California: Culinary

California: Culinary

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Explore Food and Wine in California
Dining in San Francisco
Spotlight: San Francisco

In San Francisco, ingredient-driven menus reign supreme. With some of the nation’s best produce at their fingertips, chefs in the City by the Bay create edible magic,...

Dining in Los Angeles
Spotlight: Los Angeles

As the megawatt star when it comes to celebrities, L.A. naturally attracts chefs who want to make a big splash too. Well-known names like Wolfgang Puck, whose...

San Diego: Waterfront Dining
Spotlight: San Diego

With the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay at its doorstep, San Diego defines waterfront dining. Travel the coast to get a taste—literally—of what the region has to offer...

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Celebrate the best in Food, Wine, & Beer

A real-life cornucopia, California is one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions. For example, we are by far the country’s top grower...

Top Food, Beer, & Wine Festivals
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Sample ultra-fresh, hyper-local, and downright amazing

When you come to California, come hungry. This is a state that really knows how to cook. Amazing and innovative chefs sprinkled with Michelin...

Dining Hot Spots
George's at the Cove
Whether it's destiny or fate or whatever, I don't think I could do a French Laundry anywhere else.
Thomas Keller
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Elegant estates, relaxed wineries, urban tasting rooms

Elegant estates at the end of country roads lined with vineyards? Yes. Low-key wineries housed in converted barns? Yes again. Urban...

12 Wine Country Destinations
Big Sur Dining
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Big Sur Dining

Where to eat, drink, and enjoy the view

To fuel your excursions in and around Big Sur, you’d be wise to begin at least one morning with strong coffee, local eggs and house-made sourdough...

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Farm-fresh produce, culinary adventures

Juicy heirloom tomatoes and just-picked strawberries. Super-sweet peaches shaped like mini UFOs. Artisan cheeses, emerald-green olive oils, local...

10 Top Farmers Markets
Laura Flippen
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Get the inside scoop on California's most celebrated commodity

With more than 3,000 wineries statewide, California lets you sample award-winning wines almost anywhere you go. These classic and up-and-coming...

California's Classic Wine Roads
Temecula Valley by Kodiak Greenwood
Mission San Juan Capistrano, founded in 1776, was the first winery in California.
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From north to south, beer is booming in California

With nearly 500 breweries state wide (and probably more by the time you read this), it’s safe to say that the craft beer movement is not just...

The Craft Beer Boom
Dave Lauridsen
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Hands-on fun for all at farms, ranches, and fields statewide

Milk cows, wake up to roosters crowing, feast on farm-to-table foods served in the shade of a blooming orchard—California has a...

Amazing Agritourism Experiences
Tai Power Seeff
U-pick Farms
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U-pick Farms

Bountiful harvest, family fun

Apples and berries abound for intrepid travellers willing to pick their own. These farms offer trees and patches for you to...

Laura Flippen

Trip 3-5 days 10 stops

California's Heartland

Pick fresh produce, relax in cool gardens, and learn about local farming heritage
Sundial Bridge

This relaxed city has some secret gems that make a pleasing start to your trip. Start at Sundial Bridge, a functional work of art, the remarkable pedestrian bridge, designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, spans the tree lined, trout-filled Sacramento River in Redding’s Turtle...

Bakersfield

This rapidly growing city in the southern Central Valley is full of pleasant surprises. Once known for oil and agriculture, Bakersfield is morphing into a Central Valley hub for arts, culture and sports, while still offering a glimpse of the region’s past. One fascinating historical site worth a...

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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...

9 Family-Friendly Wineries & Craft Breweries
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I want to make wines that harmonize with food - wines that almost hug your tongue with gentleness.
Robert Mondavi
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Amazing dining destinations throughout the Golden State

The food scene in California is a head-spinning array of almost every cuisine, with chefs creating globally influenced creations that celebrate...

11 Splurge-worthy Dining Destinations in California
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Dining and Food
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Dining and Food

Karaoke with ice cream or indulge in a Japanese inspired hot dog

When it comes to food, San José goes global. Enjoy a kaleidoscope of ethnic restaurants, including Ethiopian fare at Zeni (try to sit at one of...