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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

California Dreamin'

In an odd coincidence, both MoS Charlotte and I are headed west...way west...this weekend. MoS Charlotte is headed to a swank wedding in Beverly Hills, and I am taking a long-overdue trip to San Francisco to visit an old friend. So close...yet so far away! 

Anyway, both of us are East Cost gals through and through and haven't been to CA much, so we are both looking for a little guidance as to what to see/do in our respective cities. MoS Charlotte will be based out of Beverly Hills. With no car (and a teeny baby in tow!) she's looking for some stuff to do during the day that's easily accessible. Any shops/areas that are a must-see? Is Rodeo Drive totally overrated? Any off the beaten path tips?

I'm fascinated by the Greystone it worth seeing?

I feel like everyone who goes to LA always reports back about the Todd Alexander Romano store!

Meanwhile, a couple of miles north, I'll be in San Francisco on Saturday, based around South of Market, I believe.

I'll be searching far and wide for Mary Kate & Ashley...

 And checking out Chinatown...

Sunday it's on to Napa and I've already requested a stop here...

I'm particularly looking forward to some recommendations for seeing San Francisco on Saturday...what's worth doing if you only have one day, what's not, what neighborhoods are fun for wandering, where are the good vintage stores, where are the good swanky stores, where should I eat? Obviously I have limited time but since this is a last minute trip I haven't had time to do as much research as I would like!

We both thank you and can't wait to report back from California!



we did San Francisco in one day too--a bit tight but lots of fun! THe food shops on the water are fantastic! Come visit soon-Im hosting a give away today!

Anonymous said...

Bistro Jeanty for dinner or lunch in Yountville while in Napa...the butter lettuce salad and tomato soup are to die for! Also my favorite winery is Frog's Leap. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

In San Francisco, try out Cow Hollow, located between Russian Hill and The Presidio, and bordering the Marina District on one side and Pacific Heights on the other. The main shopping thoroughfare is Union Street, lots of cute boutiques.

susan said...

Slanted Door - fun and delicious Asian Fusion restaurant in SF.

Charly said...

Cow Hollow can be cute, but a lot of the "boutiques" are big chains. Not so many local gems.

I recommend Hayes Valley (on Hayes Street, between Franklin and Laguna). It is close to where you said you'd be, SOMA, and also very close to The Painted Ladies (also known as Mary Kate and Ashley's backdrop). Pacific Heights -- specifically in and around the area of Fillmore Street from Bush to Washington -- also has more charming, unique and local businesses.

HOMME ($$$$) and Leftovers ($$) on Polk are two of my favorite furniture stores, both are in the Russian Hill area.

Steer clear of Fisherman's Wharf. It is HORRIBLE and only for nylon-wearing tourists. If you want waterfront dining, The Cliff House is where it's at.

The Mission is a great walking (read: FLAT, none of the famous hills) part of town with lots of hip coffee shops, bars, vintage & thrift stores and restaurants. Go to Valencia between 16th and 22nd.

Lisa said...

I would recommend a trip to the Ferry Building Marketplace if you love good food. There are a lot of local food shops/restaurants/retail stores inside and they have a giant farmer's market 3x a week. Have fun!

Leah said...

If you're staying in Beverly Hills, you should hit up the Beverly Hills Hotel, it's a classic and the decor is really fun. Actually lots of the luxury hotels in the area are fun to sneak a peek at, The Penninsula, The London and I recently went to the Montage and it has a cute little park in the middle. Rodeo Drive is crazy, but if you've never been you should probably see it.

If you're looking for nice yet affordable shops, I would either go to Melrose, or Abbot Kinney in Venice (also if your in Venice talk a walk through the canals - yes real canals) lots of clothing boutiques and home furnishings stores.

LA is super big and sprawling so if you commit to an area there is always lots to do.. just depends which area.

I feel like most people forgo the Eastside when visiting, but there are tons of awesome shops and restaurants to try in Los Feliz and Silverlake, and Downtown LA.

Have fun!! SF is great as well, but seems like you already got a lot of pointers!


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