Friday fly to San Francisco, check into the Clift hotel. Have dinner at Asia de Cuba, followed by drinks at The Matrix on Fillmore where you'll hear pick-up lines you've never heard before, like "are you part of the Swedish convention in town?" or "Hey ladies, do you know what the proper etiquette is when you're at a public jacuzzi?" (um...). Share a taxi with Liam, owner of a wine bar called S.N.O.B and get invited to his establishment for an after hours tasting of boutique California wines. Stumble down the street hours later for last call at an Irish pub, the name of which doesn't even matter... then get lucky and ride back to the hotel with a cabdriver who has Van Halen (DLR version) blasting from the stereo, the perfect complement to your besotted state.
Saturday Despite the desire to sleep, the weekend is short so it's Starbucks for double shots at 9, shopping and a late breakfast at Chouquet's on Fillmore at 10. Head up to Napa as the temperature drops and it begins to rain, to soothe your soul with a cabernet tasting at Clos Pegase followed by a special reserve tasting at Sterling. Clear your head by checking into the incredible Carneros Inn where the air is crisp and scented with eucalyptus and mesquite smoke, in a lush setting of grape vines, apple orchards and scenic Napa farmland. Each room is a private bungalow with fireplaces, heated floor tiles, an outdoor shower and amenities by Red Flower. Doesn't get any better than that.
Sunday Nurse the port wine hangover at the Inn's quaint Boon Fly Cafe for breakfast. After your outdoor shower - an unbelievable experience - head over to Artesa, a winery-cum-art gallery that has the most "beautiful view in Napa" and take an hour (or 3) to relax on the outdoor patio. After a complete tasting and final shopping spree in the winery store, resolve yourself to finishing up the weekend in style by heading back to the city to check in to the Four Seasons San Francisco. Dine at Luella in Russian Hill, then take a stroll down to Polk street where there are a number of neighborhood bars to grab a final nightcap before crashing out under the down comforter and Frette linens back at the hotel. La fin parfaite.
pics: Fri: The Clift, room 1532 / Sat: Carneros Inn, view from the pool / Sun: Laura, thrilled to be at Artesa