Adventures in San Fran & Sonoma

   As we've mentioned before, our travel mantra is "collect experiences not things". This year, instead of getting Christmas gifts for each other, we put the money towards our recent trip to San Francisco to see my sister. We both wanted a mini getaway together way more than anything and had some travel miles we'd been saving. I knew Kyle would love the city's colorful charm and the wine-soaked Sonoma valley. We also ran into TWO readers of La Petite Farmhouse while we were traveling which was SO awesome (hi Mallory & Amanda)!

   We were so lucky to have my sister Allie as our amazing host & tour guide. She knows the two of us so well. For us that meant restaurants and shops with gorgeous rustic modern and farmhouse design style, farm to table restaurants & bars, and adorable neighborhoods. 

travel guide to san fran & sonoma

  While there are SO many things to do and see when you travel, especially in San Fran, we love this La Petite Farmhouse spin on things. When we share city guides on the blog we'll be sharing our favorite picks for inspiring interiors, local food & drinks, and natural surroundings!


La Petite Farmhouse Guide to San Francisco
 

shops for the design lover

  • Maker & Moss (Hayes Street): This shop is in Hayes Valley, my favorite SF neighborhood. It's filled with mid-century modern furniture (much of it designed with reclaimed wood), local PF Candles, handmade pottery, and cozy but modern home decor.
  •  The Perish Trust (Divisadero Street): We stumbled into this gorgeously curated shop while walking around and completely fell in love. If there is one word to describe the storefront it would be "adventure"- from the canoe hanging on the wall to camp blankets stored on the shelves, and John Muir coffee table books. There's an apothecary filled with natural beauty & skincare and retro kitchen in the back filled with handmade salt rubs, kitchenwares & more.
  • WILL Leather Goods (Hayes Street): The cow outside is what drew us Midwesterners into the store. Their family-owned story, beautifully made leather goods made us stay! The shop had gorgeous rustic displays & amazing service (a cup of espresso while you shop? yes please!).
  • Jackson & Polk (Ghiradelli Square): This gift shop has major California vibes. It's packed with clothes,  papergoods, accessories, and trinkets from local makers -- each piece has a pinch of SF adventure and optimism. 
  • Alternative Apparel (Hayes Street): As we've begun to build more minimalist closets, this store is stocked full of super cozy basics and minimalist accessories. I loved the macrame wall art, succulent planters & wood branch chandelier. 
     
shopping in hayes valley

shopping in hayes valley

a foggy day by the marina

a foggy day by the marina

eating & drinking local

  • Wrecking Ball Coffee (Folsom Street): This local roaster is known for their Rifle Paper Co #pineappleselfie wall and they also make a mean cup of coffee!
  • Smitten Ice Cream (Hayes Street): Kyle & I both agreed that this was literally our favorite ice cream we've ever eaten. It's made from scratch with local ingredients in front of you with liquid nitrogen. I had the salted caramel ice cream with cookie dough chunks & brown sugar caramel drizzled on top.. heavenly!
  • Jane (Fillmore Street): This cafe gets super packed but it's an instagrammable dream boat, from the darling decor to pretty-and-delicious meals. I had the raw sprouted black porridge & Kyle had the avocado mash on their homemade sourdough. YUM!
  • Harper & Rye (Polk Street): This bar is a design lover's dream. The gorgeous arch shaped bar with mercury glass mirrored backdrop & thoughtful elements are so much fun. The handcrafted drinks (or punch bowls to share) are even better!
  • Blue Barn (Polk Street): This eatery has the cutest reclaimed wood & barn slider design elements. Every delicious salad & sandwich on the menu is sourced with local & organic ingredients.
  • Gioia Pizzeria (Polk Street)We were obsessed with the rustic modern decor inside Gioia. Beautiful reclaimed wood & marble tables, with a long bar with industrial stools & subway tile backsplash. The pizza was delicious too, it reminded us of the thin crust & simple, fresh ingredients that we had in Italy.
  • Philz Coffee (Marina): On the weekend, take a walk to Philz Coffee's truck parked over in the Marina neighborhood. There's a perfect view of the Golden Gate bridge to drink your coffee from (you must try the iced mint mojito coffee)!
     

