Monday, October 28, 2013

bay area bucket list

we l o v e the bay area.
it is the perfect place to be for us right now.
we can't believe we've lived here for over a year!
we plan to live here for a while, but eventually we might end up somewhere else.
so, we better take advantage of all the time we get to live in such an amazing place.
to better do this, we made a little bucket list. some we've done and some we need to do..we'll update as we check more off, but sharing it now for any other bay area lovers!
{the bigger font shows things we have yet to cross off the list!}
click on any we have checked off to see them.

bay area bucket list

•• san francisco •• 

{completed}
tacos in the mission 
california academy of sciences 

{still to do}
bike to tiburon together
sourdough class at la victoria's
alcatraz at night
walt disney museum
visit SF MoMA
picnic at the palace of fine arts
de young museum
go to a show at the cow palace
go horseback riding on ocean beach
yoga on the labyrinth at grace cathedral
go to a 49ers game
yerba buena gardens festival
ghirardelli chocolate festival
A's game
golden state warriors game
stern grove festival
fly kites on chrissy field


•• bay area •• 

{completed}
monterey 

{still to do}
stay a night at stinson beach
angel island state park
stay at the claremont hotel in berkeley
tour it's-its ice cream sandwich factory
lake merritt
quiksilver hiking trail
see a concert at shoreline ampitheater
sequoia national park
hike in the stanford "dish"
alameda island sand castle contest
visit el capitan in yosemite
russian river
downtown redwood city
burlingame
emeryville horse races
stay a weekend in mill valley
go to the gilroy garlic festival
cal game
eating tour through berkeley's "gourmet ghetto"
farallon islands
point reyes 
hot air balloon ride in napa
safari west in santa rosa
sharks hockey game
lake anza and lake temescal {east bay}
treasure island flea market
redwoods
go ziplining in the santa cruz mountains
hike mt. diablo
eat at nepenthe in big sur
see a movie and have dinner doing it at rialto
lake tahoe in the winter and summer
petaluma {see cowgirl creamery}
big basin state park
we're so lucky to live in such a beautiful place with so much to do. 
we've done a lot in the time we've lived here, but there is still so much
to do and see. we can't wait to check more items off this list!
see our guide to san francisco here!
xo

comment with any other bay area bucket list items!

57 comments:

  1. I love this list and can't wait to read more about the things you've done! I also love that hockey made the list! The Sharks are really good, so you'll definitely have a good time. WOO!

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    1. good to know... it seems like everyone here is obsessed, so we have to go see what it's all about!

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  2. i'll probably have to use this list for our list haha. except that we haven't done anything so its all a to do list haha. but there really are so many awesome things to do here.

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  3. california academy of sciences is one of my favorite places! take me with you to the A's game / come visit me when I'm visiting my family in Sonoma :)

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    1. ummm yes to both! your fam lives in sonoma, love that. we would be bffs i think! xo

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  4. I love this list! I live in Sacramento so it gives me lots of good ideas for dates with my guy or when I am traveling in the Bay Area for work. You should check out Apple Hill going towards Tahoe in the Fall :)

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    1. love that! we are close! :)
      we will put apple hill on the list..sounds amazing.
      xo

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  5. Go take a number and wait for the best ice cream ever at Mitchell's ice cream in San Francisco! When I think of home I think of Mitchell's cantaloupe ice cream :) it's a family owned stand alone old fashioned soda fountain type of place. You also have to go to a pride parade in the city at least once, run bay to breakers, hit hometown days in San Carlos, and check out the dolphin club at fisherman's wharf, so much history there.

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  6. Go take a number and wait for the best ice cream ever at Mitchell's ice cream in San Francisco! When I think of home I think of Mitchell's cantaloupe ice cream :) it's a family owned stand alone old fashioned soda fountain type of place. You also have to go to a pride parade in the city at least once, run bay to breakers, hit hometown days in San Carlos, and check out the dolphin club at fisherman's wharf, so much history there.

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    1. best tips! we will have to try them all!

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  7. Definitely going to have to do some of these with my family we've lived here our whole lives and haven't done some of these yet. You must go to the cliff house!

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    1. i know-- sometimes we don't do things in the very place we live!! so we are excited to see more. glad to know you recommend the cliff house! xoxo

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  8. Wow! Having been born and raised in the Bay Area...and still living here...I am completely impressed with your lists and all that you have accomplished! Glad to see hike Mt. Diablo is on there...afterward lunch/dinner in downtown Danville is a must!

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  9. Love all of these, makes me miss home!
    - Ride the elevator to the top floor at the St. Francis Hotel in Union (walk right in like you own the place, straight back, elevators are to the left... breath taking view)
    - See the lights on Eucalyptus Street in San Carlos during the holidays
    - Eat lunch at Alice's Restaurant in La Honda
    - Boating on The Delta
    - Stanford University
    - Downtown Half Moon Bay
    - Stay at the Madonna Inn on highway 101
    - Thrift shop on Haight Street
    - Participate in a protest
    - Seahorse ranch in Half Moon Bay, ride horses down the beach
    - HIller Aviation Museum

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    1. okay LOVE all of your suggestions! you just made me so excited to try these new great things you added! xoxo

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  10. Love you're bucket list. I'm from the east bay and still haven't made it to alcatraz, lol.(lived here my whole life) I think it's awesome you guys are doing this. Just wanted to give you a suggestion, you should try the Nightlife at the Academy of Sciences, usually everything thursday they have a theme with food and drinks, i've never been but heard it's awesome(not sure if i saw it on your list) http://www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife/

    Also for the berkeley(emeryville) horse races you should go on Sundays, it's $1 sundays, hot dogs & beer it's fun! (if you didn't know already)

    Enjoy you're time here, I love it!

