When San Francisco’s Karl the Fog blows gusts of writer’s inspiration your way.
1. The Top of the Mark
Tucked inside the Intercontinental on the peak of one of San Francisco’s infamous hills, the Top of the Mark boasts an expansive view, a comprehensive cocktail list, and a setting perfect for inspiration for the next Hemingway himself. The locale is reminiscent of the booming modernist period and you can’t help but beg the servers for a pen and a napkin…or ten.
2. The Palace of Fine Art
We stumbled upon San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Art on a tour and it was the best accident of the day! Surrounded by lush greenery, a beautiful lake, Renaissance style buildings, and an atmosphere of acceptance, the Palace of Fine Art will welcome inspiration for writers from all over the world, both inside and out.
3. Anywhere that has a view of the Golden Gate Bridge
To say that I was awestruck by the Golden Gate Bridge may be the understatement of the century. I stared and stared at it’s beautiful, candy-apple red beams and shrieked with joy. I could have sat and stared and written ten stories woven out of those beams in minutes if I had the time to pause. There are several restaurants that have a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and lookout points where you can set up camp on a warm, sunny day…just be careful that the wind doesn’t blow all of your hard work away!
4. In a trendy café
San Francisco is the only place I can honestly say that I have ever found lavender milk. Yes, it was just as delicious as it sounds. With so many creative combinations, trendy decorations, and interesting people to converse with, it’s impossible not to get the creative juices flowing in one of these incredible cafés!
4.5 Santa Clara
This is the reason for the “1/2” in the title. About a 90-minute drive from San Francisco, Santa Clara is guaranteed to be at least ten degrees warmer, 20% less foggy, and just as full of inspiration. If you’re the kind of writer who likes to take a drive and isolate themselves from temptation, Santa Clara is your spot.