black rice porridge at brunch at Jane on Fillmore

gorgeous flowers everywhere you look

gorgeous flowers everywhere you look

Did you know that Sonoma is only an hour outside of San Fran? It's the perfect little getaway just outside of the city. It's an incredibly charming area filled with family owned wineries, farm-to-table restaurants, and the most beautiful farms and countryside.
 

a weekend in sonoma

  • Fremont Diner: This diner is right on the way to wine country. It looks like a hole-in-the wall place but it's menu is made up of locally sourced ingredients (like so fresh the eggs are from their backyard) and country chic style. Order a Stanley thermos of coffee to share and a bucket of their made-from-scratch biscuits. It's the best base ever for a day of wine tasting!
  •  Gloria Ferrer Winery: We started our day at Gloria Ferrer because they specialize in sparkling wines, which is a little easier to sample before noon. Expect to spend around $25-$30 for a tasting flight in their airy, rustic tasting room. The design is super dreamy and even on a cloudy day like we had, the vineyards are beautiful.
  • Lodge at Sonoma: This was our hotel for our night in Sonoma (a holiday gift from my parents). While it's a splurge, there are a ton of amenities like a nightly wine tasting featuring a local vineyard, shuttle rides to downtown Sonoma square, daily morning yoga & weekend hikes. Our room had a cozy fireplace and it was such a gorgeous spot to stay!
  • Pangloss Cellars: We had the best experience at this tasting room right on the square. Not only were their wines some of the best we've ever had; we had an amazing sommelier,  Ethan, who educated us about each wine we tried. The design of the space was so dreamy; perfectly worn in leather couches, giant reclaimed wood beams, and an artful statement wall full of empty wine bottles. 
  • OSO: This rustic modern restaurant space specializes in small plates to share made with local ingredients. We split the steak for two and it was the perfect way to end a beautiful day. Don't miss the wine list, you are in Sonoma after all!
  • Sweet Scoops:  Top off a day in wine country at this delicious homemade ice cream shop. They have tons of unique flavors featuring whatever is in season. 
a country cooked breakfast at fremont diner

a country cooked breakfast at fremont diner

Pangloss Cellars was our favorite wine tasting spot

Pangloss Cellars was our favorite wine tasting spot

the beautiful lodge at sonoma resort

the beautiful lodge at sonoma resort

How rustic modern and cozy is the decor in Pangloss cellars?

How rustic modern and cozy is the decor in Pangloss cellars?

scenic stops

  • Muir Woods: We took a little side trip to Muir Woods on our way back from Sonoma. We should have left ourselves some more time because as soon as we arrived we wished we had more time to explore. From what we heard, the parking lot gets completely full by 10 AM. We lost GPS (a bit scary), but somehow ended up at Muir Beach Overlook, which was one of the most breathtaking views I've ever seen. We really want to make a trip to see the redwoods, so we hope to explore more sometime soon!
the very scenic beach overlook at john muir

the very scenic beach overlook at john muir


   Planning a trip to Sonoma or San Francisco? We've added all of the spots we shared in our post today in the google map below, making it super easy to plan your travel adventures (we're huge dorks like that)!

   Sometimes a little getaway is just what you need to recharge your batteries. Our long weekend in San Fran & Sonoma left us feeling so inspired and with our hearts (& bellies) full. There is so much vibrancy and entrepreneurship everywhere you look - we obsessed over the branding, the thoughtful design details, and all the care that went into creating unique businesses. I'm just so glad that we both love experiencing and exploring new places together. If you're planning a trip to SF, we hope you enjoy our guide -- we promise it won't disappoint!