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Things to do in Northern California During the Holidays

by Guest Author 9 November 2016 13:31

The holiday season is upon us and many people are looking for fun things to do that they have not experienced already. If you are looking for the best place to enjoy the holidays with your family or friends, here are a few suggestions of what to do in Northern California. These places are loved by many and you are sure to enjoy yourself there.

  1. Outdoor Ice Rinks
  2. Throughout the state there are many ice rinks. Yosemite National Park has a beautiful one that is open to the public. They offer a heated tent for you to change your shoes in and across the street is the perfect place to get something warm to drink.

  3. San Francisco tree lighting, concerts, and more
  4. If you are looking for more than on holiday festivity to enjoy in one day, then San Francisco is the perfect place. They have plays, concerts, tree lighting, and more planned for this year. Whether it’s your first time or hundredth, you will see something new during the holiday season.

  5. The Polar Express Train
  6. Many states have their own version of the Polar Express and Northern California is no different. Cities such as Sacramento, Biggs, and other cities have their own stop where children can visit with Santa and tell them what they would like for Christmas this year.

  7. Fairytale Land in Sacramento
  8. Fairytale Land has festive lights and crafts set up on certain days for families to enjoy. The weekend is the best time to visit because they have Victorian carolers, even more activities, and photo ops with Santa (only $5). The weekend fun happens on December 8th-11th and 15th-18th. Start planning your trip today.

  9. Christmas Convoy through the Redwoods
  10. Don’t miss out on seeing about 50-100 large trucks filled with lights and more convoy through the redwoods. On December 10th, at 6pm in Eureka, you can grab a spot on the road and watch an amazing parade of lights and entertainment.

  11. Six Flags Global Kingdom Festivities
  12. They have more than one event going on this holiday season. On November 12th they have a color run where you can come in white and leave looking like a rainbow. Then, on November 25th to January 1st you can play around with Holiday in the Park. They will have a snow globe you can enter, Santa will be there, and so much more.

    Finally, on December 11th, they are celebrating Las Posadas. You can travel around the park while enjoying mariachi music, dancing, and, of course, the rides!

  13. Christmas Tree Lane in Fresno
  14. This is fun for friends and family members of all ages. Walk down Christmas Tree Lane and you will see many houses with spectacular lights displayed for your enjoyment. Not only do you get to view these fun lights, but many houses include their own Christmas music. Also, keep an eye out when you are there for the hidden 12 reindeer. If you get cold there are a couple spots for you to grab something warm to drink.

Don’t miss out on great rooms! Plan your trip now so you don’t miss out on the perfect spot for your holiday fun! We would be happy to help you find the right hotel, food, and more on

Top Sports Teams in Northern California

by Guest Author 27 October 2016 12:10

Can’t get enough of sports in your life? Northern California is filled with great athletics that will sustain your need for, well, sports. Just in case you aren’t sure which teams to follow or you want to know the top teams in the area, here they are:

  1. Golden State Warriors

    This amazing basketball team is picked to do well this next year. They have had many great players over the years and continue to capture more talent. In 2015, they defeated the Cavaliers to go onto the NBA Finals. They are located in Oakland, California.

  2. San Francisco Giants

    Not only are the Giants a great baseball team (Their most recent World Series victories are in 2010, 2012, and 2014), but their stadium in San Francisco, CA is beautiful. They have surrounded the stadium with statues and more honoring past players. If you want to watch great baseball and be in an area where fans are loved, San Francisco Giants stadium is right for you.

  3. San Jose Sharks

    The San Jose Sharks saw their first chance at the Stanley Cup in 2015. Their tradition of coming out through the shark on the ice in at the beginning of the game is worth watching even if you aren’t already a hockey fan. However, beware that you might end up never wanting to miss another game of theirs.

  4. Oakland Raiders

    In Northern California, you have the opportunity to choose between two football teams. The Oakland Raiders continue to improve with California native Derek Carr leading the way. Their stadium has lots of history and the fans are well, enthusiastic. Check them out and watch a great football game this season.

  5. San Francisco 49ers

    The 49ers are a fun team to watch, especially when they play one of their biggest rivals, the Seattle Seahawks. This team, even though they are associated with San Francisco is playing in Santa Clara in Levi’s Stadium.

  6. Oakland Athletics (A’s)

    The Oakland A’s is another great baseball team in Northern California. Their most recent titles are the West Division titles in 2012 and 2013. Fun fact, the A’s were named after a local gentlemen’s club in Philadelphia. While they were once located in Philadelphia, they have been located in Oakland since 1968.

  7. San Jose Earthquakes

    Who is ready for some fun soccer chants and relaxation? San Jose Earthquakes have been around for 22 years (They used to be the San Jose Clash). In 2014, they made it to the CONCACAF Championships. They currently play in Avaya Stadium in San Jose.

  8. Sacramento Kings

    The Sacramento Kings are the only professional team in Sacramento, CA. The Kings have made some great changes to their roster for the next season. Come check it out. For the 2016-2017 seasons they will be playing in the Golden 1 center.

If you want to plan a trip to check out any one of these teams we will help you find the things you need for a great trip. From directions, to the hotel, and more we are waiting to help you!

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.


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