A taste of Tiburon…
Looking for a summer travel escape with a difference? At saffronsouk.com we are big fans of that cheeky quick getaway to a destination within a couple of hours travel time from the Gulf. However sometimes we crave going just that little bit further a field to somewhere we have never been before, and more often then not we like to do things a little bit differently. And that is how we came to visit Tiburon…
Tiburon is a small coastal town located in San Francisco Bay, directly opposite the city centre. Now don’t get us wrong, we fancy some bright lights, big city action, but we are also fans of getting to know the community and the people that make that city thrive. So when we decided on destination San Fran, we hunted out this quaint town of 9,000 for it’s coastal location, it’s fab water transport links to the rest of the bay area and it’s old school unexpected artisan vibe.
2. We even joined in a local street party where the main street was pedestrianised for the evening. Live music, good food and people dancing on table tops – what’s not to love about that!
3. Main Street, Tiburon 4. – 7. The quaint revamped retail stores, cafes and boutiques of the town.
8. – 9. The Candy Store – this place was heaven (even for big kids!). We visited most days for a sweet treat and to feed off the excitement of the local kids visiting and spending hours trying to decide what to speed their pocket money on…
Food is always at the fore front of our minds when traveling and boy were we excited when we found Sam’s Anchor Cafe. Tucked neatly in to the middle of the Tiburon Main Street, the entrance to Sam’s doesn’t do justice to what lies beyond! This place features a huge harbour side terrace with outdoor seating, amazing food (the burgers are the BEST) and even friendly bird life to boot!
We hate to admit it but we were timing ferry trips from the city to suit supper timings at Sam’s!
10. A sign well worth seeking out…
11. – 13. The view from Sam’s during the day and night back across the city lights is rather hard to beat!
During an evening stroll (no doubt trying to rid ourselves of the guilt of eating yet another Sam’s burger!) we stumbled across Historic Ark Row. It was the quirky cluster of artisan boutiques that initially got us excited but it was only once we realised that this retail row consists of mostly former turn of the century ark boats that remained after land infill that we really paid attention.
14. – 18. The retail strip that forms the Historic Ark Row
Just along from Tiburon you hit Belvedere waterfront and it’s show piece – the China Cabin. This Victorian Saloon was formerly the first class saloon of PS China, a side-wheel steamer commissioned in 1866 to service the route between San Francisco and the Far East. In 1978, this Victorian drawing room was designated a National Maritime Monument and the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society took on the task of restoration and what a job they did!
We were fascinated with the ornate fit-out, and the fashion photo shoot that was taking place during our quick visit… history, culture and people watching all wrapped into one!
19. Belvedare waterfront, neighbouring Tiburon.
20. – 23. The China Cabin
We ventured into the city almost every day of our week long trip and the only way to do it is via the ferry – taking only 20mins to cruise across to San Francisco and with views of the city, Angel Island, the Golden Gate bridge and Alcatraz it was a real treat and the best way to begin and end a day of sightseeing.
And be sure to jump off the ferry (at least once) at the ferry terminal and visit the Ferry Building Marketplace, a cluster of artisan shops housed within this historic building -there is also a fab urban farmers market that is not to be missed.
24. The best view to wake up to, and the best view to soak in during a cross the bay ferry crossing…
25. From the Tiburon ferry terminal you can take a trip across the bay to the city or to Angel Island – a California historical landmark. Angel island has been used as a military fort, a quarantine stationand an immigration inspection and detention facility. It now has some fab tours – including a historical route by means of a sedgeway!
26. Camp Reynolds (West Garrison) on Angel Island
27. Alcatraz from the ferry 28. The Golden Gate Bridge can be seen clearly from the Tiburon waterfront 29. – 30. The spectacular views of San Francisco city from the upper deck of the ferry