Originally we had planned to head to Tahoe and ski for my birthday, but thanks to our last Weekend Warriors travel adventure
resulting in a sprained foot - that was cancelled. The good news is I am 95% back to normal and should be able to go skiing soon - thank goodness because my wonderful husband got me a legit ski jacket for this season!
Once we decided to nix skiing, Tyler worked on planning a fun weekend in the city - not expecting rain. We've been in a serious drought over here and of course the rain finally came this weekend! It may have cut our time in the city short, but it made for a super relaxing weekend which in my opinion is a perfect birthday.
On Friday night, Tyler made us reservations at the Queen Anne Hotel in San Francisco. He knows how much I LOVE the old Victorian homes in the city, and how much I love anything historical. Thankfully I didn't have time to research the building beforehand or while we were there - formerly a girl's boarding school, apparently the place is "haunted" by the late headmistress. No ghost sightings or weird stories on this end, although I'll agree with other reviewers on the creepy elevator, but I believe that's more of an age thing than anything supernatural.
We were able to spend the night walking through the Pacific Heights area viewing other old Victorian homes before heading to a friend's going away party. Although it was a sad "celebration," it was good to be celebrating with friends for my birthday weekend, planning our upcoming group trip to Whistler, eating cake, and staying out later than usual, not worried about a late drive home since we had a hotel reservation.
The hotel was beautiful and most importantly for me, clean! My favorite parts were the fireplaces that burn 24/7 [very nice after walking in the rain], the detailed woodwork, and the beautiful chandeliers. [*All pictures above were taken and edited by myself other than the wide lens picture of the parlor which was taken from the Queen Anne Hotel website linked above]. I did not take any pictures of the inside of our room - I have seen pictures of some of their other rooms online and was more impressed by the period decor and styling in those than our particular room. Still lovely! The hotel does offer an extended continental breakfast but we were headed to Mama's so we just grabbed some fruit and a coffee to-go for the line at Mama's!
Lombard Street was between where we stayed and Mama's, so despite the fact that we've done it before multiple times, we battled the tourists and drove down the famous crooked street again. Not disappointing even with the overcast and rain!
Mama's is a true San Francisco favorite, almost more famous for its wait time than its food. While the long line may deter some, I assure you it is well worth the wait. The pictures above and below are from our first ever Mama's visit, where we arrived 15 minutes before opening and still waited 45 minutes in line to get in. This time, we allowed ourselves to sleep in, arrived a few hours after opening, and had to wait an hour and a half in the rain. I would not recommend doing this on a rainy day unless it's your only opportunity - and I would not recommend doing this with kids unless you have one parent who is able to walk them around the park across the street.. Locals typically do not wait when the line is this long, and we wouldn't have either had it not been my birthday. I needed to indulge in some French Toast, and when it comes to French Toast, Mama's does not disappoint. We both got the same thing we ordered the last time and again, cleared our plates.
Fully stuffed and tired from waiting in the rain, we cut our time in the city short and headed home! It was nice to be able to relax for a change - that's needed every now and then! On my actual Birthday I was surprised by some amazing gifts, red roses and red velvet cake, a sushi dinner followed by The Monuments Men, again, I love history [especially WWII] so the movie was the perfect ending to my birthday weekend! Thanks to my husband for making 24 special!