My hometown is only a few hours from The City so I've visited quite often. My great-aunt lived there after moving from France, and I can remember sipping liqueur and going to the Opera house with her. She knew where to find the best Dim Sum and the most beautiful fabric, but this trip, the city seemed very different to me. I had the opportunity to visit multiple different neighborhoods that I had never been to before and I stayed in a hotel I'd never stayed before. Plus, it was the first time I got to experience the city with my now adult sister!
We stayed at the Clift Hotel in the tenderloin district. I had mixed feelings about this because the tenderloin isn't exactly a place you'd want to be tendered nor loined, but the hotel is located so close to Union Square that we had absolutely nothing to worry about.
I can't recommend the Clift enough, the staff was so friendly and welcoming and it is located very close to some amazing shopping. When we arrived, the bellmen made sure we had ice and flutes for our champagne! Also, at night the entrance and elevators are patrolled by security, so you feel very safe. Their toiletries are MALIN + GOETZ, and the decor is simply stunning. I was disappointed we didn't get to experience their lounge, but if you have the chance, I would encourage you to stop in for a drink; it's famous and has been around since the 40's.
Even though we didn't get to visit their lounge, we did get to visit the Starlight Room atop the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Think classic Hollywood lounge with clothed tables and great music. It was one of the most fun nights I think I've ever had.
We also visited Union Street which was apparently the hip place to be, according to the Lulu Lemon-ed girls, and rolled pant guys. We had lunch at The Brixton, then shopped around the little boutiques. The cutest boutique I found was a paper shop located at the end of the alley. Tucked behind a gorgeous courtyard, Union Street Papery was the perfect place to shop or sit with a cup of tea. The shop itself was full to the brim with cuteness - even miniature party balloons. No, it doesn't get cuter than that.
Runner up in the cuteness department was The Bud Stop. A classic flower market set on Union Street. The owner said she always loved the flower shops in downtown San Francisco and was appalled that they never made their way into the neighborhoods, she decided to change that when she opened The Bud Stop.
We ended the weekend with Cronuts from Posh Bagel, and brunch at The Garden Court in The Palace Hotel. If you're looking for a classic and iconic brunch this is the perfect spot. They served green tea chicken and waffles and the most beautiful french toast I've ever seen! I sipped a glass of champagne, enjoyed the live band, and reminisced over our lovely weekend.
Although I was sad to come home, I was also so happy to get back into my comfort zone. It's so funny how a few days away from home can make you miss the normal day to day things, like the coffee pot beeping, dog wanting to be let out, and Fixer Upper reruns. I hope you enjoyed my San Francisco rambling, because I will be doing a second post all about the dress hunt tomorrow!