Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wish You Were Here Wednesday: San Francisco

We love to travel and in an effort to finally post about all of our fabulous... and some not so fabulous trips I have decided to start Wish You Were Here Wednesdays. I'm sure someone has already come up with this catchy little title, but I couldn't find it so here I go!

I thought I would start with my last trip, San Francisco California. In all honesty it is not an exotic or even new location for me, I grew up about 20 miles east, but it is still one of my favorite travel destinations. There is so much to do and see in this ever changing city that I still find new things to do every time I visit. This time I discovered Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel  located in Union Square. It is just one of the many hidden gems that San Francisco holds. 

I couldn't believe there was a hotel in Union Square for $89 a night! It is exclusively for military and to get this rate you must become a member, which is free for active duty. {Although through their website it says it is $35, I filled out the membership paperwork at the front desk and it was free. I also found that the rates on the website are higher so I would call to book} 

It is not only a beautiful hotel with a great view, but your room also comes with a 2 hour complimentary happy hour and buffet breakfast. I mean you could eat and drink your eighty nine dollars! 

The View from The Leatherneck restaurant
You can see the Transamerica building {the Pyramid} and you can even see Alcatraz if you know where to look!

Amber, from Ambers Notebook and I took BART {our version of the subway} from the east bay and then walked the few blocks to the hotel. Not too far if you don't have too much luggage, but as with almost any walk in San Francisco there will be some hills! It would be incredibly easy to take BART right from SFO and then a short taxi ride to the hotel. {side note: none of the taxi drivers had heard of the hotel so know the address or that it is across form the Academy of Art on Sutter Street. }San Francisco is one of those cities where you don't need to rent a car, in fact it would probably cost you more to rent and park one than to take taxis everywhere. In case you've never been hotels do not offer free or even reasonably priced parking. Average overnight parking in SF is $50, even if you went to a public pay lot it would be $40+! Marine Memorial actually has reasonable parking at $28 a night.

The Hotel

View from our room

Since it was Valentine's Day Amber and I went to the free Happy hour and then to Chambers for a nice, but small and pricey dinner then back to the hotel for The Muppet Movie and dessert! 

The next day we took the bus to The Marina, a cute area with some great boutiques and restaurants. We had lunch and drinks at Tacoliscous and then walked the few blocks to LF and Ambiance, my two favorite shops in San Francisco. {LF is super expensive, but they were and are still having their only sale of the season and everything is 60% off} 

I highly recommend the butternut squash taco and the pasiĆ³n margarita, it is a little spicy, but oh so delicious! 
Even the view from the bus is amazing!

Then we headed over to Neiman Marcus for a private beauty event. It was so much fun, their were drinks, aps and of course swag bags! Everything you need for an amazing party. A special thanks to Neiman Marcus and Tom Ford for a great event and my new perfume, it smells divine and I always get compliments when I wear it! Get your very own bottle of Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Limited Eau de Parfum here. {If you purchase by March 4th you can take advantage of Neiman Marcus's The Beauty Event, if you buy $100 or more of cosmetics or fragrances you get a great tote full of beauty samples! More details here, I am in love with the yellow tote!}

Amber and I had an amazing trip and a great girly Valentine's Day! 
Did you go anywhere special with your Valentine?



  1. Love this idea! SF is one of my favorite cities. My husband and I went a few years ago and absolutely loved it :)

    We were lucky enough to be on vacation this Valentine's Day and spent the day in Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center. It was perfection!

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      Thanks so much for the comment! I'm headed to Florida in a few weeks, but still haven't made it to Disney World. I would love to go, maybe someday.

      I loved your Manatee post, my mom really wants to see some while we are there. Hopefully we can make it down to see them.