Wednesday, December 21, 2011

San Francisco: Round 1


Somehow I have a bunch of San Francisco to blog about, despite the fact I was only in the city for two days. I guess that's what happens when you're in a magical city around the holidays!


I traveled up north with my parents who have somehow never been to SF and the first night that we arrived we headed to Top of the Mark per the suggestion of Mayra from life is BANANAS. Thanks, girl. Perfect place to take in the city and get amazing views! Located on the 19th floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel, you can see all of SF. It's quite the sight. We got there just in time for sunset so it was perfect. Although there are no meals offered there are some pretty tasty appetizers, along with a martini list boasting over 100 concoctions. I ordered the heirloom tomatoes (buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil) and loved it. I highly recommend you pay Top of the Mark a visit should you ever find yourself in San Francisco.


The next morning we were up bright and early to hop on our City By the Bay Tours bus. Another activity I suggest you partake in. We were lucky to have the tour to ourselves, expect for one other passenger. Not only did we get an intimate tour that covered almost the entire city, we were also pleased with the drivers' knowledge and personality. He made the experience really enjoyable! Here are a few photos that we snapped over the course of our nearly four hour tour:


Come back tomorrow for my Round 2 recap!

24 comments:

Lyndsay said...

I love San Francisco! I was there in June so your pictures are bringing back great memories. I'm sure it was beautiful this time of year since places are decorated.

Lauren said...

I've always wanted to go to San Fran - ever since Full House haha. :)

Superficial Sanctuary said...

These photos are so awesome! I have never been to San Fran but your photos make me want to go even more now! Love the holiday pictures, very festive!

Leesh said...

Those two Christmas photos from Macy's are beautiful. I really like Christmas lights.

Whenever I go to a new city, I have to take a city bus tour. It's a great way to learn about the city.

The City Boy said...

looks so fun! Their christmas tree and macy's my be giving ours a run for its money :)

Christina said...

I love taking city tours! I think it's the fastest and easiest way to see most of the places you want to see and I've never experienced a bad tour guide. Great photos! The one of the bridge could be a post card!

And I LOVE your new header. So cute!

Oh to Be a Muse said...

i'll be in San Fran for NYE so i'll have to stop by Top of the Mark!

Christianna said...

Oh man , I'm usually in SF near Christmas time, and this really makes me miss it! I'm so glad that you guys had so much fun! Plus these pictures are amazing! Good job!

P.S. I'm digging your new header!

Meg {henninglove} said...

wow SF is decorated so pretty! i love that city so much fun and plenty to do. looking forward to more recaps!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

San Fran is such a fun city. Beautiful pics!

Steph said...

Awww I wish I woulda known you'd be in my city! We coulda met up for some coffee! Glad you guys had a great time! Come back soon :)

bananas. said...

FOUR HOURS?! wowie...that's a long tour! no doubt entertaining, i'm sure, since it is san francisco.

glad you enjoyed yourself at top of the mark. the views there are stunning!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

oh wow..so pretty!

Josie said...

I love the Painted Ladies!
xo Josie
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Annemarie @ Brunch at Saks said...

Your trip looks like it was so much fun, Leeann! Gorgeous photos! xo

jessica said...

Looks like SO much fun! Love your images!

Brianna said...

SF looks like so much fun, especially this time of year! I haven't been in YEARS, I need to get back there soon ;) Can't wait to see the rest!!

Katie {Party of Four} said...

Looks like fun! Im a new follower.

the lovebirds said...

thanks for your sweet comment! I was JUST in the city a couple days ago, and i wish i would have known about this! xoxo

Alyson said...

wow, so gorgeous... and delicious! the tree is SO pretty.

undomestic chica said...

You got such great pics. And that Macy's is amazing!

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Love this city so much!!! Miss it now more often than I thought I would... :) Soooooo need to go back now.

xox

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I seriously loved getting to see all of your photos of SF! That town is my fav!

Jules said...

I was looking at all of your pretty photos on Instagram and it made me want to visit San Francisco badly. Top of the Mark looks like it has some incredible views and it sounds like the perfect place to go for drinks and lite bites.

That's so great you guys basically had the tour to yourselves. It's always nice when you have a good guide as well. The photo you took of the Golden Gate Bridge looks like art!