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2661 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
If you drive south of Sebastopol on highway 116, also known as Gravenstein highway South, you will find a string of Antique stores. While each of them holds their own special finds, the Antique Society is by far the largest and holds the most...
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171 Pleasant Hill Ave N, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Chicken or tofu, spicy or mild, curry can warm you up, wake you up, and fuel you for your next adventure. Grab a curry wrap and a handful of napkins at Westside Cafe. Then enjoy your meal with a rustic country view of oak trees and open fields at...
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6902 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
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screamin' Mimi's has been a favorite treat in Sebastopol for over a decade. The brightly painted ice cream polar welcomes visitors with the smell of fresh made waffle cones and over twenty flavors of house made ice creams and sorbets. My favorite...
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230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
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HopMonk Tavern is another reincarnation of a historic building connected to our rail road past. Today it houses a large collection of handcrafted brews. Anyone appreciating good beers and wines is sure to find their tastebuds match with this...
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Florence Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Sonoma County is recognized for its' wine, cheese, and nature but it is the quirky charm of its residents that give the region unique character worth remembering. On the way to the small town of Sebastopol you'll cruise through rolling hills, past...
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972 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
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True to its name, this Sebastopol Hole in the Wall cafe was hidden and delicious! The Dutch baby is a deep German pancake made in a skillet with tons of sugar and apples. The chef brought it out to us sizzling hot! What a breakfast.
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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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3025 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
We did this on a work retreat and it was a great way to bond, but I would go back on my own any day of the year!
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9786 Ross Station Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Or is it the other way around? Either way, you can't beat the views or the wine from Iron Horse Winery. Beware of the one lane road and the potholes on the way up. The journey is certainly worth it! Tastings aren't cheap (starting at $15) but you...
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Napa, CA, USA
In just the past couple of years, Downtown Napa has been revitalized and grown far bigger than it was during its first boom, in the late 1800s. This bustling urban center on the banks of the Napa River serves as a gateway to Wine Country and as a...
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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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1313 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
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1313 Main, a wine bar in Napa’s downtown, is taking advantage of a newish technology that allows you to extract wine from the bottle without removing the cork by offering difficult-to-find and prohibitively expensive wines like Harlan and...
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1153 Rutherford Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573, USA
A favorite among vineyard and cellar workers of all nationalities, La Luna keeps the Napa Valley workforce fed. It’s fast, it’s cheap, it’s the best burrito around. There are picnic tables out back with vineyard views, real...
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6770 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Frank Altamura took his time renovating the old Italian grocery store — where he remembers shopping as a child — at the north end of Yountville. His dream was to turn the partly dilapidated building into a casual restaurant with great...
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6755 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
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When Chef Richard Reddington was tasked with concepting a new, casual restaurant in Yountville to compliment his Michelin-starred Redd, he brought in a wood-burning oven from Italy and Liza Shaw from A16 to work her magic with yeast and flour and...
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1245 Spring St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
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When Chicago native restaurateurs Andy and Trisha Florsheim purchased the former Martini House, they knew better than to touch the bar. Hidden from sight in the basement of what was built as a house in the 1800’s, the bar is rumored to have...
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1320 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
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This is the second location for the popular Austin-based restaurant, where the words queso fundido are whispered with reverence. The wine country incarnation brings 200+ bottles of Tequila (and yes, their famous fundido) to St. Helena. Chase down...
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180 Rutherford Hill Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573, USA
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If you’ve ever wondered where you can have a proper bowl of miso soup and a perfectly roasted salmon for breakfast while watching the fog lift from the floor of Napa Valley, you have found it. (Okay, they also serve croissants.) In addition to the...
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587 St Helena Hwy, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
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When couple sommelier team Kelli White (pictured above) and Scott Brenner arrived in Napa Valley from New York City — where they guided two highly respected, international wine programs — they felt, understandably, a little constricted...
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6528 Yount St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
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To say that Lucy Bar + Restaurant is inside the very cool Bardessono hotel in Yountville is not quite right as the border between outside and inside is almost indistinguishable in this contemporary space. Remodeled in 2011, Jeff Vandiver, one of...
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1260 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
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A Main Street mainstay, this bustling pizza palace has been tossing dough since 2001. Owned by the same family as nearby local favorite Norman Rose Tavern, it has a dedicated following and the pizza and pasta is consistent and satisfying if not...
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4411 Redwood Rd, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Wealthy vintners in Napa Valley love to wax on about their love of and appreciation for wine and art: as if one serves as a vessel for the other. While it often feels that the connection is fabricated — its main intention to sell either the former...
