The year 2015 has gone by so fast but I say that about every year. My travels this year, whether for work or play, have all been great and there have been a few milestones too that have meant a lot to me. Also, it’s a personal goal of mine to visit at least one new place every year, whether near or far, and I am happy to say that I met that goal and then some. Here’s a look back at my year of travels. It’s so nice to see everything that has happened and I’m already looking forward to more adventures in 2016.
My friends and I were driving back from Placerville this weekend where we had spent the day in Apple Hill. To keep us occupied on the two and a half hour drive back to San Francisco, we listened to comedian Iliza Shlesinger’s stand up bit about girls loving fall. Have you seen it? It’s hilarious because it is so true. Girls love the leaves, wearing boots and coats, and pumpkin everything. And the fact that us girls had just spent an entire day in Apple Hill, the epitome of fall, made us the exact people Iliza was making fun of but I don’t care. Apple Hill was gorgeous and smelled heavenly and reminded me why I love this cozy, festive season.
My best friend Dee and I like to say we have been friends “since the womb.” Our older brother and sister were in grade school together so our Moms knew each other when they were pregnant with us and we’ve known each other since kindergarten. So it’s a bit of an understatement to say we’ve been friends for a while. It’s a rarity to have a friend for that long and you would think we would be bored of each other by now but not so. We don’t need to do or say a whole lot to have fun together. We do like to eat and go to new places so for her 30th birthday recently we were perfectly happy eating our way through Pescadero and Half Moon Bay. Continue reading →
When ideas for bachelor or bachelorette parties are thrown around, Las Vegas is usually one of the first suggestions but I’m now hearing more and more alternatives like weekend trips to Nashville, Montreal, or camping. Personally, I’m becoming averse to the Las Vegas bachelorette and its clubs, smoky casinos, and 24-hour party on the strip. And since I live in San Francisco, a relaxing bachelorette party in wine country sounds pretty ideal. Maybe I’m just getting older.
For my 30th birthday, the only thing I wanted to do, besides celebrate with family and friends, was to go somewhere new. My best friends Sasha and Dee planned the perfect day in Bodega Bay which was full of food, sun, relaxation, and beautiful views.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the major attractions, shopping, and restaurants of a metropolitan city like San Francisco but what’s nice about this place is that you can also get a taste of nature and the outdoors without having to go very far.
I go to San Diego at least once a year to visit family and friends, yet I have never written anything about this perpetually sunny town. I love the beaches, Coronado, the famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and the Gaslamp district’s restaurants and nightlife but no matter what, I always spend a weekend morning in San Diego’s Little Italy. It’s main street, India Street, is packed with restaurants, delicatessens, cafes, and gelaterias that include al fresco dining options plus the neighborhood has a lively farmer’s market every Saturday morning. I highly recommend spending a few hours on Saturday or Sunday to explore this Italian enclave and here’s just a taste of what you can eat!
The Presidio is one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Francisco. Once inside the gates of this national park, I don’t feel like I live in the city mostly because it’s so quiet. It has everything you would expect from a park – hiking trails, bike paths, beautiful green, and stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts and Alcatraz.
I needed a mini-vacation and celebrating my friend’s birthday wine tasting in the Russian River Valley was the perfect remedy. This past Memorial Day weekend I went with a group of friends to Healdsburg to go wine tasting. Our group was big and we didn’t have a lot of time to drive from vineyard to vineyard.