At the end of January Max & I packed a suitcase and took a direct flight to SFO. We were lucky enough to stay with my Uncle Rick & Aunt Marty, who were the epitome of accommodating and entertaining. Since Marty is a SF native, we were able to learn all of the best routes and hear great stories about growing up in such a vibrant city. My Uncle's love of history and fact left us with a great list of must-see places. Looking back, I am really amazed we saw as much as we did in so little time.
We spent the weekend in Petaluma, 40 miles north of SF in Sonoma County shooting a lifestyle spread for Lee & Birch with one of Max's good friends from high school. Julia was another great ambassador to the area.
See the photos I took of Julia for Lee & Birch here.
With so much to cover, I've included a list of what we were able to see & do during our trip with links in case you are also hoping to see the Golden Gate soon. Cheers!
A drive-thru tour of San Fran neighborhoods by Aunt Marty (done in an hour):
Downtown / Dog Patch / Haight / Golden Gate Park / Sutro Baths / Richmond / The Presidio / Sea Cliff / Palace of Fine Arts / Lombard Street / Tenderloin / Russian Hill / Potrero Hill
Saturday - Petaluma, CA
Photoshoot downtown Petaluma for Lee & Birch
Acre Coffee (best Iced Americano + Almond Milk of my life)
Native Kitchen + Kombucha Bar for yummy kombucha beer
Uber Fresh Oysters at The Marshall Store - Marshall CA
Beers on the Pier at Nick's Cove - Marshall, CA
Dinner at Central Market - Petaluma, CA
Sunday - Highway 1 S toward SF
Point Reyes Nat'l Seashore
Mt Tamalpais State Park
Lunch in Sausalito at Aurora
Golden Gate Recreation Area
Monday - Back in San Fransisco
Just for You in Dog Patch
La Victoria Mexican bakery - The Mission (best Mexican wedding cookies)
Pricita Eyes Mural Tour - Mission
Roosevelt's Tamales - Mission, Best Tamale in town
Blue bottle Coffee in Heath Ceramics Bldg - Mission
Garcias Madre - Mission, all vegan Mexican tapas
Delores Park - recently renovated with great views of the city
The Monks Kettle - Mission, I had the Bomb! Imperial Stout; Extremely knowledgeable beer people found here.
Motown on Mondays at Madrone Art Bar - Haight (great West Coast version of Soul Club!)
Hazel's Kitchen for breakfast on Potrero Hill
Farley's Coffee - Potrero, right next door to Hazel's, cool atmosphere, coffee from De La Paz
Chinatown - Great for gifts
Downtown - Window shopped at Goorin hats & Fluevog shoes <3
North Beach Neighborhood at the crossroads of Columbus, Kearny and Pacific:
City Lights Bookstore - best bookstore in the city
The Station Coffee House (Blue Bottle coffee)
Pier 27 - Marina District for the best fish and chips in town
Palace of Fine Arts for the sunset
Wine at our new friends' place on Potrero Hill
Magnolia Brewing & Smokestack - Dog Patch (Vegetarians beware, it's all delicious meats, but great bbq kimchi sauce).
Plow - breakfast in Potero Hill by Farley's
Golden Gate Park:
Japanese Gardens - tea at the pavilion
The Beach Chalet Brewery for dinner & drinks with family. Great for viewing sunsets on the beach.
Now on to the good stuff:
Film and Polaroids still to come!