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Spring Freeing

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By Deirdre Bourdet

Spring is in the air... and so is romance.  Now that Valentine's Day is over and done with (to everyone's great relief), we can all turn to romantic pursuits with a lot less pressure and a whole lot more enthusiasm.  A weekend escape to the natural beauty of wine country offers fresh air, fresh perspective, and perhaps a fresh start.  And despite what you may have heard, it doesn't cost a fortune to enjoy the area's greatest assets.  Some of the most staggeringly gorgeous experiences are 100% free to those willing to take them.  Here are some of the more visually stimulating activities to enjoy.

Where To Stay in Santa Ynez

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by Robert P. Farmer

santaYnezInn.jpgSanta Ynez Inn
With a comfortable mix of Victorian charm and modern amenities, this intimate 20-room inn is a four-diamond rated place to escape in the Santa Ynez Valley. Rooms feature hand-selected antiques that are offset by such conveniences as flat-screen televisions, steam showers, and high-speed wireless Internet. Bedding is plush and luxurious, and in-room fireplaces complete the scene. Amenities include spa service, on-premises dining, fitness studio, and an outdoor heated whirlpool.
Room rates $225-$275
3627 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez
(805) 688-5588
Special Lodging Offer


A Tri-Valley, California Man-cation

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men_golf.jpegIt is possible to getaway with the guys for a few days this summer without dropping thousands of dollars in Vegas. For a more economical, and certainly tamer trip, try the Tri-Valley.  The perfect weekend plan for the boys of summer includes golf, wine tasting, vintage cars, custom motorcycles and more.

PLAY: Hit the links at one of the 11 Public Golf Courses in Tri-Valley, California. Affordable green fees, challenging course and spectacular views are the hallmarks of Tri-Valley golf. Start by playing Callippe Preserve Golf Course . Situated on the picturesque Pleasanton Ridge, the course offers 18 holes of small ridge terrain and bountiful amounts of wildlife habitat areas. Want to play among the vineyards? Then make a tee time at Poppy Ridge Golf Course. This 27-hole Scottish Heathland course boasts 3 nines and a full service golf shop.

A Family Vacation Spot For Less

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Grab the kids, gas up the car and head to Tri-Valley, California for an affordable and family-friendly vacation. Tri-Valley, California, is rich in family-friendly attractions and is an affordable, charming and unspoiled destination where families are welcomed to experience the beauties and highlights of the San Francisco Bay Area. While many visitors make Tri-Valley their "home base" while exploring the more touristy San Francisco spots, there is actually quite a bit to see right here in the Tri-Valley.

LEARN: Day One, 8 a.m. - Lasers!
Start the day with a visit to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Discovery Center which provides visitors with a window into its state-of-the-art research programs, computational capabilities, and experimental tools. Here kids can experience a broad-based display of science and technology, as well as highlights of the Laboratory's history. After learning about the science, take the kids to play a round of laser tag at Boomers.

Family Fun in the Wine Country

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By Robert Farmer

fatherBaby.jpgThe trip from San Francisco to California's Wine Country is a quick one. But for several months in my life it might as well have been half way around the globe. The addition to our family of a baby--our beautiful daughter--had countless positive effects. However, there was one drawback. It turned the Golden Gate Bridge, over which we previously had skipped so effortlessly into Wine Country into a Bridge Too Far.

For several months on end, not only did we not make one of our favorite day trips or easy weekend getaways, we scarcely even let the prospect enter our minds.  So recently when we had occasion to try it again--owing mostly to being forced out of our house to make way for some minor construction--we weren't quite sure what to expect.

Spend Valentine's Day in Monterey

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montereyCoast.jpgValentine's Day is around the corner. What do you have planned for your special someone? Monterey Wine Country has several Valentine's Day events perfect for setting the mood and inspiring romance. And this year, Valentine's Day falls on Saturday, so put those pennies together and make it a weekend trip!

Read on for a few of the events Monterey County Convention & Visitor's Bureau recommends as Top Valentine's Day Events in Monterey.

Napa Valley Mustard Festival

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mustardFestival08_1.jpg***CLICK HERE for 2010 Napa Valley Mustard Festival Info!***


It's that time of year again. Mustard flowers dot the vineyard landscape resulting in picturesque views along Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley Wine Country.  The Napa Valley Mustard Festival "celebrates the food, wine, art and rich, unique agricultural bounty of the Napa Valley".

Don't miss out on the events that go hand in hand with the "Mustard Season" from January 31st - March 28, 2009.

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