Airbnb With A View

The family and I are back from another awesome San Francisco trip. We were welcomed back to Sacramento earlier this week, with a warm and toasty 100 degree hug!! Yuck! I know! Completely different from the Bay Area breeze! Our San Francisco weeks trip was filled with art, culture, food, city scapes, neighborhood exploring and well, the bay breeze!! We were so excited to have our annual San Francisco Summer trip, because we got to escape the nasty heat in the 916!! After moving to Sacramento from the Bay Area, one thing is certain, the San Francisco Bay Area has  t h e  BEST weather!!!!! The Bay breeze blows throughout the entire Bay Area from Oakland, Walnut Creek, to the Tri-City East Bay.

Visiting the Bay Area is always special to me. Not only am I near my friends and family, but also my birth place. Living in the Bay for 30 years, I’ve been surrounded by multicultural cities, the melting pot of west coast in food, and also you’re just a few hours either direction to the wine country, Tahoe, and Yosemite!

If you’re new to blog, welcome!!! I’m happy you’ve found me!! Just to give my new readers some content, I’m Tiffany, and my family and I constantly visit San Francisco. We’re a family originally from the Bay Area (Born & raised), and now settled in Sacramento! My husband works romotely from home in Sac, but makes this monthly visits back to San Francisco. Soo…..Since, it’s summer, or when schedules work out for the kids and myself, we’ll join along with my husband to SF, and stay in an Airbnb!

Our Airbnb was set comfortably in the middle of Potrero Hill, which is our favorite neighborhood in the entire city to stay at. Walking distance to coffee shops, playgrounds, and many different restaurants. The quite neighborhood also has amazing views of the city from every street! (Some, not even tourists know of!!!!)

Potrero Hill feels like keeping a secret. There are no undiscovered neighborhoods in San Francisco, but residents of the Hill have something special, which is why the family and I consistently keep returning. Perched on the southeast side of the city, it’s on the way to nowhere. It feels isolated from the rest of town, but walking distance west to The Mission, or going the DogPatch on 3rd. Taking walks anywhere perfectly frames the downtown skyline, even the Bay Bridge, and the ships on the bay and the blinking lights of Oakland toward the East.

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Stay tuned for my next upcoming post on kids friendly things to do in Potrero Hill and other spots within the Bay that are FREE!!! Great kid activities for the kids and cost nothing!!!

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Airbnb Getaway

I’ve been itching for an Airbnb trip for about 2 months now. My last visit to San Francisco was in January. So visiting San Francisco last weekend for a little rest & recreation with my husband is definietly needed. It was also my husband’s 31st birthday, so having a nice getaway together was absolutely well deserved.

For new readers to my blog, welcome! Once a month for business my husband stays in SF for a couple days at an Airbnb. Working remotely from Sacramento, he gets the chance to meet with his team, and be in the office. If schedule’s work out between him, the kids, and myself, we can usually squeeze in some mommy daddy time during his visit. This past weekend….We made it work. I’ve made the executive decision to skip out on one of my sons basketball games, including missing out on pictures!! (Yes! I know, bad mom!) BUT, am I really a bad mom?! A little weekend –parents only– getaway never really hurt anyone. Plus, I keep devote all my time to children here in Sacramento. So….Missing his game, and pictures. Not a huge biggie to me.

Every time my husband stays in San Francisco, he always at an Airbnb in one of our favorite “dream neighborhoods,”Potrero Hill. Potrero Hill is a residential neighborhood in San Francisco, California. It’s actually our dream neighborhoods if ever we return back to the Bay Area. It is known for its views of the San Francisco Bay and city skyline (right along 18th-20th St. CHECK it out!!!), and its very close proximity to many destination spots, and its sunny skies.

We’ve been using Airbnb for about 4 years now, and haven’t really turned back to hotels during vacations/mini-getaways.

UNLESS we get to stay for FREE using our Points we receive from our Chase Sapphire card. ;P

We do occasionally stay at a boutique hotel, which we did last February for our 16year anniversary – which we spent in Santa Cruz.

You can read more about our Santa Cruz weekend HERE at Hotel Paradox.

Overall, our getaways are usually at an Airbnb.

FUN FACT:

Running our own Airbnb is definietly a goal within the next few years!!!

