I has taken me forever to get this post up, because I've been overwhelmed with all the things I wanted to say about our trip to California this past August..but here it goes!
First stop: San Francisco
We rented a car and learned real quick that we would rather take public transportation. Parking and the fees were a bit of a nightmare, so we took the bus most places. We stayed in various homes during our trip using AirBnb (some better than others), and kept a pretty tight budget on our expenses. We both complained at one point that it would be such an easier trip if we were rich. But then we remembered that we are blessed extremely to even be able to come on a trip like this, even if we're eating super cheap, taking buses because we can't afford taxis, and sleeping in people's extended garages. Below are some pics of the main stops we made while in the city!
We ate at some great places in San Francisco, and I might have had a Nutella crepe every day.
- Tony's Pizza Napoletana
- Blue Mermaid (Clam chowder - Fisherman's Wharf)
- Ghirardelli Square - The BEST salted caramel hot chocolate I've ever had. Alex and I still dream about it.
- Limon Rotisserie (Peruvian restaurant in the Mission district)
- Buena Vista Cafe (Famous Irish coffee)
- Freddie's Sandwiches
After two crazy packed days in San Francisco we were excited to head out of the city. San Fran is beautiful, but I'm not much for loud noises and crowds of people. The streets were busy, and at times I felt a bit overwhelmed. We headed south for the infamous Highway 1, but we made a few stops along the way.
First stop, breakfast at Nini's in San Mateo (we searched yelp reviews and found this hidden gem). Oh my goodness, the breakfast here was amazing! Best pancakes I've ever had.
We spent one short day on the coast of Big Sur and Carmel, and then headed north to Napa the next morning. Our road trip was quite interesting in our TINY rental car. Alex could barely fit, but the pro was it was super easy to park.
Napa is one of those places you "must" see, but honestly it wasn't my favorite. The vineyards were a beautiful site, but I'm not a fan of wine. We experienced one tasting at Bell Winery, and then explored downtown Napa. Definitely check out Oxbow Public Market for a great local market experience.
For dinner we had a delicious Italian meal at Ristorante Allegria (an old bank), and went off the beaten path to a dive bar called the Green Door. We were told by locals it was "rough" and they didn't serve wine, so we headed straight there ; ). This was our favorite night of the trip. We chatted with the locals, played a ton of country on the juke box, and received a round of applause after we danced to our wedding song (I Just Want To Dance With You by George Strait).
We had an amazing week, and can't wait for our next trip together (Hawaii in June). I would much rather save money for traveling than on material items like a car or clothes. These memories will last a lifetime. We missed Turner so much, but I truly believe parents need to take time away from their children and build special memories between just the two of them. Alex and I forget sometimes that we are best friends, and can easily become roommates in the chaos of life. Trips like this help us to reconnect, and we hope to take a trip just the two of us every year.