While hiking through the Lands End area of San Francisco I came across this gem. Built in the late 19th century as the world's largest indoor swimming pool complex, visitors could take a dip in one of the seven pools or take a stroll through a museum containing the eclectic artifacts collected by the Bath's owner and former mayor of San Francisco, Adolph Sutro. The building burned down in a fire in 1966 and the area was abandoned, but it is still a very unique and photograph-worthy spot. I felt like I had been transported to some European ruin of an ancient bath house, momentarily forgetting that I was actually in California!
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Lunch with a view
Dining at a Sutro's is an amazing treat. You get to look out at the bay and enjoy decent quality food.
We started off with a brut, and then proceeded with the english pea soup as our appetizer. I got the mint and english pea ravioli dish topped with crab, and my dining companion had the mussels.
Was this the best meal we ever had? No. But the food is good enough and the view is breathtaking. After the meal, we hiked along the Sutro baths and this made for a great experience.
Tip: Try to get the first reservation and arrive early to secure a table by the window.
The airy dining room windows serve two purposes: allow the light in and frame the dramatic Pacific Coast. Brunch at the Cliff House is delicious, but you'll be lifting your eyes from the plate often to watch waves crash, ships pass, and gulls dive.
September and October are the months for warmer days and beautiful evenings in San Francisco. This comes from Sutro Baths, looking out over the Pacific Ocean. Just west of the city and a short bus ride down Geary, this is also the trailhead for Lands End, which is a short hike that winds along the Pacific Coast cliffs with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
San Francisco is not known for her warm sunny beaches, but when we are blessed with a clear blue sky, warm breeze and sunshine, wow is it fantastic!! Typically Ocean Beach is pretty empty with the exception of surfers armed with wetsuits and dedicated beach-goers bundled up with long pants, jackets and scarves playing ball with their dog. So, when the temperatures rise, the crowds come a running!
This is a fun part of the city to explore, ruins to climb across, caves to explore, cliffs to ascend and trails leading out to Land's End for some great hikes with killer views. I highly recommend getting out to the Sea Cliff area of the city if you have time, there is so much to explore here!
Even though I have spent nearly my entire life in San Francisco, I had never checked out the Sutro Baths until a couple years ago. Growing up in the city, I had always heard of the area near the Cliff House but I had not actually seen it. I'd have to ask my parents why they never took me there.
When I finally drove out there to visit, I saw why people had been recommending it for years. It was clear that this would be a great place to take any friends from out of town. Visiting these ruins is a unique experience that I cannot really imagine in any other part of the world. You can climb the ruins of the Victorian-era bathhouse, enjoy the ocean air, or just admire the view. The scenery is especially beautiful at sunset and it is almost haunting at dusk.