My DF and I are going to San Francisco and Sonoma in October. We'll be there for four nights/five days. We'll be doing a lot of the toursity things -- walk over Golden Gate bridge, Alcatraz, Muir Woods, etc. Does anyone have any off the beaten path ideas for SF? Also, what about San Francisco restuarants? I've read alot about Slanted Door, so we may try that out. Also, any recommendations for must visit wineries in sonoma?
I bumped a previous Sonoma thread up for you. Also, on the WC, there was a VERY extensive thread with a lot of great recommendations in it.
You'll love it out there. It is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the US.
Slanted Door is wonderful....definately take some time in the Ferry Building (where Slanted Door is) I also love Frascati on Russian Hill...very SF with the Cable Cars passing by on Hyde Street. It's a great casual neighborhood place with EXCELLENT food.
I usually stay at the Mission Inn (Fairmont property) in Sonoma and either the Ritz, Mandarin Oriental or Palace in San Francisco. The Mark Hopkins is really nice too (been there once). But there are A LOT of good choices. So I figured why not branch out a bit?
I like Kunde, Ledson, St. Francis, Ravenswood (our 'table' wine) and VJB in Sonoma. I've also heard good things about Kenwood, Imagery (wine, eh; art on bottles, very interesting), Chateau St. Jean, and Blackstone. And my husband can't resist a visit to the Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa whenever we're up that way.
Laura How is the food at the RRBC? We're going in November - my brother and his girlfriend just decided to join us. My bro isn't a huge wine drinker (his GF is), and I know as soon as he discovers that this is nearby we will have to visit. I don't want to cut in to our vineyard visiting schedule, so I'm thinking this might be a dinner destination for us. Any thoughts?
Sonoma is actually very large and is made up of a number of different regions, my favorites being the Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valleys.
If you're looking for places to stay in Sonoma, I would recommend the Inn at Occidental. We usually drive up and back in one day since we live so close, but we've stayed there for an anniversary once and I loved it. We're also looking in to staying at the Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg in January for a couple of nights.
I believe the thread that was bumped up by a pp has a list of winery recommendations.
In San Francisco, I would recommend one of the Joie de Vivre hotels as they are all small, boutique type hotels that have extra special touches. They are also centrally located in the Union Square.