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Wine Tasting Itinerary: Two Sides of Carneros: Napa & Sonoma

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American Canyon is the southern-most city in Napa County and is a wonderful spot to stay when visiting Napa or Sonoma Wine Country. Stay at one of the three hotels that boast spacious rooms, top-notch service, meeting space and a luxurious spa.

Then, let your wine tasting experience begin! Get in your car and within a few minutes of driving along Highway 29 you'll start to see the beautiful vineyards of Napa Valley. A hop skip and a jump away is the Carneros Appellation, located at the crossroads of two major wine regions, Napa and Sonoma Valley. This wine appellation is is home  to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sparkling wine and where you will spend the day wine tasting in this itinerary!

Acacia Vineyard, 2750 Las Amigas Road, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 226-9991

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  • $15 Per Couple - Tasting Flight - 2 for 1 with WineCountry.com Mobile App
  • 10 AM - Allow One Hour
  • See the entire San Francisco Bay Area from Acacia. They celebrate "Locavore Lifestyle" which is the support of family-owned and small businesses producing fresh artisanal products, like themselves. They make several single vineyard Pinot Noirs. Single Vineyard means that every grape in the bottle came from one small plot of land, thus, you can point to exactly where the grapes grew.
  • Reservations: Required
  • Directions to Next Stop: (Allow 18 minutes for travel) R on Las Amigas Rd. for .3 mi., R on Duhig Rd. for 2.2 mi., L on CA 12/121 for 5.8 mi., stay left to remain on CA 121 for 1.1 mi., L on Arnold Drive (at 4 way flashing light) for .6 mi., Turn R on Wagner Rd, (sign for Gloria Ferrer on your R)

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, 23555 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 996-7256
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  • $20 Per Couple - A Glass of Sparkling on the Patio
  • 11:15 AM - Allow One Hour
  • Reservation: Not Required
  • One of the most impressive views in Carneros. Take advantage of the patio to soak of up some rays of sunshine and fabulous bubbles. Take a moment in their Spanish hacienda to shop. Always something fun in stock! Gloria and Jose Ferrer came to Carneros to plant vineyards when it was mostly prime cattle and sheep grazing areas in 1980.
  • Directions to Next Stop: (Allow 8 minutes for travel) L on Arnold Rd for .6 mi., Turn R on CA 121/Freemont Dr. for 2.7 mi., Fremont Diner is on your L


Wine Tasting Itinerary: Sweet Stops in Sonoma County

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By Wine Country Staff

If you have a preference for wines with residual sugar (sweet), port or dessert wines you can taste several within these Sonoma County wineries. Other members of your traveling party can still taste heavier, drier or more tannic wines with you! But, you stand your ground and taste what you love! Sweet wines rule! (*Tasting Fee Budget for the Day: $70 Per Couple)

Ledson Winery & Vineyards, 7335 California 12, Kenwood, CA 95409, (707) 537-3810
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  • Tasting Fee: $30 Per Couple - Taste 6 wines (Add 3 more tasting for the same price with WineCountry.com Mobile App)
  • Time: 10 AM - Allow One Hour
  • Sweet Wines: Knights Valley Primitivo Port, Mendocino County Orange Muscat, Russian River Valley Riesling Demi Sec
  • Reservations: Not Required
  • Directions to Next Stop:  (Allow 7 minutes) Turn L on Hwy 12 for 2.1 mi., L on Goff Rd, 1st R, Chateau St. Jean is in front of you

Chateau St. Jean, 8555 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood CA 95442, (877) 478-5326
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  • Tasting Fee: $15 Per Couple -Tasting in the Visitor Center (2 for 1 when you show the WineCountry.com Mobile App)
  • Time: 11 AM - Allow One Hour, 2 with lunch. Call ahead for box lunch menu and prices
  • Sweet Wines: Riesling Sonoma County, Belle Terre Late Harvest Riesling. Spend time in the Mediterranean inspired gardens!
  • Reservations: Not Required
  • Directions to Next Stop: (Allow 10 minutes) Turn L on Hwy 12 for 4.7 mi., turn L at Imagery


Super "Green" Wineries

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It seems to be trendy to be "green" and sustainable, but in actuality it is the best way to preserve mother earth to make great products for generations to come. The wineries on this itinerary (Matanzas Creek, Kendall Jackson, and La Crema) all have their own way of making the best wine possible along-side mother nature. Taste and experience the "green" side of wineries in Sonoma County.

