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If you haven’t visited the glorious City by the Bay in a while, fall is a perfect time! Ironically, autumn typically offers some of the Bay Area’s best weather, with daytime temps averaging in the mid-60s and nighttime lows in the mid-50s. Afternoons are usually clear, perfect for exploring one of the world’s most beautiful cities. California municipalities have enacted protective measures against COVID-19, but many businesses and parks are open — and are welcoming visitors with open arms.

Rely on Our Expertise to Plan Your Stay

Our Equity Estates residence has one of the best locations in the city, conveniently located within walking distance of North Beach restaurants, Fisherman’s Wharf and numerous landmarks. Our Local Host lives in the area and is an expert on where to go and what to do. Business hours, re-openings and transportation schedules are changing daily during the pandemic, so our Local Host can help you plan your stay — meaning you won’t need to worry about what is open and how to get around! We’ve created a sample three-day itinerary to give you some ideas on how to enjoy this fabulous destination during these uncertain times.

Day One: Bike Tour

One of the best ways to explore San Francisco is via bicycle, either under your own pedal power — or if you want to cover more distance without too much exertion, try an electric bike. You have several options for where to go. If you’ve never walked or biked across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, this is a must-do. Book a bike tour with Bay City Bike and choose their “Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Tour,” which begins in Fisherman’s Wharf. From there, you’ll ride along the attractive waterfront and enjoy stunning views of Alcatraz Island, cross over the city’s famous landmark bridge, and then roll into picturesque Sausalito. After exploring for a bit, you’ll hop on a ferry for a leisurely trip back to the Wharf.

Another fun option is to tour the city’s fascinating neighborhoods and sights on Bay City Bike’s “Streets of San Francisco Electric Bike Tour.” This four-hour tour takes you through North Beach’s “Little Italy,” around the Giant’s Oracle Ballpark, through the Mission District, past the famous “Painted Ladies” of Alamo Square, the Civic Center and more. Most of the ride is relatively flat, but you’ll appreciate the electric pedal assist that will make getting up steep Bay Area hills a breeze.

These are just a few of the guided tour options Bay City Bikes offers, so you’re sure to find a tour that fits your time allotment and interests. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can rent bikes and head out on a self-guided tour (the shop can provide you with maps and route suggestions). From your residence, you can walk to the bike shop in just 15 minutes.

Where to Refuel

Whichever tour you choose, you will work up an appetite! Since all the bike tours begin and end in Fisherman’s Wharf, you won’t need to walk far to find somewhere to tuck into a delicious meal. Open restaurants are offering outdoor dining (with limited indoor dining, depending on current health orders). Many restaurants on Pier 39, known for its playful, frolicking sea lions, are open with marvelous views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the Bay. The legendary sourdough baker, Boudin Bakery Cafe, is open (multiple locations), as well as Fog Harbor Fish House, Wipeout Bar & Grill and Pier Market Seafood Restaurant.

Tip: Check websites and call ahead to confirm hours since things change often. Many Bay Area restaurants have recently reopened for limited indoor dining, so it’s best to make a reservation.

Day Two: Explore Muir Woods National Monument

There’s no better way to spend a crisp fall day than exploring the 558-acre Muir Woods National Monument, one of the Bay Area’s last remaining ancient redwood forests. Walk among towering redwoods on boardwalks and paths that meander through the park as Steller’s jays chatter back and forth overhead. The main trail is an easy two-mile walk with minimal elevation change. Since 2018, the Monument requires online reservations to park a vehicle, so plan ahead — or let our Local Host do it for you!

A stress-free way to reach the park is via a shuttle. Operators such as San Francisco Shuttle Tours offers two options: a “Muir Woods with Ferry Cruise” tour that takes you to Muir Woods and then stops in Sausalito for an hour before returning to the city via ferry. The second tour is a full day of sightseeing, with guided walks in Chinatown and Golden Gate Park, plus multiple stops at almost every city landmark for photo ops. (Note: passengers are required to wear facemasks).

If you prefer a more customized, personal adventure, check out Bespoke Experiences, which offers private four to eight-hour tours in luxury vehicles. You tell them what you’d like to see, and they will plan a custom itinerary.

