Me and Rich got married back in 2009 and decided to honeymoon in San Francisco. Rich wanted to go somewhere not freezing and I like exploring and adventures, this was the most affordable option. This was long before I got a DSLR and I remember treating myself to a little Olympus C25 for £50 so I could take reasonably decent honeymoon photographs.
We went for 10 days at the start of November and crammed as much in as Rich would allow. I chose the Chancellor Hotel on Union Square as it was really affordable, central and offered free coffee and cookies in the lobby. The hotel was wonderful, the staff were great and we would totally recommend staying there. It was also next door to Sears Fine Food – which is where you go for AMAZING pancakes. Go there – have the Swedish pancakes – be happy.
We started with a boat tour of the bay and first of many trips to Pier 39. Seems that where ever we go in the world we gravitate to the seaside every time. Our favourite thing here was the Musee Mecanique which we ended up going to each time we were at the pier. Mostly to go say HI to the sea lions and get salt water taffy from the sweet shops. Oh and In and Out Burger, that place is pretty special – the best fast food we have ever eaten. We walked to Coit Tower, then got the lift to the top – I recommend normal people get the bus. We got the bus back into the city and started to recoginse streets from various driving video games.
We spent a couple of days visiting Chinatown and Japantown and eating our way round them both. We did a walking tour of Chinatown which we would highly recommend, you see so much more than just aimlessly wandering round on your own. We went to loads of small shops, had a tea ceremony, visited a fortune cookie factory and finished it all off with a big Dim Sum meal. I went nuts in a Japanese dollar store and didn’t ever want to leave the shop that was full of weird Japanese photo booths. We went to the Castro for penis shaped cookies, went to Safeway for Fruit Loops, did a bus tour of the city to see all the things we missed when walking and had a day at an out of town mall for some retail therapy.
It was almost out of season for the Yosemite tours but we managed to catch one and spent several hours on a bus to do a day trip to see something pretty spectacular. If you like epic mountains and seeing where all those famous desktop backgrounds come from, Yosemite is a must see. We got to go to Jack in the Box on the way there and Del Taco on the way back – which was ace. Alcatraz was a good day out too – we had to book weeks ahead online, but it was worth it. If you’re a film buff you’ll doubly enjoy it – so many cardboard cutouts of Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery (in a separate room at the end). You can spend as long as you want there when your boat lands – as long as you leave before the last boat, otherwise you’ll be really cold till morning.
We had loads of spare money as we kept ending up crashing in bed most nights due to the time difference so didn’t have loads of evening meals out. We found breakfast and lunch did us right most days. With our wedding pennies we decided to go on a helicopter tour of the city and even did loops of the Golden Gate Bridge. On our last night we went to the Cheesecake Factory on the top floor of Macy’s which was very filling, the strawberry martinis were wonderful. You need to allow at least half an hour to read the menu, it’s that big. Other things to check out are the cable cars (we pretty much only used these to get around), the Boudin Bakery (for epic fresh sourdough), Swensen’s for ice cream (it’s from the Goonies) and the fresh crab and seafood down at the Pier.
If you love adventure, love to see loads of different things and get bored on the beach – San Francisco is the perfect place to honeymoon.
Yorkshire wedding photographers and husband and wife team, Emma + Rich take photographs and make films with our own creative, fun and unique way of telling your story. Based in Scarborough near York and Hull, we travel across Yorkshire, the UK and rest of the world to make memories that will last you forever.