something to look forward to

To celebrate the end of my tour of duty with Teach for America, and to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary, Patrick and I are planning a trip to California. Here’s the working itinerary.

Days 1-2.

San Francisco. Staying at the Monte Cristo Inn. Planning to bike the Golden Gate Bridge and hopefully find a way into Bourbon & Branch. I know there are SO many things to do in San Francisco. What’s a must-see?

Days 3-5.

Carmel. Staying at the Colonial Terrace, thanks to a recommendation from Holly and Kenny Sharp. Hoping to take a picnic from Bruno’s Market to the beach. We’d love to hear what you’ve done in Carmel…

Day 6.

Big Sur. Camping out one night in this great area by Highway 1. Hoping to check out the restaurant Nepenthe. Looking forward to hiking at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. We might even take some time to stop at the Hearst Castle. Any great sights we shouldn’t miss?

Days 7-9.

Sonoma and Napa Valley. Staying at the beautiful Beltane Ranch, thanks to a recommendation from the Lonely Planet. Looking forward to wine, wine, and more wine! The French Laundry is a dream restaurant-stop for us, so we hope to get a much-coveted reservation one of our nights in the wine country. We’ve heard the bike tours are great, too. We’re up for suggestions.

Day 10.

Our last day in California, we’ll spend back in San Francisco. We’re thinking we might just fly right out, or spend another night. Any last suggestions of what we should see before we leave?

I obviously can’t wait… we’re on the countdown! Leave a comment with your suggestions… we want them!