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1400 Clay St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Each November, just as harvest and the peak tourist season is winding down, the focus shifts from grapes and wine to the cinema as the Napa Valley Film Festival brings hundreds of filmmakers, actors, directors and documentarians to the valley....
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2181 N 3rd Ave, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Although only about 15 minutes from downtown Napa, by the time you get to the gates of Meteor Vineyard, you may wonder if you are still in Napa Valley. Where are the balloons and crowded tasting rooms and stretch limos? Not in Coombsville. One of...
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849 Zinfandel Ln, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Jean-Charles Boisset, the playboy wine tycoon from one of the largest negociants in France has turned the classic Napa Valley estate into a grownup playground. From the “Theater of Nature” where Joe Papendick’s meticulous garden...
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1350 3rd St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Originally built as a movie theater in 1937, the Uptown Theater in Downtown Napa is a relic of the Golden Era of Hollywood—once attracting stars like Clark Gable and Marion Davies both on the screen and in the seats. Today, it sis arguably the...
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1365 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
"Up the road but down to earth," says the billboard on Highway 29, attempting to coax visitors to push through St. Helena's quaint downtown and onward to Calistoga. The northernmost town in Napa Valley, it is the last to be what you might call...
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The menu at SolBar is divided into two sections: "healthy" and "hearty." "Light" on the left; "comforting" on the right: Smoked salmon with caviar on the left; sweet pumpkin bruschetta with ricotta on the right. Steamed halibut on the left; brined...
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1345 Railroad Ave, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
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Tucked away from the main drag in St. Helena, Terra’s Michelin-starred, Asian-influenced cuisine is a much-needed departure from the chop-and-serve farm-to-table fare that dominates Napa Valley. The $75 tasting menu (black cod and shrimp...
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1310 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
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It's easy to miss this unassuming restaurant on St. Helena's Main Street. And, as far as the locals are concerned, that's okay. The tiny, always bustling italian-inspired restaurant is a favorite amongst the people who live here for the friendly...
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2800 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Krug is an important winery for a couple of reasons: Founded in 1872, it is one of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley and it is here that Robert and Peter Mondavi had their infamous disagreement that led to Robert leaving and starting his...
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2970 Monticello Rd, Napa, CA 94558, USA
At Jarvis, it's what you don't see that's most impressive. While the drive up and the views are nothing to shrug about, the estate is really set apart by what's underground: the entire winery. Fermentation tanks, offices, restrooms, everything....
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1000 Main St Suite 120, Napa, CA 94559, USA
This Downtown Napa wine shop has become a favorite wine shop of local wine lovers and winemakers thanks to Dan Dawson's excellent selection and knowledge of wines from around the world, the tastings that he hosts each week and his support of the...
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6525 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Whether you're looking for an interesting or legendary Napa Valley wine or you've had your fill of California and want to scout the globe, V Wine Cellars at the V Marketplace in Yountville has a very good selection. You'll even find back vintages...
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29 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
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Located just next to The Shed, Chalkboard serves contemporary dishes that are sourced locally in a casual, fun atmosphere. Highlights include the potato tots with crab, the wonderfully seasoned beef tartare with home made potato chips, a shot of...
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641 Limerick Ln, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
We stumbled onto Christopher Creek winery on the way to other big-name wineries in the Russian River area and were not disappointed. If you enjoy un-oaked white wines, their Viogniers and Chardonnays (aged in steel barrels) are excellent wines....
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610 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
The Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant in the Oxbow Public Market is not overly concerned with selling local cheese and wine, making it a popular place for locals to drink and shop. After all, there is a whole big world at there. The cheese selection...
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6510 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
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Start the evening the way every evening should, with oysters and a bottle of sauvignon blanc. Bistro Jeanty's happy hour (Monday through Thursday 4-6pm) includes dollar oysters from the West Coast and a good selection of local white wine. Sit at...
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180 Rutherford Hill Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573, USA
One of Napa Valley’s most iconic destinations, Auberge du Soleil got its start in the 1980s as a restaurant—a fine-dining destination in one of the most picturesque locales in one of the world’s most beautiful places. Needless to...
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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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Napa, CA, USA
The rich red tasting room at Raymond Vineyards in Napa has decor that's not your everyday run-of-the mill variety...
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610 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
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When the famous Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto opened a branch of his eponymous restaurant in downtown Napa it was definitely a game changer for the dining scene, bringing a bit of Vegas-style flash to wine country. To be safe, make a reservation...