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    1. thanks for letting us know about those two things!!

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  11. Have you been to Fioli Garden in Woodside area? It's beautiful. They have different events there too for the different seasons. Check it out.

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    1. we haven't! i will add it to the list, thanks!

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  12. I visited the bay area for the first time a month or so ago and loved it! We pushed so much into our 3 days there but loved every minute of it!

    nineteenmays.blogspot.com

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  14. You should add the Wave Organ and the Musée Mécanique at Fisherman's Wharf. ;)

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    1. never heard of either! we'll add them to the list- thanks!

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  15. San Francisco city guides has a lot of free walking tours. I'm not from the bay area, but I love to visit! We take a few tours every time we come. Also - go to a musical! I saw both Wicked and Phantom of the Opera in San Francisco and they were wonderful!

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    1. thanks for reminding me, i want to try some of those walking tours! xo

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  16. I had lived in the Bay Area until I was 21. I had no idea there was so much I missed out on. Thank you for the list. I will be doing these myself.

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  17. I had lived in the Bay Area until I was 21. I had no idea there was so much I missed out on. Thank you for the list. I will be doing these myself.

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    1. love that! let us know of any others!

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  18. Livermore wineries, calastoga, capitola, wine train ;) love your list!!

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  19. Livermore wineries, calastoga, capitola, wine train ;) love your list!!

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  20. Here's our list! It's all Oakland stuff with a little bit of Berkeley thrown in. Something that's not on our list but that should be: Cheeseboard Collective in Berkeley. It's fantastic.

    http://evansdirigibles-inc.blogspot.com/2013/07/dedicated-to-oakland.html

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  22. Oh! And if you are into running (as I'm guessing from the half marathons on here), there's a Ragnar in Napa every year too. This year's just happened, but if you will still be here in a year, it's pretty cool. Awesome post! :)

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  23. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in the summer. They roll back the prices to $1 per ride on Monday and Tuesday nights June-August. Make sure to ride the Giant Dipper. Hakone Gardens in Saratoga...a lovely Japanese garden on the hill overlooking the whole South Bay. Go to a summer evening concert at the Saratoga Mountain Winery. Kayak at Moss Landing and see the marine life in Elkhorn Slough. Eat deep fried artichokes at The Giant Artichoke in Castroville. Run the Wharf to Wharf 10K in Santa Cruz/Capitola in July. Ride the Roaring Camp train from Felton into Santa Cruz. Their ghost train in the fall is the best! See the monarch butterflies at the wintering grounds at Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz. Go tide pooling while you're there. Eat cheese blintzes at The Little Swiss Cafe in Carmel Village. Have coffee in the clubhouse at Pebble Beach. Go whale watching in the Monterey Bay. Eat ice cream at Marianne's on Ocean Street in Santa Cruz. Best peppermint ice cream in the world! Go horseback riding at Garrod Farms in Saratoga. Tour the NUMI plant (Toyota). You'll be able to follow a car from start to finish on the assembly line. Tour the Jelly Belly factory. Go to the observatory on top of Mt. Hamilton. I was born and raised in the Santa Cruz area. So much to see and do! I love coming home to visit.

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    1. haha okay this is amazing. thank you so much! can't wait to add all of these! xo

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  29. This is such a great list! I see the de Young on the "still to do list"…that is a must asap!! haha The art collections within the museum are beautiful, the building itself is beautiful, the grounds (a public golf course) are beautiful, and there are some AMAZING trails right on the cliffs. My all-time favorite place in SF.

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    1. so funny that you said that, we just finally visited it saturday! LOVED it...and the view from the tower--wow! XO

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  31. I saw Beach Blankey Babylon when I was there a few years ago with friends. It was sooo good. Def worth it.

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  32. I live down south of you just a little bit and I wanted to add in just a few... Esalen in Big Sur... Great place to stay, or the yurts (or human nest!) at treebones is also great. AND, while you are in Big Sur, you've got to try Deetjen's for breakfast or lunch. My favorite place to eat... Ever! Enjoy :)

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    1. love these! right up our alley :)
      thanks so much!

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  33. best kept secret in the Bay Area: the hippy tree in Tiburon

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    1. i need to check that out now!!!

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  34. Are you mormon?! You seem like it.. (: I mean that as a good thing!!

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  35. Wow, I have lived here my whole life (minus a few years in Hawaii) & have yet to do many of these things!! Thanks for the great list!! Looks like my boys and I have to start checking some of these off our list :)) I would also add Yosemite!!

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    1. so glad!!! i need to update it soon, thanks for the yosemite suggestion! love that place. xoxo

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  36. I really enjoyed reading your article! I used to live 3 years in San Francisco and eventhough I could cross off a lot from my bucket list, I still haven't done everything I wanted to do! :D Keep enjoying your time in SF. I wish I could still live there too. I really miss the city! <3

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