In our latest adventure in globe-trotting, Bridget and I make our mark on the gay Mecca, San Francisco.
The good people at the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau invited us to come play, and flew us out courtesy of Southwest Airlines. We hit the ground running, with an educational tour of the gayest part of the city, led by Cruisin’ the Castro Tours owner Kathy Amendola. Learning is exhausting, so we stopped for a treat at Hot Cookie along the way.
After our tour, we checked into our super fabulous hotel, the Hotel Monaco (a Kimpton Hotel), a took an extended tour of their gorgeous lobby, and enjoyed some complimentary wine and cheese there later in the afternoon. For dinner, we entered the madcap world of Teatro ZinZanni, wolfing down a gourmet meal while watching contortionists bend and acrobats hurl themselves through the air. Bridget auditioned for them and is still waiting for a callback. Would someone please help her put her shoulder back in its socket?
We made the most of our time in San Francisco by trying to cram in as many activities as we could. We visited Alcatraz courtesy of Hornblower Cruises & Events (they released us on our own recognizance), savored The San Francisco Gourmet Chocolate Tour, dined at the wild and decadent Supperclub, and caught some great films at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. But the most exciting moment was when, after completing our training, our guided Segway Tour leader Amy Tripelle (of San Francisco and Sausalito Electric Tour Company) turned us loose on the streets of San Francisco. Bridget and I, naturally, turned our friendly little tour into a race to the death. Then, after all of that excitement, we headed over to Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Spa for a luxurious spa treatment.
Thanks to all the people who helped welcome us to San Francisco, especially the SFCVB, Southwest Airlines, and Kimpton Hotels. We can’t wait to come back!
Stay tuned for our next adventure, an Olivia river cruise through France. Oh no! Lesbian overboard!