Matanzas Creek Winery, 6097 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, (707) 528-6464
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  • Tasting Fee: $40 Per Couple, Exclusive Tour and Wine Tasting 
  • Time: 10 AM - Allow 1.5 Hours
  • Reservations: Required, Pre-Payment Required
  • Experience: They have two forms of aromatherapy at Matanzas Creek - the lavender and the wine! The vineyards of Matanzas Creek live in harmony with native grasses, delicate olive trees, exotic perennials and their famed lavender fields. Red wine lovers must try the Matanzas Creek Merlot. This wine is consistently a palate pleaser with just the right amount of fruit and a long finish.
  • Directions to Next Stop: ( Allow 20 minutes for travel and parking) W on Bennett Valley Rd towards Steele Rd for 2.7 mi., L to stay on Bennett Valley Rd for 1.8 mi., R on Farmers Lane for .3 mi., L on SR12 W ramp to Eureka. Merge onto CA 12 W for 1.1 mi., enter US 101 N towards Eureka for 5.1 mi., Exit River Road toward Guerneville and L on Mark West Springs Rd, continue to River Rd, R on Fulton Rd. KJWC on L.

Kendall Jackson Wine Center, 5007 Fulton Rd, Fulton, CA 95439, (707) 571-8100
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  • Tasting Fee: $50 Per Couple, Reserve Wine and Food Pairing ($10 off wine and food Pairing with WineCountry.com mobile App
  • Time: 10AM - Allow 1.5 Hours
  • Experience: Uses more than 18 different programs for sustainability including: Certified Winegrowers, green cleaning agents, using the least amount of water and energy, sustainable gardening and food programs. Experience their food pairing options, as the food is grown in their own gardens and is also sustainable! Sound delicious? The wines are also delicious because such care is taken to grow and make them alongside Mother Nature. Savor the Grand Reserve Pinot Noir. Amazing!
  • Reservations: Required for the food pairing
  • Directions to Next Stop: (Allow 35 minutes for travel and parking)  N on Fulton Rd for .4 mi., 1st L on Airport Blvd. for .2 mi., merge onto US 101 N for 8.2 mi., exit toward Central Healdsburg, slight L on Healdsburg Ave, destination on R  in .4 mi.

Wine Tasting Itinerary - Sonoma Wine Education

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For most people, a visit to a Sonoma County winery is a unique experience in itself. Not only will you experience the standard wine tasting, you will tour the facilities, get in the vineyard, soak in the views and taste wine right out of a barrel.

Benziger Family Winery
, 1883 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, (707) 935-3000
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  • Tasting Fee: $80 Per Couple - Benziger Partners Estate Vineyard Tour & Exclusive Wine Tasting
  • Time: 11:15 AM - Allow 1.5 Hours with tour. Arrive by 11 AM to access tour
  • Experience: Tour is a close-up look at the bio-dynamic and organic practices, as well as the wildlife sanctuary on site. Get in the vineyards and caves! This is a behind-the-scenes tour. Limited to groups of 10.
  • Reservations:  Required for the tour
  • Directions to Next Stop: (Allow 4 minutes for travel)  Drive E (Left) .4 mi. on London Ranch Road, turn L on Arnold for 1.9 miles, L into Glen Ellen Inn & Restaurant

Wine Tasting Itinerary: Northern Trail through Sonoma County

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Be ready for this adventure headed north through Sonoma County. It's a fast paced day to seek out the wonderful flavors of Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and much more!  You can see the winemaking equipment at Arrowood when you drive up to the house. Drink in the artwork at Imagery, as well as their wine. The drive north to Sonoma-Cutrer and Hartford Family Winery is as beautiful as the view from their porches.

