The San Francisco Bay Area...known for so many wonderful things all in one stunning region. Some of the nations top universities (Stanford, Berkeley), best Micheline star restaurants (The French Laundry), elite vineyards (Newton, Castello di Amorosa), incredible hotels (The Palace & The Four Seasons), and so much more!
I arrived Thursday evening and checked in to The Palace Hotel, conveniently located on Market Street. Not so convenient that ALL Marriott properties throughout San Francisco had worker strikes going on 24 hours a day that were incredibly noisy and at times, upsetting. Despite that, the hotel itself was beautiful and had great open spaces. The staff that was working was gracious and overall, the hotel was an enjoyable experience. It's location being my favorite part.
EAT & DRINK:
Thursday evening I enjoyed dinner at a gorgeous Japanese restaurant, Ozumo. The bar scene was vibrant and the views of the Golden Gate Bridge were incredible! My favorite dishes were the: hanabi, gindaro, & hamachi maki.
Friday was spent in Napa enjoying the gorgeous scenery and sipping some exquisite wines. First stop was Castello di Amorosa which is a vineyard and a castle. The wine was decent but the main event was definitely the castle tour and perfect picture ops.
Up next was lunch at Charter Oak. Charter Oak is affiliated with the famous, Michelin star Meadwood restaurant and resort in Napa and the meal did not disappoint. The high ceilings made the environment open and relaxing, and the best part - drinking wine outside by the fire pits after the meal. A definite must try in St. Helena.
After lunch I ventured onto the reservation only, tour and tasting at Newton. Newton specializes in unfiltered wines and is now owned by LVMH. The tour was much shorter than Castello's but the wine and story behind the vineyard was far better.
A few others I've been to previously but didn't visit this trip are... Chandon, Mumm, Rutherford, Mondavi, & V. Sattui.
You really can't go wrong in California wine country. ;)
Saturday evening I dined at the fabulous Mourad. This Moroccan fusion was absolutely my favorite meal of the trip. My favorites were: scallops, short ribs, & beets. It's also right next to the Palace hotel making it a must-do if you're staying in the area.
Saturday morning I did one of my favorites, Flywheel Sports. A quick ten minute walk from the hotel. My instructor was good, the class was packed, and the bikes were new! Afterwards I grabbed a celery juice from Joe & The Juice, my favorite Manhattan juicery/coffee shop. (Waiting for them to pop-up in Phoenix and Dallas!)
Sunday morning I hopped into a Soulcycle class so I could compare/contrast to the Flywheel experience. This was a bit of a let down...the instructor wasn't the best, the class was nearly empty, and I left with much to be desired. However - next door was Pressed Juicery, my favorite SoCal juice spot so I was able to grab a celery juice and continue on with my final day in SF.
Weather: Perfection. Barely needed a jacket (which is rare for breezy SF!)
Dates: October 25-28th 2018
Meals: All incredible and highly recommendable
Hotel: Great location, only downside was the city wide strike
Vineyards: It's wine, you can't lose
Workouts: Stick with Flywheel > Soulcycle
Coffee: Joe & The Juice = 100%!
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