Saturday morning we woke up to rain, rain and more rain. After having a terrible experience at the Claremont Hotel & Spa it was sad to see that it was raining. (Seriously, do NOT stay at the Claremont in Oakland– to read my full review, click here). We tried to make the best of the day but really only got to Fisherman’s Wharf for lunch before it started coming down so hard we couldn’t really be outdoors. We retreated to our hotel, this time the Holiday Inn at Fisherman’s Wharf and watched the dreary day from the window and made plans for dinner that night. We really liked the Holiday Inn, the room was clean and the bed was comfortable. “They” say that if you are in San Fran and it doesn’t rain then its not really a true San Francisco experience, so I would say that we definitely got the true blue experience. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day. Sunday the sun peeked out a little and the rain let up, but we’ll get to those pictures tomorrow!
|fresh crabs on the wharf|
We walked the wharf and despite the rain and cold (it was 42 degrees) it was still a very active place….. crab stands and fresh seafood were all around us and we set out to find a place to have some chowder. I really wanted lobster chowder and after walking around a bit we decided to eat at Nick’s Lighthouse. For one, we were ready to be inside and sit down because we were wet and chilled to the bone. Nick’s has a divey, hole in the wall kind of feel which I actually really liked. I ordered the lobster chowder and husband ordered the clam chowder, both in bread bowls. It was the perfect thing for a cold day, and BOY was it delicious.
|Pier 39 Sea Lions|
Okay, so the sea lions are kind of overrated in my opinion. They are actually kind of ugly, really loud and make these disgusting farting/vomiting/barking noises. And they smell. But they are part of San Fran, so we had to at least go see them…. nothing life changing though.
|husband and alcatraz in the background|
|the bay bridge|
Like I said, the next day the sun decided to come out a little bit and the rain let up so we got to see lots more things. Check back tomorrow for part 2, “around the town” and part three “golden gate bridge and sausolito”. Two posts tomorrow?! I know…. its getting crazy.