Arrowood Vineyard & Winery, 14347 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, (707) 935-2600
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  • Tasting Fee: $30 Per Couple - Reserve Tasting
  • Time: 10 AM - Allow One Hour
  • Reservations: Not Required
  • Experience: Incredible view from the wrap-around porch of the winery.  This is one of the few tasting rooms where you can buy wines by the glass and relax on the porch. Ask about tasting their small-production Malbec. It is very hard to find.
  • Directions to Next Stop: .2 miles west on Babb Lane toward CA 12. Imagery Estate Winery is at the base of the driveway to Arrowood Winery

Imagery Estate Winery
, 14335 Highway 12, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, (7807) 935-4515
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  • Tasting Fee: $20 Per Couple - Taste 5 of their many wines
  • Time: 11 AM - Allow One Hour
  • Experience: Imagery has a true artist feel to it. Each wine label is different and dons a piece of artwork from different artists. The wines are bodies of art as well. Imagery produces lesser known, but fabulous, varietals. Have you ever had a Cinsault or Barbera? You will! There always seems to be a lot of energy in the tasting room. If you have time, play a game of bocce on the gorgeous lawn.
  • Reservations: Not Required
  • Directions to Next Stop: (Allow 6 minutes for travel) R on CA 12 for 5.1 miles, CafĂ© Citti on your L

Wine Tasting Itinerary - ZINtastic in Sonoma County

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*Tasting Fee Budget for the Day: $75 Per Couple.
To keep these kinds of offers, buy a bottle or three! Please let the staff know that you were referred by WineCountry.com. Looking for a tasting experience perfectly matched to your tasting palate? Click Here to contact our Local, Guest Service Expert.

Are you a Zin lover? This robust wine has many followers and for good reason! The flavor profile of Zinfandel - jammy plums, blackberry, cherry and black pepper spice - make it a wonderful wine to enjoy on its own or paired with a variety of foods. Visit Sonoma County which is well known for producing excellent Zin wines. This wine tasting itinerary features Zin tastings at Dry Creek Vineyard, Hartford Family Winery, St. Francis Winery and Valley of the Moon.


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Dry Creek Vineyard, 3770 Lambert Bridge Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 433.1000
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  • Tasting Fee: $20
  • Ask to Taste: Heritage Zin, Old Vine Zin, Spencer's Hill Zin, Somers Ranch Zin, & Beeson Ranch Zin
  • Time: 10AM - Allow One Hour
  • Reservations : Not Required
  • Directions to Next Stop: (Allow 30 minutes) r on Dry Creek for 3.3 mi., R on Hwy 101-S for 2.6 mi., exit Old Redwood Hwy for 1.8 mi., R on Eastside Rd 5.2 mi., R to stay on Eastside Rd for 1.2 mi., L on Wohler Rd, R on River Rd .7 mi., 3rd L on Mirabel Rd for 1.4 mi., R on CA-116 for .6 mi., R on Martinelle Rd, Hartford is on the R 

Wine Tasting Itinerary: Healdsburg Stars

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Tasting Fee Budget for the Day: $15 Per Couple. 
To keep these kinds of offers, buy a couple of bottles that you enjoy! (*Please let the staff know that you were referred by WineCountry.com)

On your way to Healdsburg, stop off at:

Korbel Champagne Cellars
, 13250 River Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446, (707) 824.7000
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  • Complimentary tastings - 20% off wine purchases!
  • 10AM- Allow One Hour or relax a while longer
  • No Reservation Required
  • Directions to Next Stop: SE on River Rd for 2.3 mi., L on Westside and stay on Westside (R at Fork) for 12.2 mi., R on Kinley Dr, 1st R on Magnolia

Hop Kiln Winery, 6050 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 433.6491
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  • $14 Per Couple - HKG Collection
  • 12 PM - Allow One Hour
  • Purchase wine and cheese in the tasting room and enjoy a picnic on the front lawn by the pond with wines by the glass or bottle
  • No Reservation Required

Wine Tasting Itinerary: Napa Valley Floor

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Tasting Fee Budget for the Day: $156 per Couple
To keep these kind of offers, buy a bottle or three! (*Please let wine tasting staff know that you were referred by WineCountry.com)

Black Stallion Winery, 4089 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558 , (707) 227.3250
  • $30 Per Couple - Mixed Tasting
  • 10AM - Allow 45 minutes
  • No Reservations Required
  • Directions to Next Stop: Turn L on Silverado Trail and drive 2.4 mi. to Chimney Rock on your R

Chimney Rock Winery, 5350 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 257.2641
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  • $40 Per Couple, Terlato Family Vineyards Owner's Selection Tasting
  • 11:15AM  - Allow One Hour
  • No Reservation Required
  • Directions to Next Stop: R on Silverado Trail for 3.1 mi., turn L on Yountville Crossing Rd for 1.9 mi., L on Yount St, R on Humboldt St and L on Washington St, Bakery on your L

Wine Tasting Itinerary: Pinot Day in Russian River

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Tasting Fee Budget for the Day: $69 Per Couple. To keep these kinds of offers, buy a bottle or three! (*Please let the staff know that you were referred by WineCountry.com.)

