Greetings from India! We’re wrapping up our last few days here before we travel to Paris. I have to admit: I’m feeling a bit burnt out. This month has been crazy! Between traveling for work and to India and France, I’ll have spent just ten days at home. I’m looking forward to a quieter spring, but that doesn’t mean we won’t travel! I just want to take advantage of the great spots that are only a few hours drive from San Francisco for a day trip or a quick overnight. It blows my mind to think about all of the varying geographies and climates that are within a car ride from the Bay Area. Here’s what’s on my radar for our upcoming weekends.
Wine Country: In the two years we’ve lived in San Francisco we’ve been to Napa Valley just once. Embarrassing. We love Yountville for its culinary destinations like Bouchon Bakery, Ad Hoc, and Redd, but I would like to check out Sonoma, too. At only an hour and 15 minute drive away, wine country is a great way for us to spend a Saturday. Perhaps we’ll even take our dog and hit up the numerous dog-friendly wineries like Blackbird Vineyards or Paraduxx!
Yosemite: The national park is only three hours from San Francisco! It’s possible to see many of the Yosemite’s landmarks, like El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, and Half Dome within a day trip. With the National Park centennial this year, I want to go before the summer tourist crush though.
The Mendocino Coast: The New York Times’ 36 Hours feature sold me on checking out the towns in Mendocino. The county is 3 1/2 hours north of San Francisco so it’s probably better suited to a weekend trip. A cabin among the redwoods or along the beach sounds like the perfect getaway.
Lake Tahoe: Tahoe is another place I’m embarrassed to admit we haven’t visited since moving here. I’m thinking this destination lends itself to a long weekend, too, perhaps for my birthday. Or maybe we should wait until the summer so we can really enjoy the lake!