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Need some input on a possible trip to the Bay area. I'm looking to meet a friend in San Jose and need some ideas on what to do in the area. Location doesn't need to in the direct area as we have thrown out a trip to the Hearst Castle, Yosemite and the wine country.

The trip is in it's infancy but chances are we won't stay anywhere longer than a day or two either heading north or south from San Fran till we leave (probably 7 days max). Heading south down the coast probably makes more sense since we can start in SF (fly in) and end in LA (fly out) and heading south for better weather is always a plus. However, heading south and double backing back isn't out of the question either as LA doesn't necessarily appeal to me outside of catching up with another amigo. I'm not for the usual sightseeing trips so let me know of any "off the beatin' path" type day trips.

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Fishermans warf is decent also the wine country area and I loved walking around Marin county
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I have been to the Hearst Castle a few times and it is a trip man - There are a few "different" tours you can go on (all about $$) - One just shows the basic and another gets deeper into bedrooms and wine cellars - The "concept" he had was wild as that place was always developing - If it is a clear day, you can really see just how much property that guy had and the whole family story is a trip and a half too

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Sonoma or Napa are awesome if you like wine and awesome food. I will disagree with G2G about the warfs and piers in San Fran....they were dirty, crowded (mostly bums and beggers) and rather boring. PM me if you want details about Napa....the wife and I have been 4 times and know our way around pretty well to avoid the dueschey places and the tourist traps.

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If you head S from the Bay, you will hit CentCali where I am from and as you head down Hwy 1 and go thru San Jose, you will hit good old fashion Old School Hippie towns like Cambria and my fav Cayucus - Further S will find you in Morro Bay and further South my old Home Town of San Luis Obispo - There are also some good wineries in Paso Robles - One of my Favs is Chronic Cellars as it is just a hip spot:

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I said the warf was decent cuz I have never been there. Wasn't crowded for my but I am use to living DT so I definition of crowded might be different.
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are going to be driving or riding?
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YEah i think Eddie or Equalz could answer best as they have lived near there.
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Muir Woods.

Laguna Seca - any track days while you are there? Or Sonoma or Buttonwillow?

Rent a bike?

Monterey Bay (its a great drive over from SJ)

Gold Country (Sierra foothills - Grass Valley/Nevada City)

See Nick in Daly City.

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Thanks for all the info. Definitely a good place to start. The idea is probably to drive most of the way. Riding would depend on weather and the length of the trip on that particular day. My buddy (yes Beac that's who's out there but in San Jose now) rides so we would have gear and a bike so it's possible but won't know till we are out there. As of now, I'm assuming we'll be in a car.

The thought was maybe to get out there for the Laguna Seca April 15th track day but I'll most likely be on a business trip that week so that's out of the question. Bummer. However any of the other tracks could be on the agenda for at least one day. However, relaxation is key. We don't want to be running from place to place and just flying by the seat of our pants any given day would be nice. i.e. random sites, etc.

I'll have to map out all the locations you guys mentioned and see what'll fit the itinerary best. Any recommendations on a hotels, B&B's? Something on the cheaper side would be nice.

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2 dudes in a B&B?

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sunday morning go to Alices restourant at four corners(hwy 84 &35) then go down 84 to hwy 1 and head south!
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2 dudes in a B&B?
what's it to ya?

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I lived in San jose for almost 3 years, I'm actually in SJ right now. Here are a list of some of my favorite things to do out here. Let me know if you need more detail

-Capitol and Santa Cruz beaches: great food, beautiful ocean, you can surf but the water is really cold

-Napa: Great food, amazing wine, very relaxing, but is expensive unless you camp.

-Los Gatos: Great town with good food, bars, and entertainment. Lots of wineries near by. Check out mountain winery. For bars check out a bar called the cats, pretty cool.

-Castle Rock State Park: Great hiking trails! one of my favorite things.

-SF: Check out fishermans warf area and the alcatraz tour is super cool!

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if you have the time, go by amtrack. we had a private sleeper. the meals and scenery were awesome.

