It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a week since we’ve been home from vacation. It’s been a slow week since a lot of my clients have gone back south for the winter but I know extra winter classes will be ramping up very very soon! (Not that I really want to think about winter right now…) Anyway, here’s a fun recap of my favorite things that we did while in California. One of my fabulous clients gave me a list of recommendations and we used Yelp a lot as well.
- Golden Gate Bridge Bike Trip
- Ferry Building Market- This place is fantastic. On Saturdays there is a wonderful farmers market but you can enjoy the shops and food every day of the week. Most things open at 9 a.m. with the exception of a few coffee shops (Blue Bottle Coffee!) When we went the weather was beautiful and it was fun to grab a coffee and some breakfast and sit outside and look at the bay.
- Twin Peaks- This is a fabulous place to drive and watch the sunset if it is not in the fog. If it is foggy you will not see anything but it wasn’t when we went so we got a beautiful view of the sunset. You can drive your car up (there also might be a bus stop nearby) and then hike about 50 feet to the top of the “mountain” and have a great view of the whole city. We brought a picnic but it turns out it’s not really a picnic place and we ate in the car. Go here but skip the picnic.
- Off the Grid Food Trucks Picnic in the Presidio- Best food truck event ever. It’s the only one I’ve ever been to but I think it would be really hard to beat. In the park next to the Walt Disney museum, food trucks and local restaurants set up from 11-4. Bring a blanket, try some food and have fun! We got there around 2:30 and they started to run out of a few things but there was still plenty of food. Get their earlier if you don’t want to be denied a grilled cheese sandwich. They also have beer, wine and other beverages (like frozen mimosas) for sale. Don’t be scared of the lines they moved really quickly.
- Muir Woods- This is a redwood forest right outside the city (about 30 minutes) that we visited on our way up to Tahoe. We almost didn’t stop and man that would have been a mistake. It’s 7$/ person to enter. There are nice paths to walk around and if you really wanted to make a day of it there are some longer, more serious hikes that you can do. We got there early around 10:00 a.m. and there was plenty of parking but by the time we left things were getting crazy. Go early and have a nice look at these GIANT trees!
- Road Bike Around the Lake- This is a 73 mile ride with over 3000 feet of climbing. Oh, and you start at 6000 feet elevation. Yep, I was tired after this one! There’s not a ton of road biking around Lake Tahoe so this is sort of the ride to do. We rented bikes from the Village Ski Loft in Incline, NV and were able to get some nice road bikes similar to what we ride at home. Great views! Apparently the local thing to do is to ride around the lake at night but I don’t get it…
- Sand Harbor Beach- I think this place can get sort of crowded during the summer and on weekends but it was dead when we went there since it was the week after labor day. Crystal clear water and a very cold lake! There’s also a cool boardwalk you can walk along the shore on.
- Campfire on Whale Beach- I forget if this place is called whale beach or nudist beach or maybe it’s not called either of those. Who knows. But we had some local knowledge (my brother in law and his girlfriend) and we were able to have a campfire on this cool beach. I don’t think you’re actually supposed to but it was fun anyway and no one seemed to mind because to get to the beach you have to hike 15 minutes down this giant steep path that’s really hard to find. We grilled some sausages, made s’mores and watched a beautiful sunset!