A few months ago my husband won a trip from The Sims 4 to an all expense paid trip to San Francisco. It was the Simify yourself contest in which they picked the person who made their Sim look like themselves. Nate has an awesome gift for this. I don’t know how he does it. With our Wii, he can make Mii’s look exactly like you. It’s creepy!
We went a few weeks ago and it was our first trip alone without the kids. I was scared and excited both at the same time. Unfortunately, right when we got to our gate, my teenager called because my preschooler was in hysterics I was gone. Nothing was soothing her.
My word of advice if leaving a young child for the first time – wake your child up to say goodbye. I made the mistake of leaving while she was asleep. I thought it would be easier. I was so wrong. After that phone call I cried off all my make up and probably looked like a crazy person in the ladies bathroom. I was ready to go home. My husband was really good at making me realize that it’s okay to leave her for a 3 day trip. Plus, grandma has all kinds of fun activities planned. So, off we went! (After that one incident, there were no more tears! She had a great time with grandma and her big brother and sister.)
This is a view of the Rockies from the plane.
Once we arrived in San Francisco, our ride share van took a very long and winding route to Fisherman’s Wharf and dropped us off last. I had visited San Francisco as a teenager and knew enough to request we stay in a hotel right on the Wharf. We were booked at the Sheraton. It was a lovely place with outdoor fires and seating around them. My only complaint is they did not have free WiFi. Who doesn’t have WiFi?
This was the one thing I loved! Those fire pits! The Sheraton is a HUGE hotel that takes up an entire block, but there’s a little road that runs right through the middle. That is where you will find a row of little alcoves of seating, each with its own fire pit. Waiters will come take drink orders as the bar is right inside. It’s lovely out there as right on the wharf is gets rather cold at night.
After check in we were anxious to check out Fisherman’s Wharf. The first thing we did was walk up to Ghiradelli Square. There was this amazing musician playing all kinds of current pop music on an electric violin. We sat down at some outdoor seating to listen. Nate went to a tasting bar and got a glass of wine. I found this cute little cupcake store and got a cupcake, and then there was this fabulous vintage Airstream turned into a food truck. I had fresh lavender lemonade made there. It was heaven!
Then, we were starving! Nate had a friend at work who told him he had to eat at this place — Cioppino’s. They have this amazing San Francisco dish called Cioppino. It’s this wonderful seafood stew. My husband grew up on the coast and LOVES seafood. Me–not so much. Thankfully, this was a great italian place, and I got a delicious plate of spaghetti and meatballs. He loved the ciopppino.
After dinner, we walked back to the hotel, and I had to stop in the Boudin bakery. I will admit right now — I am totally addicted to sourdough bread. I love that stuff. I wanted the buy the whole store!
We went to the bakery and bought a garlic volcano! Their website describes it as “Literally bursting with garlic, this sourdough loaf is the most robustly flavored of all our breads.” I ate a hunk of it in the hotel room. It was amazing!
Our next stop was a tour of The Sims 4 at EA Studios!
Check part 2 of our trip with our visit to EA Studios HERE!