Weekend in San Francisco Part 1

This past weekend we went to San Francisco for a mini getaway, as a family. It was our first trip with a toddler, so I didn’t have high expectations for how much we would be able to see of the city. But I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised at all we were able to do. So much so, that I decided to break up our weekend recap in two posts. For now, here is part 1 of our weekend in San Francisco.

Parc 55

One of the best decisions we made was in choosing our hotel. We stayed at Parc 55, a Hilton Hotel in Union Square and it really became our home for a few days.

A suite made it easier for us to put the baby down for the night, but still have an evening to ourselves. We indulged in wine and chocolate covered strawberries and sat out on the balcony, which overlooked the entire city.  ( If you follow me on Inta Stories, you probably caught us watching the sunrise and the sunset from our room!)

Having a suite also gave baby FLO room to practice his walking. But, one of the best perks was having a buffet breakfast each morning. It was such a stress reliever to not think about where to head for breakfast with a toddler. All we had to do was go downstairs and enjoy a hot breakfast.

Parc 55, Hilton, travel

Few things I would definitely recommend is staying at hotel that allows you to easily maneuver around the city, offers early-bird breakfast, has large suites and beautiful views, so when you turn in for the night earlier because of a toddler, it still feels luxurious!

Once we landed we headed to Fisherman’s Wharf, to eat some seafood, look at Alcatraz from the pier and just simply walk around and tourist for a bit.

My GuiltySole sneaks were perfect for walking around, but still feeling like I wasn’t in athleisure mom wear, know what I mean?

We then drove over to the Golden Gate Bridge, and snuck in a few photos while baby FLO napped.

Weekend in San Francisco Part 1 e

Another great perk of the hotel was its flagship restaurant, Kin Khao. We’re not usually the type of people that eat at a hotel restaurant. But, when a hotel has a restaurant that was named Best New Restaurant in US and has a Michelin Star, we make an exception. Ha!

Kin Khao was an incredible experience. Although, I felt a little guilty for bringing baby FLO, who wasn’t so polite or careful while shoveling sticky rice into his mouth. But, I have never seen him eat that much rice. I will probably take a month or two from even making rice at home, because their rice was the best I’ve ever tasted, and that’s not even the best part of our meal. The grilled squid, the fish curry paste pictured above, were out of this world. Ah-mazing!

If you’re in San Francisco, I definitely recommend putting this place on your list. I’m excited to cross this city off of mine. Though, I have a feeling we’ll be back!

What are some of your bucket list destinations?

 

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27 Comments

  • Reply Weekend in San Francisco Part 2 - ...besos, Alina May 2, 2017 at 3:00 AM

    […] We were actually in San Francisco to get visas, as we are thinking of spending Christmas in Venezuela, with Mauricio’s extended family. To make sure we could get everything handled before the weekend, we left on Thursday, and left Friday for cushion. We were also super tourists on Thursday, and managed to do a lot more than I thought was possible with a toddler in tow. (If you missed part 1, you can catch up here!) […]

  • Reply Victoria McGill April 26, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    Looks like a great trip! On my bucket list: London, Machu Pichu and Santorini (for round 2)

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA April 27, 2017 at 7:43 AM

      I love your bucket list!!

  • Reply Angela Fry April 26, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Looks like you had an amazing time. San Fransisco is on my bucket list now!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA April 27, 2017 at 7:43 AM

      Good, I hope you get to visit soon!!

  • Reply John April 26, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Looks like an incredible trip! San Fran is at the top of my list right now for next places to visit. I can’t wait 🙂

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA April 27, 2017 at 7:42 AM

      Hope you get to visit soon!

  • Reply hanna - platforms and pacifiers April 26, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    I’m so excited to read this! We will be going to San Fran this summer and we have no idea what to do there! Can’t wait to read the next part!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA April 26, 2017 at 8:59 AM

      I’m so glad this post was helpful to you, Hanna! We had such a great time, lookout for the second part later this week!

  • Reply Brit Strawbridge April 26, 2017 at 5:11 AM

    I have lots of family in California but have never been to San Fran – & these photos make me extra envious!! Looks like you guys had a great time!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA April 26, 2017 at 8:59 AM

      Definitely take advantage of having family in San Fran—we really did have a great time!

  • Reply Clarice | Pursuing the Simple Life April 25, 2017 at 9:27 PM

    I’ve never been to San Framscico, but my husband and I have talked about it! Places on my bucket list in the states would include Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA April 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM

      Clarice, I’m from Philadelphia originally! Let me know when you guys decide to go, and I’ll give you some local tips 🙂

  • Reply Krsyten April 25, 2017 at 8:34 PM

    I’m from San Francisco and I still love reading about what people do when they come into town. Your trip seems like it was so much fun! Hope you had a good time!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA April 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM

      I know what you mean, sometimes it’s nice to get a tourist’s perspective of your own city!

  • Reply Joanna April 25, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    This looks like so much fun! We are dying to visit San Fran:)

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA April 26, 2017 at 9:03 AM

      It was such a great trip, and doable with kids!

  • Reply Dara April 25, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    We went to SF when my 12 year old was 18 months! I really want to go back.

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA April 26, 2017 at 9:04 AM

      I bet the 12 year old would love to go back too, to actually remember it this time around, he he!

  • Reply Belle April 25, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    I’ve always wanted to go to San Francisco! So jealous that you live close to it! Looks like you had a great time!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA April 26, 2017 at 9:05 AM

      Yes, we only had to fly for one hour. Pretty doable with a little one. Hope you get to visit SF soon too

  • Reply Sienna April 25, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Lovely photos! Would love to plan a San Fran trip!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA April 26, 2017 at 9:06 AM

      Thanks so much, Sienna!

  • Reply Maddy A April 25, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Your trip looked so fun! The photography was stunnning…keep it up! Thank you for sharing your adventure!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA April 26, 2017 at 9:06 AM

      What a wonderful compliment! Thank you Maddy!

  • Reply sofiya makhnovetskaya April 25, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Wow! I want to go there and eat all that food!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA April 26, 2017 at 9:07 AM

      Will take you with us, next time!

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