Girlfriends' Getaway to San Francisco Holiday Style
I enjoyed a holiday getaway to San Francisco with girlfriends recently. Though we were there on part business, part pleasure, we also celebrated 25 years of friendship. The three of us met the first semester of graduate school and have stayed in touch through many new chapters of life over the last 25 years. We always pick up the conversation just like we had spoken yesterday. Isn't that the way it is with long-time friends?
As per usual, when the three of us get together there are hours of catching up, conversation and lots of laughter. It struck me, 25 years later, that we have moments of remembering each other's previous lives better than we might remember our own. There were several of "those moments" of recollection and remembering. What a gift to have friends that remember our journey through the years. There is always delicious food, this time dinner at a local french bistro and a lengthy lunch at my longtime favorite Rotunda at Neiman Marcus. We caught a fashion show at Sax Fifth Avenue (with small bites and champagne) and did some holiday shopping at Union Square. It was just what the doctor ordered for a relaxing girlfriends' getaway to the city.
As I mentioned earlier, Gretchen had an important appointment in town. In preparation, she booked us into the Victorian 'penthouse' suite at the Stanyan Park Hotel with a full kitchen, dining room, sitting room with two bedrooms. It was perfect for an authentic San Francisco stay and would also be ideal for a family getaway to the city. It's bordering Golden Gate Park near Haight-Ashbury and the chic boutiques and cafes of Cole Street.
Gretchen is on her second kidney transplant, given via a cross kidney donation by her son, Ryan, to another family who in turn donated a well-suited kidney to Gretchen. She and Ryan were the first family members to have this groundbreaking surgery in California. As she attended her yearly appointment Kathryn and I took a walk in Golden Gate park. A couple of hours later we received news that Gretchen's health is excellent. A wonderful report for our dear friend and the gift of life by her son, Ryan Ramirez. Read more of their story in the Bluffs Magazine.
Photo Credit: Angelia Hansen of One Good Shot Photography
The Details on a Getaway to San Francisco
To Stay: Stanyan Park Hotel
To Dine: Zazie is my latest find on Cole Street. We enjoyed delicious, cozy french fare and wonderful service on this fall evening. They are also famous for a fantastic brunch menu.
To Shop, Sip and Savor: Neiman Marcus and The Rotunda
I loved every minute of our girlfriends' getaway to the city. Feeling grateful for such dear friends, our years of history and fantastic news!
Do you have any holiday travels planned?
Things are busy in the travel world and it's the perfect time to book spring and summer travel.