Calistoga Spa Hot Springs
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... and asked how much, $229 for 1 night! Hellllloo.....not paying that! So we went to a Denny restaurant, had a yummy healthy dinner, and found a hotel online, just up the road half a klm, called Vagabond Inn, for $78. We get here and. Wow! Massive room, great wifi, gas fired open fire place, balcony, king size bed, and all the other facilities, fridge, microwave. Great place. Just amazing, just goes to show you should check online ...
... before San Franscico that only takes cash, and we had none! so we had to zoom off a exit and use the GPS to locate a ATM. By this time tiredness, boredness, hungriness and a need to go toilet was making both of us grumpy and snappy. Once we got off the Napa exit we found a restroom which eliminated one problem, trying to find somewhere to eat was harder, everywhere we found turned out to be closed (at 8pm!?) due to hunger pains and a want to just get food and ...
... drinking wine. Our server Al-Hakim is from Syria and still has a mother and sister living in that war torn country. We are truly fortunate to NOT have to go through the concerns that Al-Hakim has to go through each day he wakes up.
Most wines we sampled were reasonably priced---by Napa standards--BUT the new bottllings START around $88 a bottle, as evidenced in the picture showing the various sized bottles from .375m up through the 27L bottle. ...
... time to do everything, so we tried to do little bits of the touristy stuff and the parts of San Fran we thought would interest us. That's why we went to Ghirardelli the night we arrived. It was kind of like a check list. Delicious chocolatey ice cream - CHECK!
The next morning we woke up early, to beat the crowds, and took the tour of Alcatraz. Even though we paid the same price as everyone else, we took ...
... to Alaska suggested a winery to visit, so that is where we began our day. We arrived at Sterling Vineyard and took a tram to the top of the mountain where they make and store their wines. We learned that ninety percent of all wine in the US comes from the 800 California vineyards. However, only five percent comes from Napa Valley. I suppose having heard of Napa Valley so much I assumed more of the wine would have been produced there – especially from all ...