California Bay Area as a Food Lovers Destination

“Forget Tuscany—the most enticing artisanal cheeses, breads, olive oils, and condiments can be found in northern California. “ Christopher Petkanas for Travel and Leisure Magazine.

For foodies or food lovers everywhere, Northern California is becoming THE destination to taste, learn and explore. With the farm-to-table mindset and an abundance of talented and creative chefs, your options for a culinary vacation are endless.

Local ingredients are created and grown with the focus on quality over quantity. As you take a drive through the astonishingly beautiful farm lands, you come upon signs inviting you to come meet the farmers, buy fresh produce and taste as you go. On many days of the week spend an afternoon perusing one of the local farmers markets, enjoying the vibrant colors and aromas, most often accompanied by live music.

Spend your evenings dining at one of the world class restaurants; don’t be surprised when you often see ingredients on the menu boasting their specific local source, most likely one of the farms you passed by on your drive. The outstanding caliber of chefs in the bay area and Northern CA is big part of the dining experience. One of the most famous and influential chefs is Alice Waters who opened her restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1971. It was consistently ranked among the World's 50 Best Restaurants from 2002 to 2008. Waters has been cited as one of the most influential figures in food in the past 50 years, and has been called the mother of American food. Her influence reflects in the quality of food throughout the bay area.

Many of these world class restaurants are located right here in San Anselmo, from Insalata’s to Lappart French Resto, as well as several wine bars with lists that will take your pallet on a wine lovers adventure. You barely have to walk out our front door to enjoy!

Besides the famous wine tasting region, California is quickly becoming known for its microbreweries. Enjoy a tour and you will see the passion and devotion the brewers give to each of their beers. Experience the different notes and complexities of each one and it will deepen your appreciation of the micro-brew. The tasting experience may be more “laid back” but still very much on par with wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma.

The staff at the Inn has developed close relationships with several tours and restaurants in order to give our guests the best possible experience. Please inquire about our special packages and VIP culinary experiences!