Post # 1
Yo. So back in the day I told my husband we should go to California for our honeymoon. He wanted Belgium so we tried for that…but DAMN the flights were too expensive. SO we’re going to fly from PA to San Francisco, drive from SF down to San Diego, and fly back home. We’ll be in CA for about two weeks.
My husband is OBSESSED with beer. So we’ll be doing TONS of beer things, and I’m gonna push for some wine things. So my question: what else should we do?
We’re going to have to have dinner in SF one night with my aunt, and perhaps also with my cousin (from the other side of the family, can I make those two events the same…?). We really should visit my other uncle in Napa, but we don’t have to.
Post # 3
Wake up, West Coast! I know it’s a snow day but get outta bed!
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
Oh gosh…definitely hit up some breweries around SF – Russian River! And make sure you get to Stone In Encenitas (gorgeous!!) Hm lets seee…Disneyland ? Old Town San Diego is fun for a night out. A day at Laguna or Newport beach.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2013 - The front lawn of our church
@peachacid: DH and I went to San Diego for our honeymoon and absolutely loved it. We didn’t really do any beer related things, but some of our favorites were walking/ shopping in seaport village and going to La Jolla. They have a kayaking tour there that was really cool. You can see leopard sharks, sting rays, and jelly fish swimming below your kayak. We also like coronado beach. It wasn’t very crowded at all when we were there.
ETA: A couple of blocks from seaport village is a place called the gas lamp district. If you guys love beer, I think that might be something you would enjoy!
Post # 6
Love Stone Brewery, also visit the newest one near downtown San Diego at Liberty Station. Mission Brewery in downtown SD, too.
Post # 7
I’m up in Sonoma County… if you are thinking of heading this way, I can do my best to give suggestions! I effin’ love this place.
Post # 8
Eat at Hodad’s, YUM!
We visited the one on ocean front, but I believe there’s one in San Diego.
And there’s also Slater’s 50/50, also yum!
Post # 9
Definitely drive down the 1. Worth the extra time. It’s absolutely GORGEOUS with breathtaking views. Go do the touristy things in SF – see the Bridge, the photos don’t compare. Alcatraz has tours. Stop off in Carmel – beautiful little fairy tale town with history, art, excellent food, amazing wine. Wine tasting rooms are all over Carmel Valley, and several in Carmel-By-the-Sea as well. I recommend Bernardus, Scheid, Morgan, and A Taste of Monterey in particular. Hearst Castle is south of Carmel another…many miles. 60? 80? Somewhere in there. Definitely beautiful and worth the stop. I think you may have to buy tickets for that, just Google it, it’s an attraction so I’m sure you can find what you need there. Santa Barbara is just amazing. Los Angeles has a million things to do if you’re interested in that. Haven’t spent time in San Diego, but heard great things 😛 Good luck!!
Post # 10
Ooh ooh if you go to Santa Barbara, we had the most amazing burgers AND craft beer at this place called Eureka downtown near State St. Friendly staff, EXCELLENT food and beer. Highly recommend.
Post # 11
@Baimee: I definitely want to hear about places in Sonoma.
And everyone: my husband will ensure we go to every worthy beer place in the state…so I need a list of other interesting things to do so we’re not just looking at mash tons the whole time.
What restaurants would you go to?
Any weird things to see between the two cities?
I don’t want to do Disneyland or world whichever it is (isn’t that for kids, anyway?), but we’re going to go to the San Diego Zoo.
Post # 12
@peachacid: So very jealous! Enjoy your trip.
Post # 13
@peachacid: This is what we’re doing as well. So far we know we have about 2.5 weeks, we’re going to rent a car and the only real plan is to end up in Tahoe for the last 4-5 days. The rest is totally up in the air.
@cutiebomb7789: Thank you! These are great ideas.
Post # 14
@peachacid: Well it is lovely here in June, we are excited to have you!
If you like beer we have a few breweries in Marin and Sonoma County (Russian River, Lagunitas, Moylans etc) that are within a 45-60 minute drive from SF. Then of course there are all the wineries.
If you are driving down from SF to San Diego you might consider hopping on the 101 for a bit or take it all the way down. It will take you a bit longer but you will pass through so many interesting places. You could even catch Highway 1 from Monterey to San Louis Obispo (GORGEOUS!). Stop at Nepenthe’s in Big Sur, amazing food and the views cannot be beat!
You would also pass through the central California wine country. Paso Robles to Santa Barbara offers some great options to stop in and taste (have you ever seen the movie Sideways?). You will also pass by the amazing little town of Solvang, an entire Dutch themed town with great food.
If you do go through San Louis Obispo take a photo at bubblegum alley and make sure to stop (or stay) at the Madonna Inn. This place is amazing and worth a visit. Every room is beyond themed and their dining room is out of this world. http://www.madonnainn.com/
Post # 15
@Treejewel19: That Madonna Inn is nuts! I’ll run it by Husband. I have a feeling he wants to rent an RV but I want to…not. I’m so excited to drink wine and he’s so excited to drink beer. Okay I’ll be honest I’m excited about both.
More restaurant/food/cool things to do/see please…! =)
Post # 16
@CatyLady: If you want beer, I highly recommend Portland or Colorado. I don’t know much about the brew scene here, but in Portland and Colorado, you can’t get away from beer!