San Francisco Holiday Fun!

Life-sized gingerbread house, ice skating, holiday jingles, Christmas trees, Menorah lighting and even cable cars and boats decorated with holiday ornaments. The San Francisco elves has been busy getting into the holiday spirit!

Check out some of our favorite holiday attractions in the city where you can find the spirit of the season.

1. The Fairmont’s 22-Foot Tall Gingerbread House

San Francisco Holiday Fun!

Walk inside the iconic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco during the holidays and you will see the main lobby transformed into a must-see holiday destination.  You will be delighted by the stunning  22 feet high and 23 feet wide two-story Victorian gingerbread house.  The house includes thousands of baked gingerbread bricks and more than a ton of royal icing and candy decoration.

Pets are always welcome at The Fairmont.  For  the first time, the gingerbread house is accompanied by the gingerbread doghouse 🙂

San Francisco Holiday Fun!

The Gingerbread will be on display in hotel lobby (950 Mason St., San Francisco), through January 1, 2014.

2. Union Square: The Macy’s Christmas tree, giant Menorah and Safeway Holiday Ice Rink

San Francisco Holiday Fun!
In the heart of Union Square and San Francisco’s most popular shopping destination, stands the impressive 83-foot Macy’s Christmas Tree, decorated with 33,000+ LED lights and 1,100 ornaments. Next to it, the giant Menorah stands up as part of Hanukkah festivities. Right in the center of the square, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink is open from 10am-11:30pm daily until January 17, 2014. Lace up those skates and have perfect fun winter and magical holiday with family and friends!

PIER 39 & Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco Holiday Fun!
The vibrant  Pier 39 offers a majestic 60-foot tree adorned with lights, beautiful ornaments and colorful big presents at the foot of the tree…..just perfect for a family holiday photo! We also enjoy the fun live performers and holiday activities!

We also appreciated some boats at the Fisherman’s Wharf with lights and holiday decorations getting ready for for the Lighted Boat Parade that will take place this year on December 13th at 5:30pm. Check Lighted Boat Parade for more information.

On our way back home we saw a cable car and few homes decorated with elaborate displays of lights, ornaments and holiday cheer!!!

San Francisco Holiday Fun!

Enjoy San Francisco at the most festive time of year!!!

Victoria 😉

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Hiking Mt. Tamalpais’ East Peak

Yesterday we hiked the East Peak of Mt. Tamalpais. Weather couldn’t be better, warm 70 degrees. It was a clear day perfect to enjoy the most stunning 360-degree views of the Bay Area. Just a beautiful spring day!

We drove up to the East Peak of Mt Tam. We took Highway 101 to the Stinson Beach exit and followed the signs to Mount Tamalpais–East Peak. As you drive up to the top you’ll see stunning views of San Francisco and the Bay Area and if you roll down the windows you’ll catch the eucalyptus and pine aromas.  It is a very curvy road, our dog got pretty dizzy and we had to stop for her to get some mountain fresh air.

Mount Tamalpais

There are two main trails. You can hike up to the Fire Lookout on the Plank Walk Trail or walk on the Verna Dunshee Trail. We did both of them since there are short.

First we took the Plank Walk Trail up to the to the 2,571-foot East Peak fire lookout station at the very top of the mountain. It is a .3 miles hike that starts with a wooden boardwalk and continue with a steep rocky path for more experienced hikers and older kids.

Mount Tamalpais

Stunning views!!! I felt at the top of the world!!! 🙂

Mount Tamalpais

Once we finished the Plank Walk Trail we then walked the Verna Dunshee Trail.
Mount Tamalpais

The Verna Dunshee starts in front of the restrooms. You can easily see the sign. This is an easy, 0.7 mile paved trail that loops around the East Peak of Mount Tamalpais. No bikes are permitted on the paved trail but you can bring a bike lock and leave your bike in the designed areas. This trail is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.
Even though it is an easy path keep an eye on your small children at all times since some areas are not fenced and there is wildlife around.