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1400 Schramsberg Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
When you take a sip of Schramsberg's sparkling wine, you are tasting some of the very best in California—and you are also getting a taste of Napa Valley history. Schramsberg has been making wine in the same time-consuming and labor-intensive...
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933 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
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The line for burgers and fries at Gott's Roadside (formerly Taylor's Refresher and don't you forget it) in St. Helena can be ridiculous in the afternoon, but if you go in the morning, you'll have your choice of picnic tables — either in...
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3369 St Helena Hwy, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Tucked into the woods on the west side of Highway 29 between the towns of St. Helena and Calistoga, the Bale Grist Mill, a 130-year-old water-powered mill, is still spinning — grinding grain and polenta between two giant stones. Visit on the...
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813 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
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How good is the brunch at the Thomas in downtown Napa? So good that sometimes I wake up on a Sunday morning thinking about their banana and nutella-stuffed French toast or the BLAT (bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado...with an egg on top, of...
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Alexander Valley, California 95448, USA
Head north through Napa Valley’s Calistoga, past Buster’s Barbeque, and just keep going. Have a convertible? All the better. The drive along Highway 128 meanders through the rolling hills and sprawling vineyards of Knight’s Valley and Alexander...
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6526 Yount St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
One could argue that Yountville has earned the reputation as Napa Valley's theme park — a Wine Country Disneyland, "Yount Vegas"— with its many Tuscan-style villas and Parisian bistros. "It's just like being in Italy" you can hear the tourists...
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7510 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd, Novato, CA 94947, USA
There are several cheese makers and farms located all over Marin County in Northern California. During the end of March, there's a weekend long cheese tasting festival to celebrate all things cheese. Save your money and create your own cheese tour...
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Bodega Bay, CA 94923, USA
If you're driving through Bodega Bay, stop by the Headlands off of Westshore Rd for a beautiful view of the California coastline. Dramatic cliffs up and down the coast and from one vantage point, the other side of the bay can be seen. Take a short...
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2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, USA
The hike through Jack London State Historic Park to the top of Sonoma Mountain runs through redwood groves, meadows, and vineyards. Vigorous blackberry bushes provide some sustenance -- but bring water, because it gets hot up there in the summer....
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1030 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
The building that now houses the Blue Note Napa has had a number of iterations over the years, most notably more than a century of life as the Napa Valley Opera House. Today the Blue Note occupies only the first floor; the club cultivates an...
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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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610 1st St #1, Napa, CA 94559, USA
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Napa's Three Twins Ice Cream: so good! Flavors like chocolate orange confetti, dad's cardamom, lemon cookie, and sea salted caramel are both respite from the summer heat and flavorful surprises.
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644 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
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Gott's is your standard roadside diner, except your burgers can be accompanied by Sauvignon Blanc and a blueberry milkshake. Ahi tuna might appear in that bun. Fries and onion rings are highly recommended, as are the fish tacos. Plenty of outdoor...
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540 Main St Ste 100, Napa, CA 94559, USA
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Artisanal wares for all your gifting needs can be found at the Napa General Store. When the shopping is done, the cafe and wine bar will replenish you.
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520 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
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Some of the best desserts in the Napa Valley can be found here at Sweetie Pies. Whether you're looking for a morning treat to be had with coffee or a post-prandial confection, Sweetie Pies is a delicious choice.
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1136 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Pottery, paintings, and artisanal jewelry can all be found at Grand Hand. Handcrafted work, much of it by Napa and California locals, is ideal for gifts (for you or others). Gallery shows are always changing; bring home some local arts and crafts....
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2555 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
No, not that CIA. This lunch feels a lot more pleasant and delicious, I'm sure. Make a reservation at the Greystone Restaurant and taste local, seasonal menus while looking out over Napa Valley vineyards.
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1023 Limerick Ln, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
The Limerick Lane Winery has a pretty pedestrian name - it is actually on Limerick Lane, which just outside of Healdsburg. What makes this winery special (in addition to the beautiful French country tasting room) are the "Block" Zinfandels are...
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353 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
The Healdsburg downtown is beautiful, but can feel a little repetitive - gorgeous tasting room, local art gallery, gourmet restaurant ... repeat. The One World Fair Trade store is very different - it's a global department store of jewelry pottery,...
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500 Ragle Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
The little town of Sebastopol had it's first claim to fame as being the home of the Gravenstein Apple. At one time the towns main industry, apples are still at the heart of my home town. Come harvest time I am usually picking apples for canning...
