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Autumn Outings

Discover the diversity of Wine Country with these fall tours.



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Bee Smitten

Visit Marshall’s Farm Flying Bee Ranch, a working honeybee farm in American Canyon, to see how honey is made. Watch the sweet stuff get bottled, and then take it home. (800) 624-4637, marshallshoney.com.
 

Taste Liquid Gold

Tour the olive oil mill, and taste oils from estate olive trees with seasonal bites at Round Pond Estate in Rutherford. During the harvest (November to December), see olives milled on the spot. (888) 302-2575, roundpond.com.
 

Get off the Beaten Path

The Napa and Sonoma walking tours lead visitors on explorations of the landmarks that shaped these Wine Country towns. Customized group tours are available, (707) 815-1277, napawalkingtour.com; (707) 260-9511, sonomawalkingtour.com.
 

Travel to Medieval Italy

Calistoga’s Castello di Amorosa is an authentically built 13th century Tuscan castle and working winery. Walk through the Great Room, the chapel, and tunnels spanning eight levels on a one-hour tour. (707) 967-6272, castellodiamorosa.com.
 

COURTESY OF QUARRYHILL BOTANICAL GARDEN

Smell the Roses

The whimsical gardens at CornerStone Sonoma are a hit with kids. Or stop by Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen for a self- or docent-led tour through 25 acres of one of the largest wild Asian plant collections in the United States. (707) 933-3010, cornerstonesonoma.com; (707) 996-3166, quarryhillbg.org.
 

Go on a Mini Safari

See zebras, giraffes, and cheetahs in Santa Rosa by exploring the 400-acre preserve at Safari West, home to more than 850 animals. (707) 566-3667, safariwest.com.
 

See a Working Oyster Farm

Learn how oysters grow and are harvested at Hog Island Oyster Company in Tomales Bay. The tour ends with a raw oyster tasting. (415) 663-9218, hogislandoysters.com.
 

Experience Farm Life

Stop by Full House Farm, a small family farm in Sebastopol with an organic garden. Commune with goats, horses, and chickens, and taste food produced on-site. Lodging also available, (707) 829-1561, fullhousefarm.com.

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Festival Fun

Head to these fests for good ol’ times.

Gaining A New Perspective

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Wine Country Cozy

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Around Sonoma County with Bruce Cohn

Vintner, entertainment guru, philanthropist, and very fun guy Bruce Cohn talks about what to see and do in Sonoma County.

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A Cut Above

Anyone can be a butcher.

Baby, you can drive my car

A collection of rentable vintage cars sets hearts racing for auto enthusiasts.

At Your Service

Enjoy the best of wine country with a private concierge service.

A Sophisticate Palate

In this day and age of Iron Chef and Rachael Ray, everyone thinks they're a chef - or wants to learn to be one. Evolving with this culinary trend, the prestigious California Institute of America at Greystone is expanding its nonprofessional programs, offering a wide range of ways to introduce the amateur chef to the bounty of Wine Country.

Exquisite Evenings

Copain Wines invites fabulous chefs to pair their dishes.

The New Napa

Winemaker for a Day

Get a taste of the wine-making life at these Napa and Sonoma wineries.