This past weekend I attended my first ever bachelorette party. I know this is going to be the first of many, and if the future celebrations (my own included) are half as fun as this one, I have a lot to look forward to. Everything was perfect, from the venue, to the weather, to the wonderful group of girls that attended. We started out the day at the Francis Ford Coppola pool. My last visit to wine country was to Napa, and I had never been up to Geyserville before. I had no idea that this pool existed prior to this trip, but I am going to make it a point to go as often as I can in the future. Picture a sprawling pool surrounded by lounge chairs on the grounds of a gorgeous winery: There is a poolside cafe where you can order cocktails, or if you don’t want to leave your lounge chair (heaven forbid) you can order from one of the various waiters scampering around. There are also bocce ball courts, a movie museum, and of course, the wine tasting room.The 7 of us girls spent the first half of the day in the sun, gossiping, reading US Weekly, and drinking cocktails, breaking just to take dips in the pool. I donned a new bathing suit, a crochet one-piece by Robin Piccone. We eventually dined at the pool cafe, where I ordered the Cobb salad (it was excellent – and I don’t even like Cobb salads). We also celebrated the bride with an adorable cake, complete with an edible pink stiletto.
Being that this was only a “day” bachelorette, we cleaned up and headed back into the city around 4pm. We capped off our time together at Joseph Humphrey’s Dixie, a contemporary restaurant with Southern style food in the Presidio. I would recommend the cheddar and scallion hushpuppies to start, and the grass fed beef (complete with a side of truffle grits) as your main. You can read Michael Bauer’s review of the restaurant if you want a more thorough description.
All in all, if you’re living in San Francisco and need a good day getaway, the Coppola pool (about 1.5 hours out) is the perfect spot. I loved getting to know the girls better, and it made me even more excited for the wedding in July. Now where am I going to get the perfect formal dress? I’d love to hear any suggestions!