I’m lucky enough to have had back-to-back visitors for the past couple weeks. First Corinne & Dave, now Mom!
Mom spent her first day on her own and we met up after I got off of work to have a late dinner The Palm House, which is conveniently just a few blocks from my apartment. It was an unusually warm night for SF and so nice to sit outside and watch the people go by on Union Street! Friday, I took off of work. My dry cleaners doubles as a bike rental agency (…. what? … is that not normal?) so we rented a couple bikes and headed off to cross the Golden Gate towards our destination of Tiburon. It was an 18 mile ride (+ 2 back from the ferry), including a super windy and foggy crossing of the bridge, followed by sun and blooming spring flowers in Marin County.
We completed the ride and rewarded ourselves with beers and a light lunch at on the dock at one of my favorite’s spots in Tiburon, Sam’s Cafe. We caught the ferry back to SF, enjoying the views along the way. Friday night we grabbed dinner at the Beach Chalet with Andrew, an awesome spot right on Ocean Beach. The fog kept us from seeing the sunset but it was so nice to gaze out at the ocean from our table! Saturday morning me, Mom and Andrew went out to tour Alcatraz. I’ve been two other times, but still continue to enjoy visiting the island as I feel like every time I’ve learned something new. Luckily, we were let off the island and made it safely home afterwards without being incarcerated 😉
Mom and I made super last minute plans and lucked into reserving a really cute little B&B up in Sonoma off of Airbnb, only two blocks from the plaza! We kicked up and relaxed, sipping on wine on the front porch and had dinner on the back patio at The El Dorado Kitchen.
Sunday morning we woke up early and hit the trails! Mom found a local trail called the Sonoma Overlook Trail, the trailhead of which was only 0.8 miles from our hotel. The trail was challenging, seeing as it goes straight up the hill, but it was a totally awesome workout and the view at the top was worth all the effort. If you’re going to Sonoma any time, I would recommend this for trail running or just taking a nice hike up to the top to get a view of the vineyards and wine country from above.
Mom and I took a true “wherever the wind takes us” approach to the rest of the day. We grabbed breakfast to eat at the B&B while we showered and packed up. We roamed around Sonoma for a little bit, including a stop at the newly reopened original Williams-Sonoma store location and to grab lunch for later at The Sonoma Cheese Factory. We started our wine tasting shortly afternoon, beginning at Nicholson Ranch Winery. Oh my gosh, you MUST go there! We got the six-flight sampling out on their back terrace on these plush couches overlooking the winery. I loved every single wine we sampled, which included Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Merlot. The service was excellent and they even had a winery dog who hung out with us for a bit. And let’s be honest, anywhere with a dog is a good place to be 🙂
We finished the day with a glass of wine at Ram’s Gate, then headed on back to San Francisco. Dinner was at my apartment, made by chef Jessica. Monday morning we were up bright and early (only done for those you love!) to drive Mom to the airport and say goodbye. The ending to a really great visit together 🙂
P.S. 54 days until Switzerland!
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