Baxter, my husband, and I were in San Francisco last week for work. On Friday, we decided to rent a convertible (cliche, but way more fun) and drive up the California coast. I have been to Napa and Sonoma several times on coordinated, large group trips, but visiting Northern California like this, on our own time, was so much better. It actually felt like a vacation.
If you are looking to take a stress-free day trip in California, here is what I suggest (and what we did ):
- Rent a convertible.
- Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, snapping selfies the whole way.
- Drive slow through Sausalito and soak up the view of downtown San Francisco from across the bay.
- Take the exit for Muir Woods. If you want to hike, actually go to the woods; if you don’t want to hike, grab a bottle of wine and some cheese and head to Muir Beach. There is an adorable Inn across from the beach, Pelican Inn, if you can no longer drive;)
- Continue up the coast to Marshall, where you will find the Tomales Bay Oyster Company. If you want to grill your own, this is your spot. If you want someone to grill some oysters for you, continue 3 miles North to their restaurant, The Marshall Store. The Rosé is excellent, as are the oysters.