In the country's premium wine region, where you will discover some of the finest wine producers in the world; you will want time to unwind, explore and enjoy. With a large selection of vacation rentals ranging from a vineyard villa to a home or condo in the city, all vacation rentals offer the privacy, space and amenities that a hotel can't match. At the heart of California "wine country cuisine," the valley is home to more than 350 wineries of every size. Just an hour's drive north of San Francisco, the Napa Valley is a favorite destination for people from all over the world.
Let's face it - you are here for the wine and food. A map of vineyards is a must for your visit, as well as some careful planning for your daily travel route. Tours by private car are available to allow the full enjoyment of tastings without the worry of ‘sipping’ and driving. One winery still intact from prior to prohibition is the Charles Krug estate. In 1965 Robert Mondavi broke away from his family to found the first, new large-scale winery. Each offers a memorable experience.
If you find yourself at the North end of the valley, try the Rutherford Grill or the Red Grape Pizzeria in Sonoma for lunch; or enjoy a romantic dinner in Yountville at the Bistro Jeanty. The town of Napa itself offers the Brix with organic gardens and vineyard views and hard-to-find wines. For a pleasurable mix of sightseeing, wine and dining; try the Napa Valley Wine Train for a unique and appetizing experience.
While in the region, don't forget to explore the Giant Sequoia Grove in Humboldt. This is the place where you drive a car through a tree! Some trees in this forest are 3000 years old and tower 280 to 300 feet. Perhaps you’ll travel South to Sausalito for shopping and a look at the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.
For any taste and budget, a vacation rental offers options that you and your family or friends will enjoy. At the end of the day, you can relax and plan your next day at your own pace. You can enjoy home-cooked meals, morning coffee and, perhaps, even take a day off to enjoy all of your home comforts.
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