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Recommended attractions in Northern California
Bodega Bay
Sonoma Coast State Beaches, Off California Highway 1
Fourteen beaches make us this state park stretching from Jenner to Bodega Bay. Follow the "Coastal Access" signs. One of the most scenic of the
beaches is Goat Rock, where the Russian River meets the Pacific. There's a colony of breeding harbor seals there between March and August.
Phone:  707.875.3483
Hours:  Park kiosk is open
from 10AM to 8PM;
closing at 4PM
off season
Parking:   4USD

Sonoma Coast Visitors Center, 850 California
Highway 1
You can get information about the Sonoma Coast beaches and other area state parks at this visitor's center.
Phone:  707.875.3866

Bolinas Peoples Store, 14 Wharf Road, 94924
This country store is a local landmark. Stop by for fresh produce and fun browsing.
Phone:  415.868.1443
Hours:  8:30AM to 6:30PM daily

Boonville (Anderson Valley)
Anderson Valley Brewing Company, 17700 Highway 253, 95415
Twice recognized as one of the Top Ten Breweries of the Year at the World Beer Championships, Anderson Valley is best known for Boont Amber Ale and Hop Ottin IPA. If you make reservations in advance, you can take one of the daily tours of their 30-barrel facility.
Phone:  707.895.2337 or 800.207.2337 Reservations requeste
Fax:  707.895.2353
Hours:  Tours given daily at 1:30PM and 4PM
Tours:   5USD Includes daily specialty sampler, and a coupon for $5 off any retail purchase of $10 or more

Boonville Farmers' Market, Boonville Hotel parking lot
Shop for fresh produce, crafts, and gourmet goodies at this colorful Saturday morning market in the Anderson Valley.
Phone:  707.964.6340
Hours:  10AM to noon Saturdays from May through October
Admission is free  

Calistoga (Napa Valley)
Calistoga Spa and Hot Springs, 1006 Washington Street, 94515
Calistoga Spa has four mineral pools for soaking and health and beauty treatments including volcanic ash mud baths and massages.
Phone:  707.942.6269
Hours:  8:30AM to 9PM daily
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Chateau Montelena Winery, 1429 Tubbs Lane, 94515
Housed in a 19th-century French-style chateau surrounded by Chinese gardens and a man-made lake, Chateau Montelena is one of the most appealing wineries in Calistoga. Chateau Montelena participated in a blind taste test in 1976 in which French judges proclaimed their 1973 Montelena Chardonnay the best of the batch. Today, they produce award-winning Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Phone:  707.942.5105
Fax:  707.942.4221
Hours:  9:30AM to 4PM daily; tours are at 2PM and require reservations
Tastings:   10USD
Tours:  25USD

Clos Pegase Winery, 1060 Dunaweal Lane, 94515
Clos Pegase is noteworthy because it was designed by architect Michael Graves as a "Temple of Wine." The result is a postmodern interpretation of an ancient Mediterranean structure. Clos Pegase produces Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their visitor's center has a gift shop and you can picnic under 300-year-old oaks.
Phone:  707.942.4981
Fax:  707.942.4993
Hours:  10:30AM to 5PM daily; tours at 11AM and 2PM daily
Tastings from:   4USD

Indian Springs Resort and Spa, 1712 Lincoln Avenue, 94515
Indian Springs has the largest mineral pool in the area and an Arts and Crafts bathhouse that was built in 1913. Come for a soak or a volcanic mud bath, mineral bath, or massage.
Phone:  707.942.4913 Reservations recommended
Fax:  707.942.4919
Hours:  9AM to 8PM daily; pool is open from 11AM to 5PM
Treatments from:   60USD

Lavender Hill Spa, 1015 Foothill Boulevard, 94515
This spa is the place for couples who both want to be pampered. You can get a Volcanic mud bath, a seaweed bath, an herbal wrap, reflexology, or aromatherapy treatments. Reservations are required. Weekend appointments should be made three weeks in advance.
Phone:  800.528.4772 or 707.942.4495
Hours:  9AM to 9PM daily
Treatments from:   60USD

Old Faithful Geyser of California, 1299 Tubbs Lane, 94515
Old Faithful Geyser is one of just three regularly spouting geysers in the world. It shoots jets of steam and water 60 feet into the sky every 35 to 50 minutes.
Phone:  707.942.6463
Hours:  9AM to 6PM daily
Admission:   8

Schramsberg Vineyards, 1400 Schramsberg Road, 94515
When Richard Nixon toasted Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai in 1972, it was with a glass of Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc. The two-and-one-half miles of caves here were hand-dug by Chinese laborers at the turn of the century and the winery became a designated California Landmark in 1957. Tours by appointment only.
Phone:  800.877.3623 or 707.942.2414
Fax:  707.942.5943
Hours:  daily by appointment
Tastings from:   25

Sterling Vineyards, 1111 Dunaweal Lane, 94515
This winery south of Calistoga is one of the most striking in Napa. The white-washed building looks like it was plucked from Santorini and placed on a 300-ft. hill overlooking the valley. The winery is reached by an aerial tramway from the parking lot and there's a visitor's center and self-guided tour. Sterling produces Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Phone:  800.726.6136
Hours:  10:30AM to 4:30PM daily
Aerial tram and tastings:   15USD

The Sharpsteen Museum, 1311 Washington St, 94515
Created by Ben Sharpsteen, a Disney animator for 30 years, the Sharpsteen Museum contains several dioramas of early Calistoga and one of Calistoga's 14 orginal cottages.
Phone:  707.942.5911
Fax:  707.942.6325
Hours:  11AM to 4PM daily
Admission:   3USD

