San Francisco Travel Diary

July 13, 2016

We made it back from our trip late Saturday night. In case you missed it, we did a whirlwind tour through California, and it was so great to have some fun with Russ. We’ve been together for 13 years (married for 7), and we are definitely set in our ways and routines. We are so ready to have a baby and welcome all the change it will bring. I think it makes me savor our time as a twosome a little more though. We flew in to San Francisco, rented a car and drove down the coast staying one night in Carmel and Santa Barbara, before ending in LA. Today I thought I’d share my San Francisco travel diary with others to come. We arrived on Sunday afternoon giving us time to get our bearings and explore a little. We spent all day Monday there before leaving Tuesday morning. I will say, out of all our stops this was our least researched which I think ended up making it less fun. Here are some highlights with my recommendations. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

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San Francisco Travel Diary

What to do in San Francisco

  1. Golden Gate Bridge – Unfortunately it was foggy most of our visit. Though we saw the bridge from a distance, we didn’t get any good photos.
  2. Union Square – Great shopping if you are interested.
  3. Ferry Building – A neat market place with lots of stops and food. Unfortunately we went on the 4th, and many of the shops were closed.
  4. Cable Car Ride and Museum – The old cable cars are so neat! The line was very long at Union Square, so we walked up a couple stops and hopped right on. FYI, the cars get pretty crowded. We didn’t make it to the museum, but I bet it would have been cool.
  5. Giants Baseball Game (pictured) – We got to watch the Giants on July 4th. The game included a flyover and military reuniting (including a proposal). It was really a fun experience and cool ballpark with views of the pier.
  6. Tea Garden – We didn’t get to try this, but it looks amazing.
  7. Explore neighborhoods – see below
  8. Check out Chinatown – Wish we’d made it to this! Ran out of time, but it is supposed to be one of the best.
  9. Fisherman’s Wharf – Not worth the time in our opinion, very touristy.
  10. Alcatraz – I was so sad to miss this! Not realizing you needed to purchase tour tickets in advance, we looked into it a week before our trip only to find everything sold out. Don’t be like me!

Where to Eat in San Francisco

  1. Hayes Valley – Cool neighborhood to walk around in and get a bite to eat. We ended up eating Thai, and it was my favorite meal in SF. Miette (mentioned below) and Loving Cup Ice Cream are located there as well.
  2. The Mission District – Ran out of time to check this out.
  3. Filmore Street – I’m kicking myself about this one. I didn’t learn about it until Monday evening when we finished the game and were close to the Ferry Building, so we just ran out of time. Filmore is supposed to have awesome shops and eateries including the well known La Boulangerie bakery. Bakeries speak my love language if you cannot tell…
  4. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse (pictured) – My favorite stop of the trip! Warning: be prepared to wait in line. The treats are worth it though.
  5. Ferry Building – We ate at the Slanted Door, and it was delicious. Everything looked good though!
  6. Miette (pictured) – Cutest bakery/sweet shop located on Hayes Valley and inside the Ferry Building

Things to Note

  1. We learned San Francisco was all about the neighborhoods. I wish I’d done a bit more research about the areas.
  2. It was also much colder than I expected, especially in the shade and at night. Pack layers!

Outfit Details

Top and Sandals c/o Goodnight Macaroon // Jeans: Gap maternity (I have and love the non-maternity version too!) // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop

Sorry, I know this post is already long, but I had to tell you Shopbop is offering 25% off their “designer” (from what I can tell, not too restrictive) sale with the code DESIGNER25. Of course that means I looked at the shoes. Duh. So many good options on major sale including my favorite Rebecca Minkoff nude studded sandals.

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  • Reply Left Bank Girl July 13, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    You look gorgeous Amy! In love with the top! Your trip looks so fun, have to go there someday!

  • Reply Denise Kokinis July 13, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    OMG maternity jeans!! Woooo. I feel like I am too excited about it haha! I love this top on you and those fun sandals! I hope you both had an amazing times and all these pics look amazing! Also, DONUTS! Yes.

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  • Reply Michelle Orsi July 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Love this floaty top! Sounds like a fun trip & great tips for visiting

  • Reply Adri Cisneros July 13, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    SF is one of my favorite places (besides SB)! It honestly takes several visits to get a good handle on it! Love this look!
    xo Adri |

  • Reply Jessica Woods July 13, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Beautiful outfit! Thanks for this post, I’m definitely keeping it in mind if I ever visit the city x

    Jessica — WS Community

  • Reply Emma July 13, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Looks like you had a blast (and some yummy food)!

  • Reply Emma Engmark July 13, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Such pretty pictures. Love your gorgeous outfit 🙂

  • Reply Hannah | Daily Opulence July 13, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Love your blue and white outfit! One of my fave color combos for the summertime.

    Shop & Get Inspired |

  • Reply Shea Sayers July 13, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Oh good, I’m glad you’re sharing your travel diary–I always love hearing where people go and what they explore! I’ve never been anywhere in CA but have always wanted to go–it sounds like such a great time. And my mouth is watering over all the bakeries–the one you have pictured looks fantastic!! Mmm.

  • Reply Molly Hogan July 13, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Super cute look! I’ve been dying to go back to San Francisco!


  • Reply Lily Ayala July 13, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    You look so cute and I love the sandals! Glad to know you and Russ had a good time together!!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • Reply Meagan Brandon July 13, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    LOVE those sandals–the pom pom detail is adorable! Your photos look great, especially the donuts! 🙂 So hard to find a real donut in Italy, and it’s definitely something I’m getting when we go home for a visit. Can’t wait to see more from your trip!


  • Reply Gina Daily July 13, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Loved the recap of your San Francisco Activities! And sorry you missed Alcatraz! You really do have to book that one WELL in advance. And yes, it’s cold there! Also love your blue & white combo. Your maternity style is perfection!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  • Reply Emily Green July 13, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    San Francisco is definitely on my list of places I want to visit! Sounds like a wonderful trip, and those donuts look so good! Your top is absolutely precious, and those shoes!! Love this outfit so much!

  • Reply Tamara July 13, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Fillmore is such a pretty street, you would’ve love it. I’m glad you had a good time in our city!


    Tamara –

  • Reply Karly @ Miss in the Midwest July 13, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I absolutely love that top on you! So feminine and flirty. Thanks for all these recommendations – San Fran is at the top of our list of cities to visit, and I hope we can make it out there soon.

  • Reply Laura July 13, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Sounds like such a great trip! I’ve been to California but never San Francisco. One day we will make it there!

  • Reply Kavya Bollu July 13, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Very cute top and love those sandals! You look gorgeous! 🙂

  • Reply Blaire Bingham July 13, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Love this roundup and that top is so cute with the fun sandals. I am so glad that you were able to get away together for a fun baby moon!

    xo, Whitney and Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

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