SFO - San Francisco International Airport, which is approximately 45-50 minutes' drive to Wente Vineyards without traffic
OAK - Oakland International Airport, which is approximately 30 minutes' drive to Wente Vineyards without traffic
We hope you can extend your visit and enjoy the Bay Area! If you're staying in the region for more than two nights, our advice is to spend only the night of the wedding in Livermore, and to enjoy other areas during the rest of your stay: (Livermore is a small town)
♦ San Francisco: Most of the city's hotels are located in the Union Square, Financial District, and SoMa (South of Market) neighborhoods, conveniently located near transit and some of the city's best dining and shopping. You also can stay in Fisherman's Wharf, which is close to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Important note: if you stay in the Union Square area, avoid hotels in a neighborhood called "The Tenderloin" (sometimes also called "Union Square West"). This area is dangerous and should be avoided, even during the day.
♦ Wine country: Napa and Sonoma Valleys are both iconic. Spend time in Napa or Yountville (Napa Valley) for a more upscale experience, and in Sonoma for a more laid-back experience.
Below is a list of our favorite activities and places in the region.
For your convenience, we've reserved a block of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott Livermore, just a short drive from Wente Vineyards. Please use the link below to book your reservation at our group rate. Note: we'll provide shuttle service to and from this hotel before, during, and after the event.
While there's no room block reserved at this hotel, it's located next to the Courtyard Marriott, which is where the shuttle will pick up and drop off.
While there's no room block reserved at this hotel, it's located across the street from the Courtyard Marriott, which is where the shuttle will pick up and drop off.
For those new to the region, here are some of our favorite things to do in the Bay Area:
If you're staying in SF for the weekend:
♦ Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito: rent bikes in Fisherman's Wharf, ride across the bridge, reward yourself with ice cream in Sausalito, and take the ferry back.
♦ Hike the Lands End Trail in SF: start at the Sutro Baths and enjoy a moderately-difficult 4-mile hike along the coastline, with striking views of the Golden Gate Bridge... from within city limits!
♦ Visit Muir Woods National Monument (redwood trees!): drive just north of the Golden Gate Bridge (or take an Uber or shuttle) to a redwood forest that you've heard about but won't believe once you see it in person. Make reservations in advance: they're now required for park entry.
♦ Hike along the Tennessee Valley Trail in Marin County: drive just north of the Golden Gate Bridge into the region's most beautiful area, and enjoy an easy 3.5-mile out-and-back hike along hills that that overlook the ocean. If you have more time, visit downtown Mill Valley for a meal, or grab a quick bite at Cafe del Soul on your way back into the city.
♦ Catch a Giants game at Oracle Park (formerly AT&T Park): check out the Giants hosting the Padres on Friday or Sunday. There's not a bad seat in the stadium!
♦ Hang out in Dolores Park and explore the Mission on foot: there are few better ways to spend a sunny day in SF than hanging out on a blanket (or hotel towel, if that's what you have) in Dolores Park with a cold beverage. Nearby, grab beverages and food at Bi-Rite Market, ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery, pastry at Tartine, and coffee at Ritual or Four Barrel. If you're feeling brave, try cryotherapy at Steve's spot (Reboot Cryo). Oh, and don't forget to try the city's best burrito at La Taqueria: the line is worth the wait!
♦ Explore historic North Beach on foot: climb the steps to Coit Tower, meander through Washington Square Park, taste great Italian pastries at Stella, and eat Italian seafood dishes at Sotto Mare. The neighborhood also is home to Vesuvio Cafe and City Lights, as well as Cobb's Comedy Club (our fave).
♦ Eat your way through SF: it's one of the world's best food cities for a reason. Some of our favorite lunch/dinner spots are (places with * require advance reservation): State Bird Provisions*, Mourad*, Kokkari*, Flour + Water*, Mensho Tokyo, Mochica, Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine, Gracias Madre, Oren's Hummus, Mestiza, Anar, and Maykadeh. Some of our favorite brunch places are: PARKER Potrero (best breakfast sammy Steve's ever had), Dottie's True Blue Cafe, and Plow.
♦ Cocktail bar hop: check out Cold Drinks Bar, Charmaine's, Bond Bar, Evil Eye, Comstock Saloon, District, Novella, and Mikkeller Bar (for beer fans).
NorCal destinations... if you have a couple more days:
♦ Big Sur and Carmel: drive along the country's most spectacular coastline, hike to waterfalls (McWay Falls), stop in for a bite to eat at Nepenthe, or reserve a meal overlooking the ocean at the Post Ranch Inn. If you want to channel our engagement story, visit Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, which is where Steve proposed! (it's one of the most beautiful parks in the U.S.) Monterey has one of the world's most spectacular aquariums.
♦ Lake Tahoe: just a 4-to-5-hour drive northeast of SF (highly dependent on traffic), this stunning lake and its surrounding towns are filled with relaxing indoor and outdoor activities.
♦ Yosemite: even more incredible than you think and just a 4-to-5-hour drive east of SF!