Fort Bragg (Mendocino)
Anchor Charter Boats, Inc., Noyo Harbor
This charter company operates rock, salmon, halibut and albacore fishing, and whale-watching cruises from Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg.
Phone:  707.964.4550
Hours:  Call for reservations and times
Fishing trips from:   70USD
Whale-watching trips from:  30USD

Mackerricher State Park, Off California Highway 1, 95460
This state park 3 miles north of Fort Bragg has tide pools, beaches, and more than 90 species of birds.
Phone:  707.964.9112
Hours:  Kiosk is open from 8AM to 5PM
Parking:   5USD

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 18220 North Highway One, 95437
The country's only public garden fronting directly on the ocean, this 47-acre park includes formal gardens, azaleas and rhodies, pine forests, and a variety of ferns.
Phone:  707.964.4352
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily; closing at 4PM off season
Admission:   7USD

North Coast Brewing Company, 444 North Main Street, 95437
One of the "Top Ten Breweries of the World" according to the Beverage Tasting Institute, North Coast is best known for their Red Seal Ale.
Phone:  707.964.2739
Hours:  Tours Saturdays at noon, no reservations required
Admission is free  

Noyo Fishing Center, 32440 North Harbor Drive
This charter company operates sport fishing, salmon, halibut, tuna, and whale-watching cruises from Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg.
Phone:  707.964.3000
Hours:  Call for reservations and times
Fishing trips from:   65USD

Skunk Train, Highway One & Laurel Street, 95437
Train buffs can take this vintage steam train from Fort Bragg along the Redwood Route to Willets or Northspur. Reservations are recommended. Sunset barbecue trips available Saturday nights in summer.
Phone:  707.964.6371 or 800.866.1690
Hours:  Trips depart at 9:45AM
90 minute trips from:   28
Half-day trips from:  45

Clos du Bois, 19410 Geyserville Avenue, 95441
North of Geyserville, Clos du Bois is one of the region's best wineries. They produce a highly regarded barrel-fermented Chardonnay, a Cabernet Sauvignon that's fermented for up to four weeks and then aged in oak, and a Merlot that's aged in oak for 18 months. The staff in their tasting room is extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
Phone:  707.857.3100 or 800.222.3189
Hours:  10AM to 4:30PM daily
Tastings are free  

Geyser Peak Winery , 22281 Chianti Road, 95441
This is one of the oldest wineries in Sonoma County, and one of the fastest growing. There are hiking trails on the property and a nice picnic area overlooking the Anderson Valley. Geyser Peak produces Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Merlot. Tours are by appointment only.
Phone:  707.857.9400 or 800.255.9463
Fax:  707.857.9402
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Tastings:   5USD

Glen Ellen (Sonoma Valley)
Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road , 95442
Once part of the author's 1,500-acre Beauty Ranch, this 800-acre park includes the cottage where London worked, the remains of Wolf House -- which burned mysteriously before the author and his wife could move in -- and a London museum called the House of Happy Walls.
Phone:  707.938.5216
Hours:  Park is open from 9:30AM to 5PM daily; museum is open from 10AM to 5PM
Admission:   5USD

The Benziger Family Winery, 1883 London Ranch Road, 95442
This family-owned enterprise has more to offer than just about any other winery in the region. Here, you can take a comprehensive, self-guided tour, hop on a tram pulled by a tractor for a 45-minute ride through the vineyards, visit their art gallery which showcases art commissioned for Benziger's labels, or picnic in the estate's redwood grove. Tickets for the tram tour are limited, so if you're interested, stop by early in the day.
Phone:  888.490.2739 or 707.935.3000
Fax:  707.935.3016
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily; tram tours at 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 2PM, and 3:30PM
Tastings are free  
Tram tour:  10USD

Healdsburg (Sonoma Valley)
Ferrari-Carano, 8761 Dry Creek Road
Ferrari-Carano is one of the most attractive wineries in Sonoma. Their Villa Fiore estate is surrounded by beautiful gardens and the tasting room is modeled after those in the chateaux of France. They produce Fume Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, a Tuscan-style Sangiovese/cab blend called Siena, and a Reserve Red called Tresor. Tours must be reserved two weeks in advance.
Phone:  707.433.6700
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily; tours must be reserved two weeks in advance
Tastings from:   3USD

Healdsburg Farmer's Market, North and Vine Streets
Shop for produce, wine, gourmet treats, and crafts at this local market.
Phone:  707.431.1956
Hours:  9AM to noon Saturdays from May to November and 4PM to 6PM Tuesdays from June to October

Rodney Strong Vineyards, 11455 Old Redwood Hwy, 95448
Founded in 1959, Rodney Strong was one of the first wineries in the region to vineyard-designate its wine. They produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Pinot Noir from vineyards in the Alexander, Russian River, and Dry Creek Valleys, as well as Zinfandel in the 90-year-old River West vineyard. During the summer, concerts are held on the green and there's a lovely picnic area.
Phone:  707.431.1533
Fax:  707.433.0939
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily; tours at 11AM and 3PM
Tastings are free  

