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Weekend Getaways from San Francisco


San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States with quaint and beautiful architecture and prominent sites such as the famous Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. There is always something to do in San Francisco. As amazing as San Francisco is, sometimes you just need a quick weekend getaway to unwind and recharge your batteries. Read on for some fabulous weekend getaway ideas.

One of the most beautiful weekend destinations from San Francisco is Half Moon Bay. Here you will find some great beaches such as the Half Moon Bay State Beach where you can relax take a romantic stroll or go swimming, horseback riding, ocean kayaking or golfing overlooking the ocean. There are also many trails for hikers at the Cowell Ranch State Beach. You can also spot some gray whales on their migration on the Gray Whale State Beach. The charming seaside town also has great boutiques and art galleries for browsing and lots of delicious restaurants like the Ebb Tide Café and Navio at the Ritz Carlton, one of the town's best hotels.




Weekend Getaways from San Francisco

If you're looking to get away for a weekend of relaxation and wine tasting, look no further than Santa Rosa in the Sonoma County Wine region. The gently rolling hills, the vineyards, the fabulous hotels all make Santa Rosa an ideal place for a weekend getaway. To taste some of the best wines in the region, head over to the Matanzas Creek Winery, the Nicholson Ranch Winery, and the St. Francis Vineyards and Winery. If you're traveling with your kids, be sure to take them to the Charles M. Schulz Museum where they can see their favorite 'Peanuts' characters, and the actual studio of legendary cartoonist, Charles M Schulz.

The famed Napa Valley is another popular winery destination for San Franciscans but also tourists flocking into the city. Here you can taste some of the region's best wines amidst breathtaking panoramic views, and only an hour away from San Francisco. Check out the Hess Collection, the Kuleto Estate Winery, the Beaulieu Vineyard, and the Pine Ridge Winery known for its sustainable farming practices and its wine and cheese pairings. For great accommodations while you're here, check into the Calistoga Ranch or the Bardessono.


Weekend Getaways from San Francisco

If you want to enjoy the great outdoors on a weekend getaway trip from San Francisco head to the Pinnacles National Monument located at an old volcano site. The 23-million year-old volcano used to be called the Neenach Volcano and once stood 8,000 feet high. This is the perfect place to go hiking, mountain-climbing, and bird and animal-watching. Also be sure to visit the caves. The spring is particularly beautiful with many blooming wildflowers. Keep your eye out for the more than 400 species of bees that come to feast on those flowers. The summer can get too hot for hiking. While the monument is only 80 miles away from San Francisco, you can make a weekend of it by camping overnight at the camp site or by checking into the Inn at the Pinnacles.