California Coast Road Trip - Part One

Last year, my sister and our friend booked a 9-day trip to California during the month of February since we figured we'd need a break from Michigan winters (we were right) where we traveled down the California coast - starting in San Francisco and ending the journey in Sunny San Diego. Exactly one year later and I still dream about this trip every day. 

After sharing photos of the trip on my Instagram account (@meagancreutz for those interested!) and through other social media accounts with family and friends, I received a lot of questions about our itinerary and how we were able to do so much in a little over one week's time. 

I have been pretty absent from the blogging world the last year, but have been wanting to post about our trip for a while here to help others who are considering a trip like ours. So here is part one in all its glory! Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments below of things I didn't cover or you want to hear more about!

Days 1-3: San Francisco and Muir Woods

The first day of the trip was mostly used for travel. My sister and our friend actually flew in on an earlier flight than me since I couldn't get Friday off, and they spent the day walking and exploring the city (mostly because our hotel room wasn't yet ready haha). They picked me up late that night and we went straight to bed, since the next morning we got up early and drove out to Mill Valley to hike around Muir Woods.

The key to Muir Woods is GET THERE AS EARLY AS YOU CAN. The parking lot is very small, with lots of tour group vans taking up parking. We got to the park around 9:30 on a Saturday morning, had to park on the side of the road and walk nearly 2 miles to get to the park entrance. Muir Woods was unbelievably gorgeous! We hiked for hours and did not grow tired of the breathtaking sights we took in. 

We ran into another group of hikers at one point deep in the woods who recommended a restaurant to us about halfway on the trail called Mountain Home Inn. Normally you need a reservation, but we got extremely lucky and managed to snag a table. I highly recommend reserving a table and making a stop here; the views alone of the bay with the wooded mountains all around are spectacular and the food and wine only enhanced the experience!

On our way back to San Francisco we stopped at Stinson Beach and later Golden Gate National Recreation to watch the sunset over the city. It was undeniably beautiful but also very crowded by the time we got there. If you want to get a great spot to take it in, you may want to try getting there early. Be prepared for the traffic leaving as well! 

Because we wanted to avoid some of the traffic going back into San Francisco, we stopped in Sausalito and grabbed some Italian food for dinner. I wish we would have had more time to explore, it was such a charming town nestled on the hillside and bay!

The next day we started with no real agenda and walked through different neighborhoods in San Francisco admiring the homes. Remember the people we ran into in the woods? They turned out to be locals who love showing off San Francisco to people. We exchanged numbers and our last day in San Francisco was spent being shown different parts of the city we may have never seen. It was great getting a local's perspective on places to go! One of them actually owned a couple restaurants in the city - Palm House and The Dorian - that were great places to take a break from sightseeing. Both had such delicious food and amazing cocktails, it made getting kind of lost in the woods the day prior worth it! 

If you're a city person or your first time to San Francisco, this might not be enough time for you to take in and enjoy all the city has to offer. I had previously been to San Francisco and had seen Fisherman's Wharf and other known places, so we were able to skip some of these things so to speak. Our big priority was Muir Woods and the Golden Gate Recreation Area, so this kind of itinerary worked well for what we wanted.

Next post: 
Napa Valley and Highway One! 
(Here's a little sneak preview)


Fringe Benefits

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For those who live in the north or midwest, I'm sure you can understand my feeling that winter has had its fair share of calendar time and should move aside to let spring make its appearance. Where I live, we only had two days of sun in the entire month of January. 


While I've been doing my best to practice the trendy and clever Hygge lifestyle the Danish have perfected (aka lots of coffee wrapped up in all the blankets), the thing that seems to get me by the best is planning trips to places that are warm, tropical, and full of sunshine. Even if sometimes the trips are just dreamy ideas. Fortunately for me, I have a trip to Hawaii on the books in a couple months! I will be going to Kauai for one week with a few days spent in Oahu (first timer here, so any recommendations would be greatly appreciated)!

While I wish I was getting on the plane right now to head for the north shores of Oahu, imagining myself wearing all of these different items while sipping a Pina Colada and watching the surfers catch some waves will have to do for now.


Camel x Navy: My Last-Second Look

Comfort vs. Style ;)

 Hat - gift shop (similar) | Raincoat - Tory Burch (old, love this one) | Vest - J.Crew | Sweater - J.Crew | Top - J.Crew Factory (similar) | Jeans - AG Jeans | Shoes - New Balance | Earrings - J.Crew | Purse - J.Crew

The weatherman was spot on with his forecast for this weekend: it was chilly and rainy all day Saturday until the evening where we were blessed with bitter cold but spectacular sunset views over the bay.

As soon as I saw the weather was going to be as predicted, I grabbed for my go-to outfit without a second thought (also seen in this post). I wear this look quite frequently in cooler temperatures like this as it is comfortable but stylish and I feel put-together when I wear it, the pieces have a more timeless look so they work for both casual and more upscale events (usually trade out my jeans for ones without holes when that's the case), and the layers allow me to adjust to the temperatures as the day progresses.

I have a few other looks that act as a sort of security blanket I rotate through in my closet. For someone who frequently oversleeps and has to get ready for work in 10-15 minutes, these looks are lifesavers; I can always rely on to grab them in a pinch and look like I spent more time getting ready! 

Hope you all had a great weekend! 


P.S. If you're interested in following me around on instagram (some pics from the 'gram featured above) and can bear my attempts at being funny, you can find me at @meagancreutz :)



 I hope everyone has a lovely weekend! I will be trying to stay warm while enjoying the best cookies ever from Tom's Mom's Cookies in my favorite place ever (a few pictures above and a few more featured in this post a couple years ago). If you can't tell, I'm pretty excited for my weekend Up North :)

I might be biased, but northern Michigan is a pretty fabulous place and if you've never been I hope you get the chance to someday experience it for yourself and fall in love with it like I have.

Si Quæris Peninsulam Amœnam Circumspice
("If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you")