Last Friday night, we decided to embark on an adventure across the Bay to Tiburon. Every Friday night, Tiburon hosts its Friday Nights on Main celebration, offering good food, ice cold drinks and live entertainment. Sounds like a good time!
We traveled from our home base at PIER 39 for the Ferry Building, where we killed time walking around and taking in the sights and delicious smells of the specialty shops and restaurants. We then ventured outside and waited at the ferry dock for our Blue & Gold Fleet boat. It arrived right on schedule! Once the gaggle of tourists and their rented bicycles finally disembarked, we were able to board, grab a “cup” of wine, and relax on a newly installed bench outside on the 2nd deck. The ride was very pleasant and the views of the City Skyline were spectacular, but when the sea spray became too much for my then frizzed out hair to handle, we ventured upstairs to the wheelhouse for a VIP visit with Captain Steve. We were given a sneak peak at how the Captain operates the vessel and brings it safely from point A to B. Though I was a bit disappointed that the high-tech navigation systems did not include a fancy, old-school captain’s wheel (apparently those are not practical in a high-speed ferry), I was still intrigued by the swift maneuvering and constant communication the captain must maintain with the other vessels in the Bay in order to complete a successful run.
Once the ferry ride was over, we found ourselves in the quaint seaside village of Tiburon. Main Street is fairly small, but I can see why it would be a popular destination for tourists to visit. The streets were lined with brightly colored balloons and picnic tables were set up right in the middle for comfortable outside dining. Booths were equipped for face painting, the margaritas were flowing, and a live band was warming up in preparation for the nighttime festivities.
While waiting for everything to begin, we decided to visit Sam’s Anchor Café. Conveniently located in the heart of Main Street, Sam’s has been a local favorite since the 1920s. We sat out back on the deck to order drinks and appetizers. The hard lemonade drink was quite the favorite among our table, while the fried calamari and garlic bread proved to be a favorite of the looming seagulls. While we were able to keep all our food to ourselves, others weren’t so lucky. I literally watched one of the thieving birds dive bomb a still occupied table and fly away as quickly as it came with bits of calamari dripping from its greedy beak.
After finishing at Sam’s we were back on the streets, ordering Margaritas, dancing to the music and having an all around great time. Everywhere I looked, families were gathered together eating, children were running around and playing with face paint smeared all over their tiny fingers and others were relaxing with glasses of wine and catching up with old friends. Everyone seemed perfectly content, like they didn’t have a care in the world.
Once 9:35pm rolled around, it was time to catch the Blue & Gold Fleet ferry back to San Francisco. The ride home was chilly but calm, and I was exhausted. It’s an experience I would definitely recommend to tourists and locals alike-a great way to begin the weekend!