Soooooo please stay tuned to watch me turn from an Airbnb renter, to host!!!!!

Our visits to San Francisco have been way more frequent than ever! Even while we were living in the Tri-city, we rarely came into San Francisco. So it’s just funny how life works in mysterious ways as we’ve moved to Sacramento, and now visit every month or so, and stay at a fabulous Airbnb for a few days to live like locals.

You can check out a video of one of our last visits with the kids in San Francisco. I made a separate YouTube Channel away from my TiffanysTidings channel to hopefully share more traveling adventures!

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The pictures shown within the post were taken at my last visit (in January) prior to this past weekends.

I’ll post more of my most recent visit next, so keep a look out for that, but please enjoy the pictures of this lovely Airbnb!!

If you like the Airbnb you see in this post check them out HERE!

It’s a Classic Victorian apartment in sunny Potrero Hill! As I mentioned earlier, Potrero Hill is my husband’s and mine’s FAVORITE neighborhood. The host Bethany, is originally from Seattle, and love’s the outdoors, traveling, reading, eating, meeting new people, and playing games, especially Settlers of Catan (Who doesn’t love Settler’s of Catan?!?!?! Junior version is also dope as well!!!)

 

Bethany’s Airbnb is again, in the sunny and quiet Potrero Hill, 1 bedroom/1 bathroom lower unit in a 1900s Victorian house. Great central Potrero Hill location, close to The Mission, Dogpatch, SOMA and walking distance to many tech companies (close to my husbands work, which is why he booked it!) Shuttle stops and Caltrain are near, plus, easy access to 280 and 101 freeways for those commuting down the Peninsula. Whole Foods is around the corner along with many great neighborhood restaurant options and local businesses so a car is not necessary when we stayed.

The place was so perfect for us! It’s a beautiful house in a great location. It’s so lovely, comfortable, and a well-appointed space. Bethany replied instantly to every communication and was very responsive to any request or question – KUDOS to being such a great Airbnb host. Loved how private and light-filled the apt was.

I love gathering home decor inspiration from all the Airbnb’s I stay at!! Can’t wait to host!!!!!

 

Santa Cruz Weekend

Last weekend my husband and I enjoyed President’s Day weekend in Santa Cruz, CA to celebrate out 16 year anniversary! That’s right, highschool sweethearts, turned parents, to now husband and wife. It sounds crazy and out of order, but we love it! It’s us!!! We’ve been together so long that it’s a clear come every anniversary (Feb 15th) the day after Valentine’s, we’ll usually plan a getaway for us to relax, and enjoy each others company. This year, since we’re now residing in Sacramento, and due to the last minute planning of our trip, we couldn’t branch out as far as we wanted with the time frame give. But Santa Cruz, has always been a favorite, so check out every year or so. This time….Without the kids.

Where we stayed:

Hotel Paradox

Address:

611 Ocean St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

As we arrived to Hotel Paradox, we were welcomed to an awesome florescent sign at the front of the hotel. Modern lighting sitting against a cemented wall, leading you into a chic boutique hotel. My husband and I walked into the lobby and were greeted by the front desk, which was behind a huge fallen eucalyptus tree, as the reception desk. What a great wow factor!!!!!

Now I can go on with all the adorable swanky details in the hotel. From the succulent floor markers, clean poolside cabanas, heat lamps, the gorgeous fire pit, and tasty food. Hotel Paradox is your Santa Cruz hipster heaven of reclaimed wood and sleek design touches.

With just a short walk through San Lorenzo Park located right behind the hotel, you don’t need to worry about driving and finding parking downtown. My husband and I walked majority of the time of our stay. An amazing PLUS, it was walking distance to Trader Joes, Rite Aid, and also a Whole Foods!!

Hotel Paradox is such a great home base location for tourist. Since it wasn’t the season for the beach, the Boardwalk wasn’t an attraction to check out. But, if it were the season, there’s a shuttle to the Boardwalk!!!

The following day we walked through the park, and over the river which took us directly to downtown Santa Cruz. We started each morning with coffee from Santa Cruz’s coffee roaster, the Verve.

