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Where To Stay in San Francisco, California

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I had an amazing time meeting up with my sister in San Francisco recently! She had to fly in from Toronto for a conference and flights for me from Portland are $100 round-trip, so it was the perfect chance for us to hang out.

We got up to a lot of shopping, fun dinners and taking our time exploring the city. If you’re ever heading to San Francisco, I definitely recommend checking out the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel – where we stayed!

The Location – We honestly couldn’t have asked for a better location for a weekend girls trip. The Sir Francis Drake Kimpton was smack dab in the middle of all the shopping action in Union Square. Which meant super easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, and cable cars.

On our first morning, we were able to walk to Chinatown for dim sum to go at Good Mong Kok and then over to Boba Guys for an Iced Match Latte. You’re also only about a 20-minute walk to the Embarcadero waterfront and for lunch at The Slanted Door inside The Ferry Building. See my previous San Francisco Travel Guide for more trip planning ideas!


Hotel Vintage Portland, Oregon


Hello from Hotel Vintage!

It’s been a whirlwind of travel these past few weeks with visits to Austin, Texas and Lake Arrowhead. Paul and I landed in Portland, Oregon this past weekend for my second visit and his first. We LOVE it. It reminds us a bit of our hometown of Toronto and enjoyed the walkability of the downtown core. It’s definitely what’s missing for us in LA. If you’ve never been, you should go.

Portland is ranked the number one city in the US for beer, coffee, bike lanes and dogs. There’s also a bustling food cart scene, lots of great artisans, local shops and unique restaurants to explore.

We had the chance to stay at the newly renovated Hotel Vintage right in the heart of downtown Portland. Nothing was more than a 15-minute walk away or a quick uber ride across the river.  (more…)