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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.

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.


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