Fact: the West Coast knows sure does know their weather, restaurants and wine.
A few weeks ago, I jetted off to San Francisco to meet my best friend Morgan for a weekend trip to the Golden City. It was my first time visiting the West Coast (besides a layover in Seattle) so naturally we had long list of sites to see and places to eat.
Here’s a little photo recap on how we spent 72 hours in San Francisco…
Day 1 // Walking + People Watching
We arrived on Thursday and immediately began trekking around the city, heading from Union Square where our hotel was to Fishman’s Wharf. The hills are real y’all. After falling in love with a dock covered in seals, we stopped for a mid-day cocktail and snack. From there, we headed to Dolores Park and soaked up the warm California weather sans humidity – it was glorious. (Note to self: visit Piedmont Park more often) Next we ventured to The Mission and found ourselves at the coolest cocktail bar – Trick Dog. After downing some well-crafted cocktails (I ordered A Thousand Points of Light, Morgan had I Like Ike) we headed back to our hotel in Union Square to freshen up for dinner in the Tenderloin (what a weird name) district.
Day 2 // Biking + More Biking
Friday started with a cruffin and a morning walk to pick up our bikes. Our plan was to spend the day biking around the city and to the Golden Gate Bridge. Admittingly, I was pretty nervous about riding a bike all day. Besides a stationary spin bike, I can’t tell you the last time I was a 2-wheeled mode of transportation. I opted out of getting a helmet and immediately regretted it when I realized the only thing separating the bike lane and car lane was a painted green line. I just knew I was going to run smack dab into an open car door and fall into oncoming traffic. I was visualizing the headlines – Atlanta Tourist Dies On 27th Birthday Because She Forgot How To Ride A Bike. After about the first 20 minutes, my adrenaline overrode my worries and by the end of the day, I didn’t want to give the bike back. I felt like a Lance Armstrong in-training. We biked along the waterfront, over the bridge and in to a the most precious town, Sausalito. I made lots of mental notes to check Zillow later because the real estate was a dream. After ferrying back to the city, we got ready for pre-dinner drinks at hidden speakeasy-ish lounge and then dinner in The Mission.
Day 3 // Roadtripping + Wine-Touring
Saturday was Sonoma-day and I woke up feeling like it was Christmas morn. Our day started early picking up our rental car and driving to Berkeley for breakfast. The drive to Sonoma was gorgeous. Morgan and I’s first stop was Gloria Ferrar Winery – every morning should start with sparking whites overlooking a rolling vineyard. Next was the Larson Family Winery, which just so happened to be my favorite. Not sure if it was the fact they had 3 Labradors that wandered around the property or that Bob the wine expert charmed me into joining their wine club after only 3 pours. It honestly could have been the delicious mustards that were sampling and the fact that Morgan and I couldn’t leave without purchasing two jars each. When in Rome Sonoma, amiright? We ended the day at Viansa, where we enjoyed more wine and more importantly a Cuban sandwich – can’t forget the sustenance. On the drive back to San Fran, we made a pit stop at Battery Spencer for a different view of the bridge … because if you followed me on Snapchat, you know I couldn’t get enough photos of that dang bridge. Dinner that night was in SoMa and I had the best burger of my life.
Where We Stayed
Where We Ate
The Trident (Sausalito)
Venus Restaurant (Berkeley)
Where We Played (& Wined)
Barrel House Tavern (Sausalito)
Gloria Ferrer (Sonoma)
Larson Family Winery (Sonoma)
Viansa Sonoma (Sonoma)
Celebrating my birthday on the other side of the country was such a [San Francisco] treat (couldn’t help myself there). Special thanks to my BFF Morgan for planning everything, remaining patient with my biking skills and not missing a beat with our dining itinerary!