Our week long trip to San Francisco has officially come to a close and I am back to the grind in DC. The "End of Vacation" depression is starting to sink in, so in an effort to keep that sad feeling at bay I wanted to share one last San Francisco post with you all. While our trip was certainly action packed (Trip to Napa and Cheesescaping), one day that I especially loved was my birthday. No, I didn't love the day because it was my birthday, that was merely a bonus to the day. Rather, I loved the day because of all of the fun events and adventures my husband and I experienced with my sister and brother-in-law.
On Saturday morning I woke up to find my husband delivering the family Breakfast in Bed tray complete with the travel birthday crown and a delicious cup of coffee from Cafe St. Jorge (a local place in the Mission District). After enjoying a tasty breakfast, and receiving a very special piece of hardware from my husband, we all got dressed and headed out for a hike near Palo Alto at the Purisma Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve. This was a beautiful trail that gave us the opportunity to see real California Redwoods (when in Rome/Northern California…Redwood viewing is a must!). The hiking trail was located less than 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean, which made it a slightly cold and misty (ie. perfect hiking weather!). It was amazing to see how quickly the weather changed after our hike as we ventured further away from the Pacific Ocean, down to Buck's of Woodside for lunch.
Buck's of Woodside was a fabulous lunch spot. This casual restaurant served delicious food that catered to all sorts of diets (Healthy, Indulgent, Gluten Free, etc.). In addition to the delicious food, the highlight of Buck's was horse parking out front. Yes, that's right, HORSE Parking! Horseback riding is quite popular in the town of Woodside, so Buck's has found a way to accommodate those riders who want to stop by for a bite before/during/after their horse rides.
Dinner at Parallel 37 was quite the experience. Upon arriving, the host escorted us to our seats and delivered a round of complementary Birthday Champagne for the table. Dinner was a 4 course prefix with 3 options to choose from per course, and a wine pairing served with each dish. I have to say that one of my favorite dishes in terms of presentation, was the bread and butter course. I know that sounds crazy, but I have never had 4 different butters/oils/salts served so extravagantly. The entire evening was nothing short of spectacular.
My 30th birthday was absolute perfection. Breakfast in bed, a little orange box, hiking near Palo Alto, visiting Woodside and of course dinner at Parallel 37, were all individually wonderful moments, and to have them all occurring on the same day was more than I could have ever imagined for this special milestone birthday. If you have the chance to visit San Francisco in the future, I highly recommend trying any of the activities mentioned in today's post. The restaurants, locations and hiking are all great ways to experience California.
A huge thank you to my sister and brother-in-law, who showed us such a wonderful and truly memorable time in San Francisco. And of course an even bigger thank you to my husband, for always being so thoughtful, generous and unconditionally loving.