A rainy San Francisco Saturday.

Don’t you just love a cozy rainy day? It’s finally raining here in California, so we’re all celebrating.

Josh took the kids up to Tahoe for some snowboarding (he and the kids love the snow) and I stayed behind to have an awesomely relaxing weekend by myself (I hate the snow). Just for fun, my friend Hottie and I decided to be tourists in our own city, and have an adventure in San Francisco. We booked a room at the Argonaut, a Kimpton property (yay!), and spent the day bopping around town.

We started in Hayes Valley, where we grabbed gourmet mini pizzas from Casey’s.

casey's pizza

There are lots of food trucks sprinkled around San Francisco, and this spot in Hayes Valley is a good one. It’s close to all kinds of unique shops and restaurants.

hayes valley pizza

photo by Matt Caulfield

Look at these cuties we met in line!

matt caulfield and his friend

We window shopped for awhile before stopping into Shulzie’s Bread Pudding. They’ve got 108 flavors, so if you are a bread pudding fan, beware. 😉 My favorites were the Maple Bacon and the Caramel Charisma.

bread puddings

Then it was time to check in to the Argonaut. It really is right on Fisherman’s Wharf.

fisherman's wharf

It’s also close to a cable car turnaround. If you want to hop on for a ride, you can buy a one-way ticket for $5, or a one-day pass for $13. The cable cars are a fun way to get from place to place if you are just hanging out in the city and don’t need to move quickly.

cable cars

Fisherman’s Wharf is also right next to Ghirardelli Square (very touristy, but it can be a fun place to grab a cup of coffee…or a chocolate bar).

ghirardelli square

After enjoying the famous Kimpton Happy Hour, we caught a Lyft ride to Union Square. Macy’s is open late on Saturday nights, so we stayed until they kicked us out. I have pictures but you don’t want to see them.

Finally, we met a friend at The Cavalier for late-night drinks and dinner. The menu of gourmet British cuisine was perfect for a cold, wet evening.

Another Lyft ride got us back to the Argonaut in minutes. Perfect.

Our day felt like such a getaway. I can’t wait to do this again!

Do you ever vacation in your own city? What kinds of things do you do?



  1. I think staycations are a wonderful idea and don’t engage often enough! A few months ago I took a long weekend on the other side of the island, for a half marathon. It was great fun staying in a fancy hotel, lounging at the pool with adult drinks, eating out and playing the role of tourist.

    BTW it’s rainy here in the islands too, hoping it continues east to CA for ya. Great day to stay inside, turn on the fireplace and cook something yummy!

  2. We are “just” down the road in Vacaville and play tourist at the beginning and end of Giants season. Stay in a hotel and enjoy all San Francisco has to offer. I LOVE bread pudding and will be trying this. It looks like they serve it cold, as it should be. This trip we will be visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum.

    Thanks for your blog. Fun to read, lots to learn.

  3. Like you, I’m not a big fan of snow . Sadly we had 11 inches saturday, so I had to shovel the stairs and walkway a couple times.

  4. Traffic was surprisingly light yesterday and the rain wasn’t heavy at all. I don’t remember the last time I drove off 101 onto Mission street without any traffic! It was a nice rainy cold day, I took the kids to the Chinese New Year performance by the SF symphony and then dinner at Jardiere right across from Davis Symphony Hall. Wish it was that easy each time we get into the city!

  5. Points Pixie says

    Rebecca – Wow, your island staycation sounds like most people’s dream vacation! 🙂

    Cyndi – That sounds fun! You are right – many of the bread puddings were served cold (they also had a selection of hot choices). So glad you like my blog! Thank you.

    Andrew – UGH

    Sharon – Great ideas. I will have to try that with my kids!

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