Friday, July 24, 2015

Five on Friday: San Francisco and Napa

Hello one and all!

I realize that I say this in every blog post {and I mean it every single time}, but it has been awhile since my last post and I promise I will be trying to post more often. I just haven't been too inspired lately. With that being said, the Mr. and I recently took our annual anniversary trip. Last year we took a road trip to the east coast {possible blog post in the future?} and this year we decided on San Francisco! We had already been to this beautiful hilly city once before so we decided to explore some different areas. If everyone gets a chance to go to San Fran, take it! We love it there.

1. Napa

Well, we flew into Sacramento {as I had a conference for work there later that week} so we rented a car and drove into the city. On our way, we were talking about how I had wanted to go to Napa and then the exit to go there appeared on the highway. If that's not a sign, I don't know what is. So we took a spontaneous detour. What an adventure it was! We loved Napa and enjoyed all the tasty wine and food it had to offer. For lunch we found a place called Oxbow Public Market, which is a lot like the Ferry Building in SF. We ate pizza, drank wine, and enjoyed each other's company. After that we headed to a winery. It was raining out {which is apparently rare in July} so we had luck with finding a winery where you didn't need an appointment. We found Artesa Winery. They were incredibly friendly and the wine was amazing.

2. Our hotel: Petite Auberge

I believe I have mentioned before that we swear by Hotwire. This trip was no different. We booked our hotel a week in advance and went with our tried and true Hotwire. It was the cheapest route and it's always fun to get that surprise hotel. This time was probably our best surprise {or at least I thought so}. We ended up with a quaint Bed and Breakfast. It was lovely. They had free breakfast {duh}, wine happy hour {awesome!}, coffee and tea available all day, and amazing customer service. The location was in the heart of the city, too! We would definitely stay here again!

Left: Straight from the past, the cutest elevator.
Middle: Our room, complete with a fireplace.
Right: The common area where the wine happy hour took place. 
Sorry for the bad quality here, but this courtyard was the cutest! 

3. Exploring the city: China Town, Coit Tower, The Buena Vista, Union Square, City Hall, Etc.

The first full day that we were there, we woke up early and got breakfast at our hotel. Then we were off. We walked soooo much this day I thought my feet were going to fall off. We started in China Town, which we had been to before, but we just decided to walk through. Then we walked to Coit Tower and to Lombard Street. From There, we walked to Fisherman's Wharf to have some Irish Coffee at The Buena Vista, which was strong {I'm a light weight}, but delicious! At that point, we decided that we were hungry, so we went to North Beach and got lunch at a cute little Italian cafe called The Italian Homemade Company, which was amazing. We went back to our hotel for a bit to rest, then walked to Union Square and finally to City hall where we laid in the grass and relaxed. Phew, what a day!

Left: At the top of Lombard Street
Right: At the bottom of Lombard Street
Irish Coffees!
Relaxing at City Hall
4. Biking the Bridge

The next day, we decided to Bike the Golden Gate to Sausalito. I didn't realize how much exercise I was going to be getting throughout the weekend, but I wouldn't take back any of it. This was so much fun and I would suggest it for any couple to do. We had fun exploring and taking pictures along the way. We got lunch at a cute little delicatessen in Sausalito, ironically named Sausalito Gourmet Delicatessen. After that, we took the Ferry back to SF and biked back to Fisherman's Wharf to return our bikes. We were so extremely exhausted that we just plopped down on the grass in front of Ghirardelli Square and just laid there for an hour or so. Such a fun day.

Left: Relaxing
Right: View of the Bridge from the Sausalito side. 

5. Anniversary: 7.12.15

This is pretty self explanatory. We celebrated 2 years of wedded bliss with dinner at an Italian restaurant, named Piazza Pellegrini, in North Beach. It was delicious and a nice last evening in San Fran. I love my Mr. and being able to travel to fun places with him.

Dinner at Piazza Pellegrini

Well, that's all I have for today! Until next time!