Wake Up In Wine Country | Hidden Wine Towns

 Whether you’re a beach bum or a nature junkie, California’s Wine Country can provide you with the perfect getaway

For Nature Lovers

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Where:  Boonville and Philo, CA, about 90 miles north of Sonoma.

Core Competency: For the wine enthusiasts, the area is rich with small-production Pinot Noirs.

Also Perfect For: Exploring Alsatian varietals – including Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Riesling – which is just a stone’s throw from the Mendocino redwoods.

Wineries To Visit: Handley, Londer and Navarro.

Natural Diversion: Spend some time at Navarro River.  Locals consider it the top swimming hole in the summer.

Stay:  Boonville Hotel | offers Sunday afternoon wine and charcuterie.

For The Art-Minded

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Where: Newberg and Dundee, OR. Hailing 25 miles south of Portland.

Core Competency: French-leaning Pinot Noirs rule the wine area.

Also Perfect For: New-wave Chardonnay and exhibits by local artists

Winereies To Visit:  Anam Cara, Colene Clemens and Longplay.

Natural Diversion:  Kayaking on the Willamette River is a popular activity.

Stay: The Le Puy Inn, A Wine Valley Inn breaks the mold of Victorian B&B frill with feng shui balance.

For Beachgoers

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Where:  South San Luis Obispo County, CA. 90 miles north of Santa Barbara in Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys.

Core Competency: Beautifully balanced Chardonnays.

Also Perfect For: Tasting Spanish and Rhone varietals, followed by oyster slurping on the coast.

Wineries To Visit: Baileyana (including Tangent, Trenza and Zocker), Chamisal, Claiborne & Churchill, Talley and Wolff.

Natural Diversion: Wildflower-watching at Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes in April.

Stay:  The Casitas of Arroyo Grande Bed and Breakfast has fireplaces and a 25-meter swimming pool.

Source: Sunset.com

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