San Francisco to Yountville, California
ROUTE: Fly into San Francisco and enjoy the Mission's eclectic food scene before heading over the Golden Gate and north on Route 1 to the oceanside eateries of Inverness and Point Reyes Station and then inland to the new culinary mecca, Yountville.
DAY 1: SAN FRANCISCO TO INVERNESS
Start at Mission hot spots like Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, which smokes its own pastrami; Humphry Slocombe, purveyor of esoteric ice creams; and gourmet bodega Bi-Rite Market, loading up on road snacks and heading north toward Inverness. Cap off your day with a private dinner of Wolfe Ranch squab and Bolinas broccoli at Manka's Inverness Lodge.
Crash here: Manka's, a cluster of luxe cabins with stone fireplaces and outdoor showers.
DAY 2: INVERNESS TO MARSHALL
Order room service (goat-cheese scrambled eggs with local sausage) at the hotel but lunch at Marin Sun Farms, a butcher-café where you choose your own grilled-to-order grass-fed steaks. Motor to McEvoy Ranch for a jar of Tuscan olives, catch a cheese-tasting at Tomales Bay Foods, then cool off with pints of local Lagunitas IPA at turn-of-the-century bordello (now bar) The Old Western Saloon. Ease into evening with white wine and oysters at Nick's Cove.
Crash here: Nick's Cove, a gourmet oyster shack with waterside bungalows.
DAY 3: MARSHALL TO YOUNTVILLE
Avoid Napa's tourist traps, sampling instead Petaluma's Cowgirl Creamery for cheese and Rutherford's La Luna Market & Taqueria for burritos as you journey to Yountville. Upon arrival, sip rosé in the Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley garden as you decide between fried chicken at Ad Hoc, wood-fired pizza at Redd Wood, or crab salad at Lucy.
Crash here: Hotel Yountville, a serene wine-country retreat.