Spending the weekend in Napa Valley & San Francisco makes for a perfect weekend! Both cities are very close and have so much to do. Relax in the beauty that is Napa Valley, while sipping on some of the best wine and food in the world. San Francisco is such a vibrant city by the bay, with exceptional food, culture, and activities there is always something to do.
Napa Valley Evening
There are so many amazing restaurants, shops, and wineries in Napa, you really can’t go wrong. Most of the wineries close at 4:00 pm or earlier, so make sure you check the hours of the wineries you want to go to (click here for more Napa Valley Tips & Tricks). If you can get a table on the patio, Bistro Don Giovanni makes for the perfect evening. Make sure to leave extra time to explore the gardens, fountains, modern art sculptures, and a neighboring vineyard.
Oxbow Public Market
Not ready to go home? Head to Oxbow Public Market. Here you will find an amazing selection of local food and shopping. Many of the restaurants have outdoor seats, so this is a great place to grab a drink or wine and don’t forget to grab some local food to take back to your room.
Start out your day with the most amazing pastries you will ever have. Bouchon Bakery is absolutely to die for and is well worth the wait in line for this amazing bakery.
After you get your breakfast, time to head to 1-2 wineries before lunch. Pick your favorite and go there first. Caymus Winery has an intimate feel and an incredibly knowledgeable staff. Not to mention, their Cabernet Savingon happens to be one of my favorite wines. So make sure to make a reservation and get ready for some amazing wine.
I highly recommend taking a break in St. Helena. This is a really pretty street with lots of local shops and a great way to work up an appetite for lunch. Rutherford Grill makes for an amazing lunch stop. This was definitely my favorite meal in Napa, the french dip is wonderful.
Once you have refueled, it is time to hit up some more wineries before they close (many of them close early in the afternoon before dinner). Cakebread Cellars made for the perfect winery to finish out our day. Their red tasting along with a tour and relaxing in their outdoor space, made for the perfect afternoon.
Yountville is a great place to spend an evening. It is such a pretty place to walk around and take in the beauty that is Napa Valley. There are lots of fine dining options in this town. If you can snag a table, The French Laundry is highly recommended, it’s definitely on my return bucket list. Can’t snag a reservation? Bistro Jeanty is a wonderful french restaurant and much more affordable.
San Francisco is a quick 2 hour drive from Napa and it is an absolutley GORGEOUS drive! So even if you decide to stay in Napa Valley, make sure to take time to drive a little ways, to see the gorgeous landscape.
Set your GPS to come into San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge. What is more iconic San Francisco? There are a few stop offs before and after the bridge, if you want a close up picture opportunity.
Fishermans Wharf is a great starting spot, there is so much to do within walking distance. There is tons of parking, so it is a great place to leave your car for the day. Start at The Cannery, where you will find some cute shops and restaurants (we really liked Blue Mermaid Restaurant).
Boudin Bakery, Pier 39 &
Then a quick walk to Fisherman’s Wharf, making sure to stop by Boudin Bakery and watch them make their famous sourdough bread. Then another quick walk onto Pier 39 to watch the sea lions sunning on the pier. On a clear day you can also see Alcatraz Island. This whole area is full of shops and restaurants, so make sure to grab some lunch & souvenirs while you are here.
Iconic Picture Stops
Make sure to get a ride up to the top of Lombard Street and enjoy watching the cars drive down this famously curvy street.
Chinatown is a great stop for some awesome pictures and shopping, not to mention food.
Then onto the famous Painted Ladies townhouses (think Full House & Fuller House).
Twin Peaks is an amazing place to get an unforgettable view of San Francisco. If the weather is on your side, make sure not to miss this stop.
After a day of sightseeing head to Castro District or Haight Street for some awesome restaurants & bars. This is a great area to walk around and grab some much needed food after all the walking around.
Sunset at Cliff House
Cliff House is the perfect way to end your day in San Francisco. They have an amazing bar and craft cocktails, so grab a drink and watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean & Ocean Beach. If you are running short on time, you can also walk around outside and see gorgeous views. End your trip by driving home over the beautifully lit up Bay Bridge.
Want to see even more places in San Francisco? Check out my post on How to Spend the Perfect Day in San Francisco.