I’ve just returned from San Francisco and Sonoma this week on a luxury Cadillac roadtrip adventure with Fairmont. The Fairmont San Francisco and the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa offer the Roadtrip Cadillac California, a wonderful way to see Northern California from behind the wheel of a new Cadillac.
The curated experience includes luxury accommodations at both properties, the use of a new Cadillac and many meals and exclusive tours and tastings.
Our first event was a luxurous dinner in the Fairmont San Francisco’s legendary penthouse suite. With 6,000 square feet of luxury, it was an amazing experience. Following dinner, we headed down to the Fairmont’s Tonga Room, the world’s greatest tiki bar. The bar, lounge and restaurant surrounds a giant swimming pool, the band plays on a boat that floats back and forth. Twice an hour, an indoor rainstorm erupts, complete with thunder and lightning. Several Mai Tais later, I retired to my lovely Signature Category room in the hotel’s tower, overlooking the lights of the city.
The next morning it was off on a drive to wine country. I took the 2015 Cadillac CTS Vsport, with a powerful twin-turbo V6. The fit and finish was fabulous, as was the driving experience. The car was powerful and responsive and the drive was a lot of fun. The directions for the Fairmont experience are pre-programmed into the Cadillac’s CUE info system and the navigation guides you right to your destination.
We arrived at the amazing Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, a luxury resort in the heart of Sonoma’s wine country, less than an hour’s wonderful drive from downtown San Francisco.
After relaxing for a bit, we headed out to Flanagan Vineyards for an exclusive wine tasting, wine making lesson and lunch. The tour of the boutique winery, not normally open to the public, is an example of the bespoke experiences the Fairmont’s Cadillac Roadtrip experience offers. Lunch was prepared by the hotel and was delicious.
For that afternoon, I drove the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe. With elegant styliing, that great build quality and a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution, it was great on the winding Sonoma roads.
Dinner, in the resort’s legendary fine dining restaurant Sante’, was spectacular. Each course and each paired wine was fresh and exciting. My filet mignon was Niman Ranch was delicious and the dessert, a trio of strawberry delights was a highlight.
The next morning it was time to head back into San Francisco and again I drove the ATS Coupe. I was really liking the 2.0 liter turbo engine and its graceful power. We headed to the Legion of Honor Museum, someplace I had never visited. Filled with a beautiful collection of classical and modern objects and art, the museum is a hidden gem in Golden Gate Park. A highlight for me was the vast Rodin sculpture collection. Fairmont guests get a private, guided tour of one of the museum’s many collections.
After the museum it was time for some chocolate tasting, at Dandelion Chocolate in the city’s Mission District. The handmade, small-batch, artisanal chocolate is made from cacao beans from all over the world. Fairmont guests in the Cadillac Roadtrip experience get a private tour and chocolate tasting.
My last morning was spent again with Fairmont Executive Chef Andrew Court exploring the hotel’s rooftop herb garden and beehives. The Fairmont San Francisco, like many other Fairmont properties, features a live, working hive of over 250,000 bees, who mainly spend their time within the chef’s garden. The honey is harvested and served in the hotel’s food and in their drinks as well.