Having my office just 23 miles south of the City, one would think I spend lots of time there. But because so much of my wedding planning work is done via email and phone, I do not get up to SF as often as I would like.
But now, after discovering a new-to-me wedding venue, reconnecting with beloved friends over lunch, and taking a refreshing walk along the SF Bay, I am reminded once again why I love San Francisco.
Forest Hills Clubhouse was built in 1919 by Bernard Maybeck and is still owned and maintained by the Forest Hill residents. My friend Jutta Lammerts, who is the property manager for the Clubhouse, invited me for a tour so I would have all the information needed to recommend this hidden gem to my wedding clients for their upcoming celebrations. Thank you, Jutta!
From left, Gloria Wong, holding Ginger's baby, me, Joey Cheung, Ginger Wada, Associate of Gloria Wong, Jubilee Lau, Megan Woods, Amanda Kong (baby due in 3 weeks), Associate of Jubilee Lau, John Woods, and Kevin Chin.
After my time at the Clubhouse, I met for lunch at Palomino Restaurant with several dear friends whom I have come to know well during my years as a wedding planner. Hosted by Jubilee Lau, we were all invited to relax over a delicious 3 course lunch, celebrating the babies being born into our "family".
I am so grateful for the professional connections and loving relationships I have developed through partnering with such creative professionals to serve our clients; now we create celebrations to mark and remember the milestones in our lives.
After our delicious lunch, I took advantage of the beautiful day, the 3 hours I had before my next appointment, and the fact that Palomino is directly across from the Coastal Public Walkway, to explore more of my beloved San Francisco.
My first view was of Treasure Island with the Bay Bridge
|Farther down I walked to the end of the promenade near the Waterfront Restaurant to look back and enjoy this stunning view of the SF Skyline. I seemed to have this lovely area all to myself.|
I continued my walk down to this point, near Pier 23, and returned along the other side of Embarcadero which has its own diverse beauty to explore.
|SF Ferry Building is still the arrival/departure point for ferries from Sausalito as well as cruise boats for tours of the entire SF Bay.|
|By the way, I chose Raspberry, but next time I am going to try the mixed Berry Rhubarb....|