The STANDARD H Travel pages are our version of city guides presented by our founder, Wesley Smith. These are places he's traveled, enjoyed, and recommends, so they're all vetted and what we refer to as STANDARD H verified. These lists will evolve, so check back often and travel safe!

 

SAN FRANCISCO

 

Blue Bottle Coffee

66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Now, you've bound to have heard of Blue Bottle Coffee if you're on this page. However, if you haven't, just know that it had a cult-like following early on, it grew so people began to "hate" it. Obviously. Well, I still enjoy it, especially from this particular location as it's the only location in the entire company that offers its aptly-named espresso called 17 Foot Ceiling. If you're in the area, check it out. You won't find it anywhere else.

 

Comstock Saloon

155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

A fun bar with a great selection of of craft cocktails and delicious food. The burger is worth the price of admission, however it's the Starters portion of the menu where I order almost everything. The Brussels Sprouts are a must.

 

The View Lounge San Francisco, CA

The View Lounge

780 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

As if the photo and name above aren't enough, this is a great spot to have drinks in the summer when the sun stays out longer.

 

Flour + Water

2401 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110

If Italian is what you're craving, search no further, this is your spot. The food is great and the service is fantastic. I highly suggest trying a little of everything and splitting it all. I love getting a delicious pizza as well as one of their gourmet pasta dishes. They also had an amazing salted caramel gelato, so I hope that's still there.

 

Sears Fine Food

439 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

This is your choice for breakfast. It's been there since 1938, so it's an institution, after all. Swedish pancakes, and your classic diner fare. Perhaps you had a late night ...or not; this place hits the spot.

 

NAPA VALLEY

 

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

738 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574

A go-to brunch place whenever we're in Napa, the 

 

Joseph Phelps Winery Napa Valley, CA

Joseph Phelps

200 Taplin Rd, St Helena, CA 94574

Joseph Phelps offers some fantastic reds and a wonderful ambiance. With a spacious back patio area looking out over the vines, you may not want to leave, especially with a glass of their flagship red, Insignia.

 

Orin Swift

1325 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574

Before you roll your eyes, this isn't a post highlighting The Prisoner. Yes, I that wine blew up 5 or 10 years ago or whatever it was, but that doesn't make it bad, either. Besides, they no longer own the label for Prisoner, but I digress...Orin Swift makes some really great red blends, and their tasting room is a lot of of fun. I love their imagery and let's face it, you've probably bought a wine based on it's label, admit it. So, if you're going to judge these books by their covers, I think you'll be far from disappointed.

 

River Terrace Inn

 

Charter Oak Restaurant

 

Artessa Winery

 

Miner Winery

 

Signorello Winery

 

SONOMA

With its proximity to the coast, the wines of Sonoma typically prove to be a tad lighter than those grown to the east in Napa.

 

 

"BAY AREA"

This is somewhat of a cop-out, as listing only one thing from a particular neighborhood shouldn't constitute a separate page, and if I included it in any of the above, I'd be getting told "that's not in SF!" So, alas...this section.

 

Yumi Yogurt

3955 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403

Frozen Yogurt is so early-2000's, I know, however this Froyo's legit. Flavors rotate almost daily which only means you'll want to check their menu daily.