Charming Rooms in Wine-Centric Boutique Hotel
The area north of San Francisco has become famous the world over for its vineyard-lined valleys, which supply the raw materials to support the hundreds of wineries that have sprung up across the landscape since the region's first viticulturists set up shop in the 19th century. Northern California's fruitful wine culture permeates every aspect of San Francisco's Executive Hotel Vintage Court, from the décor and amenities to the menu at the on-site restaurant. Complimentary wine tastings, uncorked daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., entertain palates with reds and whites from the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, enhanced by the lobby's fireplace-supplied warmth and original artwork. The concierge stands by to dole out local winery guides, tasting coupons, and tips for using a power drill as a makeshift corkscrew.
Upstairs, each Executive queen-bed Room bears the name of a California winery and features a color scheme of greens, creams, and caramels. A box of chocolate truffles and a bottle of red Rutherford wine from Napa Valley await newcomers, who can stretch out on the room's cushy queen-size bed.
At Masa's Restaurant, haute French cuisine and a wine list boasting 800 varietals have helped earn the eatery a slew of awards and mentions in the press. Executive Chef Gregory Short uses locally sourced ingredients to concoct prix fixe menus that artfully accompany Master Sommelier Alan Murray's thoughtful wine selections. Dangling red lampshades cast a gentle glow on each table's vase of fresh roses, and a towering bronze sculpture depicting three produce-laden dancers juts out from the center of the dining room. The restaurant's scores of wine and cocktail offerings are also poured during the evening in the hotel's Lobby Lounge.
San Francisco's Nob Hill: Fashionable Neighborhood Near Scenic Wine Country
San Francisco's iconic cable cars trundle up and down the streets of Nob Hill, the Executive Hotel Vintage Court's fashionable, upscale neighborhood that's rife with landmarks. Huntington Park, located about a 10-minute walk from the hotel, serves as a historic centerpiece for the bustling district. Small, local boutiques and eateries mingle with couture clothiers and theaters in the blocks surrounding nearby Union Square.
For a respite from urban bustle, Northern California's woodsy landscape offers hiking and biking trails through scenic forests peppered with hot springs and lost fairy-tale protagonists. About an hour away from the Executive Hotel Vintage Court lie the rustic Napa and Sonoma Valleys, where hundreds of wineries nestle amid golden, rolling hills.