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Pilgrimage to the French Laundry and more

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Pilgrimage to the French Laundry and more

Zoey | Apr 19, 2005 01:23 PM

Next week we'll be driving up to SF and Napa (from SoCal) for our long anticipated visit to the French Laundry. I was hoping chowhounds could help with suggestions for the rest of the trip, which I've preliminarily -- but, uh, pretty thoroughly -- planned out.

Day 1: Arrive in SF. Dinner at Chez Panisse.
Day 2: Breakfast at Tartine. Visits to Emporio Rulli and Cocoa Bella. Lunch at Pizzetta 211. After lunch, I was thinking of driving over the Golden Gate Bridge, perhaps stopping in Pt. Reyes/Tomales Bay area and then continuing onto Napa. We have reservations that night at the Villagio in Yountville. [Previously, I had considered biking the GGB this afternoon and eating a small meal at Gary Danko's bar before heading off to Napa.] Possible dinner in Napa.
Day 3: Visits to wineries and Woodhouse Chocolates (I'm a chocoholic.) Snack at Oakville Grocery. Dinner at FL.
Day 4: Breakfast at Bouchon Bakery before departing Napa. Stop at Cheeseboard in Berkeley for pizza. Stop at Ferry Plaza Market (Hog Island Oyster Co., Acme, Miette, Boulette's Larder). Then, drive down the coast (stopping at Donnelley Chocolates) towards home.

Here are some of my questions: what do you think of driving through Marin to get to Napa? I'm looking for scenery, plus the bonus of snacking at Cowgirl Creamery. Any particular routes to take? Places to snack?

Any dinner recommendations for our first night in Napa, considering we will have just eaten at Chez Panisse and will eat at FL the next night? I've read favorable reviews of the Girl and the Fig, Terra, Tra Vigne... Not sure if they're "worth it" at that point.

Also, any recs on servers, other places to visit that you think I might enjoy, etc. would be appreciated. I know we're packing a lot into 4 days!

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