Sunday, March 29, 2009

Wish You Were Here: San Francisco

San Francisco, California was the first trip J and I took together—and I definitely left my heart there! It has the city buzz I crave while the bay gives J his need for nature. And right now I'd give anything to be surrounded by fog, rolling hills and cable cars.

Wish You Were Here: San Francisco

Bourbon and Branch. The ambience, music and cocktails [made with fresh fruits and herbs from a local market] will take you back to bygone days. Sign up for their Beverage Academy—the ultimate in School Spirit—where you can learn to whip up concoctions like a pro.
The Buena Vista. Watching the bartender make dozens of Irish Coffees at once is almost as great as drinking one.

Ferry Building. Heaven is one-stop shopping for flowers, books, pastries, bread, tea, wine and, of course, cheese!
Golden Gate Park. Similar shape, but even larger than New York's Central Park. Wander through the Japanese Tea Garden or head to Stow Lake where you can rent row, pedal or electrically powered boats.
• Letterpress Class by go-to party planning blogger, Jordan Ferney.
Marmalade and Preserve Classes taught by June Taylor at The Still Room. Just the thought of attending one of these classes is enough to make me book an immediate flight!

Alameda Flea Market. 750+ booths of thrift shopping bliss. Occurs the first Sunday of every month and early birds definitely catch all the worms!
Paxton Gate. Opened by two landscape designers who have an obscene fascination with the natural world. I'm drawn to any shop where science meets beauty.
• Bell'occhio. I figure I do enough Internet shopping at this find-something-for-every-taste site to justify a trip to their actual store. Although I fear never leaving.
Flight001. I can't remember the last time I traveled and didn't buy something from this shop. Their merchandise honestly gets me excited to fly!
Tail of the Yak. A lot of old, a few things new, but all beautiful, fanciful and lust-worthy.


Sarah's Fab Day said...

Awww...I have a soft spot for this one. The first trip my husband and I ever took together was SF too. I love that city so gorgeous and full of life!

Nicole Marie said...

i love bourbon and branch! i think its so cool you need a password to get in!

The Lil Bee said...

I love how you used the bridge in the background. We have a photo of the Golden Gate that Paul took that I absolutely love. And I want to go to that flea market SO badly!!

Vanessa said...

I consider myself a real East Coast girl, but if I ever had to trade coasts I'd head to San Francisco. It truly is one of the most beautiful and cool cities in the world!

Claire said...

how much do the 'beverage academy' classes cost to attend? such a cool concept!

Miss Aimee said...

YOU get my blog award tomorrow for the wk on my side bar! I love reading your blog!!! :)

Debra said...

I love these little trips and tours that you're sharing with us.
You must be getting very excited about your big adventure. We'll be right there with you.

I *Heart* You said...

when i visit my family in san francisco i spend hours at the ferry building. it is my favorite place!

please sir said...

Sounds like a great place - I hope to visit one day!

Kelly said...

So glad you posted this!! BF and I are headed there this summer. It will be our first trip together too :)

Megan said...

Perfect timing as I am headed to SF in a couple of weeks. can't wait to check out all your hot spots! Thanks, Courtney, and good luck these next few days.

stewart and james said...

aw, me too. Matt and I spent our third anniversary there :)

stewart and james said...

Courtney - it's arre! i just realized i keep commenting from this other account and you could not have had any idea who it was! oops! so sorry about that.

No.35style said...

this is one place on my list that i must make it to! i've not been and have been wanting to go for years..i must make it a point to go!

Apt. #34 said...

such fabulous city guides, you're making me want to hit the road! I hope you have very safe travels - cannot wait to see your new side of the world!