Fall Getaway to San Francisco

San Francisco is picturesque any time of year, even when it’s socked in with fog. I have lived either in or near San Francisco for almost 30 years and I have to say, driving over the Golden Gate Bridge never gets old. And neither does having fun in the City by the Bay. That’s why I wanted to celebrate turning 47 in my favorite American big city. What better gift could I receive than a fall getaway to San Francisco!


We chose to stay at the Argonaut Hotel. We pay them a visit at least once a year if not twice. If you pay extra for a room with a bay view, you will not be disappointed. This was the view from our room. On the right we had the Golden Gate Bridge…


…and to the left, Ghiradelli Square.


The Argonaut is very pet-friendly. They love it when you bring your dog or cat and even provide beds, bowls and treats if you want them! Coco enjoyed watching all the activity out the window. We don’t get that kind of action where we live. On an exciting day at home, the Fed-Ex truck pulls into our driveway.


From Argonaut Hotel’s location at The Cannery, we are just steps away from a cable car turnaround, Aquatic Park, Hyde Pier and Fisherman’s Wharf. This is the view from the west side of Aquatic Park. I like to pretend for a moment that I’ve gone back in time 150 years when I see those big ships in the bay.


Pier 39, where I used to work in college as a jewelry salesperson, is also within walking distance. It’s very touristy but I still love it because it brings back many fond memories. And they have this ornate and colorful carousel. Who doesn’t enjoy a pretty merry-go-round?


Not so far away from the Argonaut are some beautiful neighborhoods. Russian Hill is just a few hilly blocks up. Bill and I walked there to meet our friends, Elias and Emma, at their home then head out for an Italian dinner in North Beach. On the way, I saw this Victorian house and had to get a photo.


I have known Elias since my first week at University of San Francisco in 1985. We have stayed in touch ever since, and at one time we were roommates. Elias owns a lovely café in North Beach called Caffé Sapore. One of my closest friends, Melissa and I celebrated our 30th birthdays with a big party at Elias’s café. Wonderful memories I will never forget.

On our way to dinner, we passed by Saints Peter and Paul, all lit up against the night sky. Coit Tower had their Giants colors on as we were in the middle of the World Series, which in case you haven’t heard by now, they won!


We had a fantastic meal at an authentic Italian restaurant on Grant street called Ideale. I had homemade linguine with porcini mushrooms and am still thinking about my meal a week on. I wish I had taken more photos to show you but we were so busy eating and talking, I forgot (but I did get a shot of our dessert, a couple photos below).

Speaking of food, San Francisco, as you would guess, has some of the best. We lunched at Le Central with another college friend and her husband. I had French onion soup and a tasty endive salad. Another memorable meal was at Capurro’s which is across the street from the Argonaut. My gnocchi with alfredo sauce and fresh crab was outstanding. Capurro’s is still family owned after 68 years and has excellent service and fantastic food.


And it just wouldn’t be a trip to San Francisco without visiting The Buena Vista for breakfast and an Irish coffee.


Truth be told, I am not a big dessert person but I was celebrating my birthday. How could I turn down cake and ice cream? The limencello tartufo at Ideale was just plain fabulous. The chocolate cake from Scoma’s and the pumpkin cheesecake at Capurro’s were pretty spectacular too.


One of my very favorite parts of our getaway was spending time with old and dear friends. Melissa, whom I call “Missy”, came to spend the afternoon and evening with me. We also met in college and have remained very close friends all these many, many years.


That evening, we met up with another college friend for dinner at DOSA on Fillmore for exotic and flavorful south Indian food in a chic and modern setting. Lawana lives in a beautiful flat in San Francisco, not far from the restaurant. Whenever I get together with long-time friends, it seems like no time has passed and the laughs come easily and frequently.


The next night, on my actual birthday, our friends Rob and Gina met us for dinner. Rob and my husband have been friends since they were 9-years-old. Can you believe that? And I met Gina when I first started dating Bill, over 15-years ago. We had dinner at Venticello in North Beach for yet another outstanding Italian meal.


Remember all that stuff I packed? Of course, I didn’t wear it all. I knew I wouldn’t but I got pretty close. And we stayed an additional day so the extra stuff came in handy.

The forecast called for rain, and it did rain a little but only while we were sleeping. So my rain boots and rain coat weren’t worn. Neither were many of my sweaters. It was downright hot during the day the first two days were there. I could have worn shorts and a t-shirt and been comfortable, it was that warm!


On my birthday, it was cool and gray so I wore my new Madewell scarf with my leather jacket, skinny jeans and Nikes.


And I got a chance to wear my gray fedora from Montecristi Panama Hat Company.


At night, when the temperatures dropped, I wore either my Burberry coat and my Stella Carakasi Far and Away coat in Travertine. Bill snapped this photo of me while I was people-watching out the window.


My birthday gift from my husband was this trip to San Francisco. Quite a nice present! But he also had the Argonaut arrange to have a dozen beautiful red roses delivered to our room on my birthday. So lovely! I adored the little daisies, too.