Where to Refuel

In addition to the multiple options we noted earlier around Fisherman’s Wharf, several notable Bay Area restaurants are also welcoming diners. Sotto Mare, a family-run, old-school Italian eatery just a six-minute walk from Equity Estate’s residence, has been wowing hungry patrons with its “Best Damn Crab Cioppino in San Francisco” for decades! For a more upscale night out, spend an evening overlooking the Bay and enjoying some of the area’s best seafood at the Waterbar. Another wonderful patio dining experience is Boulevard, which is housed in a historic building on the Embarcadero with sweeping Bay views.

Day Three: Golden Gate Park and Land’s End

No trip to San Francisco is complete without spending some time in these spectacular parks. To create more shared public space where residents and visitors can spend time safely outside, San Francisco has recently implemented a Slow Streets Program — and Golden Gate State Park is included. The program blocks off several streets throughout the city to vehicle traffic, making it easier and more enjoyable for pedestrians and bicyclists to move about.

If you’re not worn-out from your bike tour on Day One, renting a bike is a fabulous way to explore the 1,017-acre park’s lakes and meadows. A fun alternative is to glide around on a Segway tour (check first to see if tours are operating). Or simply pick up a picnic lunch at the Whole Foods near the park’s eastern end and spend the day strolling around, relishing the fresh sea air and appealing surroundings.

For an unparalleled experience, spend some time exploring Land’s End, which is usually less busy than the area’s more well-known parks. Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Land’s End is on San Francisco’s northwest corner, overlooking the channel that flows under the Golden Gate Bridge. Follow the trails that wind their way around rocky cliffs dotted with wildflowers and under cypress and eucalyptus trees. Prepare to be dazzled as you come around each turn when breathtaking views of the ocean, headlands, bridge and coastline greet you!

Be sure to save time to visit the Sutro Historic District, where six lavish saltwater swimming pools, restaurants, 517 private dressing rooms and arcades enclosed by 100,000 square feet of glass once existed. Now in ruins, the facility was a popular attraction dating back to 1894 and could accommodate thousands of swimmers at a time. You can still see the grand baths’ concrete remains just north of the Cliff House, an iconic restaurant dating back to the 1800s (temporarily closed).

Tip: Many parks are open, but some visitor centers and other indoor spaces are currently closed. For example, outdoor tours are open on Alcatraz Island, but no indoor tours are running. Check the park websites for the most current information.

Where to Refuel

Head back to your elegant Equity Estates residence to relax and order savory takeout from any number of restaurants such as Chong Qing Xiao Mian (just minutes away). If pizza sounds better, order from an award-winning North Beach institution, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. Enjoy a glass of wine in the apartment’s lovely shared common garden area with a table firepit as you reflect on your wonderful three-day vacation in one of the world’s most beautiful cities!

Your visit to San Francisco with Equity Estates can be anything and everything you’ve dreamed about. If you are an investor with Equity Estates, contact your Personal Travel Concierge to learn more about your Napa Valley vacation.

If you would like more information about investing with Equity Estates, please reach out to our Investor Relations team at 404.445.8501 or tap this link to schedule a call.

How often do milestone birthdays or anniversaries come around? Don’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate these special moments with loved ones.

How many of the investments in your personal portfolio are you able to actually enjoy with loved ones? Equity Estates allows you to create lasting memories and enjoy all of life’s precious moments, while simultaneously making a sound financial investment in real estate. Browse our Top 5 Recommended Trips for Life’s Milestones below.

1) Top Destination for Anniversaries: Napa Valley, California

How many anniversaries have passed by without a proper celebration? Life’s too short—celebrate with your partner in Napa Valley this year. From the picturesque rolling landscapes, to the five-star cuisine, to the renowned vineyards—Napa is well equipped to play host to your romantic anniversary trip. Our residence lies within the world-renowned Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort, and comes complete with an array of amenities from the celebrated spa to the exclusive Vintner Member Program.

2) Top Destination for Family Reunions: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Always dreamed of getting several generations of your family together under one roof?  Now’s the time, and Hilton Head Island is the place. Hilton Head Island is small in size, making it a 100% bike-able island, but mighty in family-friendly activities. Our residence is located just steps from the sands of the #1 Best Beach in the Continental U.S. as ranked by Travel + Leisure and boasts a resort-style private pool and Jacuzzi, gourmet chef’s kitchen with seating for the whole family and nearly 4,500 sq. ft. of living space.

