Three-day weekend in the Bay area

Last minute we decide we’re heading out of LA for the three day weekend, up to San Francisco. We did it last year, and again this year in November. The drive isn’t too bad. Heck, why not?

We both love the area around San Francisco. My grandfather was born in San Rafael, a few miles north of the city. On our trip in November we explored the town and surrounding Marin county countryside. There we found our new favorite farmers market, the nationally-acclaimed Marin County Sunday Market. We took the drive west to Point Reyes Station, and onward to Point Reyes lighthouse. Beautiful sunday drive.

We again stayed in San Rafael and ventured out from there. Saturday we headed out early into the city. It was a perfect Saturday morning, with light rain, enough to keep all but the hardcore indoors. We are Seattle-ites, hardy and adventurous; a little rain did not scare us. Starting at the end of the wharf above Ghirardelli’s, we first stopped to see the famous chocolate.  Unfortunately the factory moved out of the city years ago and all that the building houses today is galleries and shops selling chocolate and coffee. We made our way down through the fish market and on to the Boudin sourdough factory, stopping for the vintage mechanical game exhibit and wax museum tour.

Sunday brought sunshine and we headed to our market, already bustling at 10:30am. The kids played in the bounce house as we enjoyed fresh organic blueberries, first of the season.

After the market, we headed to Pt. Reyes Station for lunch. In November we had enjoyed our meal at the Station House restaurant but I wanted to try something new. The Cafe Reyes looked rustic and good, with wood-fired pizzas. I was right! Perfect. The menu is simple, soup, pizza, and salad, but they do them right. The pizza was as good as some of my favorites in Italy.

The rest of the vacation was spent at the hotel, enjoying the pool and no responsibilities.

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