I left my heart in San Francisco

There’s been a lot of holiday talk in the office lately what with it being summer n’ all and it’s got me thinking (as if I ever stopped) about my holiday to San Francisco last year.

Before I went there I put up a Facebook message saying we’d booked our flights and I was absolutely inundated with friends who wrote me essay after essay telling me just how wonderful it was and giving me tips on ‘must sees’. Really? I though. It’s THAT good? Well, I’ll tell you something, it really IS that good.

So what is it about holidays to San Francisco that make a person drift off into a day dream everytime it’s mentioned?

The chill out factor

I went to SF after a long time with no holiday. A few hours after we arrived we were in a Speakeasy cocktail bar and it set the pace for our holiday. Relaxation was the key and in my opinion there is no better place than this. We wandered round parks, up round North Beach (and stopped in just one or two cafes), out to Japan town and Golden Gate Park to have tea in a Japanese garden.

The wow factor

There are just so many things to do in SF; from Alcatraz to Coit Tower to Pier 39 and the Presidio – you can see anything and everything and pretty much walk all over without feeling a thing! I could easily go back and stay solely in SF and still not see everything there is to see.

The surrounding area

Another thing I love is how much there is to see and do in just a short drive from SF. Two hours east you have Lake Tahoe (for canoeing, walking, skiing and gambling). A short drive north is the Napa Valley and Sonoma for wine tasting. If you fancy a longer but completely breathtaking route there is Highway 1 along the Big Sur a few hours south.

We were in SF for 5 days in total and it wasn’t enough. I’d go back in an instant and do the exact same trip all over again (Yosemite being a whole other story – I’d move there if I could!) So to anyone thinking about San Francisco for a holiday I only have this to say:

Go. And if you don’t leave your heart there I’ll eat my hat.