Couples Getaway To Northern California


California is one of my favorite vacation destinations. Plan a couples getaway to Northern California with some of our ideas. We love to travel. However, grocery shopping and all of the tedious errands one has to do before and after the vacation is a time-suck. Read how I can save time with Google Express (and you can save time and money as well), plus highlights of our kid-free vacation to Sacramento and San Francisco California.

We love to travel. However, grocery shopping and all of the tedious errands one has to do before and after the vacation is a time-suck. Read how I can save time with Google Express (and you can save time and money as well), plus highlights of our kid-free vacation to Sacramento and San Francisco California. Even better? I’m also giving you an exclusive offer for you to receive $15 off your first Google Express order and FREE shipping!! Keep reading for the deets!

California is one of my favorite vacation destinations. Plan a couples getaway to Northern California with some of our ideas. We love to travel. However, grocery shopping and all of the tedious errands one has to do before and after the vacation is a time-suck. Read how I can save time with Google Express (and you can save time and money as well), plus highlights of our kid-free vacation to Sacramento and San Francisco California.

Couples Getaway To Northern California {and how to save time with Google Express}

I’m still looking at the calendar wondering how did summer zoom by us?! Zayd’n just started the 5th grade this week, and the twins will be off to the 8th grade in just a few weeks. Just recently the hubs and I came back from a wonderful kid-free vacation in California.

San Francisco Getaway Idea for Couples

Yes, I said kid-free, and it was all that and then some!

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of back-to-back travel. It’s fun, but when you get home, you still have to do all of the Mom things. Before I leave on a trip or vacation, I try to make sure the house is stocked with groceries; all the laundry is complete, the boys have clean sheets on the bed, the house is clean, etc. Even though D is great at handling things, I still like to make sure it’s done (ya know, the mom-guilt of leaving everything to someone else to do).

Just this past Saturday I was stuffing my face with delicious Ghirardelli Ice-Cream, In-N-Out Burgers, and some of the best food San Francisco and Sacramento has to offer. While in Sacramento, it was recommended by the locals, tourists (and Google) to have breakfast at Bacon & Butter.

Best breakfast spot in Sacramento- Bacon & Butter

I had the BEST Peaches and Cream French Toast, which consisted of challah bread, vanilla custard, yellow peach, creamed peach sauce, vanilla bean mascarpone, and streusel. It was like a sweet Georgia peach had relations with a fallen Challah angel! I also had a side of country potatoes and sausage patties with sage, garlic, and green chili, but I barely remember the sides because my heart now belongs the P&CFT.

Best breakfast spot in Sacramento- Bacon & Butter

On our way to San Fran, we spent the afternoon in Napa Valley. We toured the Oxbow Public Market where Derrick tested out a flight of whiskey. They have several local shops with delicious smells waffling around the building. We headed to the Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ in downtown Napa for lunch. Their BBQ was smokin’ hot and delicious. We shared a platter of Brisket, Pulled Pork, Coleslaw and Rib Platter with a side of gooey Mac-n-Cheese.

Best places to eat in Napa Valley

After stuffing our faces and feeling the effects of our choices, we decided we needed to walk it off. We walked the downtown area, then headed out to the vineyards.

Things To do in Napa Valley for Couples

While we’re having a good time in Napa, I’m not thinking about my grocery list of errands when I get home. Why? Because with Google Express, I can order everything I need online. Try it today and save $15 off your first order, plus FREE shipping {keep reading for more details towards the bottom of this post}.

Things To do in Napa Valley for Couples

We also made a pit-stop at a quaint little town called Calistoga (about 20 minutes from downtown Napa).

Things To do in Napa Valley for Couples

Things To do in Napa Valley for Couples

While in San Francisco, we had to stop by Ghirardelli’s for some ice-cream! Did you know San Francisco is the birthplace of this deliciously, sweet chocolate? Yes,  Ghirardelli started in San Fran over 160 years ago, making them America’s oldest operating chocolate maker.

Things To Do in San Francisco

We spent a significant chunk of our afternoon down at the Wharf. While there, we went on a little adventure at Hyde St. Pier.

Things for Couples To do in San Francisco

You can pay $10 to tour the docked ships and learn the history of the ships. While touring the ships, I peeked out the Captain’s window and had to chuckle at the sea lions soaking up the sun.

Things for Couples To do in San Francisco

These ships are beautiful, and it was my first time taking a tour on historic vessels. This area is part of the National Park, and I highly encourage tourists and locals to pay a visit here and learn about the rich heritage and culture.

Things for Couples To do in San Francisco

Plus, you can grab a few amazing scenic pictures of San Francisco from the dock (and ships).

