Our Trip to San Francisco!

A few weeks ago, we went on an amazing trip to San Francisco. Between traveling for work, visiting Raleigh for a 5k and moving, I haven’t had the time to share until now.

We stayed in the Financial District, right on the border of Chinatown. We had an amazing time exploring the area including having a lunch at the Oriental Pearl (as recommended by Racheal Ray) and got breakfast pastries at the Golden Gate Bakery (as recommended by Sean’s friend.) Both were delicious.
Chinese Food in China Town
Chinese Pastry
Near Chinatown is Little Italy, where we ate dinner at The Stinking Rose, an amazing “garlic restaurant” with fabulous food and really neat decor. Don’t go here with someone you aren’t really close to, because your breath will drive them away.
The Stinking Rose, Little Italy
We travelled by cable car to Fishermans Wharf where we had two lunches (in one day!) The first was a chowder sampler (Classic New England, Shrimp and Red Pepper, and Crab and Corn Chowder) from the Blue Mermaid, served with fresh sour dough bread. It was SO YUMMY!!!
Chowder Sampler, Blue Mermaid
We also stopped in Boudins for their world famous sour dough sandwiches- we split a turkey and havarti toasted beauty.
Boudin's sourdough
Of course, we did more than eat. We were lucky enough to visit tons of awesome places while we were there. Look below to check out a slide show of our amazing adventure.

On our first day, we wandered the streets and checked out all of Chinatown, downtown, the river, AT&T Park (the day before the now World Series champion Giants started their playoff run!) and more.

Our second day was incredible. After getting our chowder sampler and visiting the Ghirardelli chocolate factory, we hoped on a ferry to Alcatraz. Before we even got to the island, we were lucky enough to witness jet planes practicing tricks over our head in preparation for Fleet Week. We had planes doing spin dives right over our heads! Alcatraz itself was incredible. Their audio tour shows you first hand everything about the history of the prison. You really get an incredible perspective of what life was like for the prisoners.

Alcatraz Island - Charleston Crafted

Our third day offered us some of the most incredible sites we had ever witnessed. Sean’s friend had recently moved to San Francisco and he was nice enough to volunteer his day (and car!) to drive us around to look at sights. We started out going over the Golden Gate Bridge and driving to Muir Woods National Monument to see the Redwoods. This forest was unlike anything we have ever seen. No trees on the east coast compare to these. We had a great time taking pictures inside the trees.

Muir Woods - Charleston Crafted

From here, we drove to Sausalito for lunch at a great little bakery where Sean ran into a friend of his he graduated with in high school (how small of a world is it??).  After this, we drove to the Twin Peaks and saw the city from yet another angle.

We also went to Golden Gate Park and walked around the gardens and saw amazing dahlias, my new favorite flower.

Our trip was incredible. Can’t wait to go back! We could go for an entire week and do so much more! Check out all of our pics below!

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Have you travelled recently? Dream of going anywhere? We can’t wait to decide where to go next!

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