Verve locations we checked out:

Pacific Avenue

Address:

1540 Pacific Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Seabright

Address:

104 Bronson St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

 

If you’re a coffee drinker or not, Verve is a Santa Cruz must!!! The coffee is amazing and the atmosphere is great at every location. Their latte is smooth and rich, and their coffee is definitely high quality. I do recall my husband saying their pour over was $7, which is ridiculously expensive, maybe because it’s their higher quality bean, on top of being a touristy spot. Overall, the Verve will serve you well, if you pay them a visit. I’d compare them to Blue Bottle or Temple if you’re familiar with your California coffee roasters.

We explored through Pacific Ave. as we shopped at local novelty shops, book stores, and even got to catch a movie at the Regal movie theater. There would be pockets of time, were we even walked back to the hotel for a small cat nap/recharge (times we usually don’t get while having children!)

Evenings were fun, as my husband and I would start drinking close to dinner time, and bar hop. One night we hung around Joe’s Pizza & Subs to catch the NBA All Star game. After a couple beers, and pizza slices, we found ourselves at Penny Ice Creamery.

The Penny Ice Creamery 

Address:

913 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
When talking about Santa Cruz with friends, I’m sure somewhere in the conversation The Penny Ice Creamery will be mentioned. Their delicious artisinal ice cream made from scratch, and toasted marshmallow fluff, is what gives The Penny Ice Creamery all hype it deserves. With it being the only ice cream shop in Santa Cruz making small batches in house – this ice cream shop has that distinctive edge.
Open daily til 11pm (Cedar St.) this is the original location for The Penny Ice Creamery. I was able to try the Dark Chocolate Sorbet and Tahitian Vanilla with the marshmallow toasted fluff. Fresh and flavorful,  you can’t really go wrong here. When it comes to fresh ice cream, it all the texture and taste, which beats out store-bought. Coming in, I knew the marshmallow fluff would be on the sweet side, so I paired it was simple yet decadent classic favors. If enjoying a junior sized waffle cone, double scoop ice cream with warm toasted fluff, buzzed at 10pm on Sunday means not being an adult, we cannot be friends.
Along with many cities I’ve visited within the past 2 years, Santa Cruz has a special place in my heart. Only one hour away from San Jose, going straight down I-17, Santa Cruz has the beach, coffee, and small town feel….California at it’s best small scale. It’s no San Diego, but it makes the Bay Area natives, and people from all over visit SC to relish it for its beach town vibe, and family owned businesses. 
 

30 On The 30th

My better half has finally entered his thirties!!! I find it incredible that I’ve been with him for half of his life!!!!!!!!! That’s 15 years people!!!! So I asked him what exactly did he want to do for his big 30. While others may want to celebrate BIG like Last Vegas, flying out somewhere exotic and having the time of their lives…..He just wanted a relaxed weekend getaway. Thank’s to Airbnb we were able to find a modern glam studio apartment within Santana Row, within the Silicon Valley. An outdoor shopping mall in San Jose, California and close by to Westfield Valley. Located along Stevens Creek Boulevard f the Winchester Mystery House is just to its west, across Winchester Boulevard.

After settling down in Sacramento, we were desperately due for a weekend getaway away from our home, and the children. Our focus has been heavily set on the kids the past 3 months, as they transitioned into their new schools, and started little league. (Oh! Did I forget to mention, I volunteered myself as team parent! Which I think was a big deal on my end. Transitioning into a home, and balancing out 11 families.) The man, knew we were in need for some distressing from out life in Sacramento, and so we headed straight back to the Bay Area, dropped off our children to the parentals in the East Bay, and were off to Santa Clara.

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Morning View from our Airbnb, Santana Row, Santa Clara, CA

His birthday eve dinner was spent at El Jardin Tequila Bar & Restaurant, located at the southend of Santana Row. Upon our arrival, a Spanish band started to play. I couldn’t think of any other way to enjoy our Friday night together. It reminded me how wonderful it is to get one on one time with your significant other. Perfect atmosphere, location, and weekend away from the kids, rejuvenates us as a couple, and makes us as a couple appreciate each other more.

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Address:

El Jardin Tequila Bar & Restaurant

368 Santana Row

San Jose, ca 95128

(West San Jose) 

I created this cool little “what we got” at the bar. let me know what you think. I think it’s pretty cool, if only Yelp did something like this within their posts.

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 Are you turing 30 this year? Were you born in 1986 like us? Comment below and share with me how you celebrated or plan on celebrating your 30th!!!

