Family Wineries & Fall Colors in the Sierra Foothills

Each year I plan a November visit to the wine regions of the Sierra Foothills to photograph the amazing vistas of fall color and visit some of my favorite winemakers in California. Harvest (and the few weeks following) is the most romantic time of year to be in a vineyard; the vines are heavy with […]

Anderson Valley: The Perfect Weekend Getaway

An Anderson Valley winemaker once told me, “If you see redwoods growing, Pinot Noir can’t be far away.” Thanks to the cooling influence of the fog that follows the Navarro River through much of Anderson Valley, grapes like Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer are able to flourish amongst vast groves of verdant redwoods. It’s one of […]

Pet-Friendly Getaways – Sonoma Wine Country

There are few places in California that are prettier right now than springtime in Sonoma County. Vineyards are awakening with leafy canopy, blazing yellow mustard flowers are in full bloom, and goats and sheep—nature’s lawn mowers—are busy grazing upon vibrantly green hills and pastures. And who better to share these harbingers of summer and good […]

Girlfriend Getaways to Santa Rosa

Wine country weekends and romance go hand in hand. Whether you’re significant other is trying to score points or get out of the doghouse, you really can’t go wrong. But there comes a time when you try shaking things up a bit! Leave the husband or boyfriend at home (you can blame the idea on […]

Affordable Getaways – Sonoma Wine Country

The #1 complaint I receive from folks who visit the Wine Country is that it’s just too expensive. By the time you end up paying for lodging, dining, and a few bottles of wine, you’re out a thousand bucks for a weekend getaway. My advice? Book a hotel room in Santa Rosa for as little […]

Secrets of Sonoma V – 16 Ways to Woo Your Lover

Secrets of Sonoma V – 16 Ways to Woo Your Lover

Let’s face it—there’s always room for improvement when it comes to romance. Our intentions are good, but it’s the execution that’s lacking. Well, here’s a little nudge to get you moving in the right direction—a roundup of some of the most romantic hotels, B&Bs, spas, and restaurants in Sonoma County. These are all sure things; […]

Vineyard Adventures in Sonoma County

Vineyard Adventures in Sonoma County

If you’ve never done it before, you’re just going to have to trust me on this one: Taking a guided vineyard tour in Sonoma County is one of the most interesting and enjoyable ways for a Northern Californian to spend his or her day off. The experience of tasting a wine while you’re standing in […]

A Visit To Tri-Valley

A Visit To Tri-Valley

At the top of my list of “Who knew?” weekend getaway destinations is Tri-Valley, a triangle-shaped region about 30 miles southeast from San Francisco that’s best known for its pleasant Mediterranean climate, award-winning wine region, and the historic downtown areas of Pleasanton, Livermore, and Danville. Think of it as an affordable, crowd-free, and closer alternative […]

Wine Country With Kids

A weekend getaway to Napa or Sonoma County used to mean leaving the kids with Grandma. But times have changed and California’s Wine Country isn’t just for grown-ups anymore. Kids may not want anything to do with those funny looking grapes, but that doesn’t mean they won’t savor their vacation just as much as you. An area whose claim to fame is first class wine can also claim fabulous food, unforgettable parks, and quite simply some great outdoor spaces where kids can run around and be… kids.