San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge


Eat

Perbacco: Chic and upscale Italian spot with amazing homemade pasta dishes.

Bi-Rite Market: Stop here on your way to Dolores Park to grab some food for a picnic. Great selection of prepared food as well as produce and other grocery items.

Bi-Rite Creamery: Across the street from the Market, come by here after your picnic for amazing ice cream and other treats.

Roka Akor: Hands down the best Japanese food I've ever had. Dishes from the robata grill are a must. This one is a bit of a splurge but worth every penny.

Ozumo: Another great contemporary Japanese place with a robata grill and creative sushi options.


Cafés

Blue Bottle: Blue Bottle really knows their coffee. With their flagship outpost in Brooklyn, NY, and several other locations in the US (Oakland, Los Angeles, Palo Alto and around the globe in Tokyo), Blue Bottle puts a huge effort into coffee preparation. They focus on single-origin beans and are considered to be a major player in the new wave of artisanal coffee.


Hang

Blue Bottle at the Ferry Building.

Blue Bottle at the Ferry Building.

Ferry Building: An old Ferry Building turned into a very hip and chic market with lots of coffee, food, retail, and grocery options.

Lombard Street: Most crooked street in the world.

Alcatraz

Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island: Really well done guided audio tour of the old prison.

Dolores Park: The place to be on a weekend or week night. Filled with twenty-somethings, Dolores Park is a perfect spot to hang out with your friends outside in a big field.

View of the "Painted Ladies" at Alamo Square Park.

View of the "Painted Ladies" at Alamo Square Park.

Areas to Visit: Haight + Ashbury (check out Amoeba Music - the largest independent record store in the world), Lower Haight, Valencia Street, Fillmore Street, Mission, Castro, Alamo Square Park, Golden Gate Park.

March: March is a great gallery-like home goods and culinary store. Even if you can't afford to shop here which I most certainly can not, it is still a beautiful space for perusing around.


Day Trip: Napa Valley

All aboard the vino train!

All aboard the vino train!

Beringer Vineyards

Beringer Vineyards

Napa is the perfect combination of luxury and country, and who wouldn't want to be surrounded by nature and vineyards. It's so beautiful and there are a billion wineries worth visiting. If you are a Parent Trap fan, definitely make an appointment to see the Staglin Family Vineyard. Check out Beringer which is also quite lovely with a great wine selection. There are also so many great restaurant options, sit on the patio of Tra Vigne, a delicious Italian spot. You could also just grab some takeaway food from Dean & DeLuca to have as a car snack between tastings.