Monday, April 18, 2016

San Francisco and Napa Recap

I decided to do a full recap of our trip  in Northen California along with some pictures of highlights. 

So here goes... We drove into San Francisco from northern Los Angeles midday Sunday, got freshened up and headed out to dinner at an awesome pub down the street from our hotel. They had 30 beers on tap and fun gastropub style food. Our hotel was very historical and the rooms were on the smaller side but overall it was really nice and the location could not be beat. I mean, we were half a block from Union Square. After dinner, we had about an hour to jump back across the bay into Oakland for a Carrie Underwood concert. Silly us. Right as we were trying to leave a Giants game let out and we went a whole three blocks in said hour. After sitting for that long we decided to ditch the car and take the BART into Oakland. We parked our car in the only open spot we found (for free might I add) and ran two blocks to the station to catch the train by two minutes. When we arrived in Oakland we ran a half mile (I was in heels) from the station to the concert and had drinks in hand and our bums in the chairs with five minutes to spare before Carrie came on. Phew! It was SOOOO worth it! She is such an incredible performer! We Ubered back to the car and made it safe and sound. We asked for adventure and we definitely got it on night one alone!


The next morning we woke up at a decent time and got on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. I have to say it was hands-down the best thing to do if you only have a day to explore like we did. We got to see everything we wanted and it took us pretty close to all of the restaurants we wanted to eat at so it was an all-around great way to get from place to place for the day. 


Food for the day started at Flywheel Coffee Roasters in the Haight and Ashbury district. This coffee... I mean, all of the heart-eye emojis!!! It was wonderful and their staff is the nicest! We walked from there to Zazies for breakfast. Hands-down the best breakfast I have ever had. My best friend recommended this place and boy was she ever spot-on! We shared an egg scramble and their miracle pancakes (truly miraculous) and we wished we could start all over again! It is a must eat if you are ever in SF!


After breakfast, we explored the Haight and Ashbury district quite a bit which was fun, interesting and completely different from anywhere I have been before. It is a truly unique stop. 


We got back on the bus and saw quite a few things from there before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. That was such an awesome experience. It is incredible to be somewhere that is so iconic and the bay is absolutely gorgeous. I mean, I love the water but this was just breathtaking. 



We did quite a bit more touring and stopped places like Lombard Street and Ghiradelli. There is so much time that can be spent in this city. 


We had the obligatory ride on a cable car which was a ton of fun, but I can't believe how close they come to vehicles parked on the street. Kind of crazy! 


We rode the cable car to this incredible Italian restaurant. I haven't had pasta that fresh since we were in Italy. Their food is served on a paper plate. You pick the type of pasta you want and the type of sauce you want and that's it. No frills because they are so not needed!! I could eat at this place over and over again!


We did a little more bus riding and then went in for a nap. That touring thing is exhausting!


When we woke up from our nap we decided to venture out for a night cap and came across this speak easyesque cocktail bar. What an experience! They painstakingly make drinks. My cocktail must have had 10 different ingredients. Don't order off the menu either, just tell one of the bartenders what you are in the mood for and trust me, they won't dissapoint!


The next morning we drove out to Napa and checked into the Silverado Resort and Spa. What a gorgeous property. It is out of town a little but worth it. They have buildings like the one pictured above scattered throughout their sprawling property and each building houses six to eight rooms. The rooms are just about all renovated and they have been done to the highest of standards. We will definitely be returning there. 


We took an Uber everywhere we went in Napa. Safety first kids! Our first stop of the day was Peju. The grounds of this winery were picturesque and looked like something straight out of Disneyland. I mean, it was kind of a Disneyland for adults :)


Our second stop was Grgich Hills Estates. Mike Grgich is the guy that put Napa on the world's map of wine. This was an especially nice visit because almost exactly two years ago, we visited Mr. Grgich's home winery in Croatia on our honeymoon. It is a beautiful winery as well with a huge emphasis on organic farming. 


Our last stop of the day was at Mumm Napa who makes one of our favorite sparkling wines. We have had plenty of bottles of Mumm throughout our relationship so it was really neat to see where all of those bottles start out. Their facility is gorgeous and they have a very in-depth tour that they offer four times a day. After leaving there we ate at R+D Kitchen in Yountville and let me tell you, we could not have eaten anywhere better after a day of wine "tasting". I had a pulled pork sandwich that was unlike any I had ever had before. The flavor palette they offer is unexpected and incredible. They have four locations and I highly recommend you check them out if you have the opportunity. 

Napa was on my baby bucket list (things to do before we have kids) since it is solely a drinking trip. It was beautiful and we will definitely be back. 

It was a quick trip but one we will always remember and cherish. Anytime Tony and I have concentrated time that is solely ours, it is one for the memory books. My heart is so full and I am so thankful that he pulled off this surprise for me. 

I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!!

2 comments:

  1. Hi! I found your post searching Pinterest regarding Napa! Quick question for you, when you say you took Uber, was it easy to get an Uber at a winery? Planning a trip for late summer and we don't want to rent a car and not sure we want to take a wine tour. Thanks for your post!

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    1. Hi Michelle! Uber was awesome for both SF and Napa! SF is kind of a no brainier because it is a big city, but Napa was surprisingly simple too. I think the longest we ever waited in Napa for a driver was 10 minutes. We drove up, so we had a car to get from SF to Napa so I'm not quite sure how pricey it will be to initially get there but it is definitely the only way to go once you are there. Hope that was helpful! Have fun!!

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