Inverness (Point Reyes)
Blue Waters Kayaking, 12938 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, 94937
Blue Waters rents kayaks and equipments and leads full-, half-day, and twilight paddles on Tomales Bay. Depending on the time of year, you may see marine mammals, fish, and rare ducks, geese, shore and open-water birds as you glide through the sheltered coves.
Phone:  415.669.2600
Fax:  415.669.7835
Hours:  9AM to 5PM weekdays; 8AM to 6PM Saturdays and Sundays; 9AM to 5PM daily off season
Kayak rentals from:   30USD
Day trips from:  85USD

Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve, 25050 California Highway 1
There are hiking trails through 316 acres of rhododendron and second-growth redwood forest at this state reserve adjacent to Salt Point State Park. Spectacular in late spring when thousands of rhodies are in bloom.
Phone:  707.847.3221

Salt Point State Park, 25050 Coast Highway 1, 95450
There are good trails around Gerstle Cove and Fisk Mill Cove with great views of Sentinel Rock. The Gerstle Cove Marine Park here was one of the state's first underwater parks.
Phone:  707.847.3221
Hours:  Kiosk is open 8AM to 4PM during the season
Parking:   6USD

Kenwood (Sonoma Valley)
Chateau St. Jean, 8555 Sonoma Highway, 95452
Chateau St. Jean is styled after a Mediterranean Chateau and surrounded by lovely gardens. You can take the self-guided tour, climb the tower for fantastic views of the vineyards, and then picnic on the grounds. Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon has been served at the White House.
Phone:  707.833.4134
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Tastings are free  

Kenwood Vineyards, 9592 Sonoma Highway (Highway 12), 95452
Kenwood Vineyards was founded in 1906 when Jack London lived at the estate next door. Kenwood still grows grapes at the Jack London Ranch for its award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. The tasting and reception rooms are located in a series of old, weathered barns. You may taste up to four wines free of charge and on weekends, tastings are accompanied by food selected to complement the wine.
Phone:  707.833.5891
Fax:  707.833.1146
Hours:  Tasting room open from 10AM to 4:30PM daily
Tastings are free  

Little River (Mendocino)
Little River Inn Golf & Country Club, 7901 North Highway 1
9 holes, Par 71. This pretty, nine-hole course has ocean views from several of the tees.
Phone:  707.937.5942 Call for reservations
Greens fees from:   20USD

Lost Coast Kayaking, California Highway 1
You can paddle to the Mendocino Sea Caves or explore the Big River Estuary with this kayaking company.
Phone:  707.937.2434 Reservations required
Hours:  Kayaking trips leave at 9AM, 11:30AM and 2PM daily
Kayaking trips from:   45USD

Marin County
Golden Gate National Recreation Area Visitor's Center, Fort Mason, 94123
You can get a map and information about hikes and other activities in the GGNRA here. It's the largest urban park in the country.
Phone:  415.561.4700
Fax:  415.561.4710
Hours:  9:30AM to 4:30PM daily

Hawk Hill, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Climb this hill in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area for great bird watching. During the fall, you can see as many as 20,000 birds and 21 species of hawks.
Phone:  415.331.0731

Point Bonita Lighthouse, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
There are incredible views of San Francisco Bay and the coast from this lighthouse. But the trip, which involves a long tunnel, seven footbridges, 300 steps, and a suspension bridge, isn't for the faint of heart.
Phone:  415.331.1540
Hours:  12:30PM to 3:30PM Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays
Admission is free  

Marshall (Point Reyes)
Tamal Saka - Tomales Bay Sea Kayaking, PO Box 833, 94940
Tamal Saka rents kayaks and equipment and leads paddles on Tomales Bay, where you can see marine mammals, fish, and rare ducks, geese, shore and open-water birds as you glide through the sheltered coves.
Phone:  415.663.1743
Fax:  415.663.8797
Hours:  9AM to 6PM daily
Half-day trips from:   35USD

Catch a Canoe & Bicycles Too, Highway 1 and Comptche Ukiah Road, 95460
You can rent canoes, kayaks, and bikes from this shop at the Stanford Inn.
Phone:  707.937.5615 or 800.331.8884
Fax:   707.937.5615
Hours:  9:30AM to 5:30PM daily
Boat rentals from:   8USD

Ford House Museum & Visitor Center, 735 Main Street
Built in 1854, the historic Ford House now serves as the visitor center for Mendocino Headlands State Park. There are three miles of trails through the park which stretches from the headlands just in front of Mendocino down to Big River Beach. In spring, the park is a riot of wildflowers.
Phone:  707.937.5397
Hours:  11AM to 4PM daily

Gallery Bookshop and Bookwinkle's Children's Books, Main & Kasten Streets, 95460
With more than 40,000 titles, this is one of the best independent bookstores in the region. Great for browsing.
Phone:  707.937.2665
Hours:  9:30AM to 6PM daily; open Friday and Saturday nights until 9PM

Jug Handle State Reserve, Off California Highway 1
This 769-acre park 1 mile north of the town of Casper has a 2.5-mile self-guided trail along the "Ecological Staircase." The trail takes you from the headlands down a series of naturally formed bluffs or stairs leading to a pygmy forest of centuries old trees whose growth was stunted by the acidic soil.
Phone:  707.937.5804
Parking:   5USD

Mendocino Art Center, 45200 Little Lake St. , 95460
The art center has three galleries displaying ceramics, textiles, and jewelry, as well as fine arts and sculpture. This is a great place to shop for gifts and to get information on the local arts scene.
Phone:  707.937.5818
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily

