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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Fall is here…Time for apple picking!!!

Fall is here…Time for apple picking

It is time to get outside and enjoy all that the Fall season has to offer. One of my favorite family-friendly Fall activities is to visit a local farm with friends and pick apples. It’s such a simple way to have fun as a family, create lasting memories and support local farmers!!!

Here are some apple picking farms around the Bay Area for your enjoyment. Some are just a short drive while others are a great day trip.

Twin Hill Ranch
1689 Pleasant Hill Raod
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-2815
www.twinhillranch.com
Dog Friendly.

Gabriel Farm
3175 Sullivan Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 829-0617
www.gabrielfarm.com

Chileno Valley Ranch
5105 Chileno Valley Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 765-6664
www.chilenobnb.com

Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch
13128 Occidental Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-0538

Depending where you are in the Bay Area, Watsonville may be closer than Sonoma County:
Gizdich Ranch
55 Peckham Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 722-1056
www.gizdich-ranch.com

Be sure to call ahead of time to confirm availability before planning your trip!

We visited Twin Hill Ranch this weekend and had a wonderful day and went back home with over 10 lbs of a variety of apples.

Fall is here…Time for apple picking
– Picnic tables and beautiful open areas where the kids can play at Twin Hill Ranch.

Fall is here…Time for apple picking
– Delicious Apple Bread from Twin Hill Ranch.

Fall is here…Time for apple picking

Now, it is time to learn and enjoy making all sorts of apple things.

I would LOVE to know where your favorite apple picking spots are.

We hope you have fun during Apple Picking Time!

Victoria 😉

Scratch one item off of the Fall Bucket List 🙂