The wine region is so close to San Francisco, yet far enough away that you truly feel as if you’ve escaped to another place, and left the city behind. First those rolling hills come into view, then I’ll spot my first cow or sheep, and I know the grape vines won’t be far behind, different in every season.
A lot of San Francisco visitors to Napa come up for the day trip, driving from winery to winery, tasting wines, getting a little tipsy, and then driving back exhausted at the end of a long day through city traffic. This past weekend a friend and I did something different. We went up to Napa and stayed overnight at the brand-new Westin Verasa Napa, which sits right on the river in walking distance of plenty of shops and restaurants. That way, we figured, we could do all the tasting we liked and not have to worry about driving home at the end of the day.