Despite how hectic this vacation was, I can definitely say it was one of my favorite's we've taken recently.
We started the trip out flying into Sacramento but despite the early morning and two flights knew we wanted to head out to San Francisco for some amazing sour dough bread but also to meet up with Qu_TV, not only one of Moon's mods but also a really great friend to both of us.
First stop was Boudin Bakery and I'm already regretting not getting bread to go to bring home with me. I just love fresh baked bread and if I ever get more time on my hands it's definitely something I want to start doing again.
After meeting up with Qu we walked over to Pier 39, had some drinks and picked up some Trish's Mini Donuts on the way out. I love/hate these donuts. I love them, they're so delicious but now they're so far away and it will likely be years before I get to have them again. They're so tiny and come out warm and soft. It's probably on every generic "to do" list for San Francisco but once you try them, you'll understand why.
Next came a really rough journey to food. 30 minutes into a 20 minute uber ride we found out there was a Chinese New Year parade. We didn't get to stop and watch the parade since we were on a bit of a time crunch with the timing of the ferry. We tried to go to a Japanese BBQ place only to be advised of a 2 hour wait but instead we found some amazing Indian food at Amber. I've missed Indian food so much living out in West Texas.
We got back to the Sacramento area pretty late and still somehow managed to wake up at 6am to be on the mountain at Kirkwood by 9am. Unfortunately, the road did a number on all of us except the driver and we all got pretty motion sick. Kirkwood was nice but definitely not my favorite resort. It was fun to experience a new place but our next day at Heavenly would be one of the best.
We stayed the night at Station House Inn, a super cute inn in Heavenly Village and a close walk to the Heavenly Gondola. By the end of the day at Heavenly my legs were so dead. Moon and my sister's husband, Tyler, took a double black diamond down back to the car but Emily and I were so dead that there was no way I was making it down that without being incredibly grumpy. I don't regret my decision but Moon insists that he feels like a champion.
I am going to take some time for an honorable mention for Trailfolk Coffee Co. We stopped here for a quick breakfast before heading up to Heavenly and the coffee was delicious, they had some really great cold pressed juices, and some different breakfast toasts/sandwiches. It was a cute little place attached to another place you could stay. I would definitely be tempted to stay at the attached inn next time just for the sake of having this breakfast every morning and being able to try all the different types of coffees.
Our trip didn't even end there. After the day at Heavenly, we picked up our rental car so we could have it for the trip to Napa the next morning to head to the wedding. A close friend from culinary school was getting married and after moving back to Florida from California before inevitably moving to Texas, I hadn't seen her in almost 10 years but we always made sure to keep in touch. Social situations make me anxious but I knew I didn't want to pass it up.
We stayed a lovely little bed and breakfast not far from the venue. It was cute and the breakfast was so good. It was nice to have a relaxing morning after a long night.
The wedding itself took place at Tre Posti, a winery in the St. Helena area of Napa Valley. It was so cute and despite the rain, they handled the situation with grace. Hannah was absolutely stunning and meeting her now husband was amazing. They seem like they'll be an amazing support system for one another and have a long beautiful future together. It's the best feeling to know someone that you love is loved so much by another person.
We finally made it back home after a flight cancellation but I'm glad to be back with my babies for at least a little bit before we head up to the pacific northwest for our own mini wedding.
There's so much more as far as food, pictures, and many other things but we'll save those for another day. Also, if you've made it this far down please bully Moon for not having a helmet to wear on the slopes. Thank you.
All the love,