Hello! My husband and I are planning a trip to California in July for our 1 year wedding anniversary. I have done quite a bit of reading on trip advisor, other sites and Moveable thirst. Now I just need a little help putting it all together :)
Our itinerary looks like this:
Thursday-arrive in San Francisco at midnight, so we will just be checking in and going to sleep to be fresh for Friday.
Friday and Saturday exploring SF.
Sunday- Pick up rental car- travel day- we are staying in Napa till Friday. (Staying at the Westin Versas)
Friday-travel day- drive to Carmel by the sea.
Sunday- drive back to San Francisco for flight out at 1.
First I was wondering about our travel day, I saw our hotel is about 50 miles to our hotel. So we should have some time to do something. I thought it might be a nice night to check out the area and maybe a tasting room downtown. Though now I see Thursday night has a great Chefs market that I know we would love.
-I saw some itineraries on here for people traveling from SF with recommendations to go to Sonoma or Calistoga because it is on the way. We definitely wanted to get there on one of our days. I don't want to rush it, but maybe our travel day is a good day for it.
-Basically just asking for suggestions on our travel day.
Second I am having difficulty narrowing down the wineries to visit. We are both very much into good wine and food, and with the beautiful scenery I know we can not go wrong. But oh how to narrow this down? I love champagne, so sparkling wine tour/tasting would be on my list. We are open to trying different wines but mostly drink Cabs and Sauvignon Blanc.
I would love to see some tours so we will probably start with Mondavi on our first day (Monday). The caves at Del Dotto sound spectacular so maybe we will do that on one day. I have also heard a lot about the scenery of Artesa, Domaine Carneros and Domaine Chandon. So those definitely make the list. Friends recommended Sterling (for the tour), La Costella de Ameroso (for the beautiful castle), Duckhorn (for the wine) and Mumm.
Any recommendations? I wrote down several lists from TA and I am just trying to narrow them down from here. How do you typically recommend people to narrow them?
Should we pick a few for the tours, another for the caves, then scenery, then ones that have our favorite wines, and lastly some to try outside our norm? We have several days so we are not limited on time. I know the recommendation is 3-4 per day with a nice little lunch in between. I love the idea of bringing something and having a picnic at a winery for one or two days . And the oxbow market for another. But I would like to add in there some activities.
I would really like to do a napa valley bike tour, and we have been throwing around the idea of a balloon ride. We are very much into outdoors activities so hiking and kayaking would be great too. But we want to make sure we do the things in Napa that we can not do at home.
Sorry for such a long post, we appreciate any help you can offer. Thank you so much in advance!