I am going to be in the Bay area next week for work and have to stay for the weekend (15-18th). My wife will be with me and I want to take her somewhere for the weekend. Having been to San Fran many times, I have narrowed down my options to Carmel and Sonoma.
Carmel seems really nice, but it will be pretty cold down there, and rooms are very expensive. I am unsure about Sonoma, as my wife cannot drink at the moment, so wine tasting is not really an option.
We are in our late 20's and like good food and to be able to walk around and explore. We also have to be in Mountain View on the Monday at 9am, but to maximize our weekend, we are planning to stay in either Carmel or Sonoma for the Sunday night ad get up early to get to work on Monday,
The hotel I am considering in Sonoma is the El Dorado, and in Carmel L'Auberge.
The other consideration I have, is whether to stay at L'Auberge for 3 nights, or stay there just Friday and Saturday, and then the Monterey Plaza hotel for the Sunday night. The main reasons for splitting the time is that we really appreciate good views, and we could get an Ocean View room with a balcony at the Monterey Plaza, and would probably then spend Sunday afternoon at the aquarium. It also seems a bit closer to Mountain View, so would reduce the journey time a bit on Monday morning.
Any advise would be greatly appreciated.