Marin Traditions

Today I’m taking it back to Thanksgiving weekend where my sister and I spent some time in the San Francisco Bay Area. You may have seen me mention in the past that that’s where I grew up, so it’s always extra special getting to go back and visit. Now that I’m in Hawaii and my sister is at school in Seattle, we can use “meeting in the middle” as a nice excuse to make the trip to the place that will always feel like home… (although the middle would actually be somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, but let’s not get technical.)

When we were little kids, each year at the beginning of December my parents would force us into holiday dresses or sweaters and walk us next door to the neighborhood nursery, where, still to this day, they go all out with insane Christmas decorations. We would take the annual Christmas card picture and pick out a tree and one ornament each. Although we rarely cooperated for the photo portion, we loved this tradition because it signified the beginning of the Christmas season. Neither my sister nor I had been to the Christmas house for several years because we usually don’t visit during the winter, but this trip we made it a priority and even took a Christmas card photo for our parents to send to friends and family.

In addition to the trip to the nursery, we partook in some other favorite Bay Area traditions, including a visit to the Marin farmer’s market, a hike to Lands End, and dinner at our absolute favorite Vietnamese restaurant, Thanh Long.

The hike was particularly nice. Although it was pretty chilly, we hiked along the Coastal Trail down past the Sutro Baths and finally to a bar and restaurant called Cliff House, where we warmed up with some drinks and watched a spectacular sunset before dinner.

I’ll be posting some more SF photos soon!

Free People hat. Guess denim jacket. Vintage flannel. Calvin Klein sweatshirt. Amuse Society Soho pants. Converse sneakers. Longchamp backpack.
Photos by Claire Galloway.

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