My bf and I are both foodies/wine lovers in our 40's from Chicago and will be arriving at SFO at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, October 27th.
I have a vision of driving north up the coast and having lunch either in/near SF or within an hour or so further north. Ideally, I'd like a place with an ocean view but know that usually means the food will be sub par. 2 options that sounded interesting - Duck Club and River's Edge - are not open for lunch on Wednesday. Any ideas? Is the drive so beautiful that it is worth the extra travel time even if there are not any good lunch options? Also, after lunch, it would be nice to stop at a winery before we arrive at the Irish Rose B&B outside Healdsburg.
The other option is to take a route from SFO that would go through the town of Sonoma since we may not get there otherwise and have lunch there or along that route and stop at maybe 2 wineries on the way to Healdsburg. We are especially fond of Pinot Noir but enjoy a variety of dry well-made wines. (We have identified several to visit on the rest of our trip.)
If we take the inland route then I'd like to plan a partial day itinerary from Healdsburg to see the coast and redwoods with wineries and lunch on the agenda and would appreciate thoughts on this. (Although, it's now supposed to rain both days we'll be in Sonoma...)
Beyond my original inquiry... We will be in Sonoma for 2 nights before moving to Napa RustRidge Ranch and Winery in the Chiles Valley outside St. Helena for another 2 nights and then returning to SF for 2 days. We have reservations at Botega for Saturday night but are working on the rest of our dining itinerary, too! I've seen so much disagreement among Chowhounds for both Sonoma and Napa that I don't know what to think anymore! Just FYI, we're the type of foodies who would appreciate TFL or Cyrus and have done somewhat the equivalent in other locales but think we can find less obvious and expensive excellent dining options on this trip. More money to spend on wine!
Thank you for reading this long post. Any thoughts will be most appreciated!
Duck Club Restaurant
3287 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549