We started this month of travel with a quick trip to San Francisco and two days in Napa Valley.
Hey San Francisco, you’re really cold and kind of messed up our packing strategies. But you did have some good aspects too. I had a few days to walk around the city with my best friend Anne before Ron joined me, and this is what we found.
Pacific Heights was my favorite area to explore. I loved wandering the streets and climbing those monster hills to get to the top just to look back and see all the way to the bay. Some of the spots I discovered were Rose’s Cafe and Jane on Filmore for brunch, Roam for lunch, The Dorian or the Palm House for drinks, Union Larder and Elephant Sushi for snacks and dinner, and Anomie was the cutest little shop with undiscovered brands and great accessories. They had the softest swimwear and funky sunglasses that called my name. Across town, I had to stop in Cafe Réveille for their signature juices and lattes in this amazing space.
Other places we didn’t get around to hitting up, but my local friends said are amazing:
We did all of the touristy stuff and I completely underestimated the amount of people in this ‘photo opportunity’ spots. The craziness that was Lombard Street was incomprehensible. There were literally more people there than Disneyland. This photo was all that I could capture without some kind of tourist.
I couldn’t get over the funky architecture that’s all over town. I kept stopping and taking photos of houses for inspiration.
After walking up what felt like 1,233,735,445 miles of hills, we were off to Napa Valley for our cousin’s wedding. We were only in Napa for two days, and we wish we could have stayed longer. We didn’t have a whole lot of time to explore, but loved the places we went.
We ate brunch at Archetype in downtown St. Helena and it was incredible. The food, the drinks, the atmosphere – this place really had it all. We loved sitting outside.
Then it was off to Hall Wines. Hall’s vineyard has a lot of artwork surrounding the property, on top of it just being gorgeous as far as the grounds and facilities are concerned. We sat outside by the fountain under the umbrellas and never wanted to move.
We ate lunch at Solage one day, and if we went back this is absolutely where we would stay. The hotel was gorgeous. The wedding was held at V. Sattui vineyards, which had great gardens and a beautiful tasting room. After that, we were packing up and heading to the Hamptons! We had a blast on the West Coast, and can’t wait to be back soon. Congratulations to our family, Trey and Nicole, on their beautiful wedding day!
Paula and Ron