San Fransisco Area recommendations

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  1. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    The admiral and I are taking a long overdue trip to the San Francisco area from April 1th to 9th. I am looking for some recommendations from fellow CSR members for places to stay and eat and any other ideas of must do/see (other than the obvious). We are not partyers, but like great food, great wine and great views. Seafood is a must for us.

    Our rough agenda is we arrive and spend 3 nights in San Fran, then 2 or 3 nights in Monterrey followed by 2-3 nights in Napa/Sonoma area and last night in San Fran before flying back. Doing the obligatory convertible rental for the week and particularly for the Hwy 1 trip down the coast to Monterey. We want to do a couple of winery tours and would prefer to find that hidden gem kind of places rather than the Berringer kind of place.

    So any recommendations are much appreciated!


    Frank & Celynn
  2. HUMPH

    HUMPH Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2009
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    Great time of year to visit out here! You should eat at The Tadich Grill, which is the oldest restaurant in SF. Very cool place but get reservations as early as you can. The food scene is amazing in SF so you can't go wrong. Rather than the tourist trip to Napa, consider Sonoma and go to places like Ledson and B. R. Cohn in the Valley of the Moon. Stunning views and very good wine while missing the crazy tourist scene in Napa. If you do go to Napa, head over to the Silverado Trail where you will find exceptional wineries (must go to Rombauer for the view) and eat at the Rutherford Grill where you will find excellent food and no corkage for the wine you purchased while tasting.

    Monterey is beautiful, we were there last weekend for the golf tournament. Stop on the way in Capitola and maybe even Half Moon Bay. Highway 1 will take you a lot of time to get there. A convertible may also be chilly but you never know. We like to stay at the Portola Hotel & Spa while there. Visit the aquarium, the wharf and take a drive down 17 mile drive to Pebble Beach and have a bite while gazing on the most beautiful view. Swing down to Carmel and take a stroll along some quaint shops and more sweet views.

    PM me if you have any questions and I can help you out!
  3. highslice

    highslice Active Member

    Mar 28, 2008
    Table Rock Lake, Hollister Missouri
    270 SLX
    496 Mag
    Bravo III
    Carneros Inn between Sonoma and Napa is worth a stay. Great cottages and a great restaurant. Kinda pricey though. Rombauer is worth a tour (we found the staff to be a bit snooty, though) as is Cake Bread. Sterling is also worth a visit if only for the ride up and the view of the castle. Plump Jack is a bit off the beaten path and a great tasting room. Opus One was a very educational tour, but touristy. Downtown Sonoma is worth a morning or afternoon strolling around.
    Have fun. There is great food in all of your destinations.
  4. BurgundyS24

    BurgundyS24 Member

    Oct 5, 2014
    Napa, CA
    Sea Ray S24. full delta enclosure. Towed by 2007 Chevy 3500 duramax/allison combo.
    350 with closed fresh water cooling
    Napa checking in. Albeit I don't drink wine I have tons of friends in the industry and know of the majority of the hidden gems. Br Cohn is a good one off the beaten path. Mumm is a good place for some delicious sparkling. Trinchero is legendary. There are plenary of good eats here as well. If your lady needs salon care my wife owns a hair salon in downtown Napa

    Edit; add ancien winery, my wife loves them.

    Highslice is right about Sonoma, it's great, it's where I got married.

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    Last edited: Feb 19, 2017

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