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Re: Cali Trip

San Fran. is cool. Hit up Fishermans wharf @ Pier 39 and Alcatraz but make sure you get tickets 2 weeks out. They do have tickets for that day but they sell out really fast. Walk around China town at night. Its amazing to see how its changes in just a few blocks you think your in a different county.
Rent a bike and hit up PCH early in the day and be ready for almost 60 miles of breath taking twisties.
San Jose didn't have too much to offer although Esme and I saw a crazy burlesque show there. :


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I love SF...i think it's a great city.

I prefer Sonoma a lot more than Napa for wine tasting....not as commercialized or busy. I always used 'to stay for a couple of days with the wife after the race at Infineon every year.

Here's my favourite wine places/tours off the top of my head.


Domaine Caneros...just up the road from Infineon...great champaignes, rose', pinot noir. I used to belong to their wine club...great views from the property.

Kunde Estate...great wine, beautiful property

Joseph Phelps....cool small vineyard, awesome cabernet...one of my favourite wines of all time.

Gundlach Bundschu...great wines...kept in a cave if I remember correct

Chateau St. Jean....great wines and property...

You can also drive up to Heraldsburg and Calistoga.....just fun to drive around there.

Downtown in the Sonoma square they have live music one night. Maya restaurant is pretty solid for food right on the square.

There's great high end restaurants all over the area if you want to go all out...just look in Yelp or any other food reviews.

Rutherford Grill is great around Napa and reasonably priced...great for lunch. I've eaten there several times.

If you've got money to burn and want to eat at one of the best restaurants in the U.S....eat at Thomas Keller's "French Laundry" in Yountville. A dining experience you won't forget 10 years from now. I haven't been but it's on my list.

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To save money...don't stay in Napa or Sonoma or SF. Find something in like San Rafael if going wine tasting and then drive 30 minutes to Sonoma...great way to save money.

Sol Food restaurant downtown San Rafael is a great Puerto Rican place....cheap awesome food and the place is always hoppin'. Visit their website.....

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Is that state aware that many years ago they dropped the third letter in the states abbreviation, they didnt add a letter?
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I have worked for a company based in San Francisco and one in Mountain View which is very close to San Jose. I've spent a fair amount of time in the area. If you are planning on doing some touristy things I would recommend the Hearst Castle like Bug did although that is down the coast a bit from San Jose. I thought it would be boring but it was really cool to see. I agree Sonoma over Napa. Been to both more times than I can count and I'm not a wine drinker at all. Sonoma was cheaper and nicer IMO.
Fishermen's wharf is touristy. Mostly shops and restaurants. It doesn't take long to see and the Ferry's to Alcatraz leave from there so its worth a quick pass if you are going to Alcatraz. Wouldn't take more than an hour to walk that pier. It's kind of like Navy Pier but no where near as cool. I would go to Alcatraz as I think that is kind of cool too. The history of the place makes it worth a trip. I would make the trip to Yosemite. You can see a lot in a day but its better to spend a few days if you have the time. San Jose has the computer museum. Actually that is in Mountain View near the Google campus. That is kind of cool if you like museums and tech. San Francisco used to have a cable car museum that was small but pretty cool. I think it was free when I went but that was years and years ago. The San Fran zoo is just OK. Not as good as Brookfield. Chinatown in San Fran is OK. Some of the restaurants are terrible. Some good. I like Chinese food so I tried a lot of them. Unfortunately I don't remember the names since its been so long.There is a decent brew pub in Sunnyvale. Food is OK and they have a few decent brews. The Weiss that they brewed was good but it wasn't Hacker Pschorr good.

http://www.firehousegrill.com/

Since you have indicated that this is going to be a romantic trip with your good friend and are looking into B&B's a romantic dinner one night might be in order. I would recommend dinner one night in Sausalito or Tiburon. Both have numerous restaurants that face back across the bay towards San Francisco. Nice views of the skyline at night if it isn't too foggy. You'd be better off asking some locals for suggestions on the best place. I remember a couple in Sausalito up on the cliff with big window looking back towards San Fran. One was an Italian/Seafood/Steak place. Good food. The other was a small chain called the Chart house. I think that they are gone now but I'm thinking some other place is probably using the building. Have fun.
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Napa is fine if you don't stay in Napa and don't stay on Hwy 29. Eat in Yountville and taste wine on the Silverado Trail.

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