Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero

Four Season San Francisco at the Embarcadero

About this stay This is my 3rd hotel visit in a series of one-night stays that I booked in San Francisco. I was excited about this one because I’ve never actually stayed at a Four Seasons property before and spoiler alert, it did not disappoint. Booking this stay I booked this stay through American Express […]

Taj Campton Place review

Taj Campton Place

About this stay I have booked a series of one-night stays at hotels close to home to review for my readers, and next up is Taj Campton Place. I was intrigued by this hotel for a few reasons:  Booking this stay I booked this stay through American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts to receive the […]

Hotel review: Grand Hyatt at SFO

Grand Hyatt at SFO

My twin babies recently turned 4 months old, which has been really wonderful for so many reasons. Unfortunately, we have not navigated traveling with them yet and so in lieu of longer, far away trips I’ve booked a series of one-night stays close to home for a little daddy staycation sans kids (thank you Jason!) […]

MacArthur Place review

a sign in front of a white fence

Booking our stay I booked our one-night stay at MacArthur place using American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts since they were offering a $200 credit off a hotel stay (a new annual offering on Platinum Cards) in addition to their normal benefits. The hotel also frequently has sales on its rates, and we scored a […]

The Club at SJC Lounge Review

The Club at SJC entrance

Check-in The Club at SJC is located near gate 15 in terminal A at San Jose Airport. I gained complimentary access through my Priority Pass Membership, which is a benefit of the American Express Platinum card. Lounge The lounge was pretty big and had ample seating options. There were also a lot of workstations. At […]

Post Ranch Inn

a path with bushes and a fence by the water

Getting there Post Ranch Inn is located in Big Sur, CA, which is a 2.5 hour drive from San Francisco/SFO and the last hour or so is along the beautiful coastline on Highway 1. The closest airport is Monterey, which is about 30 minutes from the property.  After a quick stop to drop off our […]

A local’s guide to the perfect date spots in San Francisco

San Francisco Date Spot Union Larder - Planely Alex

Just drinks Charmaine’s Tenderloin This rooftop bar, which are surprisingly hard to come by in SF, is located on top of the Kelly Wearstler designed Proper Hotel and is one of my favorite spots to meet for drinks. I love the eclectic California design and it has ample indoor/outdoor seating in case Karl the Fog […]

Northern California Weekend Trip Ideas

a man walking on a path with trees

Jenner, CA  2 hours from San Francisco I had never heard of Jenner before staying at Timber Cove, but think it’s a great escape from San Francisco for a night or two. It’s located on a bluff along the Pacific Coast a little over 2 hours North of the city, so I’d recommend packing layers […]