Wine Country Farm-to-Table Dining – fresh, flavorful, friendly

Farm-to-table dining is a food movement that emphasizes the connection between restaurants and local farmers. It’s about fresh ingredients and amazing flavors. This relatively new trend toward fresher ingredients has taken off only within the past 15 years. But think back to Berkeley in the early 1970s, and you may recall the opening of [...]

EcoTourism in Sonoma/Napa Wine Country – enjoy a big experience, leave a small footprint

It’s no surprise that tourism is a huge global industry. People love to experience new surroundings, from basking on tropical beaches to exploring ancient ruins. There’s a new trend in travel — ecotourism — that appeals to those who want to submerge themselves in the natural environment. What is ecotourism? According to The Nature [...]

By | 2018-06-26T23:59:28+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Educational, Experiences, Vacation destinations, Wine Country, Wine Country Travel|Comments Off on EcoTourism in Sonoma/Napa Wine Country – enjoy a big experience, leave a small footprint

Funky, Cool Craft Breweries — Another Side of Wine Country

Sonoma and Napa valleys have long been known for world-renown wines. Touring through the vine-studded countryside, stopping at wineries to sample exquisite vintages, and chatting with local wine aficionados always makes for an enjoyable experience. But if you want a change of pace, Wine Country is home to dozens of microbreweries. Sometimes funky, always cool, [...]

By | 2018-05-14T21:22:43+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Educational, Experiences, Microbreweries|Comments Off on Funky, Cool Craft Breweries — Another Side of Wine Country

The Key to Happiness? Experiences, Not Things.

Happiness comes from experience. I don’t mean it’s something you must learn over time — it’s something you do. We all want to feel good, and often we pursue the bright, shiny object in search of happiness. Our culture gives us the message that more money buys more happiness. Buy a bigger, better TV [...]

By | 2018-04-26T18:38:01+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Educational, Experiences|Comments Off on The Key to Happiness? Experiences, Not Things.

Sonoma Coastal Beaches — A Refreshing Escape

Everyone knows Sonoma Wine Country for its rolling hills lined with grapevines and fertile valleys. But don’t forget the coast! More than 55 miles of spectacular shoreline form the western border of Sonoma County. If you want to take a break from the inland heat and experience unparalleled beauty, head out River Road (off [...]

By | 2017-07-23T21:27:10+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Educational|Comments Off on Sonoma Coastal Beaches — A Refreshing Escape

Healdsburg Farmers’ Market — better than ever!

Sonoma Wine Country is known around the world, but the rich agricultural heritage of Sonoma County isn’t only about grapevines. It’s no coincidence this fertile valley is a gourmet’s dream. Scores of Bay Area residents, including restaurant owners, come here to shop the best ingredients for their menus — and where better to find [...]

By | 2017-07-12T21:53:52+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Educational|Comments Off on Healdsburg Farmers’ Market — better than ever!

Single Thread — New Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Healdsburg

  Single Thread — New Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Healdsburg Don’t know whether you’ve been in Healdsburg Wine Country lately, but the buzz in town is all about Single Thread Restaurant— a whole new approach to fine dining. I haven’t been there yet, but it is definitely on my 2017 must-do list. It just opened [...]

By | 2017-07-12T21:54:43+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Educational|Comments Off on Single Thread — New Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Healdsburg

St. Helena—It’s All About the Experience

Charming, intimate, upscale—the village of St. Helena offers you everything you want for a Wine Country getaway. Situated in the heart of Napa Valley between Calistoga and Yountville, it’s only about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco. This quaint community of about 6,000 residents has always been an agricultural hub. Over the years [...]

By | 2017-07-21T11:24:01+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Educational|Comments Off on St. Helena—It’s All About the Experience

Shape and Size Matter—When It Comes to Wine Bottles

Wine bottles come in many shapes and sizes. When you’re at the wine shop looking for a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, naturally you scan the shelves to find the clear bottles of white wine. What you might not realize is that you are also looking for a certain type of bottle. Each wine varietal [...]

By | 2017-07-12T21:56:35+00:00 February 25th, 2017|Educational, Wine Country, Wine Country Travel, Wine Country Vacation Rentals|Comments Off on Shape and Size Matter—When It Comes to Wine Bottles

Vacation Home Rental or Hotel—Which Is Better for You?

Vacations used to be simpler. You decided where you wanted to go, saved up your money, and reserved a hotel room. There weren’t vacation packages and bargain offers to sort through. You didn’t have much choice about where to stay, so long as your bank account was flush. Your budget was set by your [...]

By | 2017-07-12T21:57:50+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Educational, Healdsburg, CA, Napa Vacations, Sonama Vacations, vacation rental, Wine Country, Wine Country Vacation Rentals|Comments Off on Vacation Home Rental or Hotel—Which Is Better for You?