Fun After Oracle OpenWorld, Part 1

Head North for Natural Beauty and Culinary Delights

PtReyes.jpgThe Bay Area is pretty interesting, even after Oracle" OpenWorld ends.

While it’s likely you didn’t come to San Francisco for sourdough and crab cakes, once the show is over, you might enjoy taking a little time to check out the city and all the cool things there are to do nearby. Conveniently, Oracle OpenWorld 2008 ends on a Thursday (September 25). That leaves you the weekend to have some fun.

In a four-part series of posts, we’ll offer tips on things to do to the north, south, and east of San Francisco, as well as a few things to do if you stay in town.

There’s no way we could include everything there is to see and do, so we’re limiting our lists to major attractions and things you can enjoy within a two-hour drive from Moscone Center.

Alexander Valley: A spectacular wine-growing region of Sonoma County often ignored by tourists.

Mount Tamalpais: Sacred to the indigenous Ohlone and Miwok, it’s now revered for miles of hiking trails, stunning views of the Bay Area, and secluded picnic areas. Check out Muir Woods—one of the world’s few remaining stands of old-growth redwoods that haven’t been logged.

Napa Valley: Enjoy world-class wineries and wine tasting as you look out across picturesque vineyards. Dine at fine restaurants including The French Laundry—the only Michelin 3-star restaurant on the West Coast. And don’t forget to simply unwind and bask in the hospitality of a charming bed and breakfast.

Point Reyes: How about 14 destinations in one? You’ll find gourmet restaurants and goofy little gift shops, sleepy beaches and spectacular crashing surf, some of the best oysters in the world, artisan cheese, great kayaking, and mile after mile of amazing hikes.

Sausalito: A charming fishing village as envisioned by Giorgio Armani.

Sonoma Coast: Jagged cliffs, spectacular ocean vistas, long winding roads, and award-winning wineries. Be careful about the order in which you enjoy all that.

So what do you think? If you have been in the Bay Area and have your own ideas, share your comments. Or if there’s something in particular you’re interested in, maybe someone here or in the user community can get you the info. And, if you manage to get through to French Laundry, get a table for 40,000.

Have fun and let us know about your adventures.

Part 2: East
Part 3: South
Part 4: San Francisco


You forgot to mention the excellent opportunities (Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, scuba diving) in Monterey Bay. It's a little further to drive from SF (probably about 2.5), but Monterey is one of my favorite places in California and worth the drive. I'm particularly fond of Monterey Bay Aquarium ( and never have enough time to spend there when I visit. On a side note, I'm coordinating a group of scuba divers to do (what I hope will be) the first annual pre-OOW scuba dive ( at Moneterey Bay on September 20th. If you're interested in joining us for some scuba diving (you'll need to be certified), contact me at dannorris [at] dannorris [dot] com and I'll get you the details.

Posted by Dan Norris on July 14, 2008 at 09:23 AM PDT #

Thanks Dan for sharing some more great places to visit near the Bay Area. Hope your scuba dive attracts some adventurous attendees (and some marine wildlife of course). If you'd like to send me a note on how the dive went and a photo or two, we'll post a First Annual POOWSD follow-up right here. By the way, did you try to drum up some interest on Oracle Mix?

Posted by Jack Flynn on July 14, 2008 at 03:38 PM PDT #

Don't forget the Cliff House. A great place to watch the sun set.

Posted by Deryl Banuelos on July 28, 2008 at 03:03 AM PDT #

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