Cliffs and Cable Cars
November 15, 2010
What a weekend! I haven’t seen such amazing weather on a visit to the City by the Bay in a long time. 79 degrees and perfect! Short sleeves and no sweater in San Fran? Rare indeed! What a great time we had playing tour guide for the in-laws. Here is the gorgeous view from atop Fort Scott, looking towards the Marin headlands.
On a beautiful day in San Francisco, it’s fun to take a driving tour past famous stops like the Palace of Fine Arts or Coit Tower. Personally, I love to drive the neighborhoods and admire all the painted Victorians!
Gorgeous, aren’t they?
My kids have never been on a cable car, so we hopped on one just to catch a few glimpses of the more famous stops.
Here’s the famous Grace Cathedral:
For lunch, we dined at one of my favorite places to eat in the state ~ the Cliff House! Perched on a bluff next to Ocean Beach overlooking the mighty Pacific, the Cliff House is always a treat for the San Francisco local or traveler. Often you’ll see seals frolicking in the surf, and if you’re lucky, a blue whale!
The Cliff House has an amazing history dating back to 1863. It burned down twice, then went through a series of remodels over time, including some funky facades in the fifties and seventies. It was finally restored in 2004 to its original white glory, and is always worth a visit.
We only go about once a year because the Cliff House is pricey, but on a clear day, and especially when the in-laws are treating, we indulge. If you’re in the mood for crab, and it’s crab season, and you’re in San Francisco, this is one place to splurge.
Downstairs is the swankier Sutro’s ~ I love this amazing blue glass tile!
For lunch, we ate at the more informal Bistro upstairs, filled with boisterous conversation and fantastic lunch fare. All over the walls, you’ll find all kinds of nostalgia. How cute are these sweethearts, unaware I’m snapping pics!
I love these vintage prints you’ll find on some of the walls. I believe they’re printed on wood slats, wouldn’t they be perfect in any room where you want a beach vibe?
Other family members couldn’t resist other popular crab dishes. Poached eggs with crab? Yep. Crab Louis? Yes, please. Crab, crab, and more decadent crab !!
There is one universal truth in my world: there is no such thing as too much crab.
The food is superb at the Cliff House, but the real appeal, and the reason we take two hours for lunch, is the stunning view.
I highly recommend the Cliff House on your next visit to San Francisco!
Want to see some other sights? Here’s a few other tours of San Francisco. The Palace of Fine Arts and Ghirardelli Square; the Ferry Building Marketplace; Christmas in SF and a tour through Chinatown; and Fisherman’s Wharf and Fleet Week.
Coming up next, a charming little dresser revamp in the perfect shade of blue gray!