People living in or visiting San Francisco love to use the quote misattributed to Mark Twain that compares summer weather in San Francisco to winter anywhere else. While the quote is over-used and not always reflective of the actual weather, it does bear an unfortunate truth on many of the summer days of the week that end in ‘y.’ There are many San Francisco summer days that require one to leave the city for it to truly feel like a traditional June, July or August afternoon.
Luckily, there are a lot of destinations with warmer climates just an hour or two away. Although most of the spots are great for a long weekend, or even a week (more vacation days please!), a day trip is a great option when you need some instant gativacation, and of course in California, you can still get a sunburn, and trick people into thinking you had a much longer vacay.
One of the most relaxing and beautiful of the San Francisco day trip destinations is Napa, or just about any part of the Northern California Wine Country. In Napa, the average July high is in the low-80s; a much better showing than the average San Francisco high of just 68. On a good day with no traffic, you can even get there in about 60 minutes, making it the perfect spot to get away and enjoy a true summer afternoon.
There are so many wineries, you almost don’t need to plan ahead, although some do require an advance reservation. You will want to plan a general route but as most of the wineries are pretty concentrated, the day is yours for the taking!
A few tips to get you started:
Now what are you waiting for? Summer doesn’t last forever! Let us know your favo rite Napa secrets in the comments!