Last month, Jessica and I took a trip out west to a city we’ve both been dying to visit: San Francisco. Now, let me explain something to you about me and Jessica. The reason we’re not only wonderful business partners, but also best friends, is because we like the same things when we travel. And what are those “things” I speak of? Well, it’s broken down into three categories: food, wine and naps. And that’s exactly what we did in California! Seriously, I think San Francisco is the best food city I’ve ever been too (sorry, Charleston…I still love you!) but I’ve never enjoyed so much deliciousness, ever! So take a tour of San Fran through the slideshow and I hope it inspires you to travel out west soon! (Or at least makes you hungry, because you’re about to see a LOT of food!)
The Palace Hotel, San Francisco
When me and Jessica travel, we admit we’re total hotel snobs and like to stay in nice places. Well, we certainly were not disappointed in San Francisco, as we were lucky enough to be hosted by the Palace Hotel for our stay. This was without a doubt one of the most gorgeous, elegant hotels I’ve ever seen. This is what you see the second you walk into the lobby…WOW!
The Palace Hotel, San Francisco
I mean come on, look at all the detailing in the architecture in the Garden Court. When can I move in?
Afternoon Tea at The Palace Hotel
This was the first time I have ever attended afternoon tea and basically, it’s not so much sipping tea and eating crust-less sandwiches but indulging in delicious treats and champagne…lots and lots of champagne!
Exploring The City
On our first full day in San Francisco, Jessica and I knew we wanted to experience all the top tourist spots that everyone does when they come to the city. So we strapped on our sneakers and huffed and puffed as we braved the steep hills. We just had to stop in front of this gorgeous purple house because, well…I decided to move in!
The Painted Ladies
I guess no trip to San Francisco is complete without making your way to the Painted Ladies. It took me a Jessica a second to figure out if we were looking at the right houses (we watched the Full House intro at least 12 times to make sure) and yep, we found ’em!
The Full House House
After the Painted Ladies, we made our way a couple miles over to see the actual Full House house and you bet, it was pretty dang cool!
As the sign says, it’s the most crookedest street in the world! We asked our cab driver to take us to Lombard Street but he did one better, he even drove us down it! I know, we’re big touristy nerds, but we loved every second of it!
I would say Lombard Street was the most tourist-heavy spot we visited during our whole trip. There are steep stairs on both sides of the street people can walk up and down, and they were packed! The houses that line the street though are totally gorgeous, I mean…look at this house!
Before we left for our trip, everyone said San Fransisco would be cold and foggy. Well, wouldn’t you know that for our entire 4 days out there we had 60 degree temps and nothing but sunshine! All the big scarves and coats I packed stayed at the hotel, and I went with light layers and big hats.
If there’s one food there’s an abundance of in San Francisco, it was crab! We walked through some amazing fish markets and street vendors and everywhere you looked, there was crab! We even went to this restaurant called R&G Lounge and got their famous salt and pepper crab and it was delicious, besides Jessica spilling her drink all over it!
...and more crabs!
Seriously, so.much.crab!! It sure was delicious though!
Golden Gate Bridge
We had all these intentions of making it to the Golden Gate Bridge and taking cute blog photos, but alas, we were tired and hungry. We ended up stopping at this delicious vegetarian restaurant called Greens and ordering just about everything on the menu. This was our view from the table. So yes, we saw the bridge, just not as close as we had hoped! (Don’t worry, we ended up driving over it on our way to Napa to make up for it!)
Ferry Building Market
On Saturday, we made our way down to the waterfront at the Ferry Building, a short walk from our hotel. I think this may have been my most favorite day in San Fran. We basically ate and drank our way around all the amazing vendors at the market and it was pure heaven!
The Best Lox and Cream Cheese
Hands down, the best thing I had on my entire trip was this lox and cream cheese open face deliciousness. I mean, look at those things! If there’s one thing you do when you go to the Ferry Building Market on the Weekend is snag this sandwich from Cap’n Mike’s Holy Smoke…insane!!
Hog Island Oysters
Alas, we were hungry again, so we made our way inside the Ferry Building to enjoy Hog Island Oysters. We had my phone set up to watch the FSU game (we lost, I don’t want to talk about it), and sat there for 4 hours eating and drinking and watching hot men shuck oysters. Needless to say, me and Jessica were a big hit with the Hog Island men!
For our final full day in San Francisco, we took the hour and half drive up to enjoy Napa. Now, remember when I said it was 65 and sunny for our whole trip? Well, that is NOT what we got in Napa. It was rainy and cold and gross. And honestly, we had no idea what we were doing so we went to one vineyard the hotel recommended, drank, then went back to the hotel and slept. We’re so pathetic. We’re the only two people in the history of the world that weren’t super impressed with Napa Valley.
The Best Part Of Napa
After our one vineyard we made a quick walk over to the main street and had lunch, saw the iconic French Laundry, and made friends with the cutest dog you’ve ever seen, which was the best part of Napa, duh. After our hotel nap, we went out to a local Napa restaurant and had an amazing meal and made friends with a few locals. I was sad to leave the beautiful west coat, and can’t wait to go back again!< >< >