Maroon’d… in San Francisco

Spring 2016
Susan Blick ’15 with her family and dog in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

Susan Blick ’15

Susan Blick ’15 (pictured second from right, with her family) grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works for Lazarex Cancer Foundation as a prospect researcher and volunteer coordinator. She also interns for the online travel blog The Culture Trip and sports news app Sicksports. In her free time, she loves rowing in the bay and cheering on the Warriors at Oracle Arena. She offers her travel tips:

Brush up on your history… From Kezar Stadium to the Grateful Dead House on Ashbury Street, San Francisco is full of unusual history. Other highlights include the Cliff House, City Lights Bookstore, and Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.

Explore the city in your sneakers… Recently named one of the fittest cities in the country, San Francisco lives up to its reputation. Every day, hundreds of runners can be seen jogging along the beautiful waterfront from the Giants’ stadium (AT&T Park) to Fort Point near the Golden Gate Bridge. Going for a jog is a great way to see the city and work out.

Grab a drink (or two) in the Marina… Embrace your inner party animal and head to the Marina, a neighborhood that is located along the water. Known for its great bars and brunch spots, the Marina is one of the best places to grab a drink at all hours of the day or night. Start at local favorites like Eastside West, Mauna Loa, and Balboa Café.

Catch a homer from your kayak… Rather than paying for a seat to watch the Giants, rent a kayak and check out a baseball game from McCovey Cove, a small inlet of the San Francisco Bay that sits in the stadium’s shadow. You may even be able to snag a ball sailing out of the park — also known as a “splash hit.”

Try something new… San Francisco’s mix of 100-year-old restaurants like Tadich’s Grill and new places like Sushirrito (sushi meets burrito) and Off the Grid’s weekly food truck market means that you can try something new every day. Make sure to sample fresh seafood and produce at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Swallow your pride and get on a Segway… They’re fun! Although it’s the most touristy thing you can do in the city, a Segway tour through Golden Gate Park is one of the best ways to check out all the top spots in a short period of time.


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