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 Elise Ward Joyce July 14, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    That top is beautiful!! Such a fun look. I am now dying for some baked goods! YUM!

    xx, Elise

  • Reply Sofia N July 14, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Love the top!!

  • Reply Lisa @ Daily Style Finds July 14, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Those sandals are adorable. Thanks for linking up. San Fran is on my list of travel places.

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  • Reply Ruth Maldonado July 14, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Sounds like you had so much fun! Your top is so whimsical and adorable! I love those pom sandals too!

  • Reply Mary July 14, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Hi Amy Ann,

    Thanks for a fun round-up of San Fran! I love that city and it looks like you had so much fun! Those donuts are giving me heart palpitations!

    Of course, you look adorable as always! You look perfectly comfortable and chic for travel!

    Love, Mary

  • Reply Ivete Correa July 14, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Union Square is one of my favorites in San Francisco! But Carmel- now that’s a gorgeous place for sure. I’m glad to hear you had a great time! I am loving your sandals, btw. 🙂

  • Reply Eniwhere Fashion July 14, 2016 at 7:16 am

    I never had the good fortune to visit San Francisco, but from your picture it seems an amazing place! Congratulations for your travel and for your beautiful outfit! Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,

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  • Reply Lauren {Fizz & Frosting} July 14, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Since my parents live in Northern Cal, we make trips to San Francisco pretty often. It always amazes me how much cooler it is there because of the water! And I’m jealous you made it to a Giants game! That’s something that we’ve been wanting to do!
    Fizz and Frosting

  • Reply Shveta July 14, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Great post! Your outfit (and shoes!) are so gorgeous! That bake store looks incredible!! Looks like you had such a fun trip! xx

  • Reply Meghan Conard July 14, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Great shots – looks like you guys had a lovely time! I love SF! It’s such a charming city! Living your outfit – those sandals are so cute!!

  • Reply Taislany Gomes July 14, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Love the top with the white jeans x


  • Reply Alices Myles July 14, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Amazing photos, you are looking so lovely dear!

  • Reply Sarah Laird July 14, 2016 at 2:41 am

    San Francisco has been on my wanderlust list for so long – your visit looks absolutely incredible! Loving this look too by the way – your shoes are so pretty and quirky! x

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  • Reply Abby Castro July 14, 2016 at 2:37 am

    OMG – this polka top is darling! Love it with the ruffles and your adorable pom pom sandals!!

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  • Reply Meghan July 13, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    So happy you enjoyed SF!!! I love that bakeshop. The line is definitely long but like you said, definitely worth the wait!

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  • Reply Mica July 13, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Love that ruffle top! You manage to fit quite a lot into your trip, thanks for sharing! 🙂 I’ve never been to San Francisco but it would be great to visit one day.

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  • Reply Ciara July 13, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Absolutely love your outfit! I want to go to San Francisco so badly! Looked like an amazing trip!


  • Reply Hailey July 13, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    I LOVE this outfit head to toe! You look so beautiful! SF is such a great place!


  • Reply PLAYING WITH APPAREL July 13, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I LOOOOOVE this top, you look amazing.

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  • Reply Threads for Thomas July 13, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    I’ve heard amazing things about San Francisco and hope to visit one day. I love this look and am obsessed with your top!

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