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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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Guide to the Vine Trail

The first phase of the Napa Valley Vine Trail is finally open. Here’s how to make the most of it on your next visit to Wine Country.

Vineyard Vows

Expert advice on tying the knot, Wine Country style, from one of the Bay Area’s best in the business.

On Top of the World

You strap yourself into the creamy leather seat, the engine whirs evenly, and the helicopter flutters gently upward. Within seconds, you’re getting an unfamiliar view of Napa Valley, appreciating—perhaps for the first time—the way the valley narrows just north ofSt. Helena, the interlocking triangles of Chappellet’s winery roof, and the oxbow curve of the Napa River.

All Aboard: Napa Valley Wine Train’s Latest Tour

Experience Wine Country in a whole new way on Napa Valley Wine Train’s latest tour.

Talent Show

Get your tickets to the valley’s best events.

Viva Italia

If you can’t make it to Venice, take a trip inside the private Calistoga residence of renowned Italian muralist Carlo Marchiori.

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.

Fresh Spots to Shop

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Get Your Art Fix

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Festival Fun

Head to these fests for good ol’ times.

Winter Wellness Wine Country

Seasonal remedies for body, mind, and soul.

Top Events

From fabulous fundraisers to bottlerock, there’s plenty to do in wine country.