Summer Travel Series Part 1: 12 Hours In San Francisco

A beginners guide to where to eat, drink and what to see in San Francisco within 12 hours!!

Last month, my girls and I, Kachet and Melinda, decided to spend the day in the city.  The purpose was to shoot with the amazing Rachel Radcliffe Photography, sight see and eat good food.  We did all of the above.  I LOVE the city.  It ended up being triple digit weather here in Sacramento, so heading to the Bay was the best idea!

COFFEE

SO, first things first… COFFEE…. do you guys know that I have this thing with coffee shops?!?! I am obsessed.  I am always on the hunt for cool spots with yummy almond milk lattes! Plus I am a 3 cup a day kinda girl!! We visited Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters and it was so good!!! The lattes were bomb, I am in LOVE with this pineapple wall paper and we sat there for almost an hour talking to the baristas! Must visit y’all!

A beginners guide to where to eat, drink and what to see in San Francisco within 12 hours!!
Cow Hallow & Pacific Heights

A beginners guide to where to eat, drink and what to see in San Francisco within 12 hours!!

A beginners guide to where to eat, drink and what to see in San Francisco within 12 hours!!

As I mentioned, we had arranged a shoot with Rachel and it was so much fun! We shot in Cow Hallow, Pacific Heights and right by the Lyon Steps! We shot 3 looks toal.  We did one look together and then two individual looks!! If you are looking to shoot with someone in SF, Rachel is your girl.  She is SO sweet, creative and talented!!

Lunch

After our shoot we were STARVING!!! Lucky for Melinda and I, Kachet lived in the city in the past and knew some good places to eat.  In all honesty our decision was based on the ability to find parking! We found parking right by Delarosa Restaurant! Ok, I am not exaggerating, but y’all have to go here.  They serve Roman style pizza, which is to DIE FOR!! The apps were delish and so were the drinks… you can tell the chef took time with these recipes! SO GOOD!! I love the set up inside, you can see a bit of the decor in the picks below!

A beginners guide to where to eat, drink and what to see in San Francisco within 12 hours!!
Delarosa Restaurant! YUMMY PIZZA, apps and drinks!!

A beginners guide to where to eat, drink and what to see in San Francisco within 12 hours!!

 

A beginners guide to where to eat, drink and what to see in San Francisco within 12 hours!!
I love cool lighting and decor!
A beginners guide to where to eat, drink and what to see in San Francisco within 12 hours!!
This was right by the famous Lyon Steps!!
A beginners guide to where to eat, drink and what to see in San Francisco within 12 hours!!
Smile! Life is good!

WHAT TO SEE

Here are those beautiful Painted Ladies! The homes from my childhood show “Full House.”  It is SO weird that my kids now watch “Fuller House” but any way lol! This particular day was so beautiful everyone had brought their blankets, picnics and guitars and were laid out on the lawn in front of the Painted Ladies.  We were SO bummed that we forgot our blankets.  It was literally the perfect day to just lay there and take everything in.  Also, try getting a picture of these bad boys without 5,000 people blocking your view! An act of God LOL!

A beginners guide to where to eat, drink and what to see in San Francisco within 12 hours!!
The Painted ladies!!

DINNER

I highly suggest dinner at the Cliff House.  It is literally seated on a cliff right by Ocean Beach.  You can wait for seats by the window which yield the most breathtaking view! Sunset here is magic! I mean MAGIC! It is SO beautiful my words do not do it justice.  Besides being right on the water for a meal, the food was to die for!! We got a seafood pasta with a few delicious apps and some clam chowder! Ridiculously good! Let me warn you that parking is always an issue, but don’t give up! Circle around, people are always leaving!! You could even do Ocean Beach first and then walk up for dinner!

A beginners guide to where to eat, drink and what to see in San Francisco within 12 hours!!
Yummiest seafood and pasta!
A beginners guide to where to eat, drink and what to see in San Francisco within 12 hours!!
Ocean Beach!

Short and sweet, but easy to do in 12 hours! I can’t wait to go back to the Bay Area! The temps right now in Sacramento are brutal! This is the start of my travel series! I have a lot more fun posts coming your way! Next up is Las Vegas and where to stay! Thank you as always for reading the blog!

Photos of my by: Rachel Radcliffe Photography

All other photos by: Kachet

  • Comments ( 41 )

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    Randi

    I absolutely love San Francisco! I was there for vacation a few years ago and have been wanting to make it back so badly. I’d love to check out the Cliff House that you mentioned — the sunset sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    xoxo,
    Randi

    http://www.kayandcoweekends.com/blog

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    Marette Flora

    I haven’t been to San Fran since I was a child. I really need to experience it as an adult. So many places to go!

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    Morgan Klein

    The pizza from Delarosa looks to die for!!!! Thanks for sharing all of this! So helpful!

