Part two of our travels in March was a long weekend in San Francisco. After spending some time in Seattle, we flew down to San Francisco for our friend Liz’s wedding. While much of our time was spent on awesome wedding festivities, we did find time to get out and see the city a bit. Tom and I had both been to the city before, so we didn’t hit tourist hot spots on this trip like we have on our previous trip. While there is tons to do in the city, we really enjoy the area around San Francisco the most. Here are some favorite places to check out if you’re headed out to northern CA any time soon:
– Blue Bottle Coffee Co. Get as many lattes as you can during your travel. This is one of the smoothest lattes I’ve ever had, and now my taste buds are tainted to all lattes in comparison to Blue Bottle’s.
– Explore some great parks within the city, including Golden Gate Park, which is 20% larger than Central Park in New York City. It even has a herd of buffalo living in the park. Another great area to check out is Lands End and Sutro Baths. Sutro Baths today are ruins of a bath-house that operated in the early 1900’s.
– Window shop, like me, or for real shop at Heath Ceramics. There are some amazing ceramic pieces here, along with unique home decor items. I’d like to stock my kitchen with the place settings from Heath.
– Grab a sandwich with the locals at Ike’s Place, which has been featured on Man vs. Food. As you can guess, the sandwiches are big enough to share, and completely delicious.
– Muir Woods, a redwood forest less than an hour from the city. Worth the drive to stand by trees that are 15 feet wide!
– See San Francisco from the top of the Marin Headlands. It’s a beautiful view where many of these photos were taken with plenty of places to park and take it all in.
– Drive out to Sonoma / Napa and stop at some vineyards, obviously. Here are a few we recommend, being the wine experts that we aren’t: Cline Cellars & Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. We left for Sonoma on Friday afternoon, which made a one hour trip more like three hours long. We really got to soak in the countryside along the way.