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Elegant Resorts

ELEGANT JOURNEYS

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Contemporary California - City, Wine and Dine

03 Sep 2018 to 11 Oct 2018

For more information, please call our Travel Consultants on:01244 897 221 Request A Quote

Journey Highlights

California is a world of wonders. With many sides to its splendour, there is plenty to explore up and down the state. But for food and wine lovers, the north should be your first port of call. Home to the fabulous city of San Francisco and the world-renowned wine regions of Napa and Sonoma Valley, give your taste buds a treat from the home of California’s farm-to-fork dining philosophy.

Starting in San Francisco, stay at the centrally-located Ritz-Carlton San Francisco for three days exploring the city. One of the hottest dining destinations in the United States, San Francisco has a booming restaurant scene, with hot new openings and celebrity chefs visiting throughout the year.

Between sampling diverse flavours from across the world, make the most of San Francisco’s trove of sights, from ferrying out to Alcatraz to cycling the Golden Gate Bridge and heading out to the harbour town of Sausalito. For a unique experience, The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco can help arrange sailing on the bay, a tour of Muir Woods and its towering redwoods or a thrilling bird’s-eye-view of the area with a helicopter flight over the city.

Next, drive on up to Napa Valley for the second part of your journey. Staying at Meadowood Napa Valley, enjoy the Michelin-starred restaurant and refined country club atmosphere before getting out to explore the trove of wineries nearby for as many tastings and samplings you see fit!

Finally, finish your stay at Timber Cove. Located on the Pacific coast of Sonoma County, this is the perfect spot to wind down at the end of your journey. Out in an unspoilt location surrounded by the rugged shore and grand redwoods, be immersed in natural beauty as you adopt a more leisurely pace. With 1960s inspired interiors, including a Crosby record player in every room, this is a stylish way to end your stay.

Dining & Gourmet Luxury City Breaks Romance and Couples
Perfect for:

Couples with a love for food and wine

Guide Price:

Prices from £3,195 per person. Based on two adults sharing. Price includes accommodation, on a room only basis, flights and car hire.

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Your journey at a glance

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    3 nights San Francisco, United States of America
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    3 nights Napa Valley, United States of America
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    3 nights Sonoma County, United States of America
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Autumn is the best time to visit San Francisco, as the skies are the clearest and temperatures are at their warmest. It is also harvest season in the wine regions, meaning there is plenty of activity in Napa Valley. In the summer months, San Francisco is chillier and more likely to be shrouded in fog off the ocean, though spring time offers another drier and milder alternative.

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Transfer fron San Francisco Airport to The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

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San Francisco, United States of America

Staying at

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

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Arriving in San Francisco is never a dull affair. Staying at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, you will be based in the neighbourhood of Nob Hill, which makes up one of the city’s original ‘Seven Hills’. The historic hotel building is the city’s only Five Diamond hotel and is perfectly placed for getting out and exploring everything this vibrant city has to offer.

On your first day, head out on foot, and discover the iconic Chinatown area, which is the oldest and largest of its kind in the United States. Covering forty-four blocks, browse the markets, temples and small museums, and be sure to sample some dim sum and herbal teas. Next, move on for a taste of Italy as you reach North Beach and visit Caffe Trieste, where Francis Ford Coppola was said to pen much of The Godfather, and grab a classic espresso as you spot famous writers’ photographs on the walls.

Your final stop of the day on your walking tour is Fisherman’s Wharf, the most popular waterfront destination, where you can see the sea lions basking in the sun as you taste the steaming sea food and French sourdough. On your second day, you may wish to hire a car to see you around some further sights. The Golden Gate Bridge is the city’s most iconic landmark, having been opened in 1937 following a treacherous struggle against the wind, fog and tides. Move on to Lambard Street next and marvel at the crooked streets, beautiful flower blooms and stunning real estate before passing through Alamo Square; one of the most photographed locations in the city, the picturesque houses on ‘postcard row’ or a delight. As the afternoon passes, spend a day wandering Golden Gate Park and relax among the gardens, lakes and trails.

On your third and final day in San Francisco, ride an iconic cable car down to the Ferry Building Marketplace. Once the city’s centre of transportation, it is now a fantastic stop for foodies thanks to its boutique food shops, farmers markets and restaurants. From here, it is almost compulsory to take a boat ride out to Alcatraz, the infamous prison which once held the infamous Al Capone. You can also catch a ferry, or cycle, over to Sausalito. A charming harbour town on the opposite side of the Golden Gate Bridge, hang out at the restaurants and galleries along the waterfront or stop by the historic Cavallo Point to enjoy the panoramic views back to the city.