Mount Tamalpais
There are benches available through the trail.  From the viewing platform on a clear day you can view the Farallons Islands out to sea, the Marin County hills, Mount Diablo, San Francisco, and the hills and cities of the bay.

Mount Tamalpais

Websites:
Friends of Mt Tam: http://www.friendsofmttam.org/
California Parks Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=471

Directions:
From Highway 101 take the Highway 1–Stinson Beach exit and follow the signs to Mount Tamalpais–East Peak..

Hours: The park is generally open 7am – Sunset.
Fees: There’s an $8 ($7 for seniors) per car parking fee at the summit parking lot. Bring some cash.

Visiting Lucasfilm “Yoda Fountain” at the Presidio

This spring break we visited the headquarters of Lucasfilm. The 26″ life-sized famous Yoda statue is sitting on top of a fountain located at the entrance of the offices. The statue has become a tourist landmark!

Visiting Lucasfilm in Presidio - San Francisco

Once we got there a tour bus arrived with “Star Wars” fans who wanted to take pictures with the Jedi Master Yoda and visited the lobby of the building to see a collection of other Star Wars artifacts. The lobby is open to the public during weekday working hours and you are more than welcome to take pictures.

Visiting Lucasfilm in Presidio - San Francisco

Inside the Lucasfilm lobby you can appreciate wall-to-wall bookcases with books George Lucas read, Star Wars master replicas and awards. You can also find a shiny little statue of R2-D2, a life size Darth Vader and Boba Fett.  Sit on the comfy sofas and tables and enjoy the numerous Star Wars and Indiana Jones series of books.

Visiting Lucasfilm in Presidio - San Francisco

Darth Vader wearing one of the original costumes ready to smile and take a picture with you 😉

Visiting Lucasfilm in Presidio - San Francisco

Visiting Lucasfilm in Presidio - San Francisco

Willis O’Brien statue (The animator of the original King Kong), sculpted by the request of George Lucas by Lawrence Noble.

Visiting Lucasfilm in Presidio - San Francisco

I really enjoyed walking outside the Lucasfilm headquarters, the day was beautiful, the cherry trees were blooming with pretty pastel pink flowers and the view to the Exploratorium was absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Visiting Lucasfilm in Presidio - San Francisco

Statue of Dweard James Muybridge (1830-1904) Father of Cinema.

Visiting Lucasfilm in Presidio - San Francisco

There is a Starbucks around the building. We stopped for coffee and enjoyed the beautiful view!

Visiting Lucasfilm in Presidio - San Francisco

I hope one day I will be able to see what’s beyond the lobby area.

Have a wonderful day and May the Force be with you! 😉

Address: The Presidio
1 Letterman Dr. San Francisco, CA 94129
The lobby is open to the public during weekday regular business hours.

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Finding Inspiration at Inspiration Point

 Inspiration Point overlook located in the Presidio National Park

One of my favorite spots to feel renewed is the Inspiration Point overlook located in the Presidio National Park. On a clear day, you can see Alcatraz, Angel Island, the top portion of the Palace of Fine Arts, the Presidio forest and part of San Francisco. This is a relaxing and beautiful place to visit!

 Inspiration Point overlook located in the Presidio National Park

At the inspiration point you can take the stairs to the “Ecology Trail” for a closer look at the watershed. You can connect to the El Polin Springs trail, playing fields, and Julius Kahn Playground.

 Inspiration Point overlook located in the Presidio National Park

Actually, you can rent this place for a special event for a period of three hours during the months of May through October (Saturday only) between the hours of 2 pm and 5 pm. What a great place to get married or celebrate a special day!!!!

 Inspiration Point overlook located in the Presidio National Park

Sit, relax, breath and enjoy the inspiring view……

Location:
Arguello Blvd and Washington Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94199
website: http://www.presidio.gov/venues/Pages/Inspiration-Point.aspx

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