As the holiday weekend approaches, I was wondering what to do for these three days full of opportunities. Ever since we moved to the US, I have avoided traveling on the holidays–the crowds, chaos, and costs just aren’t my thing. After all, there are plenty of things to do in San Francisco and the surrounding area. So I thought I’d share with you my top picks of activities to do this upcoming weekend. 

1. Boozy Brunch Bliss

First things first, I’ll likely kick off the weekend with some fun brunch. Whether it’s basking in the sun at an outdoor spot or cozying up in a tucked-away café, there’s something undeniably delightful about starting the day with a plate of fluffy pancakes and a refreshing morning cocktail. While I’ve had my eye on trying Hilda and Jesse for a while now, if you were to ask me my current favorite spot, it would have to be Cote Ouest in Cow Hollow. Trust me, it’s a brunch haven, blending Californian and French cuisine to perfection. Imagine Croissant French Toasts paired with a glass of actual Champagne (or, in my case, Cremant) to start the day on a high note. Rain or shine, there’s nothing quite like starting your day with a delicious meal and great company!

Now, if you’re looking for more brunch options, here are a few recommendations:

    • Hilda and Jesse: This stylish, design-forward café in North Beach serves up mouthwatering brunch dishes alongside creative cocktails and bottomless mimosas. The laid-back atmosphere and friendly service make it a favorite among locals.
    • Sweet Maple: Known for its famous Millionaire’s Bacon and decadent brunch offerings, Sweet Maple in Pacific Heights is a must-visit for brunch enthusiasts. Pair your meal with one of their signature Bloody Marys or sparkling mimosas for the ultimate brunch experience.
    • Son and Garden: Located very close to my new home, Son and Garden offers a stylish and sophisticated brunch experience. Indulge in their delectable brunch menu while sipping on refreshing cocktails like their signature Son and Garden Spritz or classic mimosas.

2. Rainy Day Hike in Marin or Chilling in one of SF's Beautiful Parks

After brunch, if the weather cooperates (or even if it doesn’t), I’m lacing up my hiking boots and hitting the trails in Marin. Mount Tam offers some epic views, even in the rain, and there’s nothing quite like breathing in the fresh, misty air as I trek through the lush greenery. Alternatively, if I’m in the mood for something closer to home, I’ll head to Golden Gate Park for a leisurely stroll amidst the towering trees and tranquil gardens.

3. Wine Tasting in Napa or Sonoma

On Sunday or Monday, I’ll probably hit the road and head north. It’s been way too long since I’ve indulged in some wine tasting in the beautiful wine country of Napa or Sonoma. So, rain or shine, I’m hitting the road for a day of exploring vineyards, sampling exquisite wines, and enjoying the cozy ambiance of tasting rooms. There’s just something magical about sipping wine while the rain patters against the windows.

Here are a few wineries that have caught my eye:

    • MacRostie Winery and Vineyards: Nestled in the heart of Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, MacRostie Winery and Vineyards boasts exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. With stunning views of the surrounding vineyards, their welcoming tasting room promises an unforgettable tasting experience.
    • Domaine Carneros: Nestled in the Carneros region of Napa Valley, Domaine Carneros is famous for its sparkling wines and breathtaking chateau-style architecture. Experience a taste of France in California as you sample their renowned sparkling wines and still wines in their elegant tasting room.
    • Robert Mondavi Winery: As one of Napa Valley’s most iconic wineries, Robert Mondavi Winery offers visitors a taste of California’s wine-making heritage. Explore their expansive estate and enjoy a variety of wine tasting experiences, from their classic Cabernet Sauvignon to their refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.
    • Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars: Renowned for winning the 1976 Judgment of Paris, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is a must-visit for any wine enthusiast. Sample their world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals while taking in the stunning views of the Stags Leap District.
    • Opus One Winery: A collaborative effort between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi, Opus One Winery crafts Bordeaux-style blends of unparalleled quality. Delve into their commitment to excellence with a guided tour and tasting at their state-of-the-art facility in Napa Valley.

4. Visit a Museum

To add a touch of culture to my weekend, I’m planning a visit to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in San Francisco. With its impressive collection of contemporary artworks, MOMA offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of modern art. From thought-provoking exhibitions to captivating installations, a day spent wandering the halls of MOMA promises to be both enriching and inspiring.

5. City Adventures in San Francisco

Speaking of which, no long weekend would be complete without exploring the vibrant culture and charm of San Francisco itself. From iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge to the bustling streets of the Mission District, there’s always something new to discover. Whether I’m indulging in delectable cuisine, admiring street art, or simply soaking up the city’s unique energy, San Francisco promises a weekend brimming with excitement and exploration.

My favorite picks to wear for the upcoming weekend:


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