Our guide to San Francisco

Hi blog family!

This past weekend Michael and I took a trip to San Francisco to visit my Uncle Eric and Aunt Sandra; our first vacation since Maui in September! I was originally scheduled to be there for work, but when the trip cancelled we decided to stick to our plan of M meeting me out there Thursday night. I’m so glad we did because we had an absolutely wonderful time. The best thing about SFO is that everything feels unique, never out of the box or cookie cutter. The city’s history is so full with all of its different neighborhoods, you truly can never see it all.

The other reason I love SFO is because of the textile and design shops. Here are a few purchases we made or scoped out while we were there.


  1. This Heath Ceramics clock is on my radar! I’m still contemplating the best place for it in our home, but it is a piece we plan to invest in. The design is even more eye catching in person!
  2. Heath Ceramic’s sugar bowl is now being used to hold our favorite Stonehouse spices on my lazy susan.
  3. Eventually I want to reface our fireplace… what better color palette is there than these three burnt orange tones in that beautiful half hex design from Heath? (Persimmon, Poppy, Paprika)
  4. OMG,
  5. Napa Valley Blend, and
  6. Zhug are all spices we picked up from Stonehouse Olive Oil at the Ferry Building. Napa Valley is our go-to for chicken, potatoes and dipping oil, so I’m excited to try the other two for veggies and red meat. Zhug supposedly has a bit of a kick to it.
  7. The little olive wood spoon was an impulse purchase also at the Ferry Building, but ended up being a good buy and compliments our Heath Ceramics bowl nicely.
  8. Glassybaby is one of my favorite things in San Francisco. Their votives are M’s go to for gifts, but recently they’ve started making “drinkers” which are perfect for an Old Fashioned cocktail. Aunt Sandra found one that was extra unique with small bubbles in the glass! The Gin Fizz green is gorgeous.

We also did a ton of sight seeing, but our new adventure was Sonoma Valley. It was truly heaven on Earth! Instead of trying to navigate all of the wineries on our own we purchased tickets for the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley. At $100 per person it wasn’t cheap, but 100% worth it. Not only did we get to enjoy the sights together, the old converted trolley was a nostalgic treat. (Remember the history I mentioned above? Case and point right here.) We visited four wineries: Ravenswood, Buena Vista, Imagery, and Mayo. Ravenswood knocked it out of the park and was by far our favorite. They actually met us at the Trolley with glasses of “breakfast wine” at 10:45 in the morning. I can’t recommend them enough, especially their Zins. The others were nice, but paled in comparison to Ravenswood. For our next visit I think we will hire a driver to take us around to a few of these no tasting fee wineries, and Ravenswood of course.

Here are a few other places Uncle Eric & Aunt Sandra introduced us to:

  • Half Moon Bay for whale watching.
  • Canela for the best dining experience you will ever have. I recommend the paprika shrimp tapa and the dessert churros!
  • Highway 92 Succulents was new to our list; they have a massive selection of unique plants to choose from. We brought ours home in a paper lunch bag!
  • Building Resources was just plain fun. We picked up some tumbled glass and a pink subway tile I couldn’t leave behind. I didn’t snap a photo but Aunt Sandra added the most unique door knob to her collection; she’s replacing all of the updated knobs in their home with ones that are more in line with the 30’s styles. I’m now hunting for a place similar in Dallas, but have yet to find anything!

For our next trip we will venture back to Sonoma, as well as Sausalito, Muir Woods National Monument, and Alcatraz. Salesforce’s Dreamforce is scheduled for the first week of November so fingers crossed we can extend my work trip for another family visit!

Please excuse the poor quality pictures; I left our niceĀ camera at home. Shucks!

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