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America’s Premier Wine Country

Artisans craft wine from the oldest vineyards in America. Napa and Sonoma have led the resurgence of fine olive oils. Walk the streets of her small towns—if you’re lucky, a cheesemaker is next door to a European-style bakery. Indulge. Sit under sheltering California Oaks and feel this gentle earth, ripe with bounty. Drive to the wild Pacific, stopping to visit the redwood families, and dine on fresh seafood with peerless French bread. You’ve come to a place that’s truly blessed by nature.


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Experience the Autumn Colors of Wine Country

Harvest season, known in wine country as “crush season,” is an exuberant time of celebration in Napa and Sonoma Counties. This is when winemakers decide that the grapes are ready to be picked. Depending on the weather, and the type of wine grape, this runs from early September through late October. (Many white grapes are left on the vine as long as possible so their sugar content rises.)

An entire palette of autumn colors rises and dips over rolling hills. Palest yellows, vivid oranges, and deep reds blanket more than 100,000 acres of vineyards. The region is energized with one goal: get in the harvest before the first freeze—and you get to peek behind the curtain. Join in the spirit with intimate tastings and local grape stomps. Enjoy farm fresh produce from the stands or served up in elegant cuisine.

Imagine vineyard hikes. Intimate tastings. Driving the wine country route. Menus that feature farm-to-table fresh ingredients, including figs, pears, apples, and dates. Orchards with fresh pies and jams. Handmade chocolates, cheeses, and sparkling wines under a perfect sky. A quick drive to the ocean, a picnic under the redwoods. Come, celebrate harvest in California’s wine country.

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  • Upscale resorts and historic lodgings in the heart of wine country
  • Seated Tastings with Pairings
  • Hot air balloon ride over autumn vineyards
  • Bicycling in paradise
  • Guided Paddling Tour of Sonoma waters
  • Worthy of a Road Trip!

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Winter Adventures in Northern California

Northern California, specifically Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada’s, is one of the largest ski areas in the United States with 400” of snow each year. Winter adventures begin right around Thanksgiving and usually go through March. There are miles upon miles of wide-open, groomed trails, 1,600 foot plunges in the double-black diamond canyons, and audacious tree skiing. You can also snowboard, tube, or go cross-country skiing.

Your friends love to ski, but you’re not a fan? No problem. Imagine sledding, ice-skating, and sleigh rides. Lake Tahoe itself is a natural blue gem of crystalline water—ride a gondola for pristine views. World-class dining and shopping are near resorts and in the quaint town of Truckee. (Your lodging choices range from high-end resorts to historic cabins.) Want to see what the avid fuss is about? Take skiing lessons!

North Tahoe is a unique winter experience unified by 12 towns, and each has an adventurous spirit. South Tahoe has extraordinary areas such as Heavenly and Squaw Valley. (Squaw Valley has 42 lifts, 6,000 skiable acres, 270 trails, 60 restaurants, bars, shops, and galleries. Heavenly is similar, and both are good for all levels of skiers.) Want a real experience? Slap on some snowshoes and explore with a friend, then get into a hot tub surrounded by now. Heaven? Truly.

Inspired Winter Resorts: Sugar Bowl, Heavenly, Squaw Valley

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  • Ride a gondola above Lake Tahoe
  • Go for a sleigh ride
  • Check nearby casinos for games of chance and entertainment
  • Family and Friends private ski lessons
  • Customized Mountain Bike Tours
  • Lake Tahoe scenic photography tour and lesson

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SONOMA

Sonoma Culinary & Wine Discovery

America’s original wine country welcomes you. Healdsburg, one of the best small towns in America, is a pure charmer with a fine array of dining and eclectic shops. In this region of bounty, you’ll want a first-class cooking experience. Savor the goodness. Follow it up with an intimate winery tour and tasting. Relax. Now, head out to the wild California coast.

Redwood forests are a sanctuary of unparalleled grace. Consider ziplining through the trees. Pure joy. Follow the Russian River west until it meets the Pacific, and enjoy an adventure with a naturalist. After two days of ocean air, Sonoma’s historic plaza calls. Taste wine on a mountain top, take in the views, ride horseback through a vineyard estate, and top it off with an exquisite cheese-making class. Life is beautiful.

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  • Heart of Wine Country Hands-On Cooking Class
  • Luxury Winery Tours and Tastings
  • Tour through the Redwoods
  • Hiking or Kayaking Experience on the Coast
  • Horseback Ride through Vintner’s Estate—Wine Tasting and Lunch
  • Unique Cheese Making Class

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NAPA

Napa Wine Country Escape

A private chauffeur takes you from the airport to your Napa Riverfront Retreat where your 4 night Wine Country Escape awaits, relax for your first day in your iconic setting of Napa Town.
Day 2 you will be whisked away by your private chauffeur on a memorable wine journey. Begin with a flight of sparkling wine as you sit in a chateau overlooking expansive vineyards. Take a break in Sonoma, diving into eclectic shops and bakeries, and then revel in a private cave tour at the legendary Buena Vista, founded in 1857.

The Napa Valley wine train is a tasty prelude to your castle winery. A castle in Napa? Yes.
The following day, your chauffeur welcomes you to an enchanted redwood grove. Winding through lush vineyards and orchards, you’ll arrive at an iconic Sonoma wine retreat, home of sixty unique wines. The vintners at each winery tease magic from the soil. Your Napa sojourn is the stuff of memories.

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  • Private Cave Tour of Oldest Winery in California, Founded 1857
  • Napa Valley Wine Train with Multiple-Course Gourmet Lunch
  • 13th-century-style Medieval Tuscan Castle and Winery
  • Chauffeur to Redwood Forest
  • Francis Ford Coppola’s Estate with Wine Tasting

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Napa County & Sonoma County, California

America’s premier wine country holds its own on the world stage of finest in every class. Napa is home to more than 200 wineries, some boutique and others you’ll see on the menus of upscale restaurants. Sonoma wine country is just west, over low hills that are the soft color of a lion’s paw. Sonoma’s wine country roads are, perhaps, easier to navigate—they range all the way past the redwoods to the Pacific.

Both areas have a colorful past. The Transcendental Movement in Napa was brought to life by Robert Louis Stevenson. Miners went to escape the cold of the Sierras. (The Indigenous people of both areas were brought to the edge of extinction.) Started by mountain men, the Bear Flag rebellion in Sonoma created a new country called California. The land is still a miracle of nature’s bounty.

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