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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cousins’ Weekend in San Francisco

Hi y’all! This new year has been busier and better than ever. Recently my cousins from the East Coast (no longer called my-husband’s-cousins!) came to visit for an awesome, extended weekend. We explored everything from Land’s End, Sonoma County, and Muir Woods together – most of which was new to Hoyd and me, too. I loved hugging them, spending time with them, and catching up with them in the midst of this newly comforting San Francisco space.

Golden Gate Bridge

As vino lovers, we definitely had to make the trip up north to California wine country. We meandered up to Sonoma and explored Unti, Medlock Ames, and Windgap wineries. I highly recommend each place if you’re ever in the area! The wine tasted delicious, the autumn-like weather stayed gorgeous (especially compared to New York’s below-freezing temps), and the landscapes seemed surreal.

Unti Winery in Sonoma County

Unti Winery in Sonoma County

Although touring the different wineries and learning about the methods of each was fascinating, my favorite part was kicking back at Medlock with the sunset in full view, talking and drinking ’til long after it disappeared.

Medlock Ames Winery in Healdsburg, Sonoma

Medlock Ames Winery in Healdsburg, Sonoma

Medlock Ames Winery in Healdsburg, Sonoma

Another favorite was just touring the city. We caught some fresh Pacific air at Land’s End, made an awesome Full House video at The Painted Ladies, and geeked out at how beautiful the Golden Gate Bridge is.

Land's End in San Francisco

Full House & The Painted Ladies

Beautiful Golden Gate Bridge

Beautiful Golden Gate Bridge

After recuperating, we drove north to Muir Woods. Visiting this magical place reminded me what a hippie I am at heart. To walk in the midst of thousand-year trees filled me with complete peace and awe.

Exploring Muir Woods

Exploring Muir Woods

Exploring Muir Woods

Exploring Muir Woods

Exploring Muir Woods

I left that weekend feeling totally refreshed and full of love. Cheesy but true. It’s time spent together like this that makes my family and San Francisco feel even warmer and closer to my heart.

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