Aer Lingus (0818 365 000; aerlingus.com) flies from Dublin and Shannon to San Francisco (via Chicago/ Boston) from €598 return with partner airlines JetBlue or United Airlines.
For car hire, Hertz offers fly-drive discounts to Aer Lingus passengers: my rate came to €24 per day. Tel: 01-870 5777; hertz.ie.
A pensione-style townhouse with Victorian heirloom furniture, the San Remo is a charming trip back to 1920s San Francisco – complete with shared ablutions. $40pps (€30).
Tel: 001 415 776 8688; sanremohotel.com.
Mystic Landing in the Pacific paradise of Jenner comes with incredible views and a deck hot tub – who needs wi-fi? $149pps (€110).
Tel: 001 707 865 2377; jennerinn.com.
Run by Dublin-born American dreamer Karen O'Brien, the West Sonoma Inn offers excellent luxury value and a great gateway to the wineries. $82pps (€60).
Tel: 001 707 869 2470; westsonomainn.com.