Escape from SF: Beautiful Big Sur
Just 150 miles south of San Francisco is the unrivaled Big Sur coastline, along Highway 1. Go for sights of exploding wildflowers and California condors soaring overhead, and a chance to sink into a slowed-down way of life for the weekend. The area offers good eats with great views of the coastline and hiking at lots of different state parks and reserves.
For a nice retreat and cottage stay, check out Country Flat Farms in the Palo Colorado Canyon. For some great lunch and cookies check out Big Sur Bakery.