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168 North Main Street A, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
My adult self loves a good coffee or espresso drink, but my childhood spirt has never lost the joy in a wonderful fresh baked cookie. The Sebastopol Cookie company may be small but their treats are many and delicious. My favorite combination is a...
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Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Sebastopol is the meeting place of two trails. The Joe Rodota trail connects Santa Rosa and Sebastopol, is paved, and a smooth flat ride. I enjoy this trail by bike in the spring when it is bordered by yellow mustard fields. The second trail is...
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107 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
There are numerous wonderful wine tasting locations in Healdsburg. It is both possible and enjoyable to spend an afternoon walking around the square meandering from tasting to tasting. A small gem of a tasting room just a block off the square is...
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500 Ragle Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Ragle Ranch is used well be locals as a family friendly park with soccer fields, baseball fields, sand volley ball, tennis courts, playgrounds, and picnic areas. In addition to all this there are local trails. The hikes are neither to long nor...
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8761 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
My friends and I have made it an annual habit to taste our way through the wine regions of Dry Creek and Alexander Valley during "Winter WineLand". The Wine Road has three annual weekend events that connect wineries around Sonoma County for one...
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2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood, CA 95452, USA
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park has numerous hiking trails from mellow meadow trails that are great for nature walks with kids, to heavier hikes up to the vistas of Bald Mountain. There are also family friendly camping grounds and an observatory for...
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300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, CA 95441, USA
After my friends and I visited the Coppola Winery and Pool for a day trip from San Francisco, we remarked how it had felt like such a vacation - even for a day trip. For six hours, alternating between the padded chaise lounges and the large pool,...
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There is something magical about gliding on the river in a Kayak. Jenner has become my favorite local place to Kayak or start a days Kayaking adventure. The absolutely best local kayak rentals are Lotus Kayak. At only $20 a day vs $20 an hour by...
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3611 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental, CA 95465, USA
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When I venture in or near the little town of Occidental Howard's Station Cafe is my favorite place to visit. Either to grab a coffee or smoothie for the road or to sit and linger over a great simple local meal. Bring cash and know they close their...
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67402 Drive Thru Tree Rd, Leggett, CA 95585, USA
The redwood giants don't yet look like giants from the 101 Highway in Northern California. Take the exit in Leggett though to drive through a 2500 year old redwood tree and the enormity is obvious. There is one road in and a slow one at that -...
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11060 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436, USA
It's rumored that summer happens outside of San Francisco in July and August. If you are in the city and don't believe this to be true because you're zipping up your second SF fleece and shivering in the fog, don't worry. Summer is just across the...
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10439 CA-1, Jenner, CA 95450, USA
The little cafe Aquatica has been a long standing favorite spot of mine along the Sonoma County coast in the small town of Jenner. Be prepared with cash as this establishment takes no cards or checks. Everything from the coffee, Cuban lattes,...
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Russian Gulch State Park, Mendocino, CA 95460, USA
The Russian Gulch State Park may have the perfect forest hike: A seven mile loop to a 35-foot waterfall through new growth redwood forests. Start at the beach parking lot and take the Fern Grove trail to the waterfall. Then, loop back on the North...
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1112 2nd St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
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In historic Old Sacramento, the Firehouse Restaurant has been a favored dining destination for locals and tourists, as well as many of California's politicians, since opening in 1960. The restaurant occupies the original home of the Sacramento No....
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1215 19th St, Sacramento, CA 95811, USA
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Housed in a converted brick firehouse dating from 1893, Mulvaney's Building & Loan serves seasonal New American cuisine that you can enjoy in the historic building or outside in the quiet garden patio. The menu changes daily and prepared using...
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5900 S Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822, USA
Serving up Mexican cuisine to the locals for over 30 years, Florez Bar & Grill is a relaxed and friendly spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a few margaritas at the bar. Happy hour specials are on offer every day, while on Friday evenings...
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Napa, CA, USA
I love wine, but even I need a break from wine tasting. A nice way to break up a day of eating and drinking in Napa Valley is to explore the great art on display for free in downtown Napa. Every other year, the Arts Council Napa Valley curates a...
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1650 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA 94559, USA
On a recent wine country weekend in Napa Valley, my friend and I stayed at the River Terrace Inn. The hotel is a great base from which to explore downtown Napa, but its restaurant, Terrace Court, is also worth visiting. The comfort-food inspired...
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Most people come to Napa for the wine, but the Napa Valley is also an amazing place for people who love nature and the outdoors. Napa Valley Adventure Tours offers hiking, biking, and kayaking trips around the Valley. And of course, in addition to...
