A Farther Weekend: San Francisco
This holiday season may not be what any of us imagined, but we are already dreaming of our next flight. In the meantime, here are our favorite spots to safely get away to this winter while remaining close to home.
Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Wylder Hotel Hope Valley is just three hours from San Francisco, a 165-acre all-season alpine resort built for relaxation or adventure. Guests can book a private wood-fired sauna, lounge by the outdoor firepits, hike and mountain bike the trail system, fish, snowshoe and cross-country ski on property, while Kirkwood Ski Resort is just 20 minutes away for downhill ski and snowboard adventures. Depending on how outdoorsy you're feeling, choose from 30 restored cabins for groups from two to eight, seven custom yurts or a restored vintage Spartan trailer with riverfront views. Everything has a Nordic design influence that's both hip and sustainable. There are even expansive campgrounds with sites for tents and RVs for camping enthusiasts. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with grocery and to-go items like freshly baked pies are available at Sorensen’s Café and General Store. Wylder guests can warm up with complimentary hot cocoa, coffee and tea all day long.
From Hokkaido to Healdsburg
Japan is only a short drive away when you book a nine-course dinner at Usu-Zan, a limited engagement collaboration between SingleThread and San Francisco designer Ken Fulk through March 28, inspired by the years chef Kyle and Katina Connaughton lived along Hokkaido's coastline. Enjoy a Hokkaido seafood and miso hotpot or A5 beef tenderloin shabu shabu paired with Japanese produce like negi onions, daikon, kabu turnips and mizuna from SingleThread's Sonoma farm. Dining takes place completely outdoors, in heated open tents adorned with custom screens and Gyotaku ink rubbing artwork. If you have a little too much sake, book a room and stay the night. They make the best breakfast in bed you've ever tasted.
World-Class Wagyu + Wine
If you're most comfortable cooking at home, upgrade your steak game with Japanese wagyu previously only available to Michelin-starred chefs at A-Five Meats. Chef Marc Zimmerman imports chilled, not frozen wagyu from small family farms, highlighting the varied flavors from different prefectures in this wagyu sampler. Pick up your order from the pop-up butcher shop at GOZU or have it delivered to your door. Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect pairing for wagyu, and you can support local wineries by ordering from Jordan, Lail, Kelleher and Cliff Lede.
Photo credit Joseph Weaver
The most picturesque town in the heart of Napa Valley, Yountville is a quaint location for a wine country experience, with plenty to see and do within easy walking distance. Hotel Villagio is offering a Suite Heart in Napa package with bungalows and suites available at 20% off. Meander through a local wine crawl with VIP tasting experiences while popping into boutiques and art galleries. Indulge in a sumptuous spa day including a bath soak, body scrub and 100-minute massage with JCB champagne and gourmet lunch by Bottega. Then visit Kollar Chocolates for a sweet treat. A new Joy of Learning experience allows families with children to travel with staffed, socially distanced classrooms for grades K-12.