three perfect days with kids in san francisco
Every fall we have a Thursday and Friday off for teacher conferences. That adds up to a great 4 day weekend! I decided to hire a Virtuoso advisor and chose Courtney Regan who had strong reviews and was located in SF. She was awesome to work with and gave me three good hotel options to consider. We moved ahead with a 2 bedroom apartment at the Fairmont Heritage Place in Ghiradelli Square. It was a dream set up with my mom having her own room and full bathroom, my daughter and I in another room and my boys in the large family room on the sleeper sofa and blow up bed. The location was awesome too- walkability to so much, but not in a crowded or loud spot.
Since we did so much, I will give you the highlights. I also left many reviews on Trip Advisor if you want even my mediocre reviews.
Being that we were in Ghiradelli Square, we went and had sundaes right away! A must. Then, we went to a hole in the wall in Chinatown – Golden Gate Fortune Cookies – where they make fortune cookies. This is less than a 5 minute visit but I think my kids will remember how a fortune cookie is made forever. From there, we walked up to Nob Hill Café– which is an old favorite place I went when I worked out there. The food was still awesome and the pizzas are yummy for takeout! Our hotel offered an awesome amenity of using a hotel car within 2 miles of the Fairmont. Lucky for us, the driver was willing to drive us down Lombard Street on the way back- which is the best way to experience it if you can! My kids liked it a lot.
Our hotel arranged for Enterprise to drop off a car for us to use that day. We got an early start and crossed the bridge to stop at Vista Point for pictures. Then onto Muir Woods which I really wished I had remembered my travel stroller! We were trying to meet one of my high school friends there with her kids and NOTE- there is no cell service anywhere close to Muir Woods! So, keep that in mind if you try to meet up with someone- arrange everything ahead of time. Also, they are not kidding when they say the lot fills early. We got there when it opened and got a spot easily. When we left, there were cars parked over a mile away! It was totally worth seeing and I loved our visit there. We grabbed lunch in Sausalito and then drove back to SF to get on the Fire Engine Tour- I am not a tour person but decided since it was only an hour, we should do it! My kids made me laugh about this as I picked this tour for them- I thought they would love it and reviews were strong. Well, my 7 year old feel asleep on the bench as soon as we were 10 minutes away and my 9 year old cracked me and my mom up with the looks on his face when our tour guide could not.stop.talking. I still gave this a good review as crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in an open air truck is something I will remember forever. We carried in Chinese food that night on our hotel terrace which overlooked the bay. Another reason to book that hotel!
Early Saturday morning, we hopped on the cable car from Fisherman’s Wharf all the way to market Street where it ends. The kids loved it. Then, my mom and I went to the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market which was listed as the #1 thing to do in SF! Talk about beautiful food and amazing vendors, etc. We LOVED it. We were fortunate my sitter from Colorado just moved to San Francisco so she watched the kids during this time. It would have been harder to navigate with them in tow. In the afternoon, our sitter took my boys to the San Francisco Magic Show – which my kids LOVED and even my sitter said she could not figure out how this guy did his tricks. I bought my tix half price from Gold Star. Later that night, my mom and I ate at Coqueta– a delicious tapas restaurant on the water. I booked these reservations 2 months ahead of time on Opentable.
With our hotel offering a private car, we did not need public transportation often. When we did, we used Uber which was very good. There are still things I had on our list that we didn’t get to- like the Exploratorium and exploring the city more- but we will be back! If you have any suggestions, please let me know!