Originally Posted by prosailortim
Napa is way over priced, I'm a wine collector (have my own cellar) and have been to Napa once, I'll never go there again. If your east of the Bay area, go to Lodi, and then Amador County (Sierra Foothills)for wine tasting. They have some decent wines at fair prices and free wine tasting. Most wineries in Napa will charge for tastings, starting at $10.00 and up $30.00. Napa is a very trendy place, if your into that, go for it. If you want to go off the beaten path, head out to Amador County.
In San Francisco, you have many things to do, if you want strippers & porn head over to Mitchell St. If you want Homos in leather the Tenderloin district, if you want to party go over to the Cow Hollow district. Cow Hollow has many good restaurants, my favorite is "Izzy's" for Steaks & Chops (make reservations) it has a decent bar & the food is awesome. If your at fisherman's wharf, go to Scoma's for seafood, it's pricey.... but worth it.
I see you're from RI, I was back there in December for a week. I had a really good dinner at a restaurant called "Legal Seafood". Wish I could have seen more while I was there, I was on business.
I didn't know there was a Scoma's at the wharf, I've only been to the one in Saulsalito, across the Golden Gate from San Francisco (for the out of towners) I also agree with your wine analysis. Youngs winery in the Amador foothills has a Great Barbera, and Sangiovesie.
Amador County Wine Country Map (Amador Wine)
There are a TON of great wineries in the foothills, and Lodi has come a long way too. BUT I don't think they can beat Napa as far as the scenery and ambiance of the Napa Valley in full spring bloom. Calistoga has a great restaurant, called Brannons (not to bad on the wallet) and the drive to get there is almost as good as the food.
Brannan’s Grill Napa valley fine dining restaurant in Calistoga
If your into cheeses and things, V. Sattui Winery has a GREAT cheese bar, and make a AWESOME bottle of brandy fortified port wine.
V.Sattui Winery and Napa Picnic Area, Napa Wine Tours, Tours of Napa Valley, California Wine Country Tours
Also Ditto on the Monterey aquarium,
BUT since it's still somewhat cold, if you ski at all you can find some GREAT prices on spring SKIING up around Lake Tahoe, it's maybe a 2 1/2 hour drive from the bay area but GREAT ALPINE SKIING! Krikwood is challanging, as is Squaw Valley, but if you want just good skiing you can try Northstar, or Heavenly at Tahoe (just a walk from the casinos)
SnoWeb Resort Information- Lake Tahoe Skiing and Snowboarding! Updated for 2008-2009!
In the city of S.F. there is a great joint right on the Embarcadaro, called FOG CITY DINER
Fog City Diner
You DEFINATELY MUST ride the trollies, it's a blast, get some dungenus crab cakes (in season now) and beats Maryland blue crab hands down. Fishermans wharf, Pier 39, Alcatraz tour, Golden Gate Park. There is a great restaurant at the end of Geary St. Called the Cliff House, it is right on the cliff and over looks the Pacific (They take walk ins, and have a great bar to wait in)
Let us CA people what you think sounds fun, and we can hook you up with some seriously detailed information. My wife and I love the city, maybe meet up with you for some ****tails, or show you around the foothill wine country (half hour from our house)