Fred Brack   Fred Brack  
Raleigh, NC
Picture of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse

Fred and Kathy's Trip to California Wine Country
October 2011


It had been 20+ years since we had been to California, and given our passion for wine, we had long wanted to visit the Napa and Sonoma wine regions in California.  And of course no trip to northern California is complete without a visit to San Francisco.  Finally, since Fred has two suppliers for his wine accessories business in Salinas, we visited them, too, and the surrounding area.  We went with our friends, the Glasses.  Our trip is divided into four pages:

  1. San Francisco (this page)
  2. Napa
  3. Sonoma
  4. Monterey Area

San Francisco

Arguably, this is the most beautiful city in the USA.  It's got the bridge, the waterfront, the bay, the island (Alcatraz), the hills, the trolleys, Chinatown, and great food.

 Golden Gate Bridge
You get these views of the Golden Gate Bridge by taking an open-top bus tour, stopping at one end, then you drive to the other end and look back.
On the bridge Other end of the bridge

SFO from the bay View of the waterfront from a boat
Of course you have to take a harbor cruise, whether to Alcatraz, Sausalito, or just the bay.

 Sea Lions The waterfront as the sun sets
On the waterfront, Pier 39 is reserved for sea lions!  Nearby, a seagull keeps watch.

Joe's at Fisherman's Wharf Fisherman's wharf at night
There are plenty of places to eat on Fisherman's Wharf day and night.  We heartily recommend Scoma's!

Bay in front of Ghirardelli Ghirardelli Square
Nearby, it's the famous Ghirardelli Square at the end of a trolley line.  Don't miss the free chocolates.
Shops at Ghirardelli A shop at Ghirardelli

Entrance to Chinatown Chinatown
Chinatown is a short walk from Union Square.

On the cable car Alcatraz
Taking a cable car is mandatory, even though it costs $6; and a visit to Alcatraz should prove interesting.

Sausalito from the boat Main square
Or continue on to Sausalito across the Bay, where the hill is steep and the houses must be very expensive, facing SFO!
Private residences Private residences

Artistic rooftops Lombard Street
A bus tour will take you to the Mission District, Haight Ashbury, and the top of curvy Lombard Street.

Fred and Kathy
Time to move on to Napa and Sonoma and taste some wine!

Continue your tour - onward to Napa and Sonoma!

If you enjoyed this page, perhaps you would like to see one of our other trips: