Papery & Cakery Heads West: A Contest

In a few weeks our entire clan is heading west to Napa and San Francisco. Yup, babies and all.  {I apologize in advance if you are on our flight}.

Since you were all so amazing with advice on our last big trip to Italy/Paris, I thought I would solicit your handy dandy advice yet again.







I know wine country might not seem like its for kids, but the more googling we do, the more excited we are to visit with them.







And then we are off to San Francisco. Cole and I have been before but R + M haven’t, so it will be great to see the city with fresh eyes and babies!

So here’s the dealio.

To enter the contest:

Comment on this post and/or our facebook page and let us know your tip for your favorite places/restaurants/vineyards/activities for Napa and/or San Francisco.

Bonus: if your tip is kid-friendly.

Extra Bonus: if you have tips for flying cross-country with toddlers.

The Winner:







If you provide the winning tip, we will be sending you a special treat from Miette {which we can’t wait to visit}. {photo from Simplesong}.

Thanks always!

xoxo,

Niki



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8 Comments on Papery & Cakery Heads West: A Contest

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  2. Lisa E
    August 4, 2012 at 11:03 am (2 years ago)

    On your way to Napa, you MUST stop at The Fremont Diner in Sonoma. They have the best burger I think I’ve ever had!! If you’re up for a little drive, my all time favorite place is Fenton’s Creamery in Oakland.

  3. Mackenzie
    August 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm (2 years ago)

    How exciting for your family! That’s great you’re stopping by Miette, it’s so hard to resist their Old Fashion cupcake – so delicious.
    I love the Mission District – it’s fun to walk around and look at the murals and the food is so wonderful. My top fav places in SF (all kid friendly):
    Pancho Villa
    Delphina Pizzeria
    BiRite creamery (18th and Dolores)
    Tartine Bakery (this is a must, super good breakfast food)
    Cowgirl Creamery (look for the grilled cheese special of the day)
    When you’re in the Ferry Building visiting Miette walk out and view the Bay Bridge – it’s so beautiful. I would say the Fisherman’s Wharf is fun for kids – there is so much to see.

    Have a great time!

  4. Keely
    August 1, 2012 at 3:36 am (2 years ago)

    I second the Bay Area Discovery museum. It’s an absolute blast for kids of all ages. Plan to spend at least a half day here ( if you pack a lunch, a full day would be easily done!). It’s RIGHT on the water, with an awesome view of the golden gate bridge. My in-laws live near SF and we love going here. If you make it to Berkeley, look up Tilden park. Think authentic steam train for kids, carousel ( right smack in the middle of a forest/ park!), and the cleanest, tiny little metropolitan farm ( totally free) that is so much fun I can’t put it into words.

    You are going to have a great time!! Oh, and a tip for traveling on a cross country plane? We bought a bunch of little toys at the dollar store & targets cheapo rack, and distributed them slowly over the course of our day. Amazing what a light up magna doodle, or flashlight can do for kids attention spans! It’s a few bucks, but so worth every penny when you need something that will win out over a movie or app on ones iPhone! ;-)

  5. Stephanie Cohen
    July 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my gosh and How can I forget to mention to you the best bakeries out here:

    Susie Cakes (My personal favorite)
    Kara’s Cupcakes
    American Cupcake
    That Takes the Cake
    Bi-Rite Creamery
    Schubert’s Ice cream & Bakery

    Check them out!!

  6. Stephanie Cohen
    July 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Hey!

    I live out in San Francisco so I can give you guys some really great spots for visiting/eating. Some great areas are the Marina District (Union&Chestnut Street). SO MUCH GREAT SHOPPING HERE! Some restaurants that I would recommend in that area: The Plant Cafe (all organic) Mamacita (Mexican Tapas) Umami Burger, The Brixton, Betelnut, Mas Sake (really FUN) and the list goes on…there are just too many to name! Basically though its full of restaurants up and down the streets. You really can’t go wrong, they are all great. In the North Beach area, I would try The House, The Stinking Rose, Trattoria Contadina, Gary Danko, Mama’s (BEST breakfast you will ever have, but be prepared to WAIT) Chinatown, (one of the best restaurants there is called R&G Lounge). The Embarcadero area is really beautiful, and you can do some great walking around with gorgeous views. You MUST try the Slanted door if you can. Most of these restaurants you will need reservations. So call in advance!

    An area that would be nice to walk around with kids is the Fort Mason Area. Hopefully the weather will be nice, it’s really breathtaking with views of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can rent bikes in that area and actually bike up to the GG Bridge and ride right over it to Marin. Of course the SF staples: Chinatown is always fun to walk around, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Ghiradelli Square are the tourist spots. Union Square is downtown with lots of great shopping and restaurants. The Exploratorium is a really great place to take your kids. Golden Gate Park as well is great for kids and adults (The Japanese Tea Garden is really cool).

    Lastly, Napa. I do not know too much about Napa as I have only been there a handful of times. BUT some great places/vineyards to visit (that I have been to) are Domaine Chandon (favorite champagne from here!), Domaine Carneros, Cakebread, and Silverado. You Must check out these restaurants if you can: Mustard and FARM. French Laundry is one the BEST restaurants out there but I think you need to make a reservation like a month in advance.

    Anyways, I hope this information helps a bit. AND I hope I win the contest! :)

    -Steph (Timber Ridge, if you don’t remember me :) I know Alli does!)

  7. Joanna Allen
    July 30, 2012 at 9:47 pm (2 years ago)

    Kid-friendly suggestions in SF:
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    California Academy of Sciences
    Walking along Marina Green
    You could bike across the bridge and put the kids in a little cart behind the bike (look at Blazing Saddles)

    Favorite Restaurants in SF: Keiko’s on Nob Hill (not kid-friendly), Baker & Banker, Gary Danko’s, 25 Lusk (also good brunch)

    Favorite Wineries in Napa: Joseph Phelps, Swanson, Storybook Mountain (this one the kids can run through the caves and vineyards hwile on a very casual tour), Pride Mountain, Sterling (the kids may like the gondilla), Domaine Carneros

    Favorite Restaurants in Napa: Addendum (this is the little food stand behind Ad Hoc that serves their amazing fried chicken, also kid friendly!), Gott’s for burgers (kid-friendly), Redd, Redd Wood (pizza, kid friendly), Farmstead (definitely kid friendly for dinner).

    Let me know when you’re in SF/Napa – would love to see you and meet your adorable babies!

  8. Jessica@TWB
    July 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Go see the sea lions at Pier 39 in San Fran!

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