What to Do in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of my favorite cities on Earth. Luckily, my parents live just over an hour’s drive away – which means I spend a fair amount of time here whenever I’m home in California. These are some of my favorite things to do in San Francisco.

What to Do in San Francisco

What to Do In San Francisco
Marin Headlands

The Marin headlands is a must-see if you are driving into the city from the north. Take the last exit off the 101 before you hit the Golden Gate, and drive up the hill into the mountains to get an epic view of the bridge and city. I stop here almost every time I visit the city. What to Do in San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

The Marina

The Marina is just on the side of the Golden Gate Bridge, and not only is it full of gorgeous sail boats and yachts, there is a very large, long grass area that is a fabulous spot for a picnic (if only I’d packed a lunch!). It’s a great spot to take a break on a sunny day, or take in the views of the uber expensive and fancy houses along the marina. What to Do In San Francisco The MarinaWhat to Do in San FranciscoWhat to Do In San Francisco

Veganburg

Stopping for a vegan burger is on the list of my top 3 favorite things ever. San Francisco is home to one of the best vegan burgers in the world. It’s located right on the famous intersection of Haight and Ashbury. Head into this hippy central to grab a very filling meal of vegan burgers, fries, and a shake or kombucha before window shopping down Haight Street.What to Eat in San FranciscoWhat to Eat in San FranciscoWhat to Eat in San FranciscoWhat to Eat in San Francisco

If you’re in need for new threads, make sure to check out the popular thrift store across the street. It’s called Crossroads. They are super picky about the clothes they accept. This means that everything there is in great quality and on trend. I recently bought a pair of AG jeans for $7 at Crossroads!What to Do in San Francisco

Ben & Jerry’s

If you’re vegan, you’ll understand the struggle of going to ice cream shops and only being able to have sorbet. Lucky for us, San Francisco knows what’s up. They offer vegan ice creams at the Ben and Jerry’s (which is located just a few doors down from Veganburg). My favorite was the salted caramel and almond cluster.What to Eat in San FranciscoWhat to Eat in San Francisco

The Full House House

I’ve lived an hours drive from San Francisco my whole life, and I’ve just recently visited the house that is at the beginning of every episode of Full House– which I used to watch almost daily. Seeing this house in real life brought back so many memories.What to Do In San Francisco

If you’re in the Bay Area, make sure to check out my favorite little towns in the Bay and my favorite things in Sonoma County.

A Perfect Day In Guerneville, California

Guerneville is a tiny little town off the Northern California coast. It’s one of my favorite tiny towns in Sonoma County, and is vastly underrated. Whenever I am craving a relaxed, chill day, I’ll head down the highway to this adorable little river town and catch my share of good food, coffee, redwood trees and fresh air. This is how I spend a perfect day in Guerneville, California.

How To Spend a Perfect Day In Guerneville

First stop: coffee. I love this little coffee shop called the Coffee Bazaar – I’ve been there so many times over the years. There is a bookstore attached, which means that if you have time and are in need of a book, this is the perfect place to browse with a cuppa. I really enjoy the world map showing all of the coffee regions – I use it to point out all of the places I want to go. #wanderlustlife

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I had a soy latte and I left with a serious case of wanderlust – these are some of my favorite things.

Into the Wild

Next, we headed to Armstrong Woods – a forest full of the tallest redwood trees you’ve ever seen. Entry is free, and there is a great one mile looped trail that will take you through the forest.How to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, California

After a nice long walk in the woods, we headed back down the street into town again for lunch at my favorite little market in Guerneville, Big Bottom Market.

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It looks like they also serve Oprah’s favorite biscuit?! I opted for the smashed chickpea, avocado and arugula sandwich. It usually comes with feta and garlic aoli, but I asked for it vegan style. Michael ordered the grilled cheese sandwich. How to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaAfter lunch, we took a walk to the end of the block to the Guerneville Bank Club – the perfect, cutest spot for an ice cream cone. How to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, California

I opted for the Vegan Coconut Fudge in a sugar cone. Michael chose the waffle cone with a scoop of Madagascar Vanilla and Chocolate Fudge. How to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaAfter we were filled up with ice cream and had a little walk around of the Guerneville Bank Club, we jumped back in the car. We stopped at Safeway for a bottle of wine and some snacks. We picked up some Kettle chips and a bottle of Chardonnay, and took the Jeep out to the coast.How to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaThe beach was perfect – just sun, fresh air, and a light breeze.

There are so many great places to check out in Guerneville, and all throughout Sonoma County. Stay tuned to see what else I have planned for the rest of my time at home!

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My Favorite Things in Northern California

As many of you know, I originate from Northern California. I came home for a few months to see my family in between stints of travel, and I was so excited to do some of my favorite things at home again. This is everything that I was looking forward to – all of the best things to do in Northern California.

1. Wine Tasting 

I’m from the wine country, so of course I love a good glass of wine. I don’t drink much while traveling, but I studied wine for years before leaving the wine industry to explore the world. Whenever I come home, one of the first things on my to-do list is to stop at a winery.

To Do in Northern California Wine Tasting

2. Whole Foods

Though my family primarily shops at Costco (it’s the American way), I am a huge fan of Whole Foods. It’s like heaven for vegans. One of my favorite past times is heading to Whole Foods for a GT’s Kombucha and a vegan doughnut.

What to do in Northern California Whole Foods

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3. Drink A Pliny

If you’re a beer fan (like I am), and you’re from Sonoma County (like I am), you’ll know that Pliny the Elder – from Russian River Brewery – is one of the best beers in Sonoma County. It’s a triple IPA and tastes like jasmine. I love it, and I especially love going to Korbel Winery to get it – this way I can have a Pliny (they have it on tap at the deli at Korbel), and my mom can get her bubbles!

What to do in Sonoma County

4. Take A Hike

I love hiking, and Sonoma County has some of the best hiking trails in California. I hike regularly when I’m home, usually at least 4 days a week. The trails here go for miles, are hilly, and have top notch views. There are so many trails in Sonoma County, and even more if you’re willing to venture out.

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5. Eating All the Vegan Foods

California is one super vegan-friendly place – and it’s great to go somewhere where I already know of so many of the best vegan places. I’ve been trying a lot of vegan foods from the supermarket, and I’m working on a list of the best vegan places in Sonoma County. If you’re into vegan food, check out my vegan food account on Instagram.

What to do in Sonoma County

6. All the heart melting things

It was amazing to see my family after being away for so long. I talked to most of them almost every day while being away, but I’ve always been close to my family so it’s very heartwarming for me to be able to see them every day.

What to do in Sonoma County

I was also so excited to see my cat, Raja – my parents have been taking care of him. I got to meet my sister’s dog, Chubs, again – I haven’t seen him since he was a puppy!What to do in Sonoma County What to do in Sonoma County

These are just a few of my favorite things about Northern California. There is so much to see and do here, I can’t wait to share more in the upcoming weeks.

Let me know – have you been to Northern California? What are your favorite things about this state?