centrifuge41 wrote:If you're going down to Monterrey, drive a bit farther. Drive around the 17 mile drive on the peninsula, and head down CA route 1 for another dozen or so miles past Carmel. Incredible cliffs-and-ocean scenery down there.
hicabob wrote:Stick to the corn tortillas in the Mexican places and rice in the Chinese (no dumplings - bummer!) and your wife can pig out gluten free.
stan1 wrote:I'd spend 2 nights at a bed and breakfast near Point Reyes National Seashore enroute between Wine Country and SF.
I love Point Reyes as it is rustic, sometimes wind-blown, sometimes foggy, and beautiful. The variable weather tells the story of the landscape and its stark beauty. It is an hour from San Francisco, but you feel like you are in a completely different place. It's like Monterey and Carmel would have been if there was no development or cities, and many fewer people.
wilpat wrote:Take coats!! SF is COLD!!!!!!
westcoastinvestor wrote:If you want to stay in Napa, Calistoga is a nice town, if a bit pricey. The added benefit are the hot springs, heated pools, and mud baths. It is also close to hiking.
supersharpie wrote:Based on some of the responses we are considering spending three nights in wine country to start, then two nights in Monterey, before finishing with four nights in San Francisco. Would those who have taken similar trips or who live in the area consider this spreading ourselves too thin? This new plan would allow us to focus solely on San Fran and it's immediate surroundings during our stay in the city which seems more ideal than our initial plan.
DiscoBunny1979 wrote:supersharpie wrote: The drive to Sonoma/Napa is not a quick drive through the country. What I would do if not staying the night over in San Francisco, is I would get a connecting flight from San Francisco Airport into Santa Rosa.
I am a bit of a beer snob and when in San Fran want to try out some great brews (like Pliny the Elder) that are rarely seen in the Philly area. Any recommendations for top notch beers that are easily accessible in California, preferably on tap?
gordonopolis wrote:DiscoBunny1979 wrote:supersharpie wrote: The drive to Sonoma/Napa is not a quick drive through the country. What I would do if not staying the night over in San Francisco, is I would get a connecting flight from San Francisco Airport into Santa Rosa.
I work with people who commute from Sonoma to SF, it's a little over an hour from the San Francisco airport to Sonoma County and probably 90 minutes to Santa Rosa.
I wouldn't recommend flying for two reasons, you'll spend more time at the airport than you would driving and because Santa Rosa is still 40 minutes from Sonoma Square. Sonoma is a very big county.
Martindo wrote:Hi Supersharpie,
I live in Santa Rosa. Sonoma and Sonoma coast are a less touristy than Napa Valley, I think. But people have already made a lot of good comments on the Bay Area.
ONE CORRECTION --- Nobody around here says "San Fran." People here say "The City."
barry wrote:walking back an forth on the bridge is always beautiful
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