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