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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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10 Romantic Getaways for Valentine’s Day

 

Romantic Valentine's Day Getaways © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday – the timing couldn’t be better to romance your honey all weekend long.  But where do you go and what do you do? No worries… we’ve put together a list of our Top 10 Romantic Getaways for Valentine’s Day. Each destination includes a brief description of fun things to do and a link to sightseeing tours and activities. Have fun celebrating with your sweetie and make it a Valentine’s Day to remember.

1.  San Francisco, CA

It’s no secret that San Francisco is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. It’s also a top foodie destination. We may be a teeny bit biased because we live here, but it is really is a very special place. Whisk your honey away on a scenic twilight bay cruise with the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the city skyline as your backdrop. Explore North Beach and its outdoor cafes, a perfect spot for a cappuccino and espresso. Enjoy a romantic Italian dinner, then take your honey to see Beach Blanket Babylon, a hilarious, one-of-a-kind, only-in-San Francisco show featuring song, dance and comedy – it’s so good, we’ve seen it four times! Visit Fisherman’s Wharf and feast on San Francisco’s famous sourdough bread and fresh Dungeness Crab. For a romantic setting overlooking the ocean, head over to the Cliff House for cocktails and dinner as the sun sets over the Pacific. If you have time, take a fun day trip along California’s spectacular coastline and visit Monterey and Carmel – both offer a truly romantic setting for Valentine’s Day.
Click here to find more fun things to do in San Francisco and the Bay Area

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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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October 2011 – “Fun Things To Do” in the San Francisco Bay Area… and beyond

Half Moon Bay Pumpkins - Halloween

Fall is here and there’s plenty of fun outdoor activities to enjoy – for kids and adults alike! Check out these October/Halloween Events & “Fun Things To Do” in the San Francisco Bay Area… and beyond in our Love to Eat and Travel October Calendar of Events. Be sure to check our Blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Love to Eat and Travel web site each month for updates throughout the year. Enjoy!

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