Things for Couples To do in San Francisco

We all need that time to unwind, refresh and regroup.  But, those tasks like going to the grocery store, cleaning, laundry, etc., still have to be complete. Wouldn’t be great to have an errand person or someone to deliver your groceries to the house?

Well, recently I learned about Google Express.

Google Express just made my life easier and gave me more time for things that matter: my family, traveling, etc. If you’ve been around here for long, you know the men in my life are the most important things to me, so more time with them is always a plus.

Things to Do in San Francisco

While on our wonderful kid-free vacation, I could easily place an order of the necessities we needed. Instead of coming home from our vacation, running to the store, or trying to gather these essentials before going on vacation, it happened with just a few clicks on the computer. And the best part (besides front door service), they have Costco’s listed as a participating retailer. This means, instead of driving 45 minutes to my nearest Costco to stock up on tissue, paper towel, and other items I get there, I can order them right online.

And yes, for the SAME price (if you don’t have a membership, you will have to pay a little higher %. But a Costco membership pays for itself. Trust me!).

With back to school just around the corner, I ordered lunch items (like chips and Nutella), plus pancake mix for breakfast and paper products.

What is Google Express

Reasons Google Express Gives Me More ME time:

  • No more long lines on busy weekends.  Heading out to do regular shopping on the weekends is a pain.  I hate standing in lines, fighting crowds, and finding out that what I need is out of stock already.  Using Google Express means I can easily shop and have it delivered without dealing with those issues.  How does that give me more family time?  Instead of taking 2-3 hours on a Saturday to run around town with kids in tow buying groceries and similar items, I can spend those 2-3 hours having to relax, playing a game, or even heading out to the park with the boys.
  • Less impulse buying = more money for fun adventures.  Impulse buys in the store are always tough for me to resist.  Whether it is a fun new snack food or a cute dress I just can’t stop looking at, I have been known to fall victim to an impulse purchase.  Did you know that impulse buys can add up to thousands of dollars every year? Just my favorite Starbucks drink can easily be over $250 a year if I bought one per week.  Staying home and letting Google Express handle my shopping for me means I am not going to overspend, and when I want that special drink I have to make it at home on my own.  More money in the budget means more vacation days. We always love that!
  • Ideal for travel purchases.  We travel a ton as a family, but I also do a lot of business travel to conferences and other events as a blogger.  While in California recently for back to back events, I knew I could save time for myself on a busy Saturday by using Google Express to pick up a few items I needed.  Trust me, when traveling the time crunch is on, and having this options makes it easy to manage my time, and still get everything I need to be done while enjoying friends and family.  And look, they arrive at your door, just like that! Reasons to use Google Express-1

Google Express is a great option for anyone who finds weekends to be overwhelming and busy due to the shopping trips that often creep up.  Instead of spending hours in line at your local Costco, use Google Express to grab all of your favorite items for you and have them shipped overnight right to your door! *This is a GREAT way to save time. Saving time means more time to travel, road trips, etc.

We had such a great time exploring Sacramento and San Francisco. We haven’t had a “us” vacation in several years; this was well overdue. Using Google Express not only makes my grocery shopping easier but also a non-existent issue. As a busy Mom of three boys, business owner, wife, etc., I would rather spend my Saturday afternoons playing and family time vs. grocery shopping to stock up on essentials. Wouldn’t you?

Well, now you can!

When you sign up for a FREE Google Express account you will get $15 off your FIRST order, plus FREE Shipping (valid for six months once activated).  This FREE membership code is valued at $54 and good for six months, and you’re getting it for FREE using promo code FREETIME.

You will also get $15 off your first order (and yes, you can use this promo code plus the free membership/ shipping promo code together.) using promo code: NWWVCT2XA

San Francisco Getaway-58

I’m headed back on the road soon, but knowing I can check virtual grocery shopping off my list is awesome. And, if you are not traveling, but would rather spend your time playing with the kids, watching a movie, taking a nap or doing absolutely nothing on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, then Google Express is about to become your new bae.

Try it, and come back and let me know how much you love it!

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Again, FREE membership: FREETIME

Get $15 off your first order by using promo code:  NWWVCT2XA and you can head HERE to sign up!

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Things To Do in San Francisco

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Thank you to Google Express for sponsoring this post and helping us get our Saturdays back!

California is one of my favorite vacation destinations. Plan a couples getaway to Northern California with some of our ideas. We love to travel. However, grocery shopping and all of the tedious errands one has to do before and after the vacation is a time-suck. Read how I can save time with Google Express (and you can save time and money as well), plus highlights of our kid-free vacation to Sacramento and San Francisco California.

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