My Weekend in San Francisco & Napa

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…As told through the lens of my camera.


I plan on doing a much deeper, much more thorough outline of my weekend in San Francisco, but for now, I just want to share a whole bunch of photos of my amazing weekend there at the beginning of May. Even though I have family in San Anselmo and my brother has lived outside of the city for close to 5 years now, it was my first time visiting the foggy city. I knew it was going to be beautiful, but I didn’t realize just HOW jaw-droppingly gorgeous the bay area actually is.

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I found myself speechless as we drove over the iconic Golden Gate bridge and walked down Pier 39 as the seals played in the sparkling blue water.


I was in complete awe as we drove through the redwoods on our way to North beach and up and down the bright green rolling hills of San Anselmo. I haven’t been so incredibly inspired by a city and its landscape in a very long time. I can easily see why so many people want to live there.


That may have been my first time in Frisco, but I can promise you, it wasn’t my last.


The whole weekend was a blast. I mean, you’re with my family, how can it not be? We spent most of our time eating, cruising around the valley and the bay, drinking wine and laughing. Honestly, I need to visit them far more often. It’s such a nice change of pace to my normal hectic, crazy schedule.

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Probably one of my favorite parts of the weekend was the time we spent in Napa. Friends, it was heaven. I mean, as a wine snob and affectionado, it was like returning to the holy grail for me. We visited two wineries, Cakebread Cellars and Silver Oak, and I can not say enough amazing things about our time at Cakebread. Dave, the brand manager, greeted us and showed us around the incredibly beautiful winery. We also picked the most perfect day to go because they were having a food festival celebrating the rubaiyat grape. The food was incredible, the wine was even better and the weather was absolutely dreamy. Plus, Dave is so knowledgable and funny, and will tell you anything you need to know about this award winning winery.


If you make it out to Napa, go to Cakebread. It was the winery we couldn’t stop talking about the entire time we were in Napa.

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Silver Oak was beautiful as well. It’s a winery you have to go to when in Napa, if only to try the rich, fully bodied and incredibly smooth wines. Honestly, the tasting room was stuffy and the sales associate helping us was kind of rude. But that could have been because we came right from Cakebread Cellars, and no place was going to live up to those standards. Even still, we had a great tasting there and the scenery was just breathtaking.

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Besides Napa, one of my favorite afternoons was spent drinking Pliny the Elder, eating oysters at Drake’s Oyster Bay Company and relaxing by North beach with my hilarious family. I am so drawn to the water and being there reminded me of why I love the ocean so much. I keep telling E we need to move somewhere near a beach, and I think all of my nagging is finally paying off. He’s beginning to cave!

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And of course, no trip to Frisco is complete without a visit to the Golden Gate bridge. It’s so very touristy, but the Golden Gate bridge is truly a stunning landmark. It’s pretty interesting to see how they built it back in the 1930’s. It always amazes me that these landmarks built over 100 years ago without any of the technology we have now stand now.


Another highlight was visiting the many farmers markets around the city. They make our cute little farmers market here in Falls Church look so insignificant!

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I’m already working on my trip back this fall. I seriously can’t wait to spend more time in this beautiful area and with my fabulous family!

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  1. Monday, June 2nd, 2014
    Fabulous! Making me miss SF!
  2. Monday, June 2nd, 2014
    I've never been to San Francisco but would love to go someday! I've been to southern CA and up as far north as LA. Beautiful state...
  3. Posted by Brenda@SugarFreeMom on
    Monday, June 2nd, 2014
    Your photos have really captured the beauty of both places, makes me want to go for a visit now!
  4. Monday, June 2nd, 2014
    I have never been to San Francisco, but I definitely would like to now after seeing your gorgeous photos!
  5. Posted by Paula - bell'alimento on
    Monday, June 2nd, 2014
    Now I want to go to San Fran!
  6. Posted by christine on
    Monday, June 2nd, 2014
    Exquisite pictures! I'm an East Coast girl so I don't see myself getting there any time soon but you definitely made me wish I had some relatives there to visit.
  7. Monday, June 2nd, 2014
    Wow, I feel like I have been there!
  8. Posted by Nutmeg Nanny on
    Monday, June 2nd, 2014
    Gah! Your travels are amazing.
  9. Posted by Marly on
    Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
    San Francisco is one of my favorite vacation places!
  10. Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
    What a great trip -- Your pictures are gorgeous.
  11. Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
    That seal is so cute! Oh my and look at the beach and that food and that wine! Oh wow!
  12. Posted by Susan on
    Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
    Just beautiful photos. I loved my trip out there a few years ago. There was never another city in the States that I could imagine living in, until I visited SF. It was definitely a contender, mostly due to the food. Those farmer's markets captured my heart.
  13. Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
    I haven't been to San Fran in years, but I'd love to go back and explore a little more. Looks like you had a blast!
  14. Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
    It looks like you had a great time! Your photos are gorgeous -- I love that shot of the Golden Gate Bridge!
  15. Posted by Sophia @ NY Foodgasm on
    Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
    What an amazing weekend and gorgeous photos!! OMG I am fangirl-ing over Pliny!! One of the best DIPA's! I am obsessed with craft beer!

    Did you get to Russian River?
  16. Posted by Anonymous on
    Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
    You just called yourself a wine "affectionado". How are you a writer??