Last month I went to San Francisco for the first time – haven’t spent much time in California other than Laguna/Newport Beach area, but SF in a way reminded me of New York, and the weather was perfect. We flew into SF, drove to Napa and spent 24 hours there, then drove back to SF for a few days. Here’s a full travel guide of things to do, places we ate, and what’s on my to-do list for next time:


WINERIES – We started our day in Napa @ 10am with a VIP wine tasting and cheese pairing at Hess Winery – a small winery on Mount Veeder. The winery also has a small museum inside that you can view without doing a wine tasting. They have a variety of reds, white, and their own sparkling wine (ended up ordering 2 bottles of this one) 🙂

Our second wine tasting was at Louis Martini. They just completely redid their tasting room which looks super contemporary//luxury, along with their courtyard and cabanas where you can also have a tasting. The winery is known for their Cabernet Sauvignon so that’s mainly what they have. I typically don’t drink red but….when in Rome. I think I’m finally starting to acquire a taste for it – but their Rosé was really, really good.

Since I’m a bigger fan of bubbly, Domain Carneros is definitely on my to-do list next time I’m in Napa. We tried to stop in on a Saturday and it was by reservation only – so definitely make an appointment if you’re trying to go. Their Chateau is SO pretty and has an amazing view of the vineyards.

LUNCH – In between stops we stopped in Yountville for lunch. It’s super cute & quaint with a strip of chic restaurants (there’s also a Restoration Hardware). We had lunch at Redd Wood – they’re known for their pizzas and we had some really good apps/pasta

BRUNCH – Had brunch in downtown Napa at a place called Jax Diner & the beignets were amazing


We drove back from Napa (only an hour and a half-ish) and spent the first day in SF walking around and exploring all of the touristy areas including:

  • Lombard Street – the most famous crooked, downhill street in SF
  • Fisherman’s Wharf – touristy area right on the water
  • Battery Spencer – a scenic area on a hill where you can view the Golden Gate bridge and get the best photos from a distance
  • The Painted Ladies – a landmark where you can view historic Victorian houses from across the street at Alamo Square park
  • Museum of Ice Cream – $38 for a walk-through of insta-worthy ice cream-themed rooms (and it includes lots of ice cream). definitely worth it
  • Museum of Modern Art San Francisco


Places I didn’t get to try, but want to:

  • El Techo Rooftop
  • Novela – cocktail bar
  • Twenty Five Lusk – cocktail bar & rooftop
  • Kitchen Story – brunch
  • Scoma’s Restaurant
  • Brenda’s French Soul Food
  • Delarosa – Pizza//Italian
  • Bi-Rite Creamery



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