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Northern California Wine Trail

by Guest Author 5 October 2016 11:32

Whether you want to take a trip with a loved one or with a group of great people, Northern California has the wineries to make your trip amazing! Here are seven of the top wineries in Northern California.

  1. The Mountain Winery:
    Saratoga, CA

    This winery is rich with history. It was founded in 1901 and is home to the famous Concert Summer Series. The Mountain Winery has played host to many celebrities and would love to treat you like one. Not only can you enjoy their tasting room, but you can check out their events.

  2. Left Bend:
    Los Gatos, CA

    Left Bend creates their wine through one of their five vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They are careful how their wines are made and remain hands-on through the process to ensure that you get an amazing Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, or Pinot Noir. Their tasting rooms are open on Thursday to Sunday from noon to seven and Sunday from noon to four.

  3. Chimney Rock Winery:
    Napa, CA

    They not only offer wine tastings and tours daily (10-5 by appointment), but they also have a classic wine tasting with a wine educator who will happily share the rich history of Chimney Rock and more. This option is $50 per person and is daily from 10 am - 4 pm.

    They also have an Estate Tour & Barrel Tasting. This unique tasting experience is in-depth and you will be given a guided tour of the estate. It is daily at 10:30 pm and 1 pm. It is $85 per person.

  4. Chateau Davell's Vineyards:
    Camino, CA

    If you are looking for unique, hand-crafted wines this is the place for you. Eric Hays and his wife, Emily Hays, bring years of experience to the table and work hard to make special wines in extremely small lots. That means you can try wines that people are not going to pick off any store shelf. If you want to try a varied range of French varietals and blends, this is the place for you.

  5. Bargetto Winery:
    Soquel, CA (Santa Cruz)

    The Bargetto Winery is the oldest winery in Santa Cruz County. It is also family operated. They have a lovely wine tasting room that includes views of the creek-side tasting room and an art gallery that showcases more than 80 years of the winery. They also offer great cheese with their whines. You can taste 5 wines for $10 or reserve tasting for $15.

  6. R&B Cellars:
    Richmond, CA

    This family owned winery not only provides unique wines, but often has the winemakers serenading you with music. Their main goal is to “delight you with something extraordinary” which they work hard to do. They have a musical theme to their winery; you will notice that each wine has been given a musical name. If you want music, a view of San Francisco, and to have a little fun come visit their tasting room Thursday - Sunday.

If one or all of these places seem like your next visit, start planning it today! Here at, we have hotels, places to eat, and more for you to plan the best trip you can.

Events throughout Northern California

by Guest Author 20 September 2016 08:42

Vacationing in another area or looking for something to do where you live in Northern California? There is almost always something going on! Let’s look at some of the events you could experience in the next year.

County Fairs

A couple of the major ones are the Sacramento County Fair and the Bay Area County Fair. They have animals, food, and rides for your enjoyment. Whether you already live there or are looking for a fun event, come check it out.

These fairs also include musical talent, so look to see if they are one of your favorites and plan accordingly so you don’t miss out.

Gilroy Garlic Festival

It’s supposed to be one of the summer’s hottest festivals. They have live music, great food, and fun people. There is also a cook-off for those of you who would like to share their love of cooking.

Stern Grove Festival

In San Francisco, they have free concerts in the park for a good majority of the summer. These weekly free musical festivals are a great way to get out of the house and hear something new.

Fresno and Sacramento Greek Festival

Every summer they have delicious Greek food for you to try. They have live entertainment and food demonstrations. At the Fresno Greek Festival, you can learn how to cook your favorite Greek dishes you tried that day. For the younger people in your life, there is a youth Olympics they can compete in.

Concerts and Shows

It doesn’t matter the season, concerts are going on all around Northern California. Whether you want to see music or comedy, start looking up your favorites and find their tickets now! You don’t want to miss out on the best hotels and concerts.

Makers Faire

Ready for an epic show and tell? San Francisco’s Makers Faire is a great place to view other inventors and engineer’s works of art. This includes large rides and cool robots you can watch and sometimes play with.

Not only can you look, but you can participate. You can sign up to show your own inventions or play with all the interactive exhibits they have.

Sacramento Gold Rush Days

California is known for the historical gold rush. During the Gold Rush Days, Sacramento turns into an old mining town and people dress in the historical period garb.

Watch them act out fun scenes and enjoy experiencing what life might have been like for you if you grew up in that era.

The Whole Earth and Watershed Festival

They have great local artists, food, and live music. They feature innovative exhibitors and fun for all ages. The best thing is that it is a free event.

You don’t have to pick one of these but you should try and experience them all.

Once you have found the right event for you, we are here to help you set up the rest of your special occasion. We have contacts for hotels, dining, and more. Start planning your fun trip to one of these great festivals, concerts, or fairs.

Fun Facts about Northern California

by Guest Author 6 September 2016 09:04

Whether you are looking to visit, writing a report, or just curious, California has many great and interesting things to offer. Here are seven fun facts about Northern California natural beauty and industry. Read about them here and hopefully you can take the time to visit them later (if you haven’t already).

  1. Largest Standing Redwood Trees in the World

    The Avenue of the Giants is a scenic strip on the old 101 highway that goes right through Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Along the way there are plenty of places to hike, camp, swim, and so much more! There are over 51,000 acres of redwoods for you to enjoy.

  2. Most Bald Eagles in the U.S.

    The largest population of bald eagles in the United States live in the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge during the winter. They have great bird watching trails for you to hike, especially in November to March. If you won’t be in the area during these months, don’t worry, there are other birds that migrate to the area during the other months.

  3. Sacramento railroad museum

    Train enthusiast? Sacramento has the largest railroad museum in North America. They restore engines and cars for exhibits. They also feature new exhibits often and happy hold events. Don’t forget around the holidays they have the Polar Express train rides!

  4. World’s Largest Landlocked Harbor is in San Francisco

    Not only is it large but there are many places to check out while you are there. These places include Alcatraz, the aquarium, and Pier 39. They also have a large history behind it. Come check it out if you haven’t already. Why just read about facts and history when you can experience for yourself.

  5. Some of the Largest Cities in the Country

    These Northern California cities include Sacramento, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, and Oakland. Each of these major cities have many people but more importantly, they have fun places to visit and see for yourself. Sacramento and San Francisco, as you have already read, have plenty of great places for you to visit.

  6. Large Wine Industry

    California produces over 17 million gallons of wine annually. Many of these vineyards are award winning and have comfortable taste testing rooms for you and your friends to have fun in. Some of these amazing vineyards are located in Northern California’s Napa Valley.

  7. Hershey Chocolate factory

    That’s right, Northern California is home of the only three Hershey’s chocolate factories in the U.S.. They are located in Oakdale and because of this chocolaty delight the south end of the town smells like fresh chocolate. YUM!

There are many other great facts of Northern California but these are a few of the fun facts that you know not only know, but can experience!

If you are looking to take a vacation and take a day trip to one of these places, we are the best source for you to plan your trip. We have listings for everything from hotels to attractions and will get you the information you need now. Check it out today!

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