3) Top Destination for a Milestone Birthday Celebration: Los Cabos, Mexico

Milestone birthdays only come around every decade or so—if you or a loved one have one approaching, don’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate. Los Cabos has something for everyone, from its world-class golf to its picturesque waters to its bustling nightlife. Our two expansive residences are both located within the Puerto Los Cabos neighborhood and offer a combined 11 bedrooms, making them the perfect homes to play host to your extended family and friends. With both homes featuring fabulous outdoor living areas including resort style pools, fire pits, panoramic ocean views and plenty of seating, they are begging to host your next celebration.

4) Top Destination for a Girls’ Getaway: Florence, Italy

There are many reasons Florence is consistently ranked as the #1 Best City in the World. With exquisite food and wine, scenic views, and world-class shopping, it’s the perfect destination for a girls’ getaway with close friends and family. Our residence is made up of two separate one-bedroom apartments featuring elegant finishes, modern amenities and floor-to-ceiling windows to take in breathtaking views of the Arno River and the famed Ponte Vecchio. This jewel is located in the heart of Florence—you’ll be able to practically touch the Vasari Corridor—and our concierge team can arrange a fabulous trip filled with five-star dining experiences, artisan tours and jaunts to the Tuscan wine region.

5) Top Destination for a Guys’ Weekend: Park City, Utah

Park City is the rare mountain town with plenty to offer even if you have no interest in shredding through fresh powder—and the action isn’t limited to Sundance. Historic Main Street is still reminiscent of a silver mining town but is modernized with a plethora of restaurants, brew pubs and whiskey distilleries. Of course, this charming city also offers top ranked ski and snowboard facilities with more than 7,000 acres of terrain. Our five-bedroom Park City abode is mere steps from Main Street and the town lift. Take the lift to challenging ski trails during winter or to exhilarating mountain biking and hiking trails during summer. After a day full of activity, enjoy a sundowner on your private rooftop deck while taking in the stunning views with close friends.

We are thrilled about our new partnership with The Eden Club!

Our new partnership with The Eden Club will allow Equity Estates investors unparalleled access to legendary St. Andrews, Scotland—including the storied Old Course. Investors will enjoy high-end accommodation on the grounds of famed Pittormie Castle while checking off the courses on every golfer’s bucket list. Though the courses of St. Andrews are arguably some of the best in the world, our portfolio boasts many other incredible destinations for golf enthusiasts. Continue reading below to discover our top picks for golf within our portfolio.

Cape Town

With its splendid natural surroundings, cool ocean breezes and rolling hills, it’s no wonder why Cape Town is the golf mecca of South Africa. Many of the fairways that dot this city are both visually stunning and technically challenging, making them a favorite of both local and international golf enthusiasts. Our residence in Cape Town is set on the grounds of the five-star Arabella Western Cape Hotel and Spa, surrounded by outstanding beauty and home to a championship golf course by the same name. Arabella Golf Crouse is set on the banks of the largest natural lagoon in South Africa and offers a world-class golf experience, complete with 18 meticulously crafted holes. This course regularly attracts professional players and celebrities from around the globe.

Hilton Head

When most golfers think of Hilton Head Island, the signature RBC Heritage event surely comes to mind. This small island is home to more than 400 golf holes, making it a very popular vacation destination since the 1950s. Spring is the perfect time to play a few rounds, when the weather is ideal and the azaleas are blooming. Our beachfront residence offers stunning Atlantic views and a very close proximity to many courses including Harbour Town Golf Links within The Sea Pines Resort. Harbour Town is one of the most celebrated courses on the PGA tour, making it the perfect place to put your game to the ultimate test of finesse.

Punta Cana

Punta Cana was established as a golf destination when Teeth of the Dog opened in the 1970s, but newcomers within the last decade on the island’s eastern shore have cemented its reputation. One of these is La Cana, located within the Punta Cana Resort & Club. Our expansive home in the Punta Cana Resort & Club overlooks the signature 12th hole known as “island green” and offers unparalleled access to this renowned course. Additionally, Punta Espada and Corales—arguably the best seaside golf experiences throughout the entire Caribbean—are both located just a short golf cart ride away from our residence.