Hi, friends! Every once in awhile, we love to bring our cameras along to capture some of our adventures as a couple and when we do, I always love to share some of our favorites!
A few months ago, Chris and I went down to the Bay Area for a little weekend getaway after wedding season- we'd had a rough few months and needed to just unwind and decompress AWAY from everything! So Chris planned the sweetest little getaway (I got a winner!) and we had such a blast. I didn't love San Fransisco the first time I visited, but for some reason, I fell in love with it this time around.
Chris surprised me with a stay at the historic Fairmont- San Fransisco (where Tony Bennett first sang "I Left My Heart in San Fransisco"!) that is also home to the famous Tonga Room. He knows how much I LOVE classic architecture (I should really live in Europe!) and he knew I'd just adore it. He was right!
The first day, we just explored the city a bit. We walked along the water, visited the Golden Gate Bridge (we had to!), caught the sunset, admired the architecture around the city, and ate lots of good food. We also made a stop at the famous Lombard Street that night.... which was completely deserted, because it was a weekday evening and pretty late. I made Chris drive down it over and over again (no less than 8 times) so I could pretend I was on a ride at Disneyland! We also naturally had to make a stop at Alcatraz, and let me tell ya.... it was the creepiest thing I've ever done in my life. I don't know how to explain it, but I felt like you could just FEEL the heaviness and the despair within those walls. It was one of the most eerie experiences of my life, and I have absolutely NO desire to do that again (that said, it was REALLY fascinating!).
We also visited Sausalito, the world's most ADORABLE seaside town- but it was dark, and I'm SO sad we didn't get any photos of it! Thankfully our friends at Joy just moved down to San Fransisco, so next time we visit them, we'll be making a brunch stop there FOR SURE! On the advice of my sweet friend Amy of Gather Design Company (who hails from the Bay Area) we made a day trip out to Port Reyes and spent the day frolicking by the seashore :) We made another day trip out to Half Moon Bay, and it was stunning- even if it was all overcast and cloudy and looked more like what I imagine the Cliffs of Moher to be like than the coast of California!
We ALSO got to make a day trip out to Napa and Sonoma (one of my favorite places, ever.... because wine). Chris didn't even complain when I insisted we just HAD to stop on a mostly deserted road to pull over and get some pictures because "that light, those vineyards!!!"- that guy has the patience of a saint. I also discovered my new FAVORITE wine ever at the gorgeous Jacuzzi Family Vineyards and I keep meaning to get a wine club membership to there! It was some of my favorite wine I've ever had- I could actually taste all the flavors they said were in the wines, and they were all so crisp and refreshing and juicy! The next winery we went to after that cost about 4 times more per bottle and it wasn't nearly as tasty. So if you ever make it out to Napa/Sonoma, you just HAVE to stop by and give it a try :) Bonus: it looked like an Italian villa. Which I'll be honest, is the real reason we went. I believe I googled "castle wineries" in Napa/Sonoma, and picked which ones to go to based on which ones looked the prettiest. Priorities, right?
Enjoy some of the photos from our trip (in no particular order)!