I had a work trip out to San Francisco (similar to last year), so of course, what a perfect opportunity to take advantage of NICE weather and stay a few extra days. In between some very long work days, I had about a day and a half to chill...so my travel buddy (and sis-in-law), Kelly, made the quick flight from Denver and we did some exploring outside of the busy city.
We took a road trip to Napa Valley, with no real agenda except to explore the market, stores, vineyards and take in some fresh air. I love me some wine, so it was a tad bit of a tease getting to only see the vineyards and not taste...but one day I'll return!
Oxbow was a great market to stop at! If we would have known the trip was so quick from San Fran to the Valley, we would have just eaten a large brunch at the market...but that didn't stop of from taste testing and getting some food to picnic with later.
Neither of us had been to Napa Valley before, so we weren't really sure what to expect. There are so many vineyards to stop at it's a bit overwhelming. Trial and Error - rent a bike and go as slow as possible, then you can enjoy seeing each of the unique establishments rather than continually stepping on the breaks ;/ There were a lot of U-Turns in a car.
(And some useless information for your Monday enjoyment: Anyone watch the Bachelor? One of the previous bachelors, Ben, co-owns the Envolve Winery. Apparently the Kardashians are friends with him and they just finished filming some scenes of them visiting...)
We took the country roads to hook onto Route 1- just so we could dip our toes in the Pacific.
The countryside feels like your in an entirely new world! It would be hard not be out here every weekend if you lived in the bustling city. If you don't have a weak stomach, that is.
Unfortunately, I've had to learn the hard way that traveling while pregnant is an entirely new ball game. Flying is not so enjoyable, and nor are longer car rides. I've always had a good case of motion sickness from winding roads, but this was a whole new level of awful. Thankfully when we stopped, we got to enjoy the sunset at Stinson Beach.
You can now name me the worst travel buddy of all time, because the rest of Roue 1 consisted of me with my head out of the window praying to get teletransported to the hotel. We made it, but I spent the rest of the night in bed. In my defense, please look at this road and tell me that it doesn't make make your head spin with how many turns and switchbacks there are..all on a cliff. It does have the views going for it though...
The next day, we waited in a long line in the Mission to try a restaurant that a co-worker always raves about, Foreign Cinema. It was one of those "I'm not sure what I'm ordering..." sort of places, but the atmosphere and end result were well worth the vague descriptions.
I had read about some great places to visit that are more "outdoorsy" in the city, so we ventured there. That always tends to happen...neither one of us can handle too much of the busy city life. Fresh air is always a nice repreave!