For the better part of 2 days, we were shuttered inside the Silverado Resort and Spa in the Napa Valley, better known for its excellent wines!
The resort itself is expansive, with large, beautiful rooms, tennis courts, a market, and a classic spa (none of which we really got time to enjoy!) The views from the main mansion, which also houses the conference center, are impressive!
After the conference, we took some time off to drive further into the Napa valley, to the Stirling Vineyards, where we took a cable car to the top of a hill for excellent views, and a wine tasting session.
Now, Napa is highly rated as a destination if you are in the Bay Area, and the drive down into the valley from SFO is decent, the terrain reminiscent of the wine country in France or Italy, or even the Spanish countryside, combined with the gently rolling hills of Switzerland. However, unless its the wine you are after, there are much better things to do and get to around San Francisco (see my next 2 blogs)!