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Beth & Sarah Waxse in Northern California Redux

Destination(s): Oakland

Arrive from NYC To beautiful OAKLAND on day one. Day Two, move to the elegant Berkeley City Club for ravishing two night stay. Tuesday -- awake to a scent of lavendar and fresh crushed grapes. DASH to Napa/Sonoma for a wine-filled trip North, ending at Chez Marzetta. Three night stay includes woodchips, water, trees, 4 cases of wine. Return to Oakland on Friday Fly to NYC on Saturday read more about Beth & Sarah Waxse in Northern California Redux

Rubicon Estate

Rubicon Estate

  • 1991 St Helena Highway
  • Hwy 29, Rutherford
  • tel:(707) 968-1100 / (800) 782-4266
  • Visit website
  • Rutherford, 94573
Silver Oak Cellars

Silver Oak Cellars

  • 24625 Chianti Road
  • tel:(800) 273-8809
  • Visit website
  • Geyserville, 95441
Kunde Family Estate

Kunde Family Estate

  • 9825 Sonoma Highway
  • tel:(707) 833-5501
  • Visit website
  • Kenwood, 95452

Over the past one hundred years, five generations of the Kunde family have farmed our 2000 acre estate in Sonoma County's fabled Valley of the Moon. From the valley floor, to the rolling hills, to the towering, terraced slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, we grow and harvest more than twenty wine grape varietals to create ultra-premium, estate wines that capture the beauty and flavors of this land. read more about Kunde Family Estate

Rochioli Winery

Rochioli Winery

  • 6192 Westside Drive
  • tel:(707) 433-2305
  • Visit website
  • Healdsburg, 95448

Rochioli Vineyards has definitely earned its place in the pantheon of stellar winemaking. Year after year, wines coming from the Rochioli vineyards rank at the top of virtually every winelover's wish list. After his father spent more than a decade farming the land, Joe Rochioli purchased the vineyards in the late 1950s. He was certain that specific varietals would do best in the unique microclimate of the Russian River Valley. When his son, Tom, began to produce the first Rochioli wines in the mid 1980s, the immediate results were spectacular. The outstanding quality of the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, which come from this vineyard, made it clear that the Rochiolis were outstanding winemakers. read more about Rochioli Winery

Le Colonial

Le Colonial

  • 20 Cosmo Place
  • Off Taylor St., between Post and Sutter sts
  • tel:415/931-3600
  • Visit website
  • San Francisco, 94109
Clos Pegase

Clos Pegase

  • 1060 Dunaweal Lane
  • tel:(707) 942-4981
  • Visit website
  • Calistoga, 94515

Named in honor of Pegasus, this Calistoga winery produces value priced wines. read more about Clos Pegase

Caymus Vineyards

Caymus Vineyards

  • 8700 Conn Creek Road
  • tel:(707) 963-4204
  • Visit website
  • Rutherford, 94573
Loxton Winery

Loxton Winery

  • 11466 Dunbar Road
  • tel:(707) 935-7221
  • Visit website
  • Glen Ellen, 95442

Loxton sources premium grapes from a variety of vineyards with whom they have long-term relationships and can take an active role in the farming of the vines. read more about Loxton Winery

Arista Winery

Arista Winery

  • 7015 Westside Road
  • tel:(707) 473-0606
  • Visit website
  • Healdsburg, 95448

Founded in 2002 in Sonoma County, Arista Winery focuses on Pinot Noir with many small offerings, each an expression of an outstanding local vineyard. Above all, we are devoted to the potential of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. Partners John Copeland and Al McWilliams are developing the Arista Estate on the benchlands above scenic Westside Road - planting vineyards and building a winery and public tasting room. They are collaborating with local growers whose grapes consistently meet the high standards for vineyard-designated wines. read more about Arista Winery

Camron-Stanford House

Camron-Stanford House

  • 1418 Lakeside Drive
  • tel:(510) 444-1876
  • Visit website
  • Oakland, 94602-4307
Barnett Vineyards

Barnett Vineyards

  • 4070 Spring Mountain Road
  • tel:(707) 963-7075
  • Visit website
  • St. Helena, 94574
Paradigm Winery

Paradigm Winery

  • 1277 Dwyer Road
  • tel:(707) 944-1683
  • Visit website
  • Oakville, 94562
Burgess Cellars

Burgess Cellars

  • 1108 Deer Park Road
  • P.O. Box 282
  • tel:(800) 752-9463
  • Visit website
  • St. Helena, 94574
Corison Winery

Corison Winery

  • 987 St. Helena Highway
  • St. Helena
  • tel:(707) 963-0826
  • Visit website
  • St. Helena, 94574
Camellia Cellars

Camellia Cellars

  • 57 Front Street
  • tel:(707) 433-1290
  • Visit website
  • Healdsburg, 95448
DeNatale Vineyards

DeNatale Vineyards

  • 11020 Eastside Road
  • Sonoma County
  • tel:(707) 431-8460
  • Visit website
  • Healdsburg, 95448
Hawley Wine

