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    Visiting Napa and SF this week

    I will be in Napa area/SF with my wife later this week (Wed-Sat).

    We are staying in Calistoga Wed & Thu night. We'll be back in SF for a Friday night stay with a 4pm flight out.

    Plan is to drive up the coast Wed and take our time getting to Calistoga. Do you have any recommendations for a place to eat along the coast? My wife read about a town named Bodega Bay. Is there anything else to make sure we see along that route?

    Are there any recommendations for anything that we shouldn't miss in wine country?

    We'll be back in SF on Friday sometime and plan to stay near the airport. We have both been to SF and seen most of the touristy stuff, so we are looking to find some out of the way places to visit. I'm not sure when we will get back into SF on Friday. I guess it depends whether we have gotten to everything we wanted to do in the Valley before Friday.

    I appreciate anything you guys can suggest.

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    Last year we spent time in the northern sonoma/russian river area ... visited some great smaller wineries. If you want the names of a few let me know, I'll try to dig a few up.

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    Stay in hotel in callestoga that has a natural hot spring
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    Bodega Bay is nice but that is nowhere near being on the way to Calistoga. Calistoga is pretty inland.

    Bouchon, the counter-service place connected to French Laundry, is worth stopping by. Meadowood or French Laundry itself if you can afford it and if they have openings. We go to Calistoga a lot and there actually aren't that many interesting restaurants in town. There's a good BBQ place at the beginning of the main street when you come into town, and the restaurant at Indian Springs (Sam's) has a good hamburger, and Cafe Sarafornia is good for breakfast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjl View Post
    Bodega Bay is nice but that is nowhere near being on the way to Calistoga. Calistoga is pretty inland.

    Bouchon, the counter-service place connected to French Laundry, is worth stopping by. Meadowood or French Laundry itself if you can afford it and if they have openings. We go to Calistoga a lot and there actually aren't that many interesting restaurants in town. There's a good BBQ place at the beginning of the main street when you come into town, and the restaurant at Indian Springs (Sam's) has a good hamburger, and Cafe Sarafornia is good for breakfast.
    Yeah, I know it's out of the way, but we are in no hurry to get to the hotel. I just wanted to take a scenic drive up the coast on the way in. I also heard that the drive between Bodega Bay and Santa Rosa area is very nice.

    Thanks for the restaurant tips. Much appreciated.

    Fresno,
    We are staying at the Bergson. I don't think they have a hot spring, but they do have a spa and there are plenty of hot springs in the area from what I have read.
    Thanks.

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    should have posted this before I even booked a plane ticket but...

    going to a wedding in Napa area next month. the local wedding hosts didn't even recommend Peanuts Airport in Santa Rosa, which I just found out exists.

    visitNapaValley.com tells me that it's about an hour from Napa - while SF, SJ, and OAK are about 2 hours, and SAC is about 1.5 hours.

    looks like I could have spent an extra 3-4 hours with a layover to save 1 hour of driving (and the plane ticket costs more). I think I figured out why the local hosts didn't bother mentioning it.

    my sister got an airbnb for her large brood in a Bumfock Junction somewhere way out, so I'll stay there Thurs nite, then rack up an insane amount of Marriott points the next 2 nights. there's some sort of wine festival that weekend, so there are no appropriately-priced accommodations within a half-marathon of civilization, it seems.

    have to rent a car, to get to my destinations. am not much of a wine drinker, but when in Rome - so maybe some Ubers as well. my impression, when you visit NapaValley, your wallets take a beating like a man.

    p.s. my niece (whose brother is getting married) interned at Meadowwood, mentioned above, after finishing up with the CIA there (no, she's a pastry chef). one of those TV celebrity chefs tried to hire her, but she was told all they do is steal your original ideas and then get rid of you. my niece is big on the "fusion" trends - was working at the Chicago Downtown Marriott for a few years (where I have spent at least 6 months of my life over dozens of visits) before moving on recently.

    finally, both she and her brother - who is interning at Stanford - are 100 pct Irish/American.

    which seems more strange: an Irish-American doctor, or an Irish-American pastry chef?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judge Jude View Post
    which seems more strange: an Irish-American doctor, or an Irish-American pastry chef?
    I'll need a check-up and a tart before I can answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve 2.0 View Post
    I'll need a check-up and a tart before I can answer.
    Can an Irish-American tart do my check-up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fresno Bob View Post
    Can an Irish-American tart do my check-up?
    I can't believe you didn't thank me for the set up on that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve 2.0 View Post
    I can't believe you didn't thank me for the set up on that one.
    I gave you rep points!
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