Day 3, Wednesday, March 28, 2018
After we went to the Sutro Baths, we still had plenty left on the agenda. We saw the Legion of Honor Museum when we drove by it, and one day I want to visit – but that will have to be a different trip.
We were ready for lunch, so we went over to the Magnolia Gastropub in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Oh wow, this place was good. I had the Bombay Bubbles IPA (YUM!) and the Fried Chicken sandwich with a salad. It was soooo delicious!
We did some window shopping and Lelani tried on some clothes at a cute little boutique.
After that we went to the Presidio at Fort Point. Fort Point was built between 1853 and 1861 to protect the San Francisco Bay at the height of the gold rush. It was designed in the Army’s Third System style, a style adopted in the 1820s, and was the only Fort west of the Mississippi River to be built in this style. It was in use as an active fort up through World War II, although it never fired a shot at an enemy.
When the Golden Gate Bridge was being constructed in the 1930s, there was discussion of tearing down the now obsolete fort, but fortunately the bridge’s Chief Engineer Joseph Strauss saw the historical significance of the fort and designed an arch that would allow the bridge to be built over the existing fort structure. I am so glad it could be saved. Unfortunately the fort is currently only open Fridays through Sundays, so we weren’t able to go inside. The interior is certainly on my list of places to see!
We walked along the water and climbed the steps down and up from the parking area – that was quite a workout! We considered walking across the bridge, and I definitely want to do it sometime, but we were worried that all the traffic and the people might be too much and too dangerous for a puppy. Next time – another thing for my bucket list!
We headed to another area of the Presidio for a late afternoon glass of wine at Sessions restaurant. I had their happy hour white (twice…); the Ressó 2017 Garnacha Blanc – it was delicious! I also had two oysters on the half shell, because at happy hour prices of $1.50 each, who wouldn’t?!! Well, someone who doesn’t like raw oysters, but… They were amazing!
We sat at their outdoor seating, and it was so nice to just sit outside on a glorious, sunny, hot, March San Francisco day. Those adjectives don’t normally go with San Francisco, and certainly not in March, so we really soaked it in! And the folks at Sessions allow dogs in their outdoor seating, you just have to take the dog in through the side door on the patio, so we could linger for a while. Our server even brought Shaka dog biscuits and a bowl of water!
Our last sightseeing stop of the day was up at Coit Tower. I had been twice before and loved it each time, and so had Lelani, but the girls had never been. It was too late in the day to go up to the top (if you get the chance to you should), but we had enough time to do a circuit of the bottom part of the tower. That’s where (most of) the murals are.
The murals… Coit Tower’s murals were painted in 1934 as a part of a Public Works of Art Project, the first of the New Deal employment projects for artists during the Great Depression. They were painted in the Social Realism style, and depict commerce and industry subjects. Interestingly, I learned while fact-checking for this blog post, that there are more murals on the second floor that are largely closed to the public. However, you can see these murals, which depict recreation, if you take a tour (there are some free and some paid tours available). How did I never know this?! Yet another reason to visit Coit Tower!
We headed back to our AirBnB for a bit of relaxing before we walked up the street to Zen Sushi for dinner. This tiny, cramped restaurant had some excellent sushi! It was a great end to a really good day.