Mendocino Jams & Preserves, 440 Main Street
You can sample all-natural jams, marmalades, chutneys, and other condiments at this cute shop on Main Street.
Phone:  800.708.1196
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily

Russian Gulch State Park, Off Caifornia Highway 1, 95460
There are some wonderful hiking trails at this park two miles north of Mendocino. You can take the path to the Devil's Punch Bowl -- a 200-ft. long tunnel with a spectacular blowhole where part of the tube collapsed. The 5.5-mile Fall Loop trail leads through old-growth forest to 36-ft. Russian Gulch Falls.
Phone:  707.937.5804
Hours:  Closed from January through March
Parking:   5USD

The Kelley House, 45007 Albion Street, 95460
Built in 1861, the Kelly House is one of the oldest homes in Mendocino. Today, it houses a small museum with articles and photographs documenting Mendocino's history.
Phone:  707.937.5791
Hours:  1PM to 4PM daily; closed Tuesday through Thursday off season
Admission:   2USD

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Muir Woods National Monument
Designated a National Monument by Teddy Roosevelt, Muir Woods has six miles of walking paths through 560 acres of redwoods -- some of which are 1,000 years old.
Phone:  415.388.7368 or 415.388.2595
Fax:  415.389.6957
Hours:  Park is open from 8AM to sunset daily;
Admission:   3USD

Napa (Napa Valley)
Antique Tours, 2205 Loma Heights Road, 94558
If you want to leave the driving to someone else and visit the Napa Valley wineries in style, call Antique Tours. They have a fleet of 1947 and 1948 Packard custom convertible limousines for individualized tours. They'll work with you to customize an itinerary. Gourmet picnic lunches are available. There is a four-hour minimum charge.
Phone:  707.226.9227
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Chardonnay Golf Club, 2555 Jamieson Canyon Road, 94558
Par 72, 18 holes. Guests can play the 18-hole Vineyards Course, which has hosted numerous tournaments including the Northern California Open in 1993. The course is ranked as one of the "Top 15" public courses in Northern California. It's signature hole -- the 14th -- is distinguished by a 22,000 square foot, six tiered green.
Phone:  800.788.0136 or 707.257.1900
Fax:  707.257.0613
Greens fees from:   59USD

Domaine Carneros, 1240 Duhig Road, 94559
Affiliated with the French Champagne house of Taittinger, Domaine Carneros occupies a Louis XV-style chateau modeled after the Taittinger family country estate. It's one of the most beautiful wineries in the Napa Valley and you can tour it free without a reservation. The tour shows how sparkling wines are made.
Phone:  707.257.0101
Fax:  707.257.3020
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily; tours begin at 10:15AM and continue on the hour from 11AM until 4PM
Tours are free  

Hess Collection Winery and Vineyards, 4411 Redwood Road, 94558
The free, self-guided tour here includes the world-class modern art collection of Donald Hess. The collection includes work by Francis Bacon, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella. The winery, which dates from 1903, once belonged to Christian Brothers and the old, stone structure has been remodeled to create a wonderful gallery. The tour ends in the tasting room of the winery which produces excellent Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Phone:  707.255.1144
Hours:  10AM to 4PM daily
Tastings from:   10USD
Tours are free  0USD

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, 5766 Silverado Trail, 94558
Stag's Leap was the second California winery to beat the French at their own game at the infamous 1976 blind taste test. Today, they produce some of the best Chardonnay to come out of California and the highly acclaimed Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon. One-hour tours are by appointment only.
Phone:  866.422.7523 or 707.261.6441
Fax:  707.257.7501
Hours:  10AM to 4:30PM daily
Tastings from:   10USD

Trefethen Vineyards, 1160 Oak Knoll Avenue, 94558
Built in 1886, Trefethen Vineyards owns the last three-level, wooden, gravity-powered winery in Napa. Trefethen wines are made exclusively from estate-grown grapes and distribution is extremely limited. Standouts include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The property has been lovingly restored and antique farming implements and wine-making tools are displayed. Tours are by appointment only.
Phone:  707.255.7700
Fax:  707.255.0793
Hours:  10AM to 4:30PM daily
Tours are free  
Tastings from:  10USD

Oakville (Napa Valley)
Oakville Grocery, 7856 St. Helena Highway, 94562
Built in the late 1880s, the Oakville Grocery is the best reason to visit tiny Oakville. They have gourmet treats from paté to hard-to-find wines ' everything for a sensation picnic or pre-dinner snack.
Phone:  707.944.8802
Hours:  9AM to 6PM Daily

Opus One, 7900 St. Helena Highway, 94562
A joint venture of Robert Mondavi and Baron Phillippe de Rothschild, Opus One combines the best of California and French wine-making. Their winery, which was designed by the architects of the TransAmerica pyramid, is a must-see for anyone who's serious about wine. Tours are by appointment only. Although the tastings here are among the most expensive in Napa, Opus One wines are superb.
Phone:  707.944.9442 Reservations required
Fax:  707.948.2496
Hours:  10AM to 4PM daily; tours at 10:30AM by appointment only
Tours are free  
Tastings:  25USD

Robert Mondavi Winery, 7801 St. Helena Highway, 94562
Modeled after a Franciscan mission, Robert Mondavi Winery is arguably the most important California winery. A consistent innovator and tireless promoter of California viticulture, Mondavi invented Fume Blanc. The 75-minute tours here are a crash course in wine-making, following the path from the vine to the glass. More extensive tours and seminars are available. See their web site for details.
Phone:  888-766-6328 ext. 82000 for reservations
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily; tasting rooms open from 10:30AM to 5PM; tours are usually at 10AM
Tasting and tour from:   25USD

