Christmas in San Francisco

Every year around this time my girlfriend and I head into San Francisco for some holiday fun.  Her birthday just happens to fall right before Christmas so it is the perfect time for a mini getaway to our favorite city, which is 30 minutes away, but a world away from the suburbs.  Our go to place is the beautiful St Regis Hotel, located just a few short blocks away from Union Square.  It’s sophisticated, stylish, modern, yet very warm and welcoming with outstanding service.





After we checked in, we headed right to the Rotunda Room at Neiman Marcus, in the heart of Union Square for a late lunch.  We knew it was going to be packed for lunch, but we thought we would try to get a spot at the bar.  We figured if we stared at some people long enough they might consider giving us their space.  Well, we didn’t exactly stare, but instead made friendly eye contact and before we knew it we had a seat at the coveted bar. Score!  The popovers were our main reason for wanting to visit the Rotunda Room….they never disappoint!  Always a delicious lunch in a beautiful spot made more special by the gorgeous holiday decor.


Here is the delicious popover I was telling you about…..and it comes with strawberry butter!



Off to the Westin St. Francis to check out the scene.  They always have a beautiful tree and an elaborate gingerbread house on display as you walk into the front entry.  This is another nice spot for lunch or a cocktail.  Also check out the displays at the Fairmont and the Sir Francis Drake.


This looks just like the gingerbread house I made with my kids last week….only difference, our house was slightly bigger and a bit more ornate. 😉


Oh no…. it was Santa Con weekend again!  A bunch of people dressed up as Santa who always appear to be drinking way too much.  I’m not quite sure where or why this convention or dress up party ever started?!  Hmmm… you know why?  I believe it is a national event that takes place in all major U.S. cities on the same weekend every year?



The beautiful Union Square tree lit up and less crowded after the Santa Con people left.  I always love the Macy’s display with a wreath in each and every window.

If you feel like ice skating there is a rink in Union Square, the Embarcadero area, and the Yerba Buena Center.



The cable car stop at Powell Street.  Just happened to catch a picture when it wasn’t too crowded.  Always fun to take a ride on the cable car if the line isn’t too long!


If you are looking for a festive place for dinner you can’t beat Boulevard.  I always love places along the Embarcadero because it is a beautiful place to stroll after dinner.  Boulevard is always decorated so beautifully for the holidays!  Always hard to get a reservation this time of year, but if you get there early enough I’m sure you could get a seat at the bar.  You know I love a seat at the bar……no need for a reservation and always a social place!

Here are some more dinner favorites……Slanted Door, Park Tavern, Spruce, Perbacco, Michael Mina, Quince and Prospect.  All beautiful this time of year and delicious all year long!

Coming up soon….. a few Christmas images from my home, a delicious recipe, and a fashion post!

The first two images were from the St Regis.

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6 comments on “Christmas in San Francisco

    • Hi Lynne, Thanks so much for stopping by! Yes, love that hotel and I’m so glad you are enjoying my posts! Merry Christmas! xo

  1. OMG, such gorgeous photos. We used to go in every holidays with the kids but can’t remember when we last did something like that (and it’s only 12 mins away!!!) Loved that Teddy Bear tea where the elf sang Cher and all the old songs and put on the wigs, etc!

    • Hi Jody, Thanks for stopping by!! I think the teddy bear tea would have been so fun for the kids when they were younger! I’m not familiar with it, but it certainly sounds like a good time! Have a wonderful time visiting your family in NZ! I always love your posts about your trips back there. Looks like a very special place and so lucky for your kids to experience your charming hometown. Great memories for them! Look forward to chatting with you next year! xo

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