Is there seriously any worse feeling than the sound of your alarm going off the day after you get back from a vacation? Especially the way that I do vacations which are maxed to capacity with fun in a short amount of time. It is always such a surreal feeling for me waking up on one side of the country and going to sleep on the entirely opposite side. It has been a long time since I have been to California and it did not disappoint. Don’t you worry I will have full travel guides for you, especially Napa. I have been getting texts/emails/smoke signals/snapchat messages of people asking me where to stay and what to do in Wine Country. You know I will take care of everyone and save you the hassle of researching. Stay tuned for that. In the meantime, kick up your feet for the recap of our anniversary trip.
It all started at 3:30 Thursday morning. It was not my idea to book a 5:20 am flight but I was happy to have the entire day to spend out in Cali. We arrived on time and refreshed from our Delta Economy plus seats. Seriously, the upgrade is worth it. Extra legroom, board early, unlimited drinks and premium inflight entertainment. I caught up on all my HBO episodes. We landed in San Fran and once again had an amazing experience with Sixt rental. Have you guys checked them out yet? It seriously feels like such a boutique car rental experience. We had to narrow it down to a big body Mercedes or a convertible. Guess what my vote was for? Guess who won?
I will tell you, it was quite the experience seeing California by convertible but the truck space was interesting as y’all who follow me on snapchat clearly saw. When you buy a case of wine from Opus One and Cakebread……your bag now gets to ride with you on the way home. In your lap.
We drove right out to Napa. Which according to the waiter the first night “oh it never rains in Napa“. Well clearly Napa was not happy to see Mark and myself. Oh well, it did keep the crowds down. I will have full wineries recap but insiders note for anyone who is going to Napa, don’t pay to ship especially if you get a free bag on your flight. We have status with Delta and the credit card, so we both get a free bag. At the wineries they sell insulated wine boxes that you can fill up at the wineries and then take on the plane with you. I’m not going to lie we were both a little nervous with the value inside that box but it made it to Tampa with no problem. The box was $8 at the Cakebread winery vs over a hundred to ship the wine back. No brainer.
If you go to Napa and Yountville, you have to stop by the Bouchon bakery. Totally worth the calories. We went there twice the first day, raining….no line either time. The next day I went back because I was eyeing that baguette and wouldn’t you know.
If you have the funds and 3 months to wait then you can go to French Laundry. I choose to take a picture out front instead. I wore these boots btw just about every day we were there, put some miles on them and they are insanely comfy. Worth the investment for sure.
I will have full recaps of which wineries were top of my list, make sure to check back for that!
Then back to San Francisco for the Chinese New Year festival.
We stayed at the Westin St. Francis in Union Square. Totally affordable rates and right by all the action, we seriously walked everywhere from the hotel and if you need to, Uber it everywhere else. Majority of our Uber rides were under 8 bucks. It was founded there, so they totally get it.
Make sure you scale the mountain for the best views of the bridge.
If you have an hour or two, Sausalito is a pretty scenic stop. Philz coffee was a great local brew.
Then back to San Francisco for more shopping, sight seeing and catching up with some friends. It was a whirlwind of a trip, 900 pictures later. It was definitely hard to narrow it down but I hope you got a great feel of the time spent there. I would love to go back for a little longer and head south of the coast. I highly recommend this trip if you want a nice relaxing long weekend away to wine and dine.
Any questions on where to stay/eat/shop feel free to email me or leave a comment question, I’ll email you back a response! xoxoxo