North America

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco: The City on the bay that is booming with silicon valley business and high rental prices. Get it while you can!

Who doesn’t love San Francisco? This hilly city on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay used to be known for its year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, colorful Victorian houses and Alcatraz Island. But now the tech giants hold the keys to the City.  Beautiful, cultural and buzzing with the energy of the many new residents flocking to the City for new startups, I like to drop in for a couple of days every so often for a dose of it (which is why I always took spontaneous trips form LA when I lived there). You can read the NY Times “36 hours in San Francisco” or just walk the City and enjoy the beautiful homes, the hills, the views, the restaurants, the parks, the art galleries, the markets….And for a treat, drop in to one of my favorite spas: Kabuki Springs

Stay:

Fairmont, Clift Hotel, Four Seasons, Hotel Drisco, The Battery, The Buchanan

See:

California Academy of Science, de Young museum, Haight Street, Pier,

Day trips: Muir Woods, Sausalito, Monterey, Napa and Sonoma wine country!

Eat:

1760, Aqcuellero, A16, Bar Tartine, Benu, Burma Superstar, Camina, Comal, Delfina, Kokkari….and don’t even get us started on Chinatown! Seriously. Check out Eater’s essential list.

Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)