Disneyland for Adults: Napa Valley

Unfortunately, Disneyland took the slogan first, but Napa Valley may be the true “Greatest Place on Earth” ….at least for adults. To be fair, I don’t think kids would appreciate it in the same way because a lot of my love for Napa comes from the wine.

Actually though, Napa has more to offer than just wine.  Granted, it does have over 300 wineries just in the Napa Valley (so that doesn’t even count Sonoma or the coast), but it also is home to some fantastic restaurants (including quite a few Michelin stars I might add), and some pretty amazing hotels and spas. Keep reading, I shall explain.

Biking Through Napa Valley

Biking through Napa Valley

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Don’t Blink! San Francisco

I keep hearing about people moving out to San Francisco from New York for a breath of fresh air and a Cali perspective.  So, on my quick visit out there, I had high expectations.  I love living in New York, but I’m not immune to its downfalls. Being that it’s summer, the smelliness of the city is starting to set in as the temperatures soar.  And, don’t get me started on the subway in summer time–whoever invents a portable shower you can use after your subway journey in July will be a millionaire.  But, then again, there’s nothing like a rooftop bar on a Friday afternoon in NYC.  Anyway, I figured San Francisco would have to offer a lot to compete.

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The New Face of California Wine Country

Spring is upon us (as are my allergies), so I’ve got the itch to plan some travel! As ever, I’m caught in the crossroads of choosing between a jungle adventure, vineyard tour, or a New England beach escape.  My initial decision has been, why not all three (are we surprised by this?).

With an offer on the table for a weekend in Nantucket (more on that later), a Costa Rica adventure in the works (more on this as well), I’m focusing my travel planning on California Wine Country—who’s with me!

photo courtesy of sonomauncorked.com

photo courtesy of sonomauncorked.com

Luckily, I’ve come across  Travel + Leisure‘s guