San Francisco Travel Guide

 From Baker Beach you can get stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

From Baker Beach you can get stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

A few weekends ago, thanks to Alaska Airlines, I had the honor of going to San Francisco to visit my childhood best friend, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and niece. I lucked out with the weather and spent most of my time walking. I must have walked 10+ miles a day. I was so worn out after the trip, like reallyyyyyy worn out. I spent the next two days after my trip in bed with a migraine and puking! I am so grateful that I had a few good days while there!

I have left Winter maybe twice in her 2.5 years of life, so it was definitely a strange feeling to not be with her for a few days. The first day I was gone from her I found that I was craving her in a sense. I missed holding her and hearing her talk. I was, however, able to ease into the trip a little more the second day and spent the rest of the time being more present.

Below is a little recap of where I went, what I ate and places I saw. San Francisco totally stole my heart, so if you get the opportunity to visit, I highly recommend it!


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Alaska Airlines was so kind to fly me first class (like a once in a lifetime opportunity for me), and I was so impressed with how kind their crew was.

They have 300+ nonstop flights from California to 60+ destinations so it was no surprise that the flight to San Francisco was seamless. I enjoyed endless amounts of Sparkling water and read a book.

Due to weather, the flight home was delayed 5 hours. It was really rough sitting in the airport because I was nauseous that day. I ended up throwing up on the plane as soon as the plane took off.

The flight attendant was at my side within seconds and brought me a warm towel to use and continued to check in on me throughout the flight. Although the delay was a major bummer, I felt really taken care of while on the flight.

I wouldn't hesitate to book with Alaska Airlines again.

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Coffee:

Oh the coffee and tea were phenomenal. I had forgotten what it was like to drink a warm cup of joe without a little one around.

Philz – Want to start your vacation on the right foot? Then walk down the marina greens to Philz coffee and order the gingersnap iced coffee. I've never had anything like it! Creamy, sweet, and just the right amount of spice.

The Mill – Located in Alamo Square, this is the perfect place to stop before seeing the Painted Ladies. They serve Four Barrel coffee and make all of their bread and pastries.  

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Eat:

Castagna – This tiny bistro is owned by the nicest, most joyful French gentleman, Stéphane,  who treated my friend and I like queens. The restaurant is located in the Marina area. We sat outside on the patio and people watched while indulging in the most delicate filet mignon and homemade pesto pasta. I am still dreaming about this place.

Regalito Rosticeria – After enjoying the murals in Balmy Alley, we stopped by Regalito for dinner. This Mexican restaurant is located in the Mission district and has the best house-made guacamole. Their food is guaranteed to be free range + antibiotic & hormone Free + made with love! It won't disappoint.

The God Mother Fish + Chips – It wouldn't be a trip to San Francisco without visiting Fisherman's Wharf. We ate the most delicious batch of fish tacos and fish & chips.

Za Pizza – For my last night, we decided to order in and got pizza from Za Pizza. I am always a sucker for trying new pizzerias, and this one was so delicious. I must have eaten five pieces by myself!

The Cliff House – My sister-in-law lives in the Bay Area, and my mother-in-law was in town, so it was really nice enjoying a meal together at one of San Francisco’s most iconic restaurants in the Sutro Historic Landscape District. The restaurant has the most beautiful view of the ocean, and it was so fun exploring the Sutro Bath ruins.

Explore:

Painted Ladies – Are you a fan of Full House? Then this is a must-see. The Painted Ladies are a row of spectacular Victorian homes and happen to be one of the most photographed locations in San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge – What a gorgeous sight to see. We enjoyed the view from Chrissy Field. We packed a picnic and ordered hot chocolate from the warming hut. I could have spent hours there.

Lombardo Street – Known as the "crookedest" street in the world, this place charts as the #4 must-see location in San Francisco.

Lyon Street Steps – Want a workout and feel like you're at the top of the world? Then this is a must-see for you. Beautiful stairs lead you to panoramic views of the city.

Ferry Building Marketplace – This majestic building houses San Francisco's best Farmers Market. Pick up local artisan crafts and delicious goodies for friends and family here.

Palace of Fine Arts – The architecture will blow you away. I kept saying "Wow" as we walked through this stunning location.

Ampersand – Love flowers? Then this little local floral shop is for you! Flowers everywhere! I just loved being able to pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers for my friend as a thank you for letting me stay with her.

San Francisco Botanical Gardens – One of my favorite things to do when I travel in the US is to explore the botanical gardens. I love seeing each state's unique landscape at the gardens. I could have spent all day here.

Shopping on Haight Street: I really enjoyed purusing this street and ducking in and out of all the eclectic shops. 


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I had the most magical time in San Francisco, and I cannot thank Alaskan Airlines and heymama enough. This post was sponsored by Alaska Airlines. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

*Sidenote: heymama did a Q & A with me on what I like to do on planes, what I pack, etc. You can read all about it here.

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