Fist time to Northern California! I have been lucky to travel around with Evan the last year to places I have never been. I definitely need to do a post on our Grand Canyon/Zion/Bryce Canyon trip. 🙂 I actually really love traveling with just my husband, we get to be as busy or as lazy as we want. It’s zeee best! We did San Fran, Muir Woods, and Big Sur for this trip. Each place was so new and unique, it was a lot of fun (minus all the sitting in traffic)! 😉
Mr Holmes Bakery was on top of my list because of raved about cruffins. Unfortunately we showed up too late for the Cruffins…..I was so sad, like really sad. So we settled for a couple danishes, a caramel muffin, and a smaller muffin type treat with frosting on it. AND I wanted to note that their branding was ON POINT. Being a graphic designer and an aspiring creative director I was DROOOOLING. Sounds weird, but good branding get’s me really excited, and these guys are killin it.
One of my favorite parts of the city was the architecture and all the flowers that grow on the front of the houses. Lombard street was lined with perfect little houses with beautiful flowers everywhere. Made my heart happy. 🙂 The houses in San Francisco are some of the most unique i’ve ever seen. Having had a ton of Art History classes in college I LOVED being able to see these designs in real life.
THE BEST part of the trip by far was our drive down the H1 highway. We left on a Sunday morning from Palo Alto and drove straight over to Santa cruz where we hit the H1 to Big Sur. We wanted to just relax and take our time so we didn’t plan anything big for that day at all, just the drive and we could get out wherever we wanted and take our time. The drive once you get past Monterey is AMAZING. I just wanted to share a few of our favorite pics from that day, if you haven’t done part of this drive already, it’s a good one to add to your bucket list. Oh and if you can avoid going on a holiday weekend do that…..traffic coming back was a nightmare as we were there for the 4th of July weekend.
Another beautiful part of our trip was Muir Woods National Monument. We got a good taste of the redwoods! I loved Muir Woods because we were able to see the redwood trees without driving 5 hours north to the Redwood National Forest. I’m sure it’s more amazing the more north you go but I felt lucky to have seen them so close to SF. I LOVED this so much. There is not a better feeling than walking into an environment where you feel so small compared to nature and the earth, I kind of love it. Makes me feel alive. So if you get the chance, I would highly recommend Muir Woods National Monument.