You’ve made it- you’re in warm, sunny California! As you
dream of beautiful beaches, sexy tans and all of the cute outfits you have
planned out, your plane lands… in San Francisco. Whoops. While it may be a part
of the Golden State, during the winter months (and the summer months, as a
matter of fact) it does a less than stellar job of living up to California’s
reputation. To make things short, it rains here a lot. Like, a lot. While the
East Coast gets a physical representation of the miserable weather (snow), we
just get ruined hairdos and broken umbrellas. But you’re a traveler- you’ve
been around the world; a little rain won’t stop you from having the time of
your life right? I’ve compiled a list of things to do when the rest of the city
is cowering indoors:
Looks like someone read my blog!
Go see a movie!
Worry not, you will not be forced to go see the latest
Cameron Diaz movie (unless you want to). We here in SF love a good film, and we
have enough movie theaters to prove it.
Blockbuster-type movie theater, and also the site of an indoor farmer’s market
EVERYDAY! Broke? Walk around and ask questions- they love giving out free
The Red Vic- Indie
movies galore! Located on Haight Street, this movie theater shows an awesome
mix of modern and older favorites. And of course, they sell organic treats (no
Junior Mints for you!).
Kabuki Theater- A
nice mix of both old and new movies- this theater also has IMAX movies (if
watching it on a normal screen isn’t exciting enough for you). And kiss your
liquor-sneaking days away: Kabuki has a bar inside.
Hang out in a bookstore!
We San Franciscans love bookstores. Now, you don’t have to
buy any books- you can just hang out there and read, maybe meet some brainy
studs (or ladies) to enjoy your stay in SF with (wink wink). There’s a ton in
the city, these are just a few of the coolest in my humble opinion.
City Lights- Located
on Broadway and Columbus, this place is perfect for browsing… actually, it’s
kind of difficult to find a specific book here, so don’t go here if you crave
order. Really knowledgeable staff, awesome atmosphere, and less than 5 mins
from the GT= win!
261 Columbus Ave
Bound Together Anarchist Collective Bookstore- Whether you love the government or pray for
revolution every night, this bookstore is an interesting experience for anyone.
Run by volunteers, they’ll help you find the latest zines and other literature
that you’ll never find at Barnes and Nobles.
Go on one of the GT’s Adventure Travel NEW Mini Adventure
Here’s the thing about SF: If it’s raining here, that does
not necessarily mean it’s raining anywhere else in the Bay area. So what’s the
best way to deal with a rainy day? Leave! The new Mini Adventures are day trips
to areas outside of San Francisco, such as Santa Cruz, Muir Woods, wine country,
etc… At only $25, you get a ride and a tour around some truly beautiful places
in the San Francisco area. Our first one heads to Santa Cruz on March 13th,
and it sounds like the perfect way to escape a rainy San Francisco day:
our neighborhood coastal farming community of Half Moon Bay for coffee and then
head for a splash in local tidepools or a stroll on the beach. Be on the
lookout for whales, elephant seals and the occasional surfer on the way to Big
Basin! Hike creek-side to the lesser known redwood grove or just chill-out and
watch the waves. We will swing through Santa Cruz before we wrap up the days
adventure with multiple Bay Area public transportation drop offs.
Or, you can do my personal favorite thing to do on rainy
SLEEP AND EAT ALL DAY LONG! Or cook delicious food for
the front desk staff to eat. We hate bad weather too!