And…… Happy 30th birthday Derrick. You are the not only my friend, boyfriend, baby daddy, or partner. You are my best friend. You are always there for me, supporting me, encouraging me , listening to me. You are so essential to me that I cannot imagine my world without you.

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Sonoma Welcome

Over the weekend, Derrick and I celebrated our 14 year anniversary in the Springs neighborhood of Sonoma. We rented out an absolutely stunning  Sonoma wine county estate so close to the square. Lately, I’ve been obsessing about getting new furniture for our home from places like Z Gallerie and Restoration Hardware, because of all the shows I’ve been watching on HGTV like Fixer Upper. But Derrick always brings be back to earth after saying what’s wrong with my current system of Craigslisting items or searching for fine unique pieces from Antique faires and flea markets at bargain prices. (He has a point.) But, he does understand why I obsess over fine chic stylish home decor. So, what better way than living in a home already completely furnished for a weekend!

Our anniversary date is the day after Valentine’s so typically, we always combine the two and make a nice romanic weekend out of it. We’ve always have done weekend getaways to fine/artistic and stylish places, such as an art gallery boutique hotel in the French District of San Francisco. Located in the French Quarter and crossroads of Union Square, the Financial District, and right at the Chinatown Gate – Hotel De Arts in San Francisco, has an amazing selection of rooms, with simple, modern clean hotel furnishings. (We stayed in the Sam Flores room, in 2009)

Another year, we stayed at the Inn At DelMonte Beach in Monterey, now Hotel 1110 (in 2012). We were able to experience “Euro-Californian vibes,” that highlighted art, design, textile, fixtures, and other vintage accents (something I’m totally all about!) With a free artisan cocktails, and roof-top ocean views, the experience we had at DelMonte/Hotel 1110 was pretty unforgettable. We also had a romantic rooftop couple massage over sunset!

Exterior

The Sonoma house was located in a quiet neighborhood nestled between downtown Sonoma and popular Sonoma wineries. It’s a few miles from Sonoma square (fabulous restaurants like Girl and The Fig and El Dorado Kitchen) and a short bike ride to wineries, including Hamel Family Winery, Valley of the Moon and B.R. Cohn.  The owners also had two new beach cruiser bikes are provided for our riding pleasure!

In the Springs, Fetters Hot Springs (is where we were stayed) had funky, ethnic, rundown and building up architecture. The Springs has what passes for affordable living with a spicy Hispanic flavor, taco trucks ply the cheapest and tastiest fast food you can find up and down the highway. With countless cafes, thrift shops, movie theatres, it felt just like my hometown of Hayward, but with a classic sophisticated twist!

Entryway
Upon arrival, Derrick and I took a quick tour around the house, and just relaxed in the amazing living room containing a replica Eames lounge chair. Derrick didn’t understand the deal about this recognizable mid-century classic. Until he sat on it. For the weekend, it was officially “his,” chair.  Every time we were home from a day of shopping and cruising around Sonoma, I found him on the sophisticated stylish, and luxurious comforting lounge chair.

Bedroom

The newly remodeled 2 bedroom (both queen beds)/2 bath, modern/rustic style Sonoma home with mountain view, had a Master  en suite bathroom and a top-of the-line Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe mattress. It was so comfy, it was hard to get up every morning to start our day! Our weekend was focused on relaxing, with no special romantic dinners, or evening strolls. Just to be away from all the home stress, kids, work, and just enjoy each others company, celebrating our 14 years of love.

Patio

We enjoyed a Saturday morning Valentine’s brunch at the Fremont Diner, just along Highway 121, in the Carneros district between Sonoma and Napa. Reimagined down-home Southern comfort dishes, drawing crowds. We arrived just in time before the lunch rush. We sat in the shared patio seating on roadside diner picnic tables, which was delightfully awkward?! Depending on your comfort level, you can chose to sit inside, or in the outdoor “shared,” seating. Due to the foot traffic of the place, we decided which of the two choices was faster to get seated!

Altogether, our weekend was surely needed. We both have been working really hard, and needed time to focus on us as a couple. Having two nights away from everyone, including our children was a great plan to rejuvenate, recharge, and refresh. I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s weekend! I look forward to another mommy/daddy weekend.

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