california photo diary

If you’ve been following along on Instagram (mostly stories) – you saw that I spent a week in Cali with a gal pal recently. It was my first time visiting the west coast and I’m seriously already planning another visit. I had no idea what to expect but to say I fell in love is an understatement. I totally understand why people refer to it as the best coast now (this New England weather is just not cutting it right now).

I’ve rounded up a few of my fave highlights from the trip below in the prettiest way: a California photo diary.


Pebble Beach. There’s something so dreamy about finally saying you made it to/touched the Pacific Ocean.



The Bench, Pebble Beach. If you’re a major golf fan then dining at The Bench is a must. You’re basically sitting on the golf course, overlooking the famous 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Carmel-by-the-Sea. This adorable town is located on the Monterey Peninsula right by Pebble Beach. Carmel-by-the-Sea is known for it’s fairytale charm and cottage-like buildings. Pop in and out of quirky shops and small boutiques.


Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. When I picture west coast piers, Fisherman’s Wharf comes to mind! You get the million dollar view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the bay, all at once.


Union Square, San Francisco. This is basically as downtown as it gets in SF. I couldn’t get over how adorable the trolleys were. For a unique dining experience, check out Hakkasan (think Vegas vibes). If you’re not planning to leave the city and want to experience wine tasting – check out Chateau Montelena located in the Westin. It’s an intimate setting so we got to chat with other wine-tasters and had a great time!


Sonoma, Wine Country. I could not get over the views in Wine Country. All you could see for miles and miles was green, blooming open space and rolling hills.


Ram’s Gate Winery, Sonoma. Wine (and interior design) lovers rejoice. This is no New England winery. The space was so cozy. Then there’s the wine, obviously. I typically am not a fan of Chardonnay but I could drink the Ram’s Gate version all day. What’s unique about Ram’s Gate Winery is that they offer a tasting that includes wine + food pairings. I highly recommend adding this to your wine tour list if you’re visiting CA!

Have you been to California before? If so, what are your must-see places? Next bucket list item for California: up close and personal with the Golden Gate Bridge, Big Sur, LA and San Diego.