Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Bay

I think its safe to say that every kid raised in the 90's dreams of one day getting to the other side of the world. You know, that side of the world where perfect television families picnic and frolic in parks with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, or was that just me? Being a Full House fanatic as a youngin a piece of me has always wanted to make its way over to the West Coast. 
I was super excited when I found out that a couple of my girlfriends were planning a trip to the Bay Area at the beginning of this year. Deciding to go was a no brainer. Especially since the theme of the entire trip was "Wine & Warriors" which we have now modified to "Wine Warriors" because when wine and girl bosses mix. The West Coast is absolutely beautiful and nothing like I've ever seen before. There is so much to see, and its difficult to try to pack in everything especially if you are visiting for the first time. 
Luckily, my girlfriends who also have a travel blog (Have Cats Will Travel) are pros at Google Docs and are basically the girl bosses of girl bosses so our trip was planned out to a T from beginning to end. We started the first leg of our trip in the Bay Area of course which included a yummy lunch at Boudin, a visit to Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, a quick Uber drive through Lombard Street and lastly, a Warriors Game! 
The next half of our trip was spent in wine country- my favorite place EVER. The views were absolutely breathtaking, and the people were warm, friendly and carefree. Wine tasting and winery hopping is an experience you will enjoy- both educational and relaxing. Make sure you bring lots of cash flow, and that you research the local wineries before venturing into wine country. We made our way to Napa and Sonoma. Sonoma, by far was my favorite little town. It was quaint, cozy and perfectly picturesque. Literally #DREAMZ.

5 Things You Should Do While on the West Coast:

1.) take in all of the views- from the colorful houses with the most intricate detail, to the lush green fields of grapes. The views make you appreciate all there is in our own backyard of the United States. There is so much to see, and you don't have to go out of the country to do so! The one thing I loved was the different colors of all of the buildings and the architecture. Stunning.
2.) Go to a Warriors Game! you won't regret it because HELLO Stephen Curry and the Warriors are a force to be reckoned with right now- the energy in Roaracle is insane and actually getting to attend a home game is an unreal experience that will for sure go down in the books.
3.) Drink lots of wine in wine country, and laugh with friends.I myself am a red wine kind of girl, but be open to trying new wines. It truly expands your wine palette, and you'll come back home with a greater love for many different types of whites, reds and bubbly.
4.) Visit the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Lombard Street and of course, The Painted Ladies *cue Full House theme song*
5.) Drink more wine :)

Hope you guys enjoy the photo diary below!

Be prepared for the long 5 hour flight! My group and I opted for the earlier flight so that when we landed there (3 hours behind) we would have plenty of time to explore before the Warriors Game that evening. I brought plenty of books, downloaded music before I left and got in lots of naps on the way there. 

We took public transportation into the city- the Bart to be exact. The Bart is connected to SFO and is pretty manageable to figure out. I, of course felt more comfortable being with a group of friends that had already been to the city before. When we finally arrived to our stop for the hotel we stayed at in downtown San Fran- this was the view and I was absolutely in love. 

Boudin! This is a great spot to catch a quick lunch. We grabbed sandwiches and local brews and everyone was happy! Simple and sweet! Also, local brews and bread? You can't go wrong with that!

As we were walking to the Pier 39, we saw the bakers baking away and working on cute little carb crafts if you will :) I just had to snap a picture of this creation- how cool!

The infamous Fisherman's Wharf! It had somewhat of a beachy feel to it- lots to do around there! We walked to Pier 39 which is basically a free sea lion show! However, there were lots of local shops and food places to visit as well.

It was a rainy, cold afternoon as we made our way to Pier 39 to oogle at all of the sea lions.

And the second moment I was waiting for this entire trip- to see the Pink Ladies in person! The detail and intricacy of these houses in out of this world.

Obvi, the one thing I was looking forward to was seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. Pictures don't do her justice. I don't think I could ever get tired of this view.

Pangloss Cellars was my favorite winery because of their careful attention to design and curating a cozy atmosphere for friends and/lovers to converse over the most delicately made wine in Sonoma's vineyards. I didn't actually have a glass at this particular winery, because believe it or not I was all wined out at this point but when I go back to visit this gem is definitely going to be on my list to return to.

No West Coast trip is complete without In-N-Out Burger. This was my first time there and it was so good! I wish there was a location here in North Carolina!

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