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    Ashley DTKAustin

    I’m bookmarking this for my next trip!! Looks like you had such an amazing time!

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    Krystal // The Krystal Diaries

    I’ve never been to San Francisco before but it is one of the cities I’d really like to see! That food & the drink at Delarosa looks so good!

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    jen @ thehollyhockdoor

    Thank you for the great snapshot into SF! I’ve always wanted to go – maybe when my kids are a bit bigger!? Your photos are gorgeous!

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    xoxobellablog

    Looks like you had a great time, I love San fran!

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    Kathy Brown

    Sounds like you and the girls had a wonderful day in the city. You and the girls look amazing. Rachel took beautiful pictures and it sound like you had so much fun. Thanks for sharing your day..

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    Jenny

    We loved SF when we went! We had such a fun time exploring.

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    Shira

    I want to visit so bad! And obsessed with both your fun colorful look and gorgeous LWD!

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    Neely Moldovan

    How fun! We went for our one year anniversary and had the best time!

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    Jessica Sheppard

    Sounds like the most fun ever! You ladies look stunning…love the laughter! Girl, sounds like I need a day with you in SF, you know all the fun spots! That pizza looks insane and the Cliff’s sounds beyond fabulous! You found a gifted photog too! Such a win, a quick but fun day in the city!

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    Katherine – Engineering In Style

    Looks like the perfect little girls escape! I go to SF every year, but I’ve never been to Cliff House! Added to my list for next year 🙂

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    Ashley Wilson

    I’ve always wanted to visit San Fran! That restaurant looks great!

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    Meghan

    Definitely some of my favorite spots!! I was in SF this morning but at the beach. While it is cold, it’s still such a beautiful getaway even for a day.

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    Ashley

    What a great photo diary of your trip! I’ve never been to San Fran but I’m DYING to go!!

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    Taylor Mobley

    One of my favorite cities that I never seem to have much time in! I love all of these suggestions!

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    Anna English

    I haven’t been to SF since college, but am dying to go back!

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    Melissa Damon-Moore

    I’ve been wanting to go here so badly!! I’m loving the yellow shoes too!
    x
    Missy
    http://popofstyle.com

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    Kait

    San Francisco seems so fun! It’s definitely on my list the next time I visit Cali!

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    Allison

    I loved San Francisco when I went a few years ago and I can’t wait to go back! This is perfect for when I plan my next trip!

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    Belle

    I’ve always wanted to go to San Francisco and this post makes me ache to visit soon! Hopefully we could!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

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    Kathiey

    I want to go….so many nice places. I love your white dress, looks great on you.

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    Jessica

    I love San Fran! It has been too long since my last trip! I am hoping for a little jaunt there after bebe W is born!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

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    Tif @ Bright on a Budget

    It looks like you had an amazing time, even for a short amount of time! San Francisco is definitely on my bucket list!

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    Nataly

    San Fran is one of my favorite places to visit! Looks like a great trip!

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    Maggie @ Polished Closets

    I’ve always wanted to visit San Fran! This looks like so much fun!

    maggie @ polished closets

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    Carly

    San Francisco sounds absolutely amazing! I’d love to visit there sometime!

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    Kim

    I’ve never been to San Fran but have always wanted to go! I will have to keep your suggestions in mind for when I plan my trip!

    xoxo,
    Kim

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    Steph

    I’ve never been to San Fran and it’s on my bucket list! Looks amazing.

    xo,
    Steph
    @trendyinindy || trendyinindy.com

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    Nicole

    So many great suggestions and you look like you had a wonderful time! I am hoping to visit San Fransisco next year, so well definitely keep this post in mind.

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    Nicole Green

    So many great recommendations! I love that pineapple wallpaper at the coffee shop!

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    April

    It looks like you had a fun and jam packed time in San Francisco! Your pictures are beautiful!

    April | http://www.thebluehydrangeas.com

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    Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    What a fantastic list – I miss San Fran so much!! I’m over here about to book a flight now!!

    Coming Up Roses

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    Jill Conyers

    San Francisco is my all time favorite city. Second is Chicago. I never get tired of visiting either of them.

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    Jenna Colgrove

    what a fun idea!! love the fun prints!

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    Thirty30Courtney

    What a lifesaver! I plan on visiting the Bay area for the first time in December but I will only have up to one full day in San Francisco. This is exactly what I need. On another note, I love wearing white and seeing beautiful black women in it because we simply GLOW! You look fabulous.

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    Nina – the HSS feed

    So many great recommendations and I love your photos!

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    megan

    looks like so much fun!

    xo megan

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    Taylor Ann

    Sounds like fun! What a great guide to a quick day in the city. And that pizza! Looks amazing

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    Sandy a la Mode

    You must of had so much fun! Lunch sounds incredible – I love San Fran!!

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