Hawley Wine

  • 6387 West Dry Creek Road
  • Dry Creek Valley
  • tel:(707) 431-2705
  • Visit website
  • Healdsburg, 95448
Fisher Vineyards

Fisher Vineyards

  • 6200 St. Helena Road
  • tel:(707) 539-7511
  • Visit website
  • Santa Rosa, 95404
Forchini Winery

Forchini Winery

  • 5141 Dry Creek Road
  • Sonoma County
  • tel:(707) 431-8886
  • Visit website
  • Healdsburg, 95448
Gary Farrell Wines

Gary Farrell Wines

  • 10701 Westside Road
  • tel:(707) 473-2900 / (707) 473-2909
  • Visit website
  • Healdsburg, 95448
Point Reyes Beach

Point Reyes Beach

  • 10701 Westside Road
  • tel:(415) 464-5100
  • Visit website
  • Point Reyes Station, 94956

This beach is also known as Great Beach, because it extends over ten miles along the western border of the park. Viewing scenery, tide pooling and exploring are popular activities at this site. read more about Point Reyes Beach

Botanic Garden, Tilden

Botanic Garden, Tilden

  • Wildcat Canyon Rd At Shasta Rd
  • tel:(510) 562-7275
  • Visit website
  • Berkeley, 94708

The Regional Parks Botanic Garden was founded on January 1, 1940. It is devoted to the collection, growth, display, and preservation of the native plants of California. read more about Botanic Garden, Tilden

Mecca

Mecca

  • 2029 Market Street
  • (Between Dolores & 14th streets)
  • tel:(415) 621 7000
  • Visit website
  • San Francisco, 94110
Boulevard

Boulevard

  • 1 Mission St
  • Between Embarcadero and Steuart sts
  • tel:415/543-6084
  • Visit website
  • San Francisco, 94105
Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt

  • At the corner of Bellevue and Grand avenues
  • tel:(510) 238-7275
  • Visit website
  • Oakland, 94610

A shallow, 195-acre lake in downtown Oakland lies in the heart of Oakland. Close to the Piedmont neighborhood, the Lake Merritt area is home to a story book children's park, Children's Fairyland, a farmer's market every Saturday, parks, playgrounds, a boating center and more. It's also a place to view more than 29 species of local and migratory birds. The Rotary Nature Center, Northern California's oldest Wildlife Refuge, hosts a bird feeding every day at 3:30pm. In the mornings and evenings, walkers, joggers, cyclists and fitness groups take to the shores to exercise, while dogs, kids and birds frolic in the grass. Within walking distance of the Lake View dining and shopping, Lake Merritt an idyllic place to spend an afternoon in Oakland. read more about Lake Merritt

Asian Art Museum

Asian Art Museum

  • 200 Larkin St
  • Civic Center Plaza
  • tel:(415) 668-8921
  • Visit website
  • San Francisco, 94102

San Francisco's Asian Art Museum can be best described in one word: staggering. As in, the western world's largest museum solely dedicated to Asian art. As in, a grand building with three floors of displays constituting only a fraction of the museum's full permanent collection. We did say 'staggering.' The Asian Art Museum's second and third floors take visitors on a tour of all regions of the continent dating back thousands of years, with excellent attention to history and culture in the text descriptions accompanying objects. The first-floor special exhibits exclusively feature contemporary Asian art. Located directly across from City Hall, the Asian Art Museum is also a quick walk away from the hip neighborhood of Hayes Valley, chockablock with unique boutiques, great restaurants, and local fave Blue Bottle Coffee. read more about Asian Art Museum

Sapphire Hill Vineyards

Sapphire Hill Vineyards

  • 51 Front Street
  • tel:(707) 431-1888
  • Visit website
  • Healdsburg, 95448
Schramsberg Vineyards

Schramsberg Vineyards

  • 1400 Schramsberg Road
  • Off Hwy 29, Calistoga
  • tel:(707) 942-2414/ (800) 877-3623
  • Visit website
  • Calistoga, 94515
Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt

  • At the corner of Bellevue and Grand avenues
  • tel:(510) 238-7275
  • Visit website
  • Oakland, 94610
Rutherford Hill Winery

Rutherford Hill Winery

  • 200 Rutherford Hill Road
  • tel:(707) 963-1871
  • Visit website
  • Rutherford, 94573
Deux Amis Winery

Deux Amis Winery

  • 1960 Dry Creek Road
  • Sonoma County
  • tel:(707) 431-7945
  • Visit website
  • Healdsburg, 95448
Medjool

Medjool

  • 2518 Mission St
  • tel:(415) 550 9055
  • Visit website
  • San Francisco, 94110
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

  • 100 Pythian Road
  • tel:(800) 543-7713 x242
  • Visit website
  • Santa Rosa, 95409
A. Rafanelli Winery

A. Rafanelli Winery

  • 4685 West Dry Creek Road
  • tel:(707) 433-1385
  • Visit website
  • Healdsburg, 95448
Ballentine Vineyards

