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Help California Wine Country Recover—by Visiting

Help California Wine Country Recover—by Visiting
Plan your next vacation to California Wine Country, where the affected businesses are open and ready for visitors

A message from Visit California:

"We are incredibly grateful for the work of first responders who fought to save Wine Country, and we are relieved that firefighters have gained the upper hand. Now we need to do our part to help the recovery.

We can all help: Now is the time to visit Wine Country. If you’re already planning a trip, don’t cancel — Wine Country residents need your business now more than ever."

- Caroline Beteta, President & CEO of Visit California

Looking for ways to help California’s Wine Country heal after the tragic fall wildfires? Visiting is one of the best ways to help the communities of Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and Mendocino County rebuild. Below are a few reasons to plan a trip your next trip to Wine Country.

Winter is a Perfect Time to Visit

With mild temperatures and fewer people—meaning easier restaurant reservations and a more intimate vibe—the winter months are ideal for a California wine vacation. Not to mention that it’s Cabernet season in Napa and festive holiday events abound. Two to consider: Holidays in Healdsburg Tour, where a guide will take you to the best local restaurants and tasting rooms, or the Sonoma Valley Holiday Open House, which showcases 21 Sonoma wineries and includes small bites and access to winemakers.

Stay in Luxury Hotels—at a Lower Cost

For a limited time, area hotels are giving back to the community by giving you a generous deal. The Meritage Resort and Spa has discounted regular room rates by $40 and is donating 10 percent of rates to the Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund. Napa’s Inn on Randolph is offering 20 percent off regular room rates until the end of December, and is also donating 5 percent of their proceeds to the Napa Valley Community Foundation. Bodega Bay Lodge will donate $10 per night to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund for reservations booked by Nov. 30. And Calistoga Ranch is offering a complimentary night for guests arriving Sunday through Wednesday (or third night free for reservations Thursday through Saturday).

Raise a Beer Glass for Good

Wine may get most of the attention in this area, but California-made beer is reason enough to visit—especially when imbibing can help affected communities. Dozens of Napa and Sonoma craft brewers—led by Natalie and Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing Company—banded together to raise money for fire relief efforts by releasing signature beers with the Sonoma Pride label.

January is for Foodies

If your main reason for traveling is to eat great food, good news: January is California Restaurant Month and each Wine Country location celebrates in a unique way. In Mendocino, you’ll find family-style crab feats, winemaker dinners, and beer tastings at the Mendocino Crab, Wine and Beer Festival. In Napa Valley, culinary hotspots like The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus (plus wine specials) during its Restaurant Week. And for the entire month, you can take advantage of restaurant discounts during Sonoma Valley Delicious!.

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Northern California

Discover the San Francisco Bay Area

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A crimson bridge, cable cars, a sparkling bay, and streets lined with elegant Victorian homes—San Francisco is undeniably one of the world’s great cities. Located along the Northern California at the state’s distinctive bend in the coast, the region has an alluring magic that stretches beyond the bay to diverse cities with nightlife and trend-setting cuisine.

"I left my heart in San Francisco, High on a hill, it calls to me."  –singer Tony Bennett

The Bay Area is also home to some of the world’s finest wine country, including Napa Valley and Sonoma, plus waterfront towns, dramatic beaches, and the tech-savvy southern end of the bay known as the Silicon Valley, where lunchtime ideas at Google, Facebook, and Apple, turn into the next brilliant innovation. 

Plan your California getaway via San Francisco with these great deals!

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Benicia

Immerse yourself in the Golden State lifestyle by seeking out fashion-forward independent retailers and local brands

Amid the hustle and bustle of San Francisco’s North Bay, the quiet waterside burg of Benicia...

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Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

Tour this military memorial that honors soldiers killed on the World War II home front and pays tribute to Concord’s role in civil rights history

California’s smallest national park service outlet covers a mere 2000 sqm in Concord on San Francisco Bay’s east shore—but it tells a very big...

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Half Moon Bay

This delightful little beach town possesses serious surf DNA and is just a short drive from San Francisco

Half Moon Bay is situated 45 minutes south of San Francisco on Highway 1, but it might as well be half a world away. Home to the world-famous...

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4 Awesome Wine Country Resorts

Luxurious spas, farm-to-table dining, and easy access to dozens of wineries—these Napa and Sonoma resorts offer the indulgent getaway you need

Ready for some “me time” in Wine Country? Reserve your spot at one of these spectacular Napa and Sonoma resorts.

Farmhouse Inn,...

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San Francisco's cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth.
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Golden Gate Bridge

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See one of the world’s most famous landmarks, spanning an elegant bay

With towers soaring 746 feet/227 metres into the sky, its span arcing across the mouth of San Francisco Bay, and all of it painted fire-engine red...

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Rock rolls into the wine country with this three-day event in Napa that features headliners Bruno Mars, The Killers, and Muse. With more than 80 performers in the May 25–27 lineup ranging from hip...

