Day 1 Wednesday, July 27 2016
San Francisco to Sonoma
I have never been to Northern California and seeing the Golden Gate Bridge in person was breathtaking. I took this picture as we were driving to Sausalito to eat lunch on the way to Sonoma.
There are multiple places to shop and eat right on the coast. We ended up finding a cool Italian place that had gourmet pizza and good drinks that had a patio on the bay. There was a Bocci court right on the bay as well, so of course we played then traveled onward to Sonoma.
Day 2 Thursday, July 28
10:30 Spottswoode Vineyard- Private tasting and tour
Spottswoode was our first winery and is a vineyard near St. Helena. We started by taking a tour of the grounds of the home that the owner bought with her husband back in the 1940’s when they wanted to get out of the city with their four children and perhaps start a wine business. The house is charming and beautiful and our guide, Nicole did a fantastic job telling us the family story and what goes into making each of the wines.
Next stop: Rutherford Hill Winery
After trying several of their wines, the host showed us the cave where they stored wine barrels. It was the perfect temperature to store barrels….56 degrees.
Next was one of my favorite stops of the trip, a late lunch at Auberge du Soleil. I had heard this was an excellent restaurant with the best view of Napa and I can confirm that it lives up to that reputation. Our food and service were top notch and an experience that will be hard to top.
We ended the day with a fun van ride home, singing our favorite tunes and stopping at a store off the side of the road that sold fresh salsa and home-made chips. But first we met the owner of the Oakland Raiders at a bathroom pit stop. They have training camp in Napa.
After chatting with some hotel guests when we returned, we were happy to find out the town of Sonoma was also celebrating their birthday in the town square with live music and food trucks. We aren’t one to miss out on that, so we ended up skipping dinner and getting an uber to dance to the band and eat from the BEST food truck.
Day 3 Friday, July 29
Caymus Vineyards private tasting and tour
We ended the evening at a winery called Mumm’s which is a sparkling winery. It was a vineyard that looked like it was out of a romantic movie. I love Champagne and Prosecco so this was right up my alley.
Day 4- Saturday, July 30, 2016
Drive from Sonoma back to San Francisco
8 AM-Hike by the Golden Gate Bridge called The Coastal Trail
After the hike we have breakfast at Fred’s in Sausalito
We still were waiting for our hotel room to be ready so decided to go shopping in Ghirardelli Square and to the Fisherman’s Wharf.
After a quick shower we decided to check out Chinatown
My new restaurant was in San Francisco as well; Lori’s Diner
We finished the day with an amazing sushi dinner at Roka Akor where I tried several sashimi pieces that I had never had before. Our friend is an expert in sushi as he goes to Asia with his company quite often.
The trip to Sonoma, Napa and the San Francisco area was amazing. It was one of those trips that you are constantly in awe of the beauty around you and the people who make it happen.
It was interesting learning about the long process that goes into winemaking and trying all the different wines. I consider myself a foodie and was able to try so many dishes and unique food that I had never before! The restaurants in Sonoma, Napa and San Francisco are just incredible. The creativity and presentation that goes into the dishes were so well thought out, beautiful and exceptionally delicious.
The best part was that all those new experiences were with Patrick. With the hustle and bustle of being a mom with a husband who travels most weeks and works often, it was nice to get away and have some adult time.
We hope to go back soon!