Staying at

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

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The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is the city's only AAA Five-Diamond hotel and is a recent winner of the 'Best in the World' award by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller. The freshly renovated hotel is located the prestigious neighbourhood of Nob Hill and sits on a historic cable car line for guests to enjoy. Find yourself in the heart of San Francisco, just blocks from landmark locations like Union Square, China Town and the historic Ferry Building, but miles away from an ordinary hotel experience. After a day spent sightseeing, guests can unwind in the newly unveiled JCB wine tasting lounge or rejuvenate in Spa L'Occitane, which provides a comprehensive range of healing and rejuvenating treatments.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Exquisite service, fine dining and elegant surroundings
  • Feature:The POLO (Protect Our Little Ones) Programme for children
  • Rooms:336 rooms & suites
  • Location:United States of America
  • Nearest airport:San Francisco International Airport
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Drive to Napa Valley

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Napa Valley, United States of America

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Meadowood Napa Valley

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Located north of San Pablo Bay in the northern portion of California, picturesque Napa Valley boasts world-class wineries, scenic landscapes and superb cuisine. Home to the great silver rush in 1858, miners flocked to the eastern hills of Napa Valley to seek out their fortune. Today, the region offers a bounty of attractions from hiking trails and wildlife, to the legendary wines, pretty vineyard estates and acclaimed restaurants — the perfect stop for any driving tour or culinary road trip. With its fertile countryside landscape, vibrant art scene, plus wealth of fine dining restaurants and exceptional cellar tastings, it is certainly worth the drive north from San Francisco or south from Sacramento. And, with an abundance of sunshine, cool nights and ideal terrior, it is no surprise that Napa Valley is the centre of wine production for the United States — from small boutique, family-owned wineries like 'Neyers' to the world-famous 'Mondavi' brand, wine enthusiasts can discover nearly every varietal within this rich slice of California.

Staying at

Meadowood Napa Valley

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Meadowood Napa Valley has been an estate and club for over forty years and is set within 250 green acres of fertile Californian countryside in the little town of St Helena. The resort boasts a community of wine-lovers and talented professionals, and whether that is in the field of wine-making or in sports such as croquet, golf or tennis, this is a club where you will learn from the most enthusiastic experts. Guests and wine enthusiasts are warmly welcomed, enjoying comfortable stays in cosy countryside lodges and cottages. Once here, you are accepted as part of this tight-knit wine community, a humbling thought considering the region's long history as a world leader in wine production.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:A tranquil Californian country retreat
  • Feature:Home to The Restaurant at Meadowood
  • Rooms:85 cottages, suites & lodges
  • Location:United States of America
  • Nearest airport:San Francisco International Airport
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Drive to Sonoma County

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Sonoma County, United States of America

Staying at

Timber Cove

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Comprising over four-hundred-and-twenty-five wineries, staggering redwood-tree forests and miles of beautifully rugged Pacific Coastline, Sonoma County is a world of wonders just forty-five miles north of San Francisco. A little less manicured than its neighbour, Napa Valley, it never-the-less boasts its own array of fabulous wine and dining spots, with the added benefit of being close to the scenic shore. Here, you find the picturesque villages of Bodega Bay, Jenner and Timber Cove, where scenic walking trails can lead you on a route of exploration, where you can spot whales, seals, wildflowers and sea birds that reside along the Pacific Coast. The seafood in this region phenomenal, and sunset dinners are a spectacular way to spend the evening. Inland, along with a trove of wineries to discover, you can browse farmers markets and see California’s renowned farm-to-fork dining in action.

Staying at

Timber Cove

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With a story dating back to 1963, Timber Cove Resort is a Californian hideaway with a difference. Originally built by Richard Clements Junior, who was inspired by the architectural style of Frank Lloyd Wright, this intimate coastal bolt-hole hotel is the place to be if you want to be immersed in the beauty of the Sonoma Coast.

Located along Highway 1, about two hours away from the San Francisco Bay area, the interiors were refurbished in 2016 and are beautifully designed, remaining faithful to the landscape with sturdy timber and worn leather while giving a nod to the 1960s; every guestroom even features a Crosley LP record player with a collection of vinyl records plus a yoga mat, while most rooms also feature a cosy fireplace for you to really feel at home.

The restaurant, Coast Kitchen, boasts beautiful sea views, and features dishes created from locally sourced ingredients, though you can always spend the evening roasting marshmallows by one of the fire pits or stargazing under the stunning California sky. There is plenty to do in the area, too. Considered one of the State’s most beautiful stretches of coast, often captured by renowned photographer Ansel Adams, you can trek, kayak and river raft, plus enjoy the fantastic wine regions of Russian River and Green Valley.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Trendy coastal hideaway along Highway One
  • Feature:Each guestroom features a record player and LP collection
  • Rooms:46 rooms and suites
  • Location:United States of America
  • Nearest airport:San Francisco International Airport
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