San Francisco and Art and Wine in the Napa Valley
Top : Oxbow Public Market in Napa offers outstanding casual dining
Large pix: Vietnamese Pho, one of the best , Slanted Door , Ferry Building San Francisco
Big chair relaxing: Me & Len at Cornerstone Plaza in Sonoma
Gott’s : just the best hamburger in the world. Believe me!
June 10-16 2013
San Francisco is rare among cities. Its beautiful natural setting, its rollicking history, its contemporary vibes and fine cuisine make for a fascinating visit. In Napa Valley, the prime wine growing area of the United States, we highlight wineries that showcase fine art with their wine. Sip and sample fine wines as you drink in great art.
San Francisco's Famous Cable Car
Arrive in San Francisco ... transfer on your own to our conveniently located hotel, carefully chosen to be “on the flat.” As I’m sure you realize, San Francisco and its hills can be a real challenge.
Part of San Francisco’s appeal is its fascinating history – the Gold Rush, railroads, Asian immigration, earthquakes and fire. We’ll get a quick history lesson as we walk through some of the city’s most interesting areas including Union Square, Chinatown, the Barbary Coast and North Beach. Then there’s a thrilling ride on the Powell Street Cable Car followed by an Irish coffee at the Buena Vista Café.
Victorian Homes two-hour
walking tour …San Francisco still has hundreds of beautiful Victorian Homes. You
will see mansions, gardens and a Queen Anne Interior. This is billed as an easy
leisurely tour with no hills to climb.
lunch and time to tour the fascinating Ferry Building. Everything from
high-priced chocolates to artisanal breads to caviar.
have dinner in North Beach, famous as an Italian community with lots of good
Italian restaurants. After dinner, we’ll attend a performance of Beach
Blanket Babylon, a review that’s been running for more than 20 years. It’s
a very funny satire of what’s happening in our world today and it’s famous for
its wit, music, as well as outrageous headdresses and costumes.
Free to shop or go to a
museum on your own. We’ll give you our list of favorites.
mid-afternoon for the Ferry Building and a one-hour ferry ride that will take us
to Vallejo. We’ll be picked up by Hilary in a minivan. She and her bonsai
expert husband, Len, are dear friends and have lived in Napa for 20 years.
Hilary will be our companion/guide and the minivan will be our transportation
for the remainder of our trip.
check into our hotel close to the Napa River. There’s a trolley shuttle that
leaves from the hotel every 20 minutes for downtown Napa, five minutes away.
evening, we’ll check out the new Oxbow Public Market, which opened in February,
2008. I love it…fantastic ice cream, superb coffee, tea, spices and olive oil
. You can choose from a half dozen olive oils, buy a glass bottle for a dollar,
and have it filled with your olive oil of choice from a barrel. My two bottles
of olive oil, a Sonoma Valley and an Italian Blend, wrapped in bubble wrap and
carried in my suitcase arrived home safely.
Dinner at the
Oxbow Public Market.
We’ll visit several wineries
that have outstanding art collections.
stop, the Hess Collection with fine contemporary art featuring some of the
giants of our era such as Frank Stella and Robert Motherwell. Donald Hess, art
collector extraordinaire only exhibits the art of living artists, currently
about 20 of them. When one dies, he goes on to another artist. In addition to
the art, we’ll also sample a few of their fine wines.
we’ll visit Francis Ford Coppola’s winery, the Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery.
Besides wine to sample, there’s an interesting exhibit of movie memorabilia
connected with the director’s films.
Sculpture at Clos Pegase
final winery stop is Clos Pegase. The founder of the winery, Jan Shrem, is a
perfectionist. Every detail of the winery follows a theme uniting wine with
art.. It’s name Clos Pegase, comes from clos (courtyard in French) and Pegasus,
the winged horse of Greek mythology, brought to life on its label. Michael
Graves designed the winery with a courtyard entrance and 20,000 square feet of
caves. There’s an impressive sculpture garden, too.
small town of St. Helena is a great shopping destination. Lots of specialty
shops you won’t find anywhere else -- a good mix of clothing, design, home
accessories, art galleries. (New York, Paris, and yes, St. Helena are my
favorite places to shop.)
dine at Go Fish, stylish and low-key with wonderful food, the latest
restaurant owned by Cindy Pawlcyn, who also owns Mustards Grill, a beloved
valley favorite for almost 20 years.
Hillside Of Art at the di Rosa Preserve
Morning visit to the di Rosa
Preserve, a unique art complex with over 2,000 works of art by some 900 Bay City
artists. The art is fun, funky and wild set in buildings and in a lovely
landscape. You’ll love it!
Boon Fly Café at the Caneros Inn, a luxury resort that is composed of individual
units designed to look like farm buildings. Are its architects successful in
creating an idealized farm? You be the judge. Subject to availability, we’ll
have access to one of their cottages for the afternoon. Spa treatment allowance
of $75 buys you a manicure or pedicure; your choice in manicures or pedicures
are unusual to say the least: warm goat milk, grapeseed and guava or sweet
ripened apricot and chardonnay. Intriguing. Or use your allowance toward other
expensive spa treatments. Sit by the glorious pool or just relax in the
cottage with a glass of wine and some local cheese.
Shuttle to the San Francisco
airport and your flight home.
NOTE: Itinerary subject to minor changes.
$2,500 (USD) includes hotel for 5 nights (single occupancy with
no single supplement), all activities specified
in the itinerary, 3 dinners, theater ticket, ferry to Vallejo, minivan
transportation in Napa, $75 spa treatment.
Price does not include airfare, transfers to and from airport, breakfasts, wine and alcoholic beverages,
coffee stops, and personal expenses.