Inman Family Wines
, 3900 Piner Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401, (707) 293-9576
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  • $10.00 - Waived with purchase
  • 10:00 AM - Allow One Hour
  • No Reservation Required Thursday - Monday
  • Directions to Next Stop: R on Olivet for 1 mi., R on Guernerville Rd for 2.8 mi., R on Hwy 116W for 3 mi., R on Martinelli Rd

Wine Tasting Itinerary: Rutherford Dust

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Tasting Fee Budget for the Day: $220 Per Couple! Please let the staff know that you were referred by WineCountry.com and be sure to take advantage of our FREE WineCountry.com Mobile App to locate each stop and to see more itineraries. Want a more personalized and custom trip curated for you and your wine tasting party? Contact our Guest Services Department at 707.260.0721.

The AVA (American Viticulture Area) of Rutherford is known for the well drained soil on the valley floor that produces some amazing cabernet sauvignon with a "dusty" finish, hence the phrase "Rutherford Dust". Experience the flavors of the Rutherford AVA at each of the wineries on this Napa Valley wine tasting itinerary. Though it is famous for Cabernet, many other varietals of wine are grown in this region. Taste them all!


St. Supery, 8440 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA 94573, (707) 944.2945

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  • Rutherford Dust: A family owned winery in the heart of the Napa Valley, producing award winning Merlot and Cabernet from Rutherford vines.
  • $70 Per Couple - Dollarhide Library Tasting - Complimentary with purchase
  • 10AM - Allow One Hour
  • Reservation Required
  • Directions to Next Stop:  Turn right on Hwy 29 for .5 mile, turn R on Rutherford Rd, BV on R


Wine Tasting Itinerary: Bubbles, Pinot and Zins, Oh My!

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Tasting Fee Budget for the Day: $75 Per Couple!

*To keep these kinds of offers, buy a bottle or three! Use our FREE Mobile App, WineCountry.com, to locate each stop and to see more itineraries. Contact our Guest Services Department at 707.260.0721 for a custom, personalized trip curated for you and your wine tasting party


The warm days and cool nights of Carneros and southern Sonoma County are ideal for growing these varietals. Some may come from as far north as Knights Valley, but you only need to make these four stops to taste some fabulous wines.  This is a relaxed-paced day. Make a stop for a quick lunch in downtown Sonoma on your way to Kenwood Vineyards.


Acacia Vineyards, 2750 Las Amigas Road, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 226.9991
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  • Fee: $15 Per Couple - Tasting Flight
  • Time: 10AM - Allow One Hour
  • Reservations: Required
  • Oh My!: Acacia's Pinot Noir Wines are made from specific vineyards that are known for a particular flavor profile. Taste the Lone Tree Vineyard's rustic style, St. Clair Vineyard's strawberry notes, L'histoire Profonde's earthy notes, and the Redding Ranch Vineyard's complexity.
  • Directions to Next Stop: R on Duhig Rd, L on CA 12 for 5.8 m., slight L on 121 S for 1.1 m., L on 121 S for .6 m. and R on Wagner Rd for .8 m.

Wine Tasting Itinerary: Carneros, Mt. Veeder and Southern Napa

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Tasting Fee Budget for the Day: $155 Per Couple! 
*Please let the staff know that you were referred by WineCountry.com.


Domaine Carneros, 1240 Duhig Road, Napa, CA 94559
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  • $40 Per Couple - Sparkling Wine Sampler
  • 10AM - Allow One Hour
  • No Reservation Required - Table service and nibbles available
  • Directions to Next Stop: Cuvaison is across the street

Sweet Whites: A Napa Valley Itinerary

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If you enjoy a crisp, off dry Muscat (aka "sweet wines") on a warm afternoon or kicking back with girlfriends, this itinerary's for you. Come along as we visit three Napa Valley wineries offering pours of sweeter whites, and learn about shopping excursions and nightlife options, too. Here's to enjoying a sweet day in wine country!

Santa Barbara: Mini Guide to Santa Ynez

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Lincourt Winery - Santa Ynez Valley, CA

Image by dcshoesboy via Flickr

by Robert P. Farmer

Not too long ago, Santa Barbara County was home to a handful of Hollywood celebrities trying to exist outside the limelight, and to a handful of winemakers trying to make their way outside the glare of Napa-Sonoma.The region was also for a time home to a scattering of upstart wineries who each developed their own niche and subsequent cult following.Today, that cult following has developed into full-fledged fame.

