I often ask myself, "how would I spend 24 hours in my favorite city?" I conjure up all sorts of plans: places I'd go, people I'd see. Usually, the number of destinations far exceed feasibility (which is absolutely acceptable while dreaming.) In recent years, the opportunity to aimlessly wander San Francisco had yet to present itself; my travels back home to the Bay are often governed by visits with family and other pre-planned events.
This year, my family and I decided to have an early Christmas celebration on December 13th. Thanks to what locals dubbed as the #hellastorm, however, I found myself re-scheduling my travel plans in to the Bay. After all, "the worst storm of the decade" was about to strike. So, I shuffled my flights and found that my schedule had a perfectly-gaping, 24-hour hole; one that I fully intended on spending in SF.
It was 8AM, and after sleeping like a log in a plush bed, I awoke to the question: "what should I do with my day?" I knew the forecast called for rain, and that I'd have a sure-chance of adventuring without getting drenched before 1PM. Once the rain started, I knew I would likely be spending the rest of my day cozy inside some local coffee shop.
I made a plan, borrowed a book (The Tipping Point) from our Airbnb, and headed out.
When planning for a spontaneous day in any city, I find that it's most useful to guide my time by considering these:
tips for A Successful adventure
+ Choose a couple of destinations to create the framework for your day
+ Listen to your curiosities and allow for them to take you somewhere unexpected along the in-betweens
+ Talk to people you don't know (...but maybe not the creepy ones) - be open to a thought-provoking conversation or a piece of advice from a fellow patron.
I decided to spend my day in the Outer Sunset - a neighborhood known to offer a good dose of "chill." I caught wind of a fancy little coffee drink called the "Snowy Plover" (named after the resident shorebird), served at the quaint Andytown Coffee Roasters - a coffee shop I had yet to visit. The drink was described to me as a shot of espresso combined with Pellegrino and topped with a dollop of house-made whipped cream - my favorite! Needless to say, the Snowy Plover had been on my must-try list for a long time, and thus became my ultimate destination for the morning. Along with the coffee, what I loved about Andytown Coffee Roasters was the warm, friendly vibe. This little corner store offered a beautifully-fresh interior, lively with conversing locals and traffic from happy visitors.
I sat at the gorgeous wooden table for a long time enjoying the atmosphere. The natural light, warm woods, and green plants provided a delightfully energetic environment when paired with mumbling undertones. I cracked open my newly-borrowed book, read a couple of pages, and talked to the sweet old lady next to me (who said her muffin and cappuccino "really hit the spot!") It was the perfect start to my day, and after I was filled with great treats and inspiration, I decided to carry on.
I've always been in love with the little houses in the Outer Sunset-- the unique shape and color of each house gives the neighborhood a fun personality. The juxtaposition between these spirited little houses and the quiet, misty vibes makes this oceanside neighborhood one of my favorite places to wander. I'm always look for house inspiration (even in houses that are contrary to my Scandinavian preferences), which made this stroll ultra-enjoyable for me.
As I spent the next bit of time admiring these little homes, I slowly made my way West toward the ocean.
Before the rain rolled in, I was able to venture down to the ocean where the views are always-beautiful. No matter where I am in the city, I always try my hardest to pay the ocean a visit.
Although the weather did not allow for a jam-packed day, it was a perfect 24 hours spent in SF for me. I couldn't be more grateful to my husband who stops at nothing to support me and the things I dream of doing. Thank you for making my extended stay in SF possible, Mackey!