(Closed) San Fran / Napa / Sonoma Honeymoon Help !

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

This is my cup o’ tea! I work for a tour company in Napa πŸ™‚

What is your budget for hotels?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Sounds like @napabridekelsey: can probably hook you up.

My $0.02 is also to direct you to the attractions page we put together for our wedding website… it might give you some ideas, too?  http://www.mywedding.com/tuckerandanthony/attractions.html

Have fun!  It’s a gorgeous place to be! πŸ™‚

*Edit to add- also check out our restaurant reccomendations page.  There are some YUMMY places to eat around here, too!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

October is THE most expensive time to come to the area. If you can hold off, November is soooo much cheaper! The lowest rate you’ll find at a resort (with spa, etc.) is going to be around $550. If you are willing to have less amenities and stay at a hotel, it’ll be around $450 a night. (plus the big 14% hotel tax).

My best advice is to wait until November or even December. The weather isn’t as nice, but it’s def. less expensive!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Check out AVIA in downtown Napa..I don’t know what their rates are, but it’s a great central location within walking distance of a TON of restaurants. 

It’s the busiest time of year because of the harvest season. It’s beautiful, and the weather is temperate πŸ™‚

The concierge will be able to help you custom-pick the wineries that will suit your needs there!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

In the city, check out the Orchard hotel.  It is in a great location on the trolley line, usually pretty reasonable rates.  If you want to splurge on dinner, I highly recommend Restaurant Gary Danko.  Since you are staying so long, you might want to spend a day or two driving down to Carmel, which is beautiful and romantic.  Palo Alto is a great place to go shopping.  I also love to stroll through Los Gatos.

This is a great area for a honeymoon.  Have fun!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Georgia Bee: second Gary Danko! But make your reservations now. I know it sounds crazy but they book up 8 weeks in advance very often, especially on popular nights. 

I would consider sort of city hoping around the bay area. Carmel/Monterey & Napa & San Francisco are all wonderful and have different feels.

As for hotels in San Francisco I like the Fairmont for all around location and quality. But it depends on whether you want a view or suite or amenities and such. Some hotels have better locations but may not have what you want. Depends on what is more important to you, location or room?

For wineries, my favorite is V Sattui for wine. But there are others that have better ambiance and tours but I didnt like their wine as much.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Definitely rent a car.  And when booking your hotel in San Fran make sure you’re in San Francisco the city, near the airport is actually not near the city AT ALL.  If you’re looking for ‘touristy’ spots in SF, stay near Pier 39, Ghiradelli Square, The Embarcadero area.  Around Market there are hotels and shopping, but not any real ‘sights’.

Also you may want to consider heading south.  Just take a short drive over to Highway 1 and drive south and you’ll hit Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey… there are lots of options and it’s SO pretty!

Livermore is part of wine country too, it’s about an hour East of SF and has a cute downtown area.  Pleasanton is also pretty nice.  Placerville is about 3 hours NE and is also part of ‘wine country’ and would be a lot cheaper.  Lake Tahoe is 5 hours away from SF and has ALL kinds of stuff to do.  Yosemite is about 3.5/4 hours and is beautiful that time of year.

You will definitely need a car to get around outside of SF, from the airport and around the city you can get around just fine on BART and Muni.  Once you get outside the city it’s almost impossible to get around without a car.  I do suggest a GPS though, but maybe that’s just me! 

 

good luck!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

October is the best time to visit San Francisco. It’s our “summer”. Assuming you’re leaving on the 2nd, it’s Fleet Week. Some people hate it, some love it. If you like watching fighter jets do tricks over the water and the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll love it.

I also suggest checking out Goldstar.com as October comes closer for deals on touristy stuff, shows, concerts, etc. in the SF area.

If you’re staying in downtown SF, I dont recommend a car. Parking is really bad and super expensive. I think you’ll have fun riding the F Market street car from the Castro to Pier 39 like a local (it only runs the length of Market to Embarcadero so you won’t get lost). You can just rent a car from SF (lots of rentals in downtown) when you decide to head to Napa/Sonoma. If you do rent a car while in SF, be prepared to pay lots for parking or valet.

Never explored wine country, but do recommend Monterey/Carmel if you have time to drive a few hours south.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My Fiance and I live about 45 minutes from the wineries in Napa and are in a wine club so we go up there a lot. These are my favorite wineries: V Sattui, Cake Bread, Mumm, Folie a Deux.

 

Cake Bread actually is my favorite and requires a reservation. Make sure to look into reservations for some wineries since you will need to make them in advance. Actually October is the most popular time to visit Napa because its harvest season. I think October is a great time though because all the grapes are ripe and sometimes you can try tasting them. You can also see the grapes being harvested and there are sometimes harvest parties etc.

 

One very famous restuarant there is French Laundry. Its SUPER expensive but very very highly rated if that is something you are into πŸ™‚

 

The most touristy places to go in SF are probably 1. Pier 39/Fishermans Wharf and you can take a ship to Alcatraz from here (if you want to do that get your tickets several weeks in advance) 2. Golden Gate Bridge (you can walk over it and that is pretty), 3. Golden Gate Park (they have a nice museum and the Academy of Sciences is neat) 4. Union Square which is also near China Town so you can go to both.

 

Feel free to message me if you want more suggestions πŸ™‚ I know both places well have lived here my whole life.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We stay at the Napa Inn and I love that hotel- I also highly recommend eating at Bottega.  I would plan to spend 3 days in Napa, just going up/down the wine trail- then head over to Sonoma and spend a couple more days there.  

 

Also hit up Taylors Refresher for a burger and the best sweet potato fries ever!!!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Also- I would do a Champagne Tour- the Shamburg (sp?) one is in a cave I hear, we didn’t have a reservation so ended up doing Mumms- but that one sounded really cool! 

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