Contemporary Santa Barbara County is home to more than 21,000 vineyard-planted acres, grown and tended by dozens of wineries. But happily, the majority of these wineries remain small in stature--family owned-and-operated concerns with small-batch production and a handcrafted aesthetic. The wineries are primarily situated in the Santa Ynez and Santa Maria valleys, about 35 miles north of Santa Barbara. Rich with history and shot-through with breathtaking coastal scenery, the area's AVAs produce remarkable Pinot Noirs (as fans of the movie Sideways will no doubt recall). However the region is also responsible for several excellent Chardonnays and Cabernets. There are more varietals on offer from Santa Barbara in smaller quantities, including Merlots and select Malbecs and Viogniers.

Santa Barbara's Wine Country gained notoriety some years back with the release of the movie Sideways, and the region indeed capitalized on the fame. Thankfully, Santa Barbara has managed to retain its mellow, unpretentious appeal. The relaxed pace and easy-going charm actually translated well on screen, and visitors can easily take advantage of it with a well-planned weekend. The region's four main towns-- Solvang, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and Ballard -- each have a distinct character. Also worthy of attention is the town of Buellton to the north. Whether exploring the quaint Danish-transplant town of Solvang or discovering one of the many great restaurants in the valley towns, the intrepid traveler will find Santa Barbara County every bit as appealing as California's more famous wine country to the north.

Here are my recommendations for the town of Santa Ynez:

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Carmel Valley: Great Food, Wine & Relaxation

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Bernadus.jpgThe ultimate three day weekend in Carmel Valley (Monterey Wine Country) is at your fingertips. The Monterey County CVB offers a detailed itinerary for wine and food lovers alike. Recommendations for lodging, where to dine for some of the best, fresh foods, and of course wine tasting.

Below are is just snapshot of Friday -

1PM - Arrive early and pick from a myriad of inns, hotels or lodges for your first night's stay (Country Garden Inns is located within walking distance of Carmel Valley Village and known for their tasty breakfast buffet. They also are running a Wine Escape special - room rates are only $165 per person and your stay includes dinner and wine tasting tickets. Click here to view special ).

2 PM - Once your settled with accommodations, go on a horseback ride at Holman Ranch.

6PM -  End the night with dinner reservations at the "Dining Room" which features French cuisine with a California twist that highlights locally grown ingredients, and is the perfect spot for a memorable dinner.

Click here for the full three day itinerary.

A Local's Guide to Tri-Valley, California

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niles_railway.jpgWarm spring weather and affordable hotel rates make Tri-Valley, California the perfect getaway.  Armed with these local secrets, visitors are sure to have a fantastic experience.

SEE: Ride the Train to Old Hollywood, Sunol, California
Restored vintage trains make an hour long excursion through fields of poppies, lupine and wild mustard, traveling part of the first transcontinental railroad's route during the spring. The trains operate year long out of Niles Canyon Railway's Sunol Depot. Occasionally afternoon departures include wine tasting with local vintners.
Train run on Sundays only, check the website for schedules.

Insider Tip: Catch the early train in Sunol and ride to Niles. Once you arrive in Niles, jump on the vintage bus to the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum for a peek at the memorabilia from a bygone era in movie history. The museum is an homage to the silent films made in Niles in the early 1900's including Charlie Chaplin's famous film, "The Tramp."

Niles Canyon Railway
6 Kilkare Road, Sunol, CA
(925) 862-9063
www.ncry.org

Niles Essanay Film Musuem
37417 Niles Boulevard, Fremont, CA
(510) 494-1411
www.nilesfilmmuseum.org

Itinerary: Midweek Monterey Getaway

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montereyMidweekItinerary.jpgSometimes you only have enough energy to buy the tickets (if you're not local), book the hotel and maybe read about all the things you want to do on your wine country trip. By the time the official day arrives for vacation, you've run out of planning time and isn't vacation about relaxing anyways! Maybe you didn't want to spend hours upon hours figuring out all the activities. Monterey CVB alleviates the planning stress and gives visitors a hour-by-hour itinerary. Even better, they suggest you play hooky and take a break during the week.

Three Day Itinerary
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