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SF / Napa 40th Birthday Trip Advice

RedBeans04 | Jul 5, 2011 09:40 AM

Hi all. We are heading to San Francisco and Napa for my 40th birthday. Neither my spouse of myself has ever been to either. We'll be in SF for 2 days and Napa for 2 days.

Thought I'd throw out our basic itinerary and see if you have any suggestions or advice. Anything is much appreciated. Generally we eat pretty much any type of food. We like pretty much all atmosphere from hole in the wall to fine dining as long as it is tasty. We probably prefer hole in the wall if I had to pick one but not against fine dining either. We are renting a car on Sat when we move to Napa but will not have a car in SF. Italian doesn't top our of list of favorite cuisines. We enjoy sake. One of my favorite dishes is Pho. I like tea and champagne so you'll see that prevalent on my list of things to do. :)

We arrive on a Wed night (7/13) at 7:00 at SFO. Trying to get a hotel for that night has been quite a process. I still don't have one. I have the following two nights at Le Meridien so I'll try to get the Wed night there or just stay near the airport somewhere. Suggestions welcome. (I've read the message board for SFO dining suggestions but I'm not sure if our plane lands at 7 how long it'll take to get to an airport hotel and how much time it takes to get around with no car) If I can get the Le Meridien down to a reasonable price for Wed we might be in that area too.

Thurs: Taking a cab to Le Meridien (if we aren't already there) check in and drop off bags. Figured we'd do Japantown and Chinatown this day. No specific place in mind to eat. Would like to visit Vital Tea Leaf. Thought about the Japanese Tea Garden but it seems very far from where we'll be.

Fri: Thought we'd do Fisherman's Warf this day. On our list to eat is Ana Mandara and something crabby while we are down there.

Some things on my quick list that I'm not sure how to fit in are the Japanese Tea Garden, Samovar Tea House, True Sake and Corkage Sake and Wine Shop. Are any of these places worth hitting?

Sat we are picking up the rental car early and heading out to Petaluma to visit someone. Was thinking if we got there early enough we'd either eat breakfast at Water Street Bistro or Hallies. Then we are driving to Napa. I'm not at all sure what time. Could be 11 or 3 or somewhere in between. Thought about a slight detour and heading to LoKal in Sonoma for lunch. Just to get a feel of the town and to say we've passed through. :) Maybe Bistro Jeanty for dinner?

Sun is my birthday so we'll do lunch at ZUZU and dinner at Bouchon. Wineries for today are Paraduxx, Domaine Chandon, and Domaine Carneros but thought, depending on time, maybe we could do Domaine Carneros on the way from Sonoma to Napa. Suggestions? How many wineries does one usually visit in one day?

Mon: I have no lunch or dinner plans but thought we could eat lunch at one of the wineries along the way. Also doing Roundpond olive oil today. Wineries on the list today are: Duckhorn, Round Pond, Schramsberg and Mumm. I had Martini House on my list for our last dinner but just found out today that it is closed. So suggestions are welcome.

Head back to SFO for a 3:00 flight. Have In N Out on our list for a quick lunch on the way to airport. (we don't have these were I live!)

Thanks for any advice or suggestions.

Water Street Bistro
100 Petaluma Blvd N Ste 106, Petaluma, CA 94952

True Sake
560 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Ana Mandara Restaurant
891 Beach St., San Francisco, CA 94109

Bistro Jeanty
6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Japanese Tea Garden
7 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

Vital Tea Leaf
1044 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA

Domaine Carneros
1240 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA

6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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