Although the coastal highway is a nice ride, you might be interested in a change in scenery by the time you reach Santa Cruz. For some mountain twisties, you can take Highway 9 out of Santa Cruz up to Skyline Blvd. Heading north on Skyline, you will come to Alice's Restaurant at the intersection with Highway 84. If you are there on a weekend, it will be jam packed with sportbikes. This is the motorcycle mecca for the SF Bay Area. There is nothing special about the restaurant, per se, other than tradition, but those hill top roads are usually in tip top shape, and loads of fun. You can drop back down to Highway 1 via Highway 92.
North of the Golden Gate, there are two great culinary experiences:
1. The Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma has live music almost every night, the best beer in the state, and food. There is a $55 motel just a couple doors down, and a KOA campground less than a mile away.
2. The area around Point Reyes National Seashore produces some of the best oysters in the...world?...Drake's Bay Oyster Company is far and away the best.
Those two spots are only about 30-45 minutes apart via rolling country hills.