San Francisco/Napa Valley – 4

The next morning we picked up our rental car at Enterprise along Van Ness Boulevard.  They had moved several blocks in the time between our booking and arrival…our taxi was challenged to find the place.  It was now on the second floor of an ancient garage previously used as a car dealership.  The service was quick and we were on our way to the Napa Valley.  My iPhone map app got us out of town without a hitch and we arrived at Solage near Calistoga in less than 2 hours.  Beautiful spacious rooms and equally beautiful spa facilities.

We couldn’t get a table at the resort’s renowned restaurant, Solbar, until 8:30 in spite of reserving well in advance.  We arrived at the appointed time to discover that there were no tables available on the outdoor patio…clearly the place to be, for another 25 minutes.  We were seated in a corner of the inside restaurant which was 2/3rds empty.  When we requested a better table, the response was that “they were expecting more diners to be arriving”.  The place emptied out as we ate…no new diners arrived.  It was the only disappointing service/treatment we experienced during this California trip.


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