This past weekend our company invited us to their San Francisco holiday party, and with all expenses paid, we didn’t hesitate to accept the offer of a weekend getaway.
It was a quick trip – only 24 hours spent in the city – but a good one. Because of our limited time, we stuck close to Embarcadero and didn’t venture too far to other parts of San Francisco.
After a holiday party the night before, we opted for a mid-morning flight on Saturday and checked into our hotel – the Hyatt Regency – around lunch time. It’s a quick walk from the BART station, but we were already greeted by the beautiful Christmas decorations put on display by the city. Our hotel was decked out too – with lights and a giant tree and even fake snow falling at different hours throughout the day.
Because we’ve been so busy, we decided to make time for some shopping at Union Square that we’ve been meaning to do. And after stopping by the Ferry Building to pick up a couple additional gifts, we headed to our intimate holiday dinner at The Waterfront Restaurant, where the wine was flowing and several (delicious) courses were brought out to us.
Sunday we had to head to the airport early afternoon, so we woke up early to grab brunch at Trou Normand. It’s a beautiful French restaurant with some really great food. We shared the biscuits and gravy and the french toast -something to satisfy both our savory craving and (collective) sweet tooth.
And we couldn’t leave the city without getting in a quick outdoor ice skating sesh at the Embarcadero Center (blisters and ungracefulness be damned).
It was a fun – albeit too short – trip filled with good food, good shopping, and good city walking. I love visiting cities that are so walkable or easily accessible through public transit; spending time on foot helps me experience a city in a much more personal way. And the cold weather and seasonal decor made all my holiday dreams come true. It’s just a few days away, and it’s safe to say I’m in FULL CHRISTMAS MODE.
Hopping on another plane to Texas tomorrow to visit family, and I can’t wait.
When your hotel bathroom lighting is this good, you take a picture.
So long, SF.