He knows what my favorite snacks in the world are: Cheez-its and Triscuits. He surprised me with a box of each…and surprise, surprise…they were both gone by the end of our trip which, with all the other treats, might be why my jeans are more than a little snug right now.


I was sad that our fall getaway to San Francisco came to an end and so was Daisy but you can’t be on vacation forever!


Have you been to San Francisco? What are you favorite things to do, eat, and see there?

Make it a rich day!



*Don’t forget about Novembers’s How I Wear My! Details in the link.

Disclosure: My fedora hat from Montecristi Panama Hat Company and the Stella Carakasi coat were given to me in exchange for promotion. I was not given any discounts or sponsorships of any kind from the Argonaut Hotel. All opinions expressed here are, as always, my own. 


  1. November 2, 2014 / 8:30 pm

    You certainly know how to celebrate a birthday in style! I looks like you had a fanatastic time. Bill is a sweetheart! But you knew that! I love your Fedora…I need to go back to that hat shop!!

  2. November 2, 2014 / 9:51 pm

    I am wondering what kind and color lipstick you are wearing in these photos. It is gorgeous. Thanks so much. Bobbie Allgood

    • Adrienne Shubin
      November 3, 2014 / 8:42 am

      Hi Bobbie – it’s a shade called Guava and I think it’s by Youngblood (there is no label). I checked on Youngblood’s website and I can’t find it. If I can locate it for you, I will let you know!

  3. Kathy
    November 3, 2014 / 4:59 am

    What a perfect birthday weekend, and I love seeing you in some autumn clothes. Let’s hope the weather continues!

  4. November 3, 2014 / 5:33 am

    Oh did I ever need to read your post! I have lived near SF all of my life and have taken it for granted! Thanks so much for the great weekender ideas. I am so looking forward to a weekend like this one!

  5. November 3, 2014 / 5:41 am

    What a glorious way to spend your birthday! You were spoiled for sure. Wonderful photos too.

    I adore SF. We went there about 10 years ago and spent 10 days there doing everything and eating in all the very best restaurants. (My husband was with a law firm at the time…so much easier to travel the high life.) We stayed at the W and our view was the Bay Bridge right outside our window. The best crab cakes I’ve ever eaten were in SF. No surprise there. The best high tea I’ve had was at the Ritz there. I adore that city. It is time for us to go back I think. The only problem is that we did it up so very well the first time it will be hard to top it.


  6. November 3, 2014 / 6:01 am

    One of the world’s most beautiful cities, yes? It looks like a dreamy getaway for your birthday. xox

  7. November 3, 2014 / 8:54 am

    I have never been to San Francisco…it looks lovely and so much fun!

  8. November 3, 2014 / 9:40 am

    Wow, what a wonderful celebratory trip! Happy belated birthday. I love San Francisco and the surrounding areas. I fall in love every time I visit.

    That travertine coat looks amazing on you, love it.

  9. sharon
    November 3, 2014 / 11:01 am

    love the luggage……brand please.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      November 3, 2014 / 4:36 pm

      I bought it used from a friend. It’s Samantha Brown’s line of luggage. I love it!
      HSN sells her set…here is the link:

  10. November 3, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    San Francisco is one of our very favorite places to visit – we even spent part of our honeymoon there. Sounds like you had a wonderful time – Happy Birthday!

  11. November 4, 2014 / 7:33 am

    As you already know, I too, love visitng this wonderful, magical city. What a perfect and memorable birthday gift. I think the very best part of this whole experience is the getting together with your lifelong friends, what a treasure you have. Thank you for sharing this joyous celebration with us.

  12. November 4, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    Oh I’m getting so hungry reading this yummy post! What a great birthday getaway! We totally loved our west coast weekend in Santa Barbara…maybe we’ll choose San Francisco next time.

  13. November 4, 2014 / 10:41 pm

    San Francisco looks stunning. Love outfit on the beach and the dog is definitely the star of this post. Mrsinlondon.blogspot.co.uk

  14. November 5, 2014 / 7:59 am

    What a perfect birthday celebration!! I have enjoyed getting to know San Francisco this past year and you’ve given me plenty of new restaurant suggestions which I’m always looking for. Love your fashion style and packing a bit too much is one of the pleasures of backyard getaways. When I travel far I pack light so I don’t have to fuss with heavy luggage but when I do smaller getaways close to home I can squeeze a few more options in. A good thing for me since I never know what outfit I’ll be in the mood to wear.

  15. Linda
    November 5, 2014 / 8:40 am

    Adrienne, your photographs are beautiful. I’ve never been to San Francisco, even after living in southern California for over 30+ years…big mistake. East Coast is my home now, very far away. Love your blog and Happy Belated Birthday!!

  16. November 21, 2014 / 8:04 am

    I’m glad you had a great birthday. Have you tried the thin triscuits. They are good. And you can eat more per serving than the normal ones.

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