I have to admit, I am always suffering from wanderlust. I tend to check flight prices daily for great deals… and every now and then, I find one and am able to make it work! Such was the case with this trip to San Francisco. I was also able to convince two girlfriends, Amy and Keri to join in on the last minute fun!
We literally booked the trip the day before by taking advantage of American Airlines Basic Economy flights, which I joking like to call it their “Spirit fare”. I secured our hotel at a discounted rate using a favorite app, Hotel Tonight. Feel free to use my referral code for a $25 discount: PRSOLTREN. Since parking in San Francisco can cost an arm and a leg, we searched and found a great app: Park Whiz. This allowed us to purchase a parking pass at our own hotel for $15 instead of a whopping $55 – yes, please!
We arrived in San Francisco Saturday night and as soon as we stepped out of the airport into the parking garage, we felt the cool, crisp, Pacific temperatures which were a welcomed relief from the Texas heat. We headed straight to the rental car area and were pleasantly surprised with a complimentary upgrade to a Jaguar – yes please!
We headed out to Napa Valley to spend the day in Wine Country. The drive was gorgeous and the weather was perfect! We stopped for breakfast at Grace’s Table, which we found on Yelp and it did not disappoint. It was a small, quaint cafe and the food was delicious.
We then headed to the winery on our list furthest north: Castello di Amorosa. The castle was built about 30 years ago, so it was a little disappointing, but it had character and it was different. I think the castle part is what gets folks hooked, it was the busiest winery we visited, but the wine wasn’t the best, the whites were much better than the reds.
We then headed south to Markham Vineyards, There were two ponds on each side with a few colorful fish. The inside was nice and modern. They weren’t very busy, but the service was great and the wines were much better.
There they recommended our next winery: Hall Wines. The facility was new and modern – we had seen it on the way up and thought the bunny out front was interesting. The restroom was a harsh red all around – not sure if that’s the best color for a woman’s restroom. The only tasting available when we arrived was of their Zinfandel line. It wasn’t the best, but they comped us – yes, please!
Our last winery was Domaine Carneros, which was our favorite. We did a sparkling tasting and the wine was delicious. We went ahead and had a cheese plate to get some food in our tummies and it hit the spot. By this time it was after 5pm and there was a delightful breeze to make it a perfect experience.
When we finished, we headed back to the city for dinner at Fog Harbor Fish House in Pier 39. Seafood usually isn’t my go-to food of choice, but how can you resist when you are in San Francisco? The seafood platter and the fresh sourdough bread definitely hit this spot that evening. We then returned the car before heading back to the hotel.
Since we returned the car, we planned to Uber the day in the city. We first ventured out to Eats for brunch. The restaurant is super cute and the food was FANTASTIC! I had the waffle, covered with bacon and eggs.
After brunch, we took a quick Uber ride to the Golden Gate bridge, took some pics and then walked down to the Warming Hut for hot tea and coffee since it was a little chilly. We sat by the water and had some good ole’ girl talk.
We walked along the water about a mile and a half to the Palace of Fine Arts Theater and then went to see the Yoda Fountain.
Then we Ubered to Lombard street, because that’s what a good tourist would do! It’s the curviest road and the most visited.
We then had dinner at Woodhouse Fish Co. on Fillmore Street, where I enjoyed a small Lobster roll. After dinner we decided to visit a speakeasy spot that was under The Barrel Room. It was a pretty cool spot that has a vault as one of the rooms and reportedly had a tunnel to the reserve at one point. We went back to the hotel for some creme brulee before calling it a night since we were flying out the next morning.
The trip was too short to enjoy all that San Francisco has to offer. I will definitely be going back!