MY ONE BIRTHDAY WISH
It's been a minute since I've had the chance to visit a new place but it feels like a lifetime since Josh and I were able to unplug and enjoy new scenery together. We had the most amazing trip to the West Coast a couple weeks ago to celebrate our dear friends Cindy & Andrew's wedding. It feels like just yesterday we were in Atlanta keeping Cindy occupied while Andrew and her family planned a memorable engagement. We feel pretty awesome to have witnessed both milestones in their lives and are so fortunate they gave us a reason to make a vacation out of our time there! I want to do a better job at documenting and adding context to these trips so will take full advantage with this post.
In a nutshell - flew into San Francisco and drove out to wine country, checked into our hotel in Napa Valley, took out the dancing shoes in Downtown Napa on Friday. Had a ball being a bridesmaid to Cinders at her gorgesusssss wedding in beautiful Sonoma Valley (wow to the venue) where I ate amazing sea bass and had the hottest date by my side. Sunday was a beast. It was his birthday! We did what we do best - have a loose but no real agenda. Took the scenic route to Armstrong Redwoods but, of course, stopped by a random vineyard for some wine tasting to get our buzzes on, then hopped across the street to the cutest Dean & Deluca to grab some lunch and snacks, gawked at really big, beautiful Redwood trees, and ate lunch in the middle of the beautiful forest. After agreeing that this isn't real life, drove back to San Francisco, randomly ate the yummiest lobster roll and corn chowder from this truck on our way to the Japanese Tea Garden, then met our college friend at The Mill for coffee and ate the yummiest one-inch toast. She then took us to see the sunset at Sutro Baths (thanks for the rec my sweet Crystal!), then off we went on a wild Mini-Cooper ride up those unforgiving hills to see the most spectacular view at Twin Peaks. We made sure to wake up as early as possible Monday morning to taste not one but two (or three or four) of Tartine's epic croissants in which I declared I will never be the same. To finish off our short and sweet trip, cruised by the San Francisco Bay to see the Golden Gate Bridge in all its glory. I love bridges. Best trip with my best person this year. Thank you West Coast for breathing new inspiration into the both of us!
*all images taken with iphone