The month is ripe with sunny weather and culinary adventures calling your name – some of which are right here in our beautiful state. These luxe travel experiences highlight some of the regions best wine destinations and culinary expeditions… explore by bus, bike or Segway – whatever strikes your fancy!
Tour through Temecula Valley
Why drive around when you can be chauffeured to a series of wine tastings in the comfort of a bus and the charming company of a local. Presenting the Temecula Wine Country Experience with Destination Temecula! Your tour on wheels for a day of imbibing the best wines in an emerging wine region – Over 40 wineries span 1,300 acres of vines. DesTem.com
Visit “The Cave” At Oak Mountain Winery
Every step in here offers an additional experience – a members-only exclusive lounge, a wine cave where barrels can be named in honor of family, an event or, well, yourself…and a meeting room/ event space at the end of hall that will knock your socks off! OakMountainWinery.com Other wineries of note include Fazeli Cellars, Robert Renzoni, Avensole and Carter Estate.
Stay and Eat
At the Temecula Creek Inn and their restaurant Cork|Fire Kitchen. Beautiful views. Luxurious accommodations. Conveniently close to all the wineries and with a championship golf course to boot! At the end of the day, wind down by the fireplace in the bar. TemeculaCreekInn.com
See, Do, Click
Check out Old Town Temecula for a good dose of local lore, small businesses and products representing the area. Their local sweet shop, lavender company, spice and tea merchants, and locally grown olive oil are some of the best, aside from their wines. VisitTemeculaValley.com
Bike through Napa Valley
Downtown Napa offers a vibrant art scene and exceptional wine in its many tasting rooms. Enjoy it all by bike, working up a thirst for a well-earned glass of wine from Del Dotto Napa Historic Winery and Caves – one of the first wineries to appear in the Napa Valley, and currently one of only six still in existence. EnjoyNapaValley.com , DelDottoVineyards.com
Lunch at Bank Café at the Weston Verasa with renowned Chef Ken Frank – Have at the mignardises while at it. BankCafeNapa.com
Attempt a blind wine tasting at Napa General Store to test your oenophile chops. NapaGeneralStore.com Munch on small plates and global flavors at Atlas Social. AtlasSocialNapa.com
Andaz Hotel Napa. Bringing the local style of each location to the fore, this venue in Napa offers woody décor inspired by the vineyards all around. The business casual atmosphere means no long check-in lines as you are walked to your door, welcome drink in hand, personally assisted by staff. And don’t you dare miss the breakfast spread Chef Ryan offers each morning! Andaz.com
Do, See, Click
Napa ARTwalk is a year-round art exhibit designed to showcase the walkability of Downtown Napa and promote the enjoyment of public art. Experience the installations of regional artists placed throughout the City of Napa. In its fourth exhibition since the program began in 2009, the Napa ARTwalk features 14 artists from six Western states, selected from a pool of over 175 submissions. NapaArtWalk.org
Segway through Healdsburg!
On the Russian River Vineyards Deluxe Tour, head to Christopher Creek winery – a small, family owned winery with legendary success for their Petite Sirah, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Then ride through the magnificent Foppiano Vineyards – the largest family owned winery in Sonoma County. Remember, each Segway can hold two bottles of wine! SegwayOfHealdsburg.com
Honor Mansion, a member of Unique Inns and the Select Registry. Full gourmet buffet breakfast service in the parlor as well as evening wine hour and appetizers. While the soaking tub in the bathroom does garner a happy gasp, nothing prepares you for the outdoor jacuzzi in your own private backyard lounging area. HonorMansion.com
Your guided journey begins at Vista Point, the highest hilltop of this peaceful 1,200-acre ranch, boasting a sweeping panorama of multiple wine regions and mountain ranges—called the “best view in Alexander Valley” by Fodor’s. Exclusive room rental access for loyalty program members alone – four rooms available right on the winery to take your experience full circle! JordanWinery.com
Sip, Snack, Eat
For a chef’s tasting experience par excellence, visit Valette. Rustic wine country Californian cuisine and wine. ValetteHealdsburg.com Stop by Studio Barndiva. Serves up the simple but elegant fare of a classic bistro menu in artsy ambiance. StudioBarndiva.com Dine leisurely at Spoonbar. Mediterranean inspired cuisine with a great bar. Spoonbar.com