If you’re exploring your own backyard or getting to know a new city. Slowing down and taking the time to get to know all that the city has to offer is a must. Slow travel is a term coined to describe fully immersing yourself in a place. For those of us who aren’t location independent, sometimes the best place to slow travel is in your nearby cities.One way I continue to explore the areas right around me is taking a night out a new area of the city, in my case San Francisco. While I used to go into the City to go dancing with the girls, it is now much more likely to find me going into San Francisco for dinner and a show. That can range from a concert at the Fillmore to a broadway show at the Orpheum. Whether your city is San Francisco or anywhere else, taking a night out to relax, explore another piece of your city, eat an amazing meal and witness a live piece of art, it’s a great way to experience slow travel.
Enjoy a New Venue as well as the Act
In most major cities, you’ll find a wide variety of venues. Whether it is a brand new stadium, an old school movie theatre or a tiny hole in the wall. Sometimes it is just as much fun to explore a new venue as it is to see a new show or band. I’ve loved slowly exploring the old theatres that exist throughout the Bay Area.
In San Francisco, you can find the Fillmore that started as a dance hall and has an impressive line of bands that has played there since the 60s. If you’re looking for a show, you can find theatre at the Orpheum a beautiful movie house from the days of silent films or see a ballet or opera at the Opera House with its beautiful column architecture. Or head out to Oakland and see a concert at the classic Fox Theatre.
Start finding the venues you’re interested in exploring and keep an eye on the lineup. Sooner or later, you’ll stumble across and act or show you’d love to see.
Find a Unique Spot to Eat
Once you’ve got your tickets it’s time to explore the food scene nearby. Explore Yelp and Trip Advisor to find a quality place that is a little out of the norm. Explore a new pizza or burger joint, or splurge a bit for a fine dining experience.
Right around the corner of the Orpheum in San Francisco we found a Pinsa restaurant, Montesacro, it’s an old Roman style of Pizza that’s best described as somewhere between a flatbread and a pizza. And is absolutely delicious. The area over by the Orpheum isn’t one we normally end up, and would never have found it if we were searching for somewhere right around the theatre. The same goes for one of my favorite burger spots, Roam Artisan Burgers, right up the street from the Fillmore.
Grab A Drink In Style
After the show, there is one more thing to do, find yourself a beautiful view for a drink. Whether it is a prohibition style bar where you get to chat up the bartender and they make you a craft cocktail or a rooftop view of the city. Take a little more time after the show and relax in another characteristic spot.
In San Francisco, you’ll find a variety of hotels have penthouse bars where you can take in amazing views of the City. Three of my favorites are the Intercontinental, Sir Francis Drake and the Marriott Marquee.
Stay the Night in Town
While I can easily make it home from the City in a short drive, there are times where it is much more fun to stay the night. See if you can find a good deal on a luxury hotel, find my favorite trick here. Grab a drink at the hotel bar or just head up to your room to relax in a cozy robe. Find some of my favorite spots to stay in San Francisco here.
Plus if you stay the night you can explore more in the morning. Find a great place for breakfast and hit one of your top to-dos in the City.
SlOw Travel With A Night on the Town
Whether you do dinner and a show in a new city or in your own backyard, it is a great way to better get a now a city. Plus you get to take in a show. Picking a new area in your own city to explore in a new way, finding unique places and having a relaxing evening is the perfect night out.
Dinner and a show is one of my favorite slow travel examples. How do you enjoy slow travel or ways to explore both near and far?