Finally, finally took a trip to San Francisco to visit my brother and his partner David. What a fantastic experience.
Besides checking out the historic Castro & Mission districts, we took a specular day trip to Sausalito, and another full day up in wine country outside of Healdsburg. We got lost in Silicon Valley, walked by Zynga, Twitter, and the other tech hubs, and found some delicious San Francisco breweries to sample. A big trip!
We’ll start with The Castro. For the uninitiated, “The Castro” is the LGBTQ headquarters of San Francisco (which could be the LGBTQ headquarters of the United States), and I was proud to visit my brother and his partner’s beautiful home in the heart of it all. Besides enjoying some of the most delicious food around, I really enjoyed getting immersed in the culture. Between enjoying cocktails at the top bars in the area, going to a drag show, and everything in between, Ali and I had a wonderful time walking around this historic area. The Castro was one of the first places that a non-hetero individual could simply be themselves without being ridiculed or persecuted (this is where Harvey Milk stood his ground). You can tell the amount of pride (no pun intended) everyone in this area has for their home.
Outside of The Castro, Ali and I ventured around, finding beautiful street art, delicious coffee shops, and other sights. We stopped by the Painted Ladies, which were made famous by Full House. Went to museums, got lost in the Mission District, and all in all had a wonderful experience.
The Ferry Building is a food explosion, and I had some of the best pork buns of my life. We ferried over past Alcatraz to Sausalito, which may be the perfect little town. It’s rife with food, healthy people, and culture.
Last and best, we ventured out through the Russian River Valley to Sonoma and Healdsburg, where my sister and her husband are building their dream home on a spectacular property in the rolling vineyards of Sonoma. It was unbelievable. They really need to hurry it up so I can come be a farmer on their property, and that’s all I have to say about that.
I can see why San Francisco and the surrounding areas have the most absurd real estate prices in the country. It’s loaded on culture, food, activities, wine, and music. It’s the perfect place to live (if you’re a decamillionaire).