Exploring San Francisco

Where to explore:

It was my goal to visit as many places on our list as possible within a few days! If you’ve been following me for a while you know I love pretty backdrops and always do my research on places with the best views before a trip! So below are some of my favorites that are great stops if you are traveling with friends or a significant other!

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Bernal Heights Park- Pretty views of San Fran! It’s an easy hike to the top where you will find this swing! Pro tip- go earlier in the day. You won’t have to wait to snap a pic on the swing! However- this place still flies pretty under the radar so chances are there might be 1 or 2 other people waiting to snap a pic.

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Golden Gate Bridge Lookout- Battery Spencer located on the other side of the bridge from San Fran in Sausalito. It’s the best place for a pic of the city with the bridge! It tends to get crowded and parking can be a battle. I suggest parking down at the bottom and walking up. It only takes about 15 minutes. Pro tip- return for sunset and drive all of the way to the top. It’s unreal! (Bam Margera from Jackass asked my BF to take his photo here, haha!)

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Baker Beach- You can’t really go wrong driving anywhere along the coast, but this was another spot on my list. It’s the best location to get the beach and Golden Gate Bridge in one photo. (see photo below!)

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Point Bonita Lighthouse- According to a local this spot is still pretty undiscovered by most, but totally worth the hike. (Another easy one!) It was pretty foggy while we were there, but when it would break the ocean and cliffs we're beautiful!

Where to stay:

We wanted to stay in the heart of San Fran so we were close to all of the places we wanted to explore. The Clift, located in Union Square, was just what we needed and not to mention we had great views of the city from our windows. We stayed in a one bedroom suite. This includes, a dining area, living area, bedroom, bathroom, and vanity room. What more could you possibly need?

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The Clift Royal Sonesta- Sometimes you just want breakfast in bed! I highly recommend!

Napa Wineries:

We figured since we had traveled all of the way to the West Coast, it was only right to check out Napa while we were there. Plus, it’s only a little over an hour from San Fran! We stayed in an AirBNB for the night that was close to the wineries and then just hopped around all day. I mean wine not!? ;) #WhenInNapa

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Round Pond Estate- We were on the hunt for palm tree lined streets and based on my extensive research (ha!) I know of at least 2 that have them! Round Pond Estates and Scribe Winery. Pro tip- Both wineries need reservations. I would book a week in advance.

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Robert Mondavi Winery- I love Robert Mondavi wine so this was a no brainer. Plus you can buy by the glass and don’t need reservations. :)

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Domaine Chandon- Calling all champagne and sparkling wine lovers! This is your stop, plus the view is gorgeous. Not a sparkling wine fan? Don’t worry they have still wines available by glass! Pro tip- most wineries require reservations. This one does not!

Domaine Chandon - Chase took this shot with his drone!

Domaine Chandon- Chase took this shot with his drone!

Where To Eat & Grab coffee:

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Palm House Restaurant- Caribbean cuisine. If you’re looking for a lively vibe, cute decor and yummy tacos and margs. Check out Palm House! All of the food has a fun Caribbean twist, like ceviche in a coconut! (See below!)

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Home Coffee Shop- I love anything rainbow so when I heard Home Bakery had Birthday Cake Lattes, well I’ve never made an easier decision. It really does taste like birthday cake in coffee form.

48 Hours in Colorado

We flew into Denver, Colorado on a Friday afternoon and stayed at the Westin Downtown.  Friday evening we had tickets to see a sold out Odesza show at Red Rocks!! I have had this amphitheater on my bucket list for a while now and let me just say it is a sight to be seen!! The venue is just as beautiful as the photos! Be prepared for some climbing though, the seating is no joke! :) Anyway the concert was amazing! Pro Tip: Ubers will pick you up at the bottom of the venue!  (Do not walk to the top like we did, or you will be in for a work out!) 

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The next day we rented a white Jeep Wrangler (aka my dream car!) from an App called Turo! It's basically AirBNB for cars! It's a lot cheaper than renting from the airport, plus you get to choose the car you want.  We wanted to spend this day exploring, so we we basically picked a direction on the map (West) and started driving, top down of course ;) We drove through Keystone which had so many beautiful photo ops and mountain views! Pretty neat how there is still snow at the top of the mountains in the summer. It definitely dropped about 30 degrees when we made it closer to the top. Pro-Tip: Have a jacket or sweater on hand! 

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Saturday evening we were pretty exhausted from all of our festivities and just grabbed a bite to eat in downtown Denver! It's a fun town to walk around in, they even have a free train that will take you through the downtown area. We flew out at 8 am the next morning! The trip was short & sweet, but totally worth it!! Can't wait to go back and explore some more! 

A Traveler's Guide To: Chattanooga, TN

We took an impromptu day trip from Atlanta to Chattanooga on a Sunday,  I had always passed Rock City signs on my way to Nashville for ATL and I didn't really know much about Chattanooga other than it looked really pretty from a car window! Let's just say we were very pleasantly surprised! Here are some of my recommendations: 

1.  Lover's Leap.  You can see 7 states from this view at the top of Lookout Mountain! It was a $20 admission fee, but it's totally worth it because there are a lot of photo ops along the way!  Keep reading ;) 

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This is a different angle of Lover's Leap! The photo above is located on top where you see the people standing in this photo! But can we just take a minute to appreciate this waterfall! 

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2.  Rainbow Hall.  We stumbled upon this magical hallway on one of the paths up to Lover's Leap. Who knew rainbows were included in the admission price? It's safe to say I'm a fan! 

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3.  Rock City Bench. Stop for a photo op here! Located on the path right after you pay your admission! 

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4. Stir.  Head downtown for a bite at this oyster bar known for their craft cocktails!  If you're a fan of hummus, they have a sampler of 3 kinds with pita, yummmm! See what we ordered in my foodie section! I'm also a huge fan of ambiance when picking where to dine, and this place has it going on!  

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5. Polka Dot Wall.  After you walk out form a tasty meal at Stir, you will notice this vibrant wall across the street. Don't miss the opportunity to snap a quick pic! Warning: You might get photo shamed by this dude https://www.instagram.com/chadots_creep/ 

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6. The Dwell Hotel.  What a gem! Also located downtown, definitely staying here next time we come for longer than a few hours! It's retro, vintage decor is just too cute.  Plus they recently opened a little cafe inside, it's a perfect coffee spot in the AM. Or you can grab a night cap at their bar in the evening! 

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7.  Walnut Street Bridge. It was built in 1980 so you know there is a lot if history here for all of you buffs! Plus it's really pretty to walk across! 

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