California is laid back, brilliant, gorgeous, mystical, steeped in history, and she knows how to laugh. She is wine country with nothing to prove. Following are the the main wine country regions:
Recommended Locations: Yountville, St. Helena, Calistoga, Silverado Trail
Napa Town was a sleepy agricultural center where farmers and ranchers gathered to swap news at the diner. Vineyards and orchards were the center of conversation in this laid-back, working town. Farming is still the talk of the town, and Napa is still friendly to the max, but it’s becoming a destination in itself. Napa was spared the effects of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. This means there are more Victorian-era buildings and homes in Napa than in any other city in the San Francisco Bay area. The Napa River is sweet, and it flows lazily through the downtown area. There are several cozy places to kick back, eat, drink, and watch soft light skim off the water. Downtown Napa’s newest food, music and wine experiences are ever-changing. Some of the most interesting wine, brews and foodie bliss are percolating here, and they’re waiting for you to discover them.
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Recommended Locations: Sonoma Town, Valley of the Moon, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Carneros
Sonoma County is laid back, brilliant, gorgeous, mystical, steeped in history, and she knows how to laugh. She is wine country with nothing to prove. The Sonoma Plaza, built in a gentler age that did not include many residents, tourists, or vehicles can feel zoo-like on summer weekends. Still…there is a magic in the plaza that is magnetic. The Valley of the Moon. Jack London, world traveler and prolific writer, stopped in his tracks when he came upon Glen Ellen, just a few miles outside of Sonoma. The redwood pockets of Sonoma County are temperate rainforests. Be sure to visit these gentle giants. Healdsburg is the gem of the north and you’ll find a huge number of tasting rooms downtown, many pouring wines from the smaller Dry Creek wineries that are off the beaten path. Give yourself time to get into the character of the Alexander Valley. This valley is a stunning corner of Sonoma County and home to more than 40 wineries, each producing distinctive wines.
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Recommended Locations: Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Ghiradelli Square, Cable Cars, Coit Tower, apanese Tea Gardens, De Young Museum, Academy of Sciences, Chinatown,North Beach, Pacific Heights & the Marina, Union Square, Twin Peaks, Japantown
San Francisco is a naughty tart, a gracious lady, and a brilliant conversationalist. She is the city of unbelievable views and one of the most gorgeous bridges in the world. San Francisco often spars with Paris for Conde Nast’s Top City in the world. And that is no surprise. San Francisco is a walker’s dream. Put your map in your pocket and hit the streets. Wander around the legendary districts of Chinatown, Union Square & Fisherman’s Wharf. Check out our travel guide to the best places to visit in San Francisco.
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