My husband and I were fortunate enough to get away for 12 days to California. From San Diego to San Francisco, here are some of the places we visited, food we ate, and places we stayed along our drive north. All of our hotel rooms were booked with Hotel Tonight, a nifty app that finds fantastic, last minute, discounted hotel rooms you can book up to a week in advance. Most of the restaurants and places we visited were recommendations by family and friends.
San Diego and Coronado, CA:
We spent 3 days with my Aunt Nancy and Uncle Law, two gracious hosts who built our itinerary around food.
Point Loma is a great place to learn more about San Diego's nautical and war history as well as take in stunning views of the bay and downtown skyline.
Specialty Produce: A produce wholesaler with an amazing selection of every fruit, vegetable, and herb any chef or inspired home cook could ask for. Be sure to bring a jacket...it's chilly!
***We stayed at my Aunt and Uncle's home in Coronado. If you don't have family in the area I recommend the Glorietta Bay Inn or Hotel del Coronado.***
Santa Barbara, CA
La Super Rica Taqueria in Santa Barbara was an awesome surprise. Simple yet amazing food.
Pismo Beach, CA
We toured the Hearst Castle where zebras roam free, there are two amazing pools, and katsup is always on the dining table.
Big Sur, CA
The Big Sur portion of our drive was the most remarkable and scenic. If you find yourself there you MUST go to Nepenthe.
Half Moon Bay, CA
If you are in Half Moon Bay, you must check out the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay for at least a drink on their patio. The view is spectacular and the food is pretty great too.
Sam's Chowder House was packed with patrons and fresh seafood of every kind. We sat in the bar area which had a fantastic happy hour and lively crowd.
San Francisco, CA
In the words of my mother, "the best way to get to know a city is to take a trolley tour and get the lay of the land." So that's what we did.
We stayed at the Pier 2620 Hotel. Located in the Fisherman's Wharf area, it was a quick walk or Uber ride to everything we wanted to see.
Swan Oyster Depot: Be prepared to wait in line but know that it is absolutely worth it. Order the Crab Back for an incredibly unique treat.
We took an afternoon trip to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. These were some of the pieces that spoke to me. :)
We ate yummy Cantonese egg rolls, chow mein, and roast duck at R&G Lounge in China Town. We also did a little window shopping.
Muir Beach, CA
We were thrilled to have a few days to travel with cousins Sarah and Tashi. They covered impressive ground and kept things exciting with varying modes of transportation— train, car, boat, etc.
We took a beautiful hike up the cliffs surrounding Muir Beach. There are marked hikes for all skill levels here.
Beach? Check. English Pub? Check. Lit by candle sticks? Check. This unusual pub is a MUST. A short trip north of San Francisco, The Pelican Inn is a treat after a hike at nearby Muir Beach or Muir Woods.
Palo Alto, CA