Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sonoma & San Francisco, CA: Day 2

Happy Tuesday, friends!


Did you have a 3-day weekend? If so, I hope it was relaxing and full of joy! Ours was pretty low-key, just the way I like it. On Friday, though, we met some friends for a 40th birthday celebration. [Hi, Jeff & Mel!] You guys will formally meet Jeff next week. He's the man, with the brilliant eye, behind the lens of my blog photos. I can't wait to share his work with you!


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SONOMA, CALIFORNIA

We woke up refreshed and ready to take on our second day on the west coast. We headed to a restaurant called The Fremont Diner, recommended by my friend, Brennan, who lives in Sonoma. Hands-down, our favorite meal of the entire trip! It was THE. CUTEST. little place ever. It's homestyle cooking with southern charm. I was seriously in love. If we hadn't been stuffed from breakfast, we would have definitely gone back for lunch! It was that good.






 After we finished breakfast, we headed out to a vineyard. I was torn between visiting Sonoma and Napa Valley, but after some research, we decided Sonoma was more our cup of tea wine. We read that Napa Valley is more touristy. I'm not knocking it by any means, especially because I've never been! But I'm a firm believer in reading reviews, so I went with my gut and chose a more laid back location. Brennan highly recommended a couple of vineyards to us. She and her husband are wine members at Scribe Winery, and ended up getting us a reservation for a wine tasting pretty last minute [seriously can't thank you enough, Brennan!]. The view was beautiful, the wine made my taste buds dance, but the company was the best part. There's something so sweet about friendships that pick up right where they left off. We haven't seen each other in quite some time, but it was like a day hadn't passed. I'm so thankful that I'm surrounded by people like that!





After a couple of hours at the vineyard, we headed back to San Francisco. If we ever head back to San Fran, we definitely plan to spend a couple more days in Sonoma. It was so beautiful and we didn't get to see nearly enough.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA


On our drive back, my one request was to stop on the other side of the Golden Gate bridge so that we could see the bridge with the view of the city in the background. SO GLAD WE DID. It was so incredible! We pulled off on the last exit before the bridge again and started to head up the road. There wasn't any parking, so we decided to go all the way to the top of the cliff. Again, SO GLAD WE DID. There was plenty of parking up there, and it had the best views of the city! We also walked around a bit to see all of the bay area. 





I could've stayed there all day. Can you believe that view? But alas, we had to leave. 

We checked into our hotel - the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. We loved it. It was the perfect location. We could easily walk around the city and hop on public transportation on nearly every corner. Highly recommended!

We had rented a car to go to Sonoma. So after we checked in to the hotel [they let us just keep the car out front for 20 minutes], we returned it to the airport and just took the BART back to the hotel. On our way to the airport, we stopped to check out the Painted Ladies [Full House fans?] and the other sights in that area.



After getting a bit lost, we finally made it to the airport, dropped the car, and headed back to the hotel. Another nap may or may not have happened. Then we decided to order in pizza and relax for the rest of the night after our busy day. We really are homebodies, huh? Ha!

What cities do you recommend visiting on the west coast? Would love any recommendations!

Choose love. Be kind.

xo!

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