Olema (Point Reyes)
Five Brooks Ranch, California Highway 1
Equestrians can go on guided trail rides or rent horses to explore the more than 120 miles of trails through the PRNS.
Phone:  415.663.1570 Reservations recommended
Hours:   9:00AM to 5:00PM daily
Horseback rides from:   400USD

Philo (Anderson Valley)
Gowan's Oak Tree, 6600 Highway 128, 95466
Founded in 1880, Gowan's sell 67 varities of apples, cider, produce, fruit, and terrific pies.
Phone:  707.895.3353
Hours:  8AM to 6PM daily; 8:30AM to 5:30PM daily in winter

Greenwood Ridge Vineyards, 5501 Highway 128, 95466
Greenwood Ridge has one of the most pleasant tasting rooms in the Anderson Valley. On sunny days, their deck overlooking the vineyards is hard to beat. And so are their wines, which include Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. Greenwood Ridge is the home of the California Wine Tasting Championships held in July.
Phone:  707.895.2002
Fax:  707.895.2001
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily

Handley Cellars , 3151 Highway 128, 95466
Founded in 1992 by the great- great-granddaughter of brewer Henry Winehard, Handley Cellars produces 14,000 cases of sparkling wines, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Rose, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir on 59 acres of the original Holmes Ranch. Their lovely tasting room is filled with folk art from Mexico, Bali, and Africa and their courtyard is available for picnics. Tastings are complimentary and tours must be reserved in advance.
Phone:  707.895.3876 or 800.733.3151 Reservations require
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily; closing at 5PM in winter
Tastings are free  

Husch Vineyards, 4400 Highway 128, 95466
Bonded in 1971, Husch Vineyards was the Anderson Valley's first winery. The Oswald family has owned Husch since 1979 and they use only grapes grown on their property. Their best wines are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer. Tours are by appointment only.
Phone:  800.554.8724
Fax:  707.895.2068
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily; closing at 5PM in winter
Tastings are free  

Navarro Vineyards, 5601 Highway 128, 95466
Lovers of Alsatian wines should not miss Navarro Vineyards. Their fruity gewurztraminer is outstanding and chances are, you haven't had it. Production is so limited that Navarro sells their wine only at their winery and via mail order. In addition to Gewurztraminer, Navarro also produces Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and excellent non-alcoholic wine.
Phone:  800.537.9463
Fax:  707.895.3647
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily; closing at 5PM in winter
Tastings are free  

Roederer Estate, 4501 Highway 128, 95466
One of France's most esteemed Champagne houses -- the Producer of Cristal -- Roederer established their Anderson Vallery winery in 1981. It produced sparkling wines following French traditions including using only the first juice from estate-grown grapes and aging in oak barrels.
Phone:  707.895.2288
Hours:  11AM to 5PM daily
Tastings:   3USD

Scharffenberger Cellars, 8501 Highway 128, 95466
This producer of top-notch sparkling wines has a long history with the Champagne houses of France. Their Blanc de Blanc Prestige Cuvee is one of California's best bubblies. And the tasting room in a restored farmhouse is very attractive. Scharffenberger was the bubbly of the Reagan white house.
Phone:  707.895.2065
Hours:  11AM to 4PM daily
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The Apple Farm, 18501 Greenwood Road, 95466
You can sample fresh fruit, chutneys, ciders, and other gourmet goodies at this 16-acre farm that belongs to the former owners of French Laundry.
Phone:  707.895.2461 or 707.895.2333

Point Arena
Point Arena Lighthouse, Off Highway 1, 95468
This 115-ft. tall lighthouse was rebuilt in 1907 after being destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. The views of the coast are terrific.
Phone:  707.882.2777
Hours:  10AM to 2:30PM Monday through Friday; 10AM to 3:30 Saturday and Sunday
Admission:   5USD

Point Reyes
Duxbury Reef Nature Reserve, Off Olema-Bolinas Road
At low tide, you can explore tidepools filled with marine life at this intertidal reef which is the largest in North America.

Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center, Point Reyes Headlands
The Lighthouse Visitor Center has displays about whales, the lighthouse itself, and the flora and geology of the region. The lighthouse is reached by 300 steps. And the views are worth it. From December through April, this is one of the best spots for viewing migrating Gray Whales. And you can see harbor seals and sea lions year 'round.
Phone:  415.669.1534
Hours:  10AM to 4:30PM Thursday through Monday
Admission is free  

Point Reyes Station (Point Reyes)
Cycle Point Reyes, California Highway 1
You can rent a variety of high-quality bikes here and get information about local trails at this location next to the Bovine Bakery.
Phone:  415.663.9164 Reservations recommended
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Friday through Sunday
Bike rentals from:   10USD

Point Reyes National Seashore Bear Valley Visitor Center, Bear Valley Road, Hwy. 1 and Sir Francis Drake, 94956
You can pick up a map and get information about hikes, guided walks, wildlife, and other activites in the Point Reyes National Seashore here.
Phone:  415.464.5100
Hours:  9AM to 5PM Monday through Friday; 8AM to 5PM weekends and holidays

Rohnert Park (Sonoma Valley)
Sonoma County Wineries Association Welcome Center, 5000 Roberts Lake Road, 94928
You can taste wines, learn more about winegrowing in Sonoma, or shop for more than 200 Sonoma County wines at this visitor's center run by the Wineries Association.
Phone:  800.939.7666 or 707.586.3795
Fax:  707.586.1383
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily
Tastings from:   10

