Mike and I decided to get away for a weekend in early December to San Francisco. We based what weekend we went on what band was going to be playing at the Fillmore and we decided we wanted to see Los Lobos.
We found a reasonable flight on Air Canada and left around noon on the Friday. We took the BART from the airport to downtown and then caught a cab to our B&B, the Chateau Tivoli.
The Chateau Tivoli is a beautiful Victorian mansion built in 1892, originally a private home. It’s located in the Alamo Square Historic District and has been lovingly restored and boasts nine guest rooms and suites, some with shared bathrooms.
We were in the Aimee Crocker room. It had a curtained four-poster bed, a high decorated ceiling, a turret sitting area, and the bathroom had an amazing stained glass door. We settled in and came down to the parlour for the daily wine and cheese offering.
We headed out for dinner at 4505 Burgers and BBQ after a drink at Fly Bar. 4505 Burgers serves their burgers medium rare as a general rule and the seating is outdoors with propane heaters. My burger was juicy and delicious. We then walked to Bar 821 and sampled some fernet and amaro. The ten block walk to the Fillmore cleared our heads a bit.
The Fillmore is an historic music venue that has hosted many famous and infamous bands. An interesting tradition involves having a tub of apples at the entrance available to concert goers near the entrance. Bill Graham, the original rock promoter, used to stand there handing out the apples and saying goodnight to the concert-goers. Los Lobos were great as expected and afterwards we returned to the Chateau Tivoli.
The next morning Mike went to an oyster bar for breakfast while I partook of the B&B’s offering at the large communal table: waffles and fruit and bacon and coffee… delish. When Mike returned we walked to Market Street (past the Painted Ladies, see above) and took the trolley to the Ferry Building to wander the farmers’ market. We walked the waterfront and lunched at the Fog City Restaurant.
Mike wanted to visit Chinatown, so we took a stroll through that historic district, with a stop at a Mai Tai bar, then headed back to the Chateau to freshen up for dinner.
Breakfast again at the Chateau the next morning, they do a very good job. It being a rainy, blustery day, we were invited to sit in the parlour until we had to leave for our flight. We spent several nice hours in the parlour reading and learning a bit of history about the place.
Unfortunately, upon our return home, we learned our teen had pneumonia. But that’s a whole other story.