. Very accommodating.
When we got to our room, we were greeted with a special welcome present.
We squealed (ok, I squealed) with delight, unpacked and then headed to a late dinner at Silverado Grill. In honor of the fact that we had made it to Napa, I ordered a glass of the Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon. It was really smooth and wonderful.
The bread basket was devoured, of course.
I decided to start with the soup of the day, which was a hearty black bean. It really hit the spot on a cold evening! (Apologies for the blurry pictures, but there wasn’t much light to work with!)
For dinner, I chose the Grilled Flatbread, with caramelized onions, fresh mozzarella, and pancetta.
It was good! Definitely unlike any other flatbread I’ve had before. The caramelized onions gave it a bit of sweetness, while the pancetta gave it a bit of kick.
Exhausted after our meal and full day of exercise, we headed back to our room and POPPED! the champagne. It was a Brut from Domaine Ste. Michelle and dangerously easy to sip!
A journey to San Francisco ended. A journey to Napa just begun.
Oh, and what a journey it was…but you’ll find out why in the next post.
Question: Have you ever been to a National Park?
Grand Canyon was my first and now Muir Woods is my second. Here’s to many more!