Rutherford (Napa Valley)
Beaulieu Vineyards, 1960 St. Helena Highway, 94573
Named "Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast magazine, BV was founded by Georges de Latour in 1900. The winery pioneered aging their wines in French oak and when it became unavailable during World War II, they had American oak barrels made. Their Rutherford and Georges de Latour Private Reserve set the bar for California cabs. BV has a free tasting room and another where reserve wines are served.
Phone:  707.967.5200
Hours:  Tasting rooms are open from 10AM to 5PM daily
Tastings are free  
Reserve tastings:  10USD

Cakebread Cellars, 8300 St. Helena Highway, 94573
If you've had wine from this small, family-owned operation, chances are it was in a restaurant. Cakebread placed 7th in Wine & Spirits 2000 annual restaurant poll of the top ten wineries overall and 70% of their sales are to restaurants. Good Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvigon. Tours are by appointment only.
Phone:  800.588.0298
Fax:  707.967.4012
Hours:  10AM to 4PM daily; 90-minute tours at 10:30AM
Tastings from:   10USD Tastings and tours by appointment only
Tours:  10USD

Rubicon Estate, 1991 St. Helena Highway, 94573
This is one of the most expensive wineries in Napa, but there is a lot to see here. Housed in the old Inglenook Chateau, Rubicon Estate (previously the Niebaum-Coppola Estate) is owned by the Oscar-winning director. The restored chateau and gardens are beautiful, and you can take a 60-minute guided tour of the estate. The Centennial Museum contains items tracing the history of the Chateau and of Inglenook, as well as props, costumes and memorabilia from Coppola's films. The winery produces Rubicon, and a variety of estate and Director's Reserve wines.
Phone:  707.968.1100 or 800.782.4266
Fax:  707.967.9084
Hours:  10AM to 5PM; tours at 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, and 2:30PM daily
Admission:   25USD Includes five wine tastings, and a tour of the estate

Rutherford Hill Winery, 200 Rutherford Hill Road, 94573
There aren't many caves in the Napa Valley and the network of caves at Rutherford Hill is among the most extensive in America. More than 8,000 oak barrels are stored here. The winery is best known for its Merlot and it's one of the best in Napa for picnics. Tours are limited to 30 people, so reservations are a good idea.
Phone:  707.963.1871
Fax:  707.963.1878
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily; tours at 11:30AM, 1:30PM, and 3:30PM
Tasting fee:   5USD
Tour and tasting:  10USD

Santa Rosa (Sonoma Valley)
Lachryma Montis, West Spain Street
This pretty Victorian home was built in 1851 for General Vallejo. Today, it's furnished in the style of the period and surrounded with lovely gardens.
Phone:  707.938.9559
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   2USD

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, Santa Rosa and Sonoma Avenues, 95402
The noted American botanist spent fifty years hybridizing plants here. There are self-guided walks and tours through the gardens, exhibits about Burbank's life and work, and a gift shop with lots of horticulture books.
Phone:  707.524.5445
Hours:  Gardens are open from 8AM to dusk daily; home and museum are open April through October from 10AM to 4PM Tuesday through Sunday; tours are offered from 10AM to 3:30PM Tuesday through Sunday
Tours:   4USD

Matanzas Creek Winery, 6097 Bennett Valley Road, 95404
Matanzas Creek winery not only produces some of California's best wine, their winery is surrounded by acres of lavender. Before the lavender is harvested in June, you'd swear you were in Provence. In addition to the lavender fields, there are six beautiful gardens. You can take a self-guided tour of the grounds, enjoy a complimentary tasting, and then shop for lavender-scented products in their gift shop.
Phone:  800.590.6464
Fax:  707.571.0156
Hours:  10AM to 4:30PM daily
Tastings are free  

Robert Ripley Memorial Museum, 492 Sonoma Avenue
This museum which documents the life of "Believe or Not" cartoonist Robert Ripley is housed in the Church Built from One Tree. The church was created using the lumber from a single 275-ft. redwood. The museum displays Ripley's cartoon strips and unusual items from his world travels.
Phone:  707.524.5233
Hours:  10AM to 4PM Wednesday through Sunday from April through October
Admission:   2USD

Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau, 9 Fourth Street, 95401
The tourist information office in Santa Rosa's restored train station is a good place for maps and information about wineries and other Sonoma area attractions.
Phone:  800.404.7673

Santa Rosa Downtown Farmer's Market, 4th & B Streets
During the summer, you can shop for produce, crafts, wine, and gourmet goodies at this colorful downtown market.
Phone:  707.524.2123
Hours:  5PM to 8:30PM Wednesdays from mid-May through August

Santa Rosa Original Farm Market, SR Veterans Building Parking Lot
Shop for produce, wine, gourmet treats, and crafts at this local market.
Phone:  707.522.8629
Hours:  8:30AM to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays

Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh Street, 95401
Located in the Post Office Federal Building built in 1909, the Sonoma County Museum has about 35,000 objects relating to the history and culture of the region. There are temporary exhibits and a permanent collection of 19th-century California landscape paintings.
Phone:  707.579.1500
Hours:  11AM to 5PM Wednesday through Sunday
Admission:   5USD

