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Back from a trip to Northern California to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom. Enjoyed touring around and wine tasting. So many highlights! Sebastopol, California Bodega, California Golden Gate Bridge Point...

One of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences in Napa Valley was the Platypus Wine Tour. This is the way to do wine tasting! Instead of having to drive from winery...

Sterling Vineyards near Calistoga is like Disneyland for adults. First, you drive down a tree-lined pathway. Then in a beautiful garden, you take a sky gondola up to the hilltop Sterling...

Napa County is home to over 400 wineries. The cities of St. Helena and Calistoga are great jumping off points. Calistoga has an old West feel and is home to a...

The diversity of nature of Sonoma County is amazing: sweeping coastline, rolling hills, rivers, vineyards, and redwood trees! If you’re in the area, a must stop is the Armstrong Redwoods State...

Just about anywhere in Sonoma County is breathtakingly beautiful, but Coleman Valley Road (see Google Map) is particularly special. Start in the small town of Occidental and drive the road towards...

After getting up early to see the Golden Gate Bridge on Mother’s Day, mom and I drove the rental car north on California Highway 1 – a beautiful twisty-turny drive –...

It was Mother’s Day. I was in California with my mom. Neither of us had ever seen the Golden Gate Bridge and since we were staying in Sonoma County, we decided...

Just down the road from Sebastopol in Sonoma County on the Bodega Highway is the town of Bodega. Most famously, its church – St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church – was used in...

Sebastopol, California, located in Sonoma County, is a funky, artsy town filled with good restaurants, delightful shops, and art galleries. Jerry Garcia used to live here. We made Sebastopol our stop...