No passport needed for a trip to this culinary mecca.
We often dream of eating and drinking our way through Italy, France, and Southeast Asia, and not without reason. Yet many would argue that one of the great culinary powerhouses exists in our own backyard, and with a dynamic urban landscape, dramatic coastline, and undulating vineyards, a gastronomic getaway to Northern California is nothing short of spectacular.
Your journey begins in San Francisco, home to an avant-garde restaurant scene, where chefs relish in and take full advantage of the concentration of passionate expert producers found in the region. Head north over the iconic Golden Gate bridge straight to the source, where you will discover freshly-plucked-from-the-sea oysters and heavenly triple cream cheese in Marin County, artsy towns and Pinot producers in Sonoma, and world-class wine and some of the country’s finest Michelin Star meals in Napa.
With such an inspirational blend of farmers, chefs, fisherman, cheese makers, and foragers working alongside award-winning vintners, brewers, and distillers, there is nowhere else in the United States where you can feel the locavore lifestyle and culinary prowess more than in Northern California.
Day 1 — Arrival
Private transfer from airport to hotel. Night at leisure. Two nights in San Francisco.
Day 2 — San Francisco
Late morning food and walking tour. Afternoon brewery visit. Dinner at one of SF’s top restaurants.
Day 3 — San Francisco to Sonoma
Morning hotel check-out and private transfer to Sonoma. Muir Woods and Marin County cheese and oyster experience en route. Afternoon brewery visit. Evening at leisure. Two nights in Sonoma.
Day 4 — Sonoma
Morning Armstrong Redwood hike. Afternoon private vineyard visits and tastings with lunch. Walking tour of Healdsburg. Dinner at one of Sonoma’s top restaurants.
Day 5 — Sonoma to Napa
Morning hotel check-out and private transfer to Napa. Michelin Star dinner. Two nights in Napa.
Day 6 — Napa
Morning hot air ballooning. Afternoon private vineyard visits and tastings with lunch. Evening at leisure.
Day 7 — Departure
Morning hotel check-out and private transfer to airport for departure flight.
Michelin Starred Meals
If there is anywhere to splurge on a fine dining experience, it’s here. Northern California is home to almost half of the country’s 3-star Michelin restaurants and a handful of internationally renowned chefs, including Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood. Although a meal at one of these establishments is sure to be outstanding and memorable, we suggest reserving the Chef’s Table to get a sneak peek into the mind (and kitchen) of one of these culinary geniuses.
Although quite a bit of Northern California is known as Wine Country, there’s no shortage of world-class breweries operating in the area. Visit a variety of big-name and closed-to-the-public craft breweries to sample a variety of styles of beer, and learn about the production process that goes into making some of these critically acclaimed brews. We’ll even help you safely ship that case of Pliny back home.
San Francisco Food & Drinks
Stroll through San Francisco on a private tour showcasing the city’s rapidly changing food scene in some of its most iconic areas including the Mission District and the Ferry Building. Stop along the way to sample some of each neighborhood’s culinary highlights and gain some insight into the stories and cultural backgrounds of the butchers, baristas, brewers, cheesemongers, and chefs behind the food and drinks.
Marin County Cheese & Oysters
Located just north of San Francisco, Marin County is an area known for sustainable agriculture and artisanal food production. Here you will visit some of the county’s top cheese producers to get a behind the scenes look at the facilities, speak with the cheese makers themselves, and sample some their award-winning dairy delicacies. Then grab a seat at a picnic table overlooking the picturesque Tomales Bay with some locally sourced sparkling wine and an endless supply of freshly shucked oysters.
Private Vineyard Visits & Tastings
The valleys of Napa and Sonoma make up America’s most famous wine region, with nearly 1,000 vineyards and over 30 sub-appellations, each with its own distinctive microclimates and grape varietals. Whether you’re a wine novice looking for an introduction to wine in the region or an avid collector with distinct preferences, we can customize the ideal itinerary to fit your tastes and style, from the high-end, elegant estates and cult-cab producers of Napa to the laid-back boutique wineries in Sonoma, and everything in between.
Arguably one of the best food cities in the US, San Francisco is home to an ever-evolving restaurant scene, world-class breweries, and bountiful farmer’s markets.