wintertime traditions: drifter and the gypsy in san francisco

wintertime traditions: the drifter and the gypsy in san francisco

On the eve of the first full day of winter, talented photographer Micaela of Drifter and the Gypsy has agreed to share her favorite cold weather spots in her hometown of San Francisco - proving you don't need five feet of snow to truly enjoy winter nor loads of sun to enjoy a trip to California. Here are her top choices for seasonal visits!

Wintertime in San Francisco is one of my favorite times of year. The air is crisp, shops deck out their windows, and coffee shops bring out their seasonal flavors. When Lauren asked me to write about some of my winter spots, I got excited to share with you my winter traditions in San Francisco.

Ice skating is the quintessential winter activity, wouldn't you agree? Embarcadero Center and Union Square are two well-known ice rinks. Skating amidst tall buildings and the general hubbub of the city is an amazing experience.

As I mentioned before, one of the things I love about the wintertime is that coffee shops bring out their seasonal flavors. Peets and Blue Bottle Coffee never let me down! Just recently I discovered a quaint little chai cart set up downtown.

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This time of year it rains a lot in the city. When that happens, I like to duck inside a bookstore and hang out until the rain passes. City Lights Books is one of my faves. It's full of little nooks and corners for you to hide away and pass the day. (Not to mention Jack Kerouac frequented this bookstore in his heyday!)

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This window display was spotted at Tiffany's in Union Square. It's one of the prettiest window displays I've seen. I'm constantly amazed by the amount of extra effort stores go through to deck out their windows this time of year. It makes the shopping district come alive.

Living in the mild climate of California means it's pretty easy to grow crops all year round. I love going to the farmer's market (the Ferry Building Farmer's Market is HUGE!)

Renegade Craft Fair's holiday market in December. I go religiously and it gets more and more crowded each year. This past market was PACKED with vendors and shoppers alike. Looking at all the pretty handmade items always gets my creative juices flowing.

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If you happen to be visiting San Francisco this time of year, do make sure you check out these little spots. And don't be afraid to go adventuring; there are so many hidden gems I've yet to discover!

Thanks, Micaela!