A little Staycation

It’s easy to forget how gorgeous California is…
… except when you decide to get out of the city one weekend, and it slaps you in the face.  Uh… we live here?!  I totally forgot!
Last weekend Kris and I decided to get out of San Francisco… well we crossed a bridge… and after the 10 minute drive (yes, 10 minutes door to door) we were here.  
Fort Point is located off the first Sausalito exit once you cross the Golden Gate Bridge, and in my opinion is one of our city’s best kept secrets.  It has a lovely little beach, surfing (Kris was like a fat kid at an ice cream parlor), and a beautiful hike up into the Marin headlands.
Originally used as some sort of military base (we didn’t actually read the historical markers) I think it was probably used to shoot at the bad guys trying to invade San Francisco at some point in history… I’m guessing it was built less out of need and more out of Cold War paranoia, but I have no clue… next time I will definitely read the historical markers…
These hidden bunker type thingys were ALL OVER the place… and pretty cool, if I do say so myself.  Some were all shut up, and looked very much like The Tempest Bunker from the show Lost.  No?

And… this is what heaven looks like.  This little beach was completely uninhabited since there was no way to get down the cliff.  I suppose you could access it by boat, but I digress.  My point is, look how gorgeous it is!

So gorgeous in fact that I got a little photo happy…

It was getting a little late in the afternoon by this point, and the wind had kicked up – hoodies required for sure – but it was so darn pretty.

… and after a day in the sun, we drove back to our beautiful city by the bay…

I’m thinking that as the weather warms up (well as the weather OUTSIDE San Francisco warms up), this might be a staple for our weekends…

Happy Monday!

San Francisco Bucket List: Day of Pampering in the Wine Country

Since I was little, Napa and the surrounding towns in the wine country have absolutely blown up.  When I was growing up, St. Helena was the halfway point between home and our summer escape in Clear Lake.  We’d always stop at V. Sattui, and lunch on the grass with a picnic of cheese and charcuterie.  Our parents would pop a bottle of rose, and the kids got a treat with a bottle of Martinelli’s.

As opposed to the sleepy little town we visited as kids, the wine country has become a total destination for weekenders and vacationers alike.  Despite the inflated prices and hustle and bustle, I still think it’s one of the most enchanting places I’ve been, and if you do a little searching, you will find some untapped restaurants, wineries, and hotels hidden in the valley.

At the top of my wine country bucket list is the Indian Springs Resort and Spa.  It sounds hoity toity, but the prices for treatments are comparable with what you’ll find anywhere else, and the price to stay there is astoundingly reasonable!

The mineral pool here was built in the early 1900’s, and is heated by local geysers to a toasty 102 degrees in the winter, and a more “refreshing” 92 degrees in the summer.  For $20 per person, you can enjoy the pools (and the off pool steam room), and soak up some sun.  Bring along some champagne and snacks, and make a day of it!

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Treat yourself to a massage or mud bath – when in Rome right?  Indian Springs is famous for the pure volcanic ash mud bath and for $85, who can resist!  Massages are $125 for a full session, and facials start at $140.

Afterwards, sit out by the reflective pond for some quiet time to reflect or just mellow out.

For as little as $195/night, you can rent a cottage on the property – how sweet, and what a fabulous idea for a bachelorette party or big birthday.

My sister is turning 30, so maybe I’ll surprise her with a fun sister’s getaway here…