Ballentine Vineyards

  • 2820 St. Helena Highway North
  • tel:(707) 963-7919
  • Visit website
  • St. Helena, 94574
Hanger One

Hanger One

  • 2601 Monarch Street
  • tel:(510) 769-1601
  • Visit website
  • Alameda, 94501

Ansley Coale and Jorg Rupf played major roles in bringing old-fashioned European distilling methods to California in the early 1980s. Twenty years later, they decided to turn vodka into something genuinely wonderful. read more about Hanger One

Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park

  • Stanyan & Fulton Sts
  • (Great Highway at Fulton St)
  • tel:(415) 831-2700
  • Visit website
  • San Francisco, 94118

Spanning three miles from the edge of Haight-Ashbury all the way to the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Park contains so many mini-universes and attractions you'll want to (literally) stop and smell the roses on several occasions. Die-hard nature lovers can check out the Rose Garden, the Conservatory of Flowers, or the famous Japanese Tea Garden, featuring a classic pagoda, cherry blossoms, and landscaping straight out of the Land of the Rising Sun. Golden Gate Park's natural highlight, however, is the San Francisco Botanical Garden, which features a horticultural trip around the world (don't miss the redwood grove and succulents section).
Don't miss Golden Gate Park's two world-class museums, the California Academy of Sciences and the De Young Museum. Both were completely rebuilt in their original locations in the past decade, and are worth a visit for their architecture alone. The park is also the perfect place to get active. There are tons of walking paths, several public tennis courts, an affordable pitch and put nine-hole golf course, sport fields, and picnic grounds. You can even rent a boat and head out for a delightful row on Stow Lake. Spring, summer, and fall bring a number of events to Golden Gate Park, including bluegrass, rock, and hip-hop concerts and Shakespeare in the Park performances. read more about Golden Gate Park

Gondola Servizio

Gondola Servizio

  • Hatt Market
  • tel:(510) 663-6603 / (866) 737-8494
  • Visit website
  • Oakland, 94617

Wish to be transported to Renaissance Italy? Couples, take a ride in a Gondola and hold hands - you would notice how the the atmosphere turns magical, as romance fills the air. Go on enjoy. Shakespeare himself must have written Romeo and Juliet, while pinning away in these romantic boats. read more about Gondola Servizio

de Young Museum

de Young Museum

  • 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
  • (Golden Gate Park)
  • tel:(415) 863-3330
  • Visit website
  • San Francisco, 94118

Renovated in 2005, de Young Museum's ultra-modern design stirred up quite the controversy in San Francisco when it was first reopened. However, locals warmed to the sleek, angular exteriors once they experienced the museum's indoor wonders. Perhaps San Francisco's most eclectic art museum, the de Young features permanent collections of American art, indigenous art and artifacts from around the world (including masks from Oceania, basketry from Africa, and pottery from the Americas), crafts and textiles, and graphic arts. And then there are the rotating special exhibits, which have proven to be the not-to-miss art events of the season, featuring the likes of ancient Egyptian relics or 20th century fashion designer retrospectives. read more about de Young Museum

Jackson Ridge Vineyards

Jackson Ridge Vineyards

Ferry Building Marketplace & Farmer's Market

Ferry Building Marketplace & Farmer's Market

  • Ferry Building Marketplace
  • One Ferry Building
  • tel:(415) 693-0996
  • Visit website
  • San Francisco, 94111

While ferries still run from this historic building, it's also been transformed into a veritable shrine to food. The San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace is chockablock with eateries, specialty culinary stores, and gift shops. Dining highlights include the mouth-watering burgers at Taylor's Refresher, the decadent sandwiches at Lulu Petite (the egg salad with truffle-artichoke pesto on brioche is truly the nectar of the gods), and the Vietnamese-inspired deliciousness of SF's legendary Slanted Door. Shopping for some special culinary treats? Stock up on loads of rare mushrooms and truffle salt at Far West Fungi, the finest fromage at local fave Cowgirl Creamery's Artisan Cheese Shop, and creative chocolate flavor combinations Rechiutti Confections. Want to sample local farmers' bounty? The San Francisco Farmer's Market convenes behind the Ferry Building every Tuesday and Saturday, and features stalls upon stalls of produce, meat, eggs, cheese, baked goods, and prepared foods (we love the tamales and crepes, but everything is tasty). Vendors are friendly and always willing to allow shoppers a sample taste or a detailed explanation of farming practices. After all that munching, take a brisk walk on the Embarcadero past piers and views of the Bay Bridge. read more about Ferry Building Marketplace & Farmer's Market

Eccolo

Eccolo

  • 1820 Fourth St
  • (cross street: Hearst St.)
  • tel:(510) 644-0444
  • Visit website
  • Berkeley, 94710
Downtown

Downtown

  • 2102 Shattuck Avenue
  • tel:(510) 649 3810
  • Visit website
  • Berkeley, 94704
Oakland Museum of California

Oakland Museum of California

  • (at the corner of 10th Street)
  • tel:(510) 238-2200
  • Visit website
  • Oakland, 94607