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1314 McKinstry St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
One of the most convenient places to base yourself in Napa, particularly if you're in town for the BottleRock festival, is the Westin Verasa hotel. Set downtown, it's walking distance to shops, restaurants, tasting rooms, and the fair grounds...
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Napa, CA, USA
Music and wine seem like the perfect pairing to me. That's why I was so excited when I heard about a new festival coming to Napa this May called BottleRock. The four-day event is being held at the Napa Fairgrounds and combines some of the...
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1450 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
The Napa Valley loves its charming inns and luxury wine-focused resorts, but it was only a matter of time before a hip, young boutique hotel opened with a trendier style (and price tag) to attract all those San Francisco start-up types. The first...
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738 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
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Lots of restaurants brag about having a farm-to-table ethos, but few stick to it as adamantly as Farmstead restaurant at Long Meadow Ranch Winery in Napa. Nearly every ingredient—from the grapes that go into the wines, to the beef used in...
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1474 Alexander Valley Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
Jordan Winery’s new tour explores the 1,200-acre property via Mercedes-Benz coach and stops for wine and food pairings along the way. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
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17000 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446, USA
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve in Guerneville offers easy one-mile hikes and strenuous nine-miles climbs. No matter which you choose, the scenery is spectacular. Look for Parson Jones, the tallest tree in the grove, which measures more...
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16228 Main St, Guerneville, CA 95446, USA
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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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20215 Shoreline Hwy, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
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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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Metes & Bounds starts hosting farm-to-table dinners in Sonoma and Marin counties on May 1. The multi course meals are prepared in a yellow school bus retrofitted with a kitchen and grill. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
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25 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
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The new Healdsburg Shed is a hub for lovers of all things local, agrarian, and food-related. Stop by to shop the selection of locally made housewares, join a workshop, or just linger over a glass of the on-tap kombucha. It's an ideal breakfast...
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Willows, CA 95988, USA
Gorgeous view.
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948, Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA
Gets you the best view of San Francisco and its famous bridge
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Little River, CA, USA
Mendocino has a bunch of small beaches along Highway 1. This one is right in front of the Little River Inn, in Little River, a town 2 miles south of Mendocino village.
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Caspar, CA, USA
This lighthouse is a pleasant quarter mile walk from the parking lot, so if you have kids make sure you bring a stroller or let them ride their bike—although you will end up carrying the bike back uphill.
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6711 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Ma(i)sonry is a well curated, eclectic art collective, where you can pull up a chair and sit down for a rather different kind of wine tasting. You'll get to try smaller, interesting boutique wines that don't have their own fancy tasting rooms in...
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7751 CA-1, Little River, CA 95456, USA
I was invited to be one of six judges at the annual Mendocino County Crab & Wine Days crab cake cook-off and wine-pairing competition. This was the first of the 11 entries we sampled. We later tasted 50 wines (!) to see how they paired with fresh...
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6126 Silverado Trl, Napa, CA 94558, USA
This winery is the only structure that Austrian artist/ architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) designed and built in the U.S. The building's playfulness will put a big smile on your face. It's a great break from the hustle and bustle of...
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Pacifica, CA, USA
Highway 1
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Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
Admiring the flowers in the vineyards in Sonoma, CA.
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Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Yes, those are freshly picked Zinfandel grapes sprawled dead on the ground, oh so unceremoniously. Unseen behind me is the back trailer of a semi truck on its' side. So heartbreaking , especially after tasting what could have been. IMHO this...
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Petaluma, CA, USA
At Armstrong Redwoods old growth redwood trees tower over a floor of miniature clovers. I was lucky enough to find not one but two four leaf clovers in one afternoon! You can drive through the grove but take the walking path instead and you may...
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17380 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
This tiny market on the way to or from Sonoma Wine Country is the perfect place to stop for a meal on the go. El Brinquito is Spanish for a small jump, or a leap, and the Market is just a short hop outside of downtown Sonoma. The everyday fare is...
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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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1236 Lincoln St, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Tasting wine is a favorite pastime that's enjoyable pretty much anywhere, but especially so when there's a funky old Airstream involved. The Grade Cellars in Calistoga makes the most delicious Sauvignon Blanc called Sea Fog. If you're every...
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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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961 Ukiah St, Mendocino, CA 95460, USA
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Anytime we get anywhere near Mendocino, we have to stop at the Brickery, the stand-alone bakery behind the renowned Cafe Beaujolais restaurant. This is where the breads are baked for the restaurant, but the bakers also sell retail right out the...