Big trip to the SF and Napa Sonoma area in June. We ARE staying in SF for the last 4 nights of the trip, so that's no problem. My issue is the very first night we have in California, when we arrive. We wanted to stay one night in SF after the longish flight from Boston -- to regroup and have a nice dinner prior to driving the next day to Napa. I don't relish having to rent a car on that first day (we arrive about 3 pm) and drive somewhere, but my travel agent says prices on that particular date are sky high. Apparently there is a special event that day. He asks if we would be willing to stay in a town nearby.
Would it be fairly easy and appealing to head to one of these towns from the airport: Sausalito or Berkeley? We would stay the night, get a nice dinner preferably within walking distance of our hotel, then rent a car the next day. Then we would drive to Napa. I know these distances are not great. What might work for us? Want to get to the town you suggest by public transportation. I Think this is on a Sunday.