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ROAD TRIPS 2020

San Francisco

WORTH A DETOUR
Creative break: Visit the
museums, gardens, and venues
in Berkeley's cultural heart-
the Downtown Arts District.

DISTANCE: 144 MILES * STARTS: OAKLAND

Bay Area Culinary Tour

Shuck oysters: Buy a bucket
of the famous local product
to shuck at the Tomales Bay
Oyster Company.

Taste your way from Oakland to the heart of wine country

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HenHouse Brewing Company
before continuing east to grab
an irresistible ham biscuit at
Lou's Luncheonette in Sonoma.
In Yountville, stock up on
Nutter Butters and OhOhs at
Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery, secure artisanal provisions
of all sorts at Oakville Grocery,
and then order your burger
of choice at the iconic Gott's
Roadside in St. Helena.
Head north to Francis Ford
Coppola Winery in Geyserville,
where you can choose from
a variety of regular or reserve
tastings, take a dip in the outdoor pool on a hot summer day,
or even go on a vineyard scavenger hunt around the picturesque
hilltop grounds. If you still have
room for a meal, try the excellent on-site Italian restaurant,
then check out an exhibit on the
director's films and play a round
of backgammon or bocce surrounded by landscaped lawns.
Relax overnight at the
nearby Geyserville Inn, where
bright, airy rooms overlook the
vineyards and forested hills of
Sonoma. With tasting rooms in

Diego

Geyersville
Inn

Francis Ford
Coppola Winery

Gott's Roadside
Oakville Grocery
Bouchon Bakery
HenHouse Brewing
Company
Lou's Luncheonette
Marin French
Cheese Co.

OAKLAND

Pacific Ocean

Inn at the Presido

SAN
FRANCISCO

back and dinners paired with the
region's best bottles at Geyserville Grill next door, a stay here
feels just like a visit to a friend's
private wine chateau.

Ordinaire Wine
Shop & Wine Bar
T. MALACHI DUNWORTH/GETTY IMAGES

his tour begins in the
Bay Area, moves north
through the farmlands
of Marin County, and hits hot
spots in Sonoma County and
Napa Valley, with good bites and
slurps at every turn.
Start in Oakland at the
Ordinaire Wine Shop & Wine Bar
to sample a dizzying selection
of Sonoma's organic wines and
cheeses. Then cross the Bay
Bridge to San Francisco, where
The Presidio has 1,500 acres
of waterfront parklands with
museums, hiking trails, and the
Inn at the Presidio, with its daily
wine-and-cheese reception for
guests. Eat at the Presidio Social
Club and sip from its robust
regional wine list.
Drive the famed Highway
101 across the Golden Gate
Bridge into the farmlands of
Marin and Sonoma. When
you see cows, it means you're
in California cheese country.
Pass Novato and skip onto side
roads for samples and a picnic
at the Marin French Cheese Co.,
founded in 1865. Continue north
to Petaluma and order a pint at

T

Open-air shopping: Check out
Sebastopol's The Barlow, a
marketplace
AREA OF DETAIL
with cool
breweries,
unique
San Francisco
shops, and
Los
San
galleries.
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