Mission accomplished. And we had the best time! It started with us flying into San Francisco and meeting up with my cousins Erin and Scott who showed us downtown, AT&T park and the water then we drove up to Napa and spent a few days there then drove back down to San Francisco stopping at Muir Woods along the way and ended the week exploring the city. It was a packed week but so much fun. Here are some of the hi-lights:
AT&T Park where there was a game going on. Lots of birds… very frightening.
And thus begins all the pictures of the wineries/vineyards. Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy the view. And take notes, we hit some good ones. First up: Castello di Amorosa. Go there. As soon as you can.
While looking at the animals, we bumped into a lady who started asking us a lot of questions about our tour and what we thought, turns out she was a reporter for the local Calistoga newspaper and we made it in the article!
Next up: Beringer. In my opinion, Beringer had the prettiest grounds because of all the gardens and details. I think Jon was still stuck on the castle, because it was in fact a castle.
And what do you do when you find a vineyard cat?
You chase it.
Apologies for this shot… it was the best one I could get with the sun
Because of I’ve heard of it before… Robert Mondavi was next
This next one was my other favorite: Cuvaison! Thanks to Jon’s mom for telling us about this one. It was small but the man who helped us was so nice and so informative and friendly!
We got a picnic lunch here and ate, drank and were merry.
Pretty much just to see what this building was about: Opus One. It was supposed to be a blend of space-age and Maya? It had a big hill that would be prime for rolling down if you were a kid, that’s what I noticed.
Not pictured: Alpha Omega but I do recommend going there. We enjoyed our tasting and had really good conversation with the man who helped us!
After thoroughly enjoying Napa it was off to Muir Woods then San Francisco! First up: Muir Woods
If you’re going to go to Muir Woods, go early in the morning. On our way out of the woods around noon we were hit by a wall of people flooding in.
And this is the view we were rewarded with. Well worth the hike.
We stayed at a hotel on Nob Hill, a pretty swanky area. So glad we arrived all gross from our hike to make a good first impression.
You can’t go to San Francisco and not see Lombard Street!
I think the bridge was my favorite attraction of San Francisco. Very impressive.
When we were making our trek to the Golden Gate Bridge we kept seeing this weird golden dome sticking up above all the apartments and shining in the sun and we kept taking turns saying “I wonder what that is…” as we got closer and closer and then we passed it. On our way back we found out what it was: the Palace of Fine Arts.
In the middle of the city was this colossal beautiful structure. It was such a nice break from the rows and rows and rows of buildings and so unexpected!
You can’t go to San Francisco and not go to Chinatown. And in fact we had some darn good Chinese food there too. A little out of place but I found other good one of the bridge that I liked.We saw a lot more of San Francisco including Fisherman’s Wharf, the trollies, and other sites I was just bad and didn’t get pictures of it all. shame on me. For all the pictures of our trip, check out our Flickr page.
Goodbye California! Thanks for having us!