On our way home from vacation in Hawaii, we decided to break up the 20 hours of travel time, with an extra long layover in San Francisco. We love California, so any chance to get some time in the state is a win.
We arrived late at night and headed straight from the airport to the Kimpton Buchanan, which is a charming boutique hotel, centrally located at the intersection of Japantown, the Fillmore and Pacific Heights. With some rest and a night of sleep, we headed out in the morning for a day of exploring. We started with coffee and delicious toast at The Mill, and then we browsed The Perish Trust store just next door, which features so many beautiful homegoods and heirlooms created by local crafters. After breakfast we made our way to Alamo Square for the quintessential view of the city, including the Painted Ladies Victorian homes.
Once we were finished at Alamo Square we walked down (the sometimes very steep) Broderick Street toward the coast, admiring the views at the top of hills and the homes along the way. Finally, we made our way to the iconic Palace of Fine Arts Theater; we paused to admire the rotunda, colonnades, and peaceful lagoon. Once we soaked it all in, we headed across the street to Chrissy Fields, for views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. (Worth noting is the impressive LEED Platinum Chrissy Field Center, which is aiming to move to net zero power consumption.) After Chrissy Fields, we walked along Marina Boulevard, eventually making our way to Filmore Street for window shopping. After an enjoyable lunch at The Grove, we headed back to the airport for our final leg of the trip home.