One of the many joys of being a parent for me is the ability to share in the Disney magic with my kids. I had it all planned out that I would take them right before their third birthday since they would be old enough to recognize the characters and bring the magic alive. A lot of people were against it saying they were too young to remember anything, but the way I saw it is they would enjoy it in the moment. Their faces would light up with glee and happiness, and I would be able to remember that forever. Plus, it would just give us more excuses to keep coming back!
A friend recently asked me which California city she should check out on her first time visit. I asked her what she was looking for in her visit, whether it was sun and beach (San Diego), shopping and pretty people (Los Angeles), or culture/arts and nature (San Francisco). In my opinion, San Francisco is the perfect blend of all three popular California cities.
My weekend consisted of eating at Fisherman’s Wharf and the famous China Town, hiking the beautiful trails at Golden Gate Park, strolling through the Japanese Tea Garden, and shopping at Union Square and the Ferry Farmer’s Market. The city is 7 miles X 7 miles, so everything is close, but expect some congestion due to all the traffic lights.
Napa Valley has a special place in my heart because that is one of the first trips my husband and I took when we started dating. Eight years later, we came back over the Thanksgiving weekend to enjoy the wineries with family. There are so many great wineries to choose from, but since we were limited on time (typical), we narrowed it down to our top three. Keep in mind that we’ve been here before, so we wanted to try new wineries.
Make sure to map out the wineries you want to visit, so you aren’t driving back and forth. There are lots of tours and transportation options depending on how much you plan on ‘tasting’.