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Napa Valley is Open for Fine Food and Drink

The Restaurant at CIA Copia - hanger steak close up - Credit: Deborah Grossman

The Restaurant at CIA Copia – hanger steak close up – Credit: Deborah Grossman

This post was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

In October 2017, the devastating fires in Napa and Sonoma touched nearly everyone either personally or through friends and family. As part of the recovery, Napa Valley denizens are ready and eager to welcome visitors with open arms and delicious food and drink. Weeks after the fires, my friend and I ventured to St. Helena and Napa to support the area and enjoy some good food and wine.

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Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

Napa Valley vineyard, Napa Valley Wine Country, CA – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Napa Valley vineyard, Napa Valley Wine Country, CA – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Thinking of visiting Napa and Sonoma Wine Country this year and want to avoid peak season crowds? Consider a visit during the Spring or early Summer. Although both areas are popular year-round tourist destinations, wine country tends to be especially busy from late summer to mid-October during harvest “crush” season.

Take a fun Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour from San Francisco and enjoy a leisurely day of wine-tasting in California’s historic wine country. No need to worry about drinking and driving. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views as you travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach across the Golden Gate Bridge to scenic Napa and Sonoma Valley. And yes… there’s free Wi-Fi onboard, as well as an expert friendly narrated tour guide to answer any questions and keep you entertained as you wind your way through picturesque wine country. Continue reading

New and renewed Napa and Sonoma Wineries

Gloria Ferrer Terrace - Photo Credit: Gloria Ferrer

Gloria Ferrer Terrace, Sonoma – Photo Credit: Gloria Ferrer

This post was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Napa Valley and Sonoma present a bounty of new opportunities to taste wine and learn about wine with food. Exploring wine country in Northern California is a delicious blend of the new and the historic.

A Napa Valley winery owned by an heir to the Coors beer company and the unveiling of several renovated tasting rooms lead the news for wine country. We’ll begin our vinous journey in Napa Valley and then venture to Sonoma County.

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Our Favorite Napa Breakfast Spot… on Hwy 29

Napa Valley vineyard across from Hwy 92 Cafe – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Napa Valley vineyard across from Hwy 92 Cafe – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Whenever we drive up to Napa Valley, we like to stop at the Hwy 29 Cafe for breakfast, brunch or lunch. It’s nothing fancy, but this small all-American diner has all the right ingredients for a satisfying meal – good food, enormous portions, reasonable prices, casual atmosphere and fast, friendly service with a smile 🙂 If you’re planning a day of wine-tasting, this is a good place to grab a quick bite on your way up the valley.

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Top 12 Insider’s Picks in San Francisco – Fun SF Tours

Updated January 2016

If you’re planning a visit to San Francisco, here are 12 really great tours that you can take to see San Francisco and the Bay Area, including trips to Muir Woods, Napa Valley and Yosemite National Park. This is a perfect time to be in San Francisco.

Enjoy your moment of Zen – the 90-second video above shows the Golden Gate Bridge (one of the world’s top tourist attractions) with waves lapping on the shore. Take a moment to relax, sit back and visualize being there and consider taking one of these fun San Francisco Tours:

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Downtown Napa – Tips for a Fun Weekend

 

Oh to be a kid again! Giant chair at Napa's Riverfront - © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Oh to be a kid again! Giant chair at Napa’s Riverfront – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

We often get asked about Napa Valley – where to stay, where to eat, where to go wine-tasting and fun things to do. Over the years, we’ve enjoyed exploring the quaint little towns of Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. Recently we ventured into Downtown Napa for a long weekend getaway and what a delight! We parked our car and didn’t have to drive anywhere for the whole weekend. Everything we wanted to do and see was right there, all within easy walking distance to our hotel – outdoor cafes, shops, restaurants, spas, live entertainment, wine bars and over 20 tasting rooms.

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Harvest Season: Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour

 

Napa Valley vineyard, Napa Valley Wine Country, CA – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Napa Valley vineyard, Napa Valley Wine Country, CA – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Harvest/Crush season during late summer/early fall is one of the best and most picturesque times to visit Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country.

If you’re visiting the San Francisco Bay Area and have a little time to spare, consider taking a Guided Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour from San Francisco – it’s the perfect time of year.

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Half Moon Bay World Championship Pumpkin Winners 2013

Half Moon Bay World Championship Pumpkin Winner 2013 – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Half Moon Bay World Championship Pumpkin Winner 2013 – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

For the first time in recent memory, this year’s World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, CA featured all California-grown pumpkins – and the top three winning pumpkins were all from Napa, CA. Check out the winners below, including the Most Beautiful Pumpkin 2013.

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