Sausolito (Marin County)
The Marine Mammal Center, 1065 Fort Cronkhite, 94965
You can learn more about marine mammals and see sea lions, elephant and harbor seals being cared for by volunteers at the hospital here.
Phone:  415.289-7325
Fax:  415.289.7333
Hours:  10AM to 4PM daily
Admission is by donation  

Sonoma (Sonoma Valley)
Buena Vista, 18000 Old Winery Road, 95476
Founded in 1857, Buena Vista is the oldest premium winery in California. In fact, the history of California winemaking began here when Hungarian Count Agoston Haraszthy brought vines back from Europe. Two of the estate's buildings are registered historic landmarks, and were built using the limestone Chinese laborers excavated while digging the aging caves.
Phone:  800.926.1266 or 707.938.1266
Hours:  10:30AM to 5PM daily; self guided tours and private tours available during regular hours
Tastings from:   5USD

California Wine Tours and Transportation, 22455 Broadway, 95476
If you prefer not to drive, California Wine Tours offers group or private limousine tours of Sonoma Valley wineries. Reservations are required.
Phone:  800.294.6386 or 707.939.7225
Fax:  707.939.7240
Wine tours from:   200USD

Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves, 23555 Carneros Highway, 95476
Gloria Ferrer is owned by a Spanish family who has been making sparkling wines for more than 500 years. The family also owns Freixenet, Spain's top producer of cava and the largest sparkling wine producer in the world. The winery would look perfectly at home in Catalonia and there's a lovely veranda overlooking the rolling vineyards from which to sip your bubbly. Gloria Ferrer also produces and sells gourmet grapeseed oil and condiments. Tours are given several times a day; call for that day's schedule.
Phone:  707.996.7256
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily; tours given three times daily
Tastings from:   2USD

Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark Street, 95476
Owned by the same family for six generations, the Gundlach-Bundschu winery was named "Rhinefarm" by its founder. There's lots going on here. On summer weekends, Shakespeare's plays alternate with outdoor movies like "Dr. Strangelove" or "Barbarella" in the outdoor amphitheater. And there are hiking trails and picnic tables overlooking the pond. Guided tours include a stroll through their 10,000-ft. wine cave.
Phone:  707.938.5277
Fax:  707.938.9460
Hours:  11AM to 4:30PM daily
Tastings from:   5USD

Ravenswood Winery, 18701 Gehricke Road, 95476
Zinfandel lovers shouldn't miss Ravenswood, which has set the bar for the big, bold reds. Their slogan, "no wimpy wines," kind of says it all. They currently produce about 400,000 cases a year, of which 70% is zinfandel. Ravenswood hosts barbecues on summer weekends featuring grilled trout, salmon, ribs, or chicken. Reservations are required for tours.
Phone:  888.669.4679 or 707.933.2332
Hours:  10AM to 4:30PM daily; tours at 10:30AM by reservation only
Tastings from:   5USD
Tours from:  10USD

Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Hospitality Center, 389 Fourth Street East, 95476
Founded by an Italian winemaker in 1904, Sebastiani Vineyards underwent a seismic retrofit. You can taste Sebastiani wines, shop for European housewares, take a trolley or historical tour, at Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Hospitality Center.
Phone:  707.933.3290 or 800.888.5532 x3230
Fax:  707.933.3390
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Tours from:   5USD

Sonoma Cheese Factory, 2 Spain Street, 95476
The Viviani family has been making cheeses in Sonoma since 1931. You can get picnic supplies, including award-winning Sonoma Jack and Sonoma Cheddar cheeses, here.
Phone:  800.535.2855 or 707.996.1931
Fax:  707.935.8846
Hours:  8:30AM to 5PM daily

Sonoma French Bakery, 470 First Street East, 95476
Supplement your picnic supplies with baked goods from this delicious bakery.
Phone:  707.996.2691

Sonoma State Historic Park, 363 3rd Street West, 95476
This 49-acre park contains the Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma, the last and northernmost of the Fransican missions built in California. Today, the mission is a museum displaying 19th-century watercolors. Also in the park is the Sonoma Barracks, the headquarters of General Vallejo and his troops. Next to the Barracks is the Toscana Hotel which was built in the 1850s. It has been restored and is open for tours on the weekend.
Phone:  707.938.9560
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   5USD

Sonoma Valley Farm Market, Depot Park and Sonoma Plaza
There's a farmer's market all year long on Fridays at Depot Park. From April through October, there's an additional market Tuesday evenings on Sonoma Plaza.
Phone:  707.538.7023
Hours:  9AM to noon Fridays and 5:15PM to dusk Tuesdays April through October

Viansa Winery and Italian Marketplace, 25200 Arnold Drive, 95476
Founded by members of the Sebastiani family, Viansa Winery and Italian Marketplace is a foodie's dream. The complex was designed to resemble a Tuscan village and olive trees were imported from Italy to complete the effect, which is charming. Tours are by appointment, or you can wander on your own. The marketplace is a wonderful spot for gifts or picnic supplies. During the summer, Viansa has frequent jazz concerts at their Cucina Viansa on the Plaza in Sonoma.
Phone:  800.995.4740 or 707.935.4700
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily

St. Helena (Napa Valley)
Bale Grist Mill State Historical Park, 3369 N St. Off Highway 29
This park centers around a water-powered grist mill built in 1846. There are trails from the mill through forests and meadows.
Phone:  707.942.4575
Parking:   5USD

Beringer, 2000 Main Street, 94574-2013
Beringer is one of Napa's oldest continually operating wineries. You'll know you're there when you drive through the Row of Elms along Highway 29. The winery, which was built in 1876, is a designated historical landmark and it's one of the most impressive in Napa.
Phone:  707.967.4412
Hours:  Tours culminating with tastings are given at 10:45AM, 1:30PM, and 2PM daily.

Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, 2555 Main Street, 94574
In addition to one of the best restaurants in the region, the Napa Valley campus of the esteemed culinary school has acres of vineyards, herb and vegetable gardens, a kitchen shop, a wine store, and a museum. One-hour cooking demonstrations are given a couple of times a day. Reservations are required. The menu changes every two or three days and the schedule is available on their web site.
Phone:  707.967.2320
Hours:  Cooking demonstrations are given at 1:30PM and 3:30PM Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Friday; with an additional class at 10:30AM on Saturdays and Sunday
Web:   www.ciachef.edul
Cooking demonstrations:   12.50USD

Merryvale Vineyards, 1000 Main Street, 94574
Merryvale occupies the stone buildings of the old Sunny St. Helena Winery and their Cask Room, which is lined with 100-year-old, 2,000-gallon barrels is stunning. Their visitor's center includes a gift shop and tasting room. Weekend seminars are informative and entertaining.
Phone:  707.963.7777
Hours:  10AM to 6:30PM; wine-tasting seminars are held weekends at 10:30AM; reservations are required
Tastings from:   5USD
Seminars:  15USD

Silverado Museum, 1490 Library Lane, 94574
This museum in a wing of the St. Helena Public Library Center has more than 9,000 documents, photographs, manuscripts, and personal items relating to Robert Louis Stevenson.
Phone:  707.963.3757
Fax:  707.963.0917
Hours:  Noon to 4PM daily except Mondays
Admission is free  

St. Helena Cyclery, 1156 Main Street, 94574-2013
You can rent bikes and equipment here and get information about rides in the Napa Valley.
Phone:  707.963.7736
Fax:  707.963.5099
Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday 9:30AM to 5:30PM, Sunday 10AM to 5PM
Bike rentals from:   10USD

V. Sattui Winery, 1111 White Lane
Owned by the same family since 1885, V. Sattui is an especially pleasant spot for a picnic. You can buy gourmet supplies in their deli, which carries more than 200 kinds of domestic and imported cheeses. There's a shady, two-acre grove in which to enjoy your lunch. And you can take a self-guided tour of the estate and sample their wines for free.
Phone:  707.963.7774
Hours:  9AM to 6PM daily; closing at 5PM in winter
Tastings are free  

Stinson Beach
Audubon Canyon Ranch, 4900 Highway One, 94970
During the season, large numbers of Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets nest in the trees of the Bolinas Lagoon Preserve. You can observe them from several viewing areas and there are hiking trails through the preserve with great views of Stinson Beach.
Phone:  415.868.9244
Hours:  10AM to 4PM Saturdays and Sundays and 2PM to 4PM Tuesday through Friday by appointment from mid-March to mid-July
Admission by donation  

Point Reyes Bird Observatory, 4990 Shoreline Highway , 94970
There's a self-guided visitor's center and nature trail through the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, one of the most important ornithological research centers in the country.
Phone:  415.868.0655
Fax:  415.868.9363
Hours:  Open from dawn to 5PM daily
Admission is free  

Yountville (Napa Valley)
Above the West Ballooning, P.O. Box 2290, 94599
Above the West guarantees either four or six passenger flights above the Napa Valley and they'll pick you at your hotel. The rate includes a gourmet breakfast with sparkling wine. Reservations are required.
Phone:  800.627. 2759
Hours:  Call for schedules and reservations
Balloon flights from:   225USD

Domaine Chandon, One California Drive, 94599
Owned by the legendary French Champagne house Moet & Chandon, Domaine Chandon was the first French foray into California. With its lovely gardens, ponds, ancient oaks, and roses bordering the vines, it's a lovely spot for a stroll. The hourly tours describe the Methode Champenoise used to make sparkling wines and they're very informative. The restaurant here is must-visit, but reservations are absolutely imperative.
Phone:  707.944.2280
Fax:  707.944.1123
Hours:  10AM to 6PM Sunday through Friday, 10AM to 7PM Saturdays, May through December; 10AM to 5PM Sunday through Friday, 10AM to 6PM Saturdays, January through April
Tours from:   15USD

Napa Valley Balloons, P.O. Box 2860, 94599
Incorporated in 1980, Napa Valley Balloons is one of the oldest operators in the Napa Valley. They offer sunrise flights over the vineyards culminating in a gourmet breakfast with sparkling wine. Reservations are required at least seven days in advance.
Phone:  800.253.2224 or 707.944.0228
Fax:  707.944.0219
Hours:  Call for times and reservations
Balloon flights from:   199USD

Napa Valley Bike Tours, 6488 Washington St , 94599
You can rent top-quality bikes or arrange a wine country bike tour through Napa Valley Bike Tours. Reservations are required.
Phone:  800.707.2453 or 707.944.2953
Fax:  707.944.0121
Hours:  Call for reservations and times.
Bike rentals from:   20USD
Bike tours from:  115USD

Vintner's Golf Club, 7901 Solano Avenue, 94599
This championship 9-hole course was originally designed by Casey O'Callaghan in 1999. It was redesigned by Bob Boldt and it features three sets of tees.
Phone:  707.944.1992
Fax:  707.944.1993
Greens fees from:   25USD