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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Cheers, 

Tash

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