Thursday, March 24, 2011

Northern California & Wine Country

Travelers Joy has given us the low down on everything you need to know about Northern California & Wine Country. For grape, dining and outdoor enthusiasts, Northern California's wine region is a perfect place to spend your first days as newlyweds.

Northern California's grape-growing region is widely recognised as one of the premier places in the world for wine production. All the while, it has steadily become one of America's top honeymoon destinations thanks to its beautiful and unique landscape, diversity of activities offered, charming small towns, phenomenal dining choices, high-class wine making facilities and elite resorts and inns.

The Northern California wine region is situated a little more than an hour north of San Francisco in the counties of Mendocino, Sonoma and Napa, where ideal soil, topography and weather conditions make for excellent grape growing. While wine has been produced in the region since the 1800s, it has never been more popular or in demand as now. Today, there are more than 400 wineries across the region as compared to 1975 when there were only 25.

Meanwhile, the small towns that make up the region each have a distinctive flair and include quaint shops and boutiques featuring local artists and goods. Be sure to take a day or two to get lost in Calistoga, Healdsburg, Napa, St. Helena, Yountville, Sonoma or Kenwood.

To truly immerse yourself in all that is Northern California Wine Country, it will take you at least 7-10 days of exploration. And whether its wine tasting on your agenda, hot air ballooning, hiking, shopping or simply relaxing at a spa, Northern California Wine Country has everything you are looking for.

Where to Stay
Applewood Inn, Russian River Valley/Sonoma County, 13555 highway 116, Guerneville 
A charming hotel situated beneath giant Redwood trees in the Russian River Valley. Features a variety of accommodations plus spa services, fine dining and more.

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