A week in California

September 24, 2015 in California,Places,United States

I’m back in New York City–after a glorious eight whole days in California! The trip combined work, play and family time: catching up with my family in Sacramento, a conference in San Francisco, and a wedding in San Jose. Christine Amorose in Sacramento, CAI always claim that New York is the best city, and California is the best state. Even though I’m happy to call Brooklyn home now–and I always miss it when I’m gone–it was wonderful to have some extended time in the state that raised me.

Annie the Dog First stop: my parents’ house in Elk Grove! I basically spent the whole time snuggling and playing with Annie, reading by the pool and eating all of my favorite foods (aka my mom’s garlic pretzels and my dad’s grilled cheese). Holy Bowl in Sacramento, CAI caught up with my high school best friends (both of whom visited me in New York this summer!) for Holy Bowl: the annual football rivalry between my alma mater Christian Brothers (a co-ed Catholic school) and the all-boys Catholic high school in the area. I hadn’t gone back to any high school events since graduation, and we were disappointed that most of the faculty from our era has retired–but it was still so fun to hang out and act like we were back in high school for a night. Holy Bowl in Sacramento, CAHoly Bowl in Sacramento, CAAnd it was crazy to be back at such an “iconic” high school event! New York City can feel worlds away from these sorts of suburban experiences, but it was fun to remember how I used to spend my Friday nights: cheering at football games, followed by late-night burgers at Willie’s. Houses in North Beach in San Francisco, CAAnd then I was off to Dreamforce in San Francisco! I stayed with (amazing and generous) friends in Laurel Heights: I can never get enough of those iconic bay windows and all the light streaming through. Cont Tower in San Francisco, CAEven though the conference was located in Moscone Center and around Union Square, I tried to take a long walk in a new neighborhood after the day’s sessions. One day, I wandered through North Beach and went up to Coit Tower: I love the crazy steep stairs slash sidewalk and the view over the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. Painted Ladies at Alamo Square in San Francisco, CAAnd another day, I walked by the Painted Ladies in Alamo Square. I was obsessed with Full House when I was growing up, and I still get a kick out of walking by the gorgeous Victorians and singing the theme song in my head. Neiman Marcus department store in San Francisco, CAAnd on the last day, I popped into Neiman Marcus for a steady dose of nostalgia. Growing up, my mom and I would make annual shopping trips into the city: always around Christmas, and sometimes around back to school. Even though we never bought anything here, we always went into Neiman Marcus to see all the pretty things–like this ceiling (!) and the fur coats. Transamerica Building in San Francisco, CAThis is the view from Comstock Saloon, where we went for drinks before dinner at Cotogna. That golden hour light! Another highlight was eating on the sidewalk patio at Mamacita with a gorgeous sunset over the palm trees. #emandstrusayido wedding#emandstrusayido wedding #emandstrusayido weddingAnd the main reason for the visit to the West Coast: my friend’s wedding! Emilie and I interned together at Chico State, and then both moved to Silicon Valley to work in high-tech PR right after graduation. She moved to New York City a year before me after falling in love with Stru–they live a few blocks from in Williamsburg, and we regularly watch football games, have summer BBQs or do girls wine nights together. The wedding was such a fun reunion of so many awesome people!  Santa Cruz Boardwalk Beach in CaliforniaWe were staying in a hotel Los Gatos–right over the hill from the beach–and we had all of Sunday to enjoy California sunshine before the red-eye back to JFK. I decided to introduce David to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: I spent many a summer day (or week) here as a kid, and it’s full of so much colorful nostalgia. And at 95 degrees, the weather was perfect to be next to the ocean! Santa Cruz Boardwalk Beach in California Santa Cruz Boardwalk Beach in California

What’s your favorite photo of California?

Thanks to all who contributed to an amazing week on the Best Coast! Happy to be back in NYC, but already looking forward to the next trip! 

  • Oh man, do I love California. I want to spend a good amount of time out there, but I don’t know if it’ll happen sooner or later. But eventually! I love your pics of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. I love that beach feel and all of the colors. Speaking of color, I LOVE the dress you wore to that wedding. Where did you find it??

  • KRAAB

    All of them! Great post! A little mini-vacay @ my desk :)

  • What a fun trip! I love that giant swing!

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  • Such a great post, I love when I’m able to combine work and fun when I travel!

  • Yes, such a great dress!!

  • Mimi Rose

    Aw, yay California. I’m looking forward to my next trip back home to Santa Cruz. My first job ever was at the Boardwalk when I was 15 – at least it was a pretty sweet view for the summer. California is definitely a beautiful place to go back to :)

  • Crystal Richard

    Loving the Santa Cruz boardwalk pictures! I must stop there on my next Cali trip!

  • Anđela Ćenan

    I loveee the houses!!! *.* sounds like such a fun week!

  • camorose

    I’m sharing more photos of Santa Cruz tomorrow! :) I borrowed the dress from a friend, but word on the street is that she found it on Amazon! CRAY.

  • camorose

    Thanks lady! west coast best coast!

  • camorose

    Yes! Such a good find!

  • camorose

    Yes! It makes a work trip so much more appealing!

  • camorose

    Thank you! :)

  • camorose

    How fun! My friend grew up in Santa Cruz, and she was a lifeguard during the summer. I was always jealous of the fun first jobs that people who grow up near a beach had!

  • camorose

    Yes! There will be even more tomorrow! :)

  • AMAZON? That’s crazy and so very, very impressive. Dang. Your friend needs to teach me the ways of shopping. Haha. I will keep an eye out for Santa Cruz pics!

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  • camorose

    Right?! So surprising but such a good find!

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