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Sports Trifecta – Bay Area (Part 3: San Francisco 49ers)

The Third Day

The final day of the sports trifecta took place in San Francisco. My goal on the last day of this trip was to take in as much of the city as I could.  Similar to Carmel, San Francisco has always been a place that has special meaning to me from my youth, especially because I was a very big San Francisco Giants fan.

San Francisco

The first stop, as it always is, was to stop for coffee at a shop called Four Barrel Coffee, off of Valencia Street. I will later be featuring a stroll about this coffee shop.

Four Barrel Coffee
Four Barrel Coffee

Following the early morning coffee, we went to see The Ferry Marketplace building. This transit hub is quite an experience to visit. Inside are many different local food places ranging from a cheese stand and desserts to coffee and wine. Everything you could ever want is there, and the building itself has many amazing features.  One main aspect that I found to be most intriguing, takes place at the main entrance which features a “spirit-flap display” showing the transportation schedules.  

San Francisco Ferry Marketplace

After our visit to the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace, I stopped at the San Francisco MOMA.  While it is always a goal of mine each trip to see a Sporting event, I also find it important to insert an aspect of art. Stay tuned for my post about the SFMOMA coming soon.

San Francisco MOMA
Salesforce Tower
Salesforce Tower

As I was heading out of downtown San Francisco to Santa Clara, where the San Francisco 49ers stadium (Levi Stadium) is located, I had to make one more stop for coffee. A place that has been on my coffee list for years, offers a drink that I have viewed many times in pictures. This coffee shop is called Andytown Coffee Roasters. They offer a drink called a “snowy plover” which consists of 2 shots of espresso, Pellegrino, brown sugar syrup, topped with their homemade whipped cream. I have a list of my top 10 coffee drinks that are particular to a an individual shop, and the “snowy plover” easily moved onto that list. In fact, the next time I am in San Francisco, Andytown will be my first visit.

Andytown “Snowy Plover”

San Francisco 49ers Game

There are a select few historic sports teams in the United States. When it comes to Baseball, I think of the Dodgers and Yankees. For Basketball, the Celtics and Lakers. Although in Football it is not as distinct in parity, I think of the Cowboys, Steelers, and 49ers. I suppose now I should think of the Patriots also in that conversation. The San Francisco 49ers have always been an historic franchise to me, so having the opportunity to see a game there was very special.

Adding to the special moment of going to see the 49ers was the fact that it was Veterans Day. Going to a Monday Night Football game to see the San Francisco 49ers is special, but to see it when so many servicemen are being honored and having the game based upon the theme of the day was truly something exceptional.

Levi Stadium

Final Thoughts

I am very thankful I was able to take a trip like this one. It was a great experience and afforded me the opportunity to mark these games at stadiums off of my sports bucket list, as well as take part in some of the natural beauty that this area has to offer. I honestly left feeling fulfilled that I accomplished everything I wanted on the trip. I cannot wait to plan the next sports trifecta. It would be quite the feat if I was able to do a trip like this one each year.

Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the Bay Area Sports Trifecta!

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