California Dreamin’

image of golden gate bridge

I just arrived home from my first-ever trip to San Francisco, which was also my first-ever visit to lovely California. Though Mason has traveled out there for work pretty regularly over the past year, this trip was the first time I was able to join him. And I had a blast! Where do I begin? San Francisco is totally beautiful, and it’s so much fun to explore. Before I left for the trip, I set a goal to really get to know the city. And after walking dozens and dozens of blocks, I do feel like I became pretty well acquainted with this place.

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For the most part, I had my days to myself while Mason was working (with the wonderful Zaarly team–check out the app if you haven’t already!), and then we reunited after work. Mostly we enjoyed good food and hung out with friends in the evenings, but one night we caught a showing of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine at the Castro Theater–so fun!

While on my own, I explored neighborhoods (Nob Hill, the Mission, and Noe Valley were highlights), drank tons of amazing coffee, caught up with a friend, rode the city bus through Chinatown and North Beach, visited little boutiques (Valencia Street was adorable), and browsed bookstores. City Lights Books, famed hub for Kerouac and the beat poets, was the best one.

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One afternoon, I took a bus over the Golden Gate Bridge and into Muir Woods. What a majestic space. That same afternoon, I wandered around Sausalito and took in some amazing sights of the city across the bay.

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But best of all was the food. Oh, the food. What fun it was to share it with Mason and friends in SF! We enjoyed so much deliciousness over the course of the week. I highly recommend any of these wonderful cafes and restaurants:

Blue Bottle Cafe • Sightglass Coffee • Tartine • Ramen Underground • Dottie’s True Blue Cafe • La Boulange • Firefly • The Creamery • Basil Canteen • Chez Panisse • Terroir • 780

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San Francisco is a beautiful city, and the people there are kind and welcoming. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and would love to visit again before too long.

P.S. For more ideas and advice on San Francisco travel, check out Megan’s blog, and this post on A Cup of Jo. The ideas there helped me tons!

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4 Responses to California Dreamin’

  1. Megan Lane says:

    lovely photos katie!! i’m glad you enjoyed yourself! and that you tried Dottie’s :) thank you for the shout-out! and oh my goodness, i am so jealous you got to go to chez panisse! i had never heard of it until LAST NIGHT when i watched a food documentary called “Food Fight”. that place has quite a history.. it sort of started the movement to eat local produce! would love to go one day.

  2. Ashley says:

    This is perfect! We are going to SF and wine country in August! I’m so excited as I plan and this is really perfect! I can’t wait!

  3. Sharon Eller says:

    Love the photos and hearing about S.F.! I bet Mason was tickled to have you along with him this time. Some day, I hope to spend more time out west.

  4. Milla says:

    Your photos are so beautiful Katie! I now officially miss San Francisco. xxx

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