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5766 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars unveiled its new FAY Outlook & Visitor Center last week with a gala event of historic proportions. Not only did we oooh and ahhh over the Javier Barba of Barcelona designed structure which sits on a little hill, but we...
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1075 California Blvd, Napa, CA 94559, USA
For those of you lucky enough to live within a couple of hours of driving distance from Napa, the entire valley is your oyster . . or your glass of wine for the weekend. Silicon Valley, Berkeley, Sausalito and SFO are several jumping off points...
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610 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
“If you go to our own local market in Napa called the Oxbow, there’s a spice company there, and you get to open up all the lids and smell the spices,” says Pam Starr. “I like to go and be inspired by different smells. They...
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3909 Frei Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Cruising along the winding roads that meander though the Russian River Valley of Sonoma, there are myriad wineries that will entice any thirsty traveler. One particular standout is Lynmar Estate, which produces excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay...
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20 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
The Russian River Valley in Sonoma County is a wonderful day trip from San Francisco. Pack a picnic and reserve a raft from SOAR Inflatables, and spend a summer day moseying down the river. Go early or late in the season to avoid crowds and have...
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16228 Main St, Guerneville, CA 95446, USA
Fuel up for a hike at the nearby Armstrong Redwoods reserve at the Big Bottom Market in Guerneville. You'll find snacks, such as cured meats, artisanal pickles, and local cheeses, to enjoy in the picnic area. For something heartier, order the...
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Hiking around Mt. Tamalpais is the best thing of all times, ever. That, pretty much, everyone agrees on. But this weekend, I found a way to make it better. Start at the Pantoll Ranger Station and take the Matt Davis trail. This will be a nice mix...
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1 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
The craggy-rock view from the top of the staircase out to the Point Reyes National Seashore looks just fine from the top. But you didn't drive all this way to stand at the top while everyone else descends to see the historic Point Reyes...
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1 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
Roughly two hours out of San Francisco, the beautiful Point Reyes hides with its secluded beach, hidden trails, and national elk reserve. A two hour drive might seem daunting, but rest assured that the drive is well worth it and just as stunning...
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Inverness, CA, USA
Explore the natural beauty of West Marin, with plenty of small towns to explore. At Point Reyes Station, stop at the CowGirl Creamery to grab a picnic lunch while exploring the small shops, or head to Point Reyes National Seashore. Later stop in...
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30 Callendar Way, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
If ever there were a perfect weekend retreat, Manka's Inverness Lodge would be it. My husband and I have traveled here on two magical occasions to celebrate anniversaries and special life events, and it is always sublime. Though the main lodge...
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Inverness, CA, USA
Before getting into Point Reyes, stop by Inverness' Busy Bee Bakery on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. for a delicious homemade pastry and latté. Once in Point Reyes Station head to Coyuchi Outlet for discounts on top quality bed linens, robes and...
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Point Reyes Station, CA 94956, USA
Taking the Bear Valley Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore is an easy loop going through gorgeous meadows, redwood groves with streams skirting the middle and a climb through a small canyon before you see this expansive view of cliffs and sandy...
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80 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956, USA
If you love creamy cheeses that are locally made in the area, head over to the Cowgirls creamery to sample some of the wonderful artisanal cheeses that are crafted from the area. You can also see some of the cheese making process from their...
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80 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956, USA
Pick up your staples of Mt. Tam triple cream, taste other local cheeses, pick up a sandwich, bottle of wine and head out back to the picnic tables.
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80 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956, USA
This is another place I immediately return to when I'm in the Bay Area. It's a cheese lover's temple! I loved this salad pictured that I had. It was also my first picture of San Francisco! I must say that the Mount Tam is one of my favourite...
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60 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956, USA
A fun local diner in the heart of Point Reyes station. Serves great local style food, organic and locally sourced along with some wonderful fresh seafood from the area. Find a seat outdoors and enjoy the beautiful sunshine at Point Reyes
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Point Reyes Lighthouse, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
I practically got "blown away" at the Point Reyes Lighthouse because it was so incredibly windy the day I visited. In fact, this is the windiest place on the Pacific Coast and the second foggiest place in North America, making it very dangerous...
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Chimney Rock Trail, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
Chimney Rock's 1.8 mile trail offers stunning views of the Pacific, Drake's Bay, and 500 foot cliffs plunging into the ocean. The hike's namesake rock formation, Chimney Rock, located at trail's end, juts out into the water where Bay meets...
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Drakes Bay, California, USA
A lot of people are aware of Hog Island in Tomales Bay, but just a few minutes down the road is Drake's Bay which also offers fresh oysters on the cheap. It may not have as many tables and areas to eat, but it also doesn't have the crowds and you...
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1 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
On beautiful Drakes Bay, the beach is wonderful on a nice sunny day. And it's quite a treat to have access to pretty good food, out of the wind and with a great view from this cafe.
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Point Reyes Beach, California 94937, USA
Point Reyes is one of those places in NorCal that's kind of awkward to get to, but is always worth it in the end. One of my favorite spots in all of Point Reyes (and there's a LOT of Point Reyes!) is the beach. Go on a day when there's been storms...
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1 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
My all time favorite thing to do in Northern California when the fog clears! Shucking without gloves is risky business though!
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Pierce Point Rd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
If you have a clear day and the fog hasn't quite yet settled in from the ocean, a great hike in the Point Reyes National Seashore is the Tomales Point Trail. Park at the Historic Pierce Point Ranch and then follow the out and back trail 4.7 miles...
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23240 California 1, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
It always feels like a different world anywhere in the beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore area, and an evening at the hidden Nick's Cove in Marshall, will have you in love with Tomales Bay. The property was recently overhauled by a group of...
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19225 CA-1, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
A stop in Point Reyes for a slower pace and walk along their little main street lined with small local shops and one of the best little bookstores. A short drive north along the water will lead you to the Marshall Store for oysters with a view. We...
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20215 Shoreline Hwy, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
What a great way to spend a spring day in the Bay Area. Hog Island in Tamales Bay has very tasty oysters, a fun staff and a very friendly, comfortable environ. It used to be solely shuck it yourself and bring your own beverages. Although that is...
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19225 CA-1, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
I come here to relax and watch the seaweed sway beneath the water and light sparkle above. The drive to Point Reyes along Highway 1 is an experience in itself with rolling green hills that meet an expansive sky and the smell of eucalyptus in the...
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20215 Shoreline Hwy, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
Stop at Scribe Winery and pick up a bottle of their newly released rosé to pair with oysters at Hog Island in Marshall, CA. Picnic tables overlook Tomales Bay and must be reserved in advance. Throw the oysters on the grill or eat them raw and don’...
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1 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
The trail at the northest part of Point Reyes allows one to see the tule elk herds. Add that to the gorgeous views of the Pacific and Tomales bay and you are guaranteed for a treat you will not forget.
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Tomales Point, California 94937, USA
At the north end of Point Reyes is the Tomales Point tule elk reserve. You can get there from San Francisco in about an hour and a half, but it's far more scenic (especially for a new arrival to the West Coast, like myself) to drive of Sir Francis...
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1 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
Miles and miles of secluded beaches, wildlife and, if lucky, gorgeous weather, puts Point Reyes on my top 10 list of places I can go to again and again and again. Thank God Americans realized they need to preserve places like these.
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Stanly Ln, Napa, CA, USA
There are actually few places in Napa you can walk, in near silence, surrounded by vineyards. Yes, there are roads you can walk all over Napa Valley just feet from the vines, BUT A ROAD WITHOUT CARS? For this reason, along with the birds, lovely...
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4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa, CA 94559, USA
This refined 28-acre resort set in the rolling hills between downtown Sonoma and downtown Napa makes guests feel relaxed the moment they check in. The vistas are unobstructed from the resort’s pool areas, and many of the property’s 94...
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1240 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA 94559, USA
A replica of the Taittinger-owned Chateau de la Marquetterie in Champagne, Domaine Carneros, perched amid endlessly sprawling vineyards of chardonnay and pinot noir in the Los Carneros growing region between Napa and Sonoma, is like a Disneyland...
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1345 Henry Rd, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Napa, Sonoma, and Yountville mean endless miles of deliciousness! Schramsberg specializes in a vast selection of the sparkling wines fit for the White House. (Seriously. It's served at the White House.) The tasting was amazing, as was the tour of...
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2201 Imola Ave, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Skyline's variety of trails—of various lengths and difficulties—enable some energizing exercise between wine tastings in Napa. Hiking, biking, or horsebacking through the 16 miles of trails just on the edge of town provides a welcome escape into...
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2222 3rd Ave, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Napa Valley’s newest sub-appellation is just 10 miles east of downtown Napa but it is tucked into a pocket of the Valley that feels like a throwback to the pre-Mondavi days — when the region was a diverse agricultural area and winemaking was a...
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4086 Byway E, Napa, CA 94558, USA
The morning mist rolls away as we float above in a hot air baloon, revealing the patterns of Napa serenely below.
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25050 CA-1, Jenner, CA 95450, USA
Salt Point Park is in the Northern part of Sonoma County in California. There are 20 miles of trails in this park and we hiked the Central Trail to the Pygmy Forest and looped around the Prairie to the South Trail to return via the Powerline...
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Cazadero, CA 95421, USA
We hiked the Rhododendron state reserve in March, so the rhododendrons weren't in bloom. May is supposed to be the best time to see the blooms. I did see rhododendron plants in profusion, so I can only imagine how gorgeous this hike will be when...
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36905 Green Cove Dr, Sea Ranch, CA 95497, USA
Nothing beats dining on fresh fish caught right outside your home. All you need is rod, reel, rigging and of course your fishing license. A 5 minute walk south on the bluff trail in front of Sea Ranch Abalone Bay vacation rental brings you to the...
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Sea Ranch, CA 95480, USA
When visiting The Sea Ranch, the famed development straddling the northern Sonoma coast, the most memorable experiences are sometimes those had alone. Wake up one morning with the sun - or, as is often the case, the fog - and take a solo walk on...
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Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
The Sea Ranch, a community located three hours north of San Francisco on the coast, comes close to Utopia for me. Founded by a group of UC Berkeley architects in the 1960s, Sea Ranch was conceived as a rustic escape from the city. The houses are...
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42401 CA-1, Gualala, CA 95445, USA
Gualala Point has 195 acres of forest land and coastline. We made a long loop from where we parked just off hwy 1 past some campgrounds and then hiked back over 1 and along the Gualala River. It's not a long hike and the trail is mostly flat, with...
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9010 E Harney Ln, Lodi, CA 95240, USA
I had heard a lot of talk about the Lodi region of Northern California wine country lately, but I didn't expect the wine tasting experience there to be so rewarding. Harney Lane Winery showcases the best aspects of Lodi wine country: a family-run...