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San Francisco has only one drawback - 'tis hard to leave.
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Spotlight: Napa Valley

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Explore ultimate wine country luxury in the land where Cabernet is king

Napa Valley reigns as the land of grand estates, expansive tasting rooms, quaint towns, and elegant lodgings, many of which edge up to the...

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Spotlight: Sonoma County

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Escape to wine country with secret vineyards, cozy inns, and rich history

Spanning more than 400,000 hectares from the Pacific Ocean to the rugged Coast Range, this slice of wine-country bliss defies typecasting. Yes, it...

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Kid-friendly fun zones, special kids' menus & amazing wine for the grownups

Sure wine country is romantic, but now it’s a surprisingly great destination for families too, with a growing number of vineyards trading in elegant tasting rooms for kid-friendly fun zones that...

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July

Get the Spanish spirit at this colourful event. Stroll the grounds of Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards with a glass of bubbly, and take in a whirl of passionate music, flamenco dancing, and food...

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Taste the delicious dishes from these amazing California chefs

From a candy-coloured pastry shop to Michelin-starred dining rooms, top restaurants run by celebrity chefs dot the Golden State. And even if you don’t know these chefs from the TV...

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World-class accommodations in world-class locations

Head to the heart of California’s cities for luxurious stays at world-class accommodations. From San Francisco’s historic hotels to celebrity hot spots in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, California’s...

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Trip 8-10 days 10 stops

Ultimate Northern California

Explore the best of Northern California's Great Outdoors
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It may measure less than 50 square miles/130 square kilometres, but San Francisco justly ranks as one of the greatest cities in the world. Famous for grand-dame Victorians, classic cable cars, dynamic diversity, a beautiful waterfront, and a soaring crimson bridge, the  “City by the Bay” is the...

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Tucked into an ocean-facing fold of Mount Tamalpais, the signature peak just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, Muir Woods National Monument protects the last stand of uncut old-growth coast redwoods in the Bay Area, where loggers had all but denuded the region by the late 1800s....

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Farm-fresh produce, culinary adventures

Juicy heirloom tomatoes and just-picked strawberries. Super-sweet peaches shaped like mini UFOs. Artisanal cheeses, emerald-green olive oils, local wildflower honey—California’s farmers’ markets...

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From Gold Rush history to 8th wonders of the world, visit these favorites

If there was ever a box of chocolates—and all of them delicious—it’s the rich collection of natural treasures, fascinating...

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Make memories at some of California's family-favorite beaches

Sand, water, and kids—it’s a natural combination for easy family fun. This sandy dozen offers appealing, family-friendly features, such as calm water for new swimmers, tide pools for intrepid...

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Spotlight: San Jose

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Tech savvy, international flair

The first hit of this city’s unmistakable techy-ness starts right off the bat—if you get here by plane. Meet Space Observer, a 26-foot/7.9-metre-...

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May

America's largest and most prestigious cycling event brings many of the world’s top riders to the Golden State. The 8-stage race changes it up every year, with new courses connecting cities and...

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It's simply a very romantic place. Just one look at any of those streets, and you couldn't be anywhere else -- it's so beautiful, and there's that location, and the sense of the free spirit. ... Who couldn't become ravenous in such a place?
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Sample ultra-fresh, hyper-local, and downright amazing

When you come to California, come hungry. This is a state that seriously knows how to cook. Amazing and innovative chefs sprinkled with Michelin stars work with local farms and artisanal food...

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Old-fashioned fun in the Golden State

Historic oceanfront playgrounds, classic city-park charmers, boisterous adventures—smaller theme parks and attractions offer an array of ways to play. These smaller parks offer old-...

Safari West
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Kids get an inside look at wildlife, space, and more

From cool ways for your kids to learn about wildlife, to an insider’s look at a space station, to a chance to walk through a rainforest or learn about the night sky, there’s a bumper...

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Trip 3-5 days 10 stops

San Francisco Bay Loop

Discover this something-for-everything loop tour around an iconic bay
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Start your trip with a visit to one of the most iconic spans in the world. With towers soaring 746 feet/227 metres into the sky, its span arcing across the mouth of San Francisco Bay, and all of it painted fire-engine red, the Golden Gate Bridge makes a dramatic destination, and a great way to...

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End your road trip by exploring one of the world’s great cities. Famous for grand-dame Victorians, classic cable cars, dynamic diversity, a beautiful waterfront, and a soaring crimson bridge, the “City by the Bay” truly has it all. Trend-defining cuisine ranging from Michelin-starred dining to...

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Check these amazing experiences off your bucket list

Kiss a beluga, see cool movie props, and learn about Walt’s secret hideaway on exclusive and behind-the-scenes tours at California’s theme parks and attractions. Here’s a roundup of worth-the-...

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Where to release your inner fashionista

Shopping is an art form in California. Whether you're in search of the perfect cocktail dress or an authentic Mexican piñata, you'll find it here. Want to sample fresh produce? Try our farmers...

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Livermore

Ranches, vineyards, and relaxed appeal east of San Francisco

With warm sun and wide open spaces cradling vineyards, ranches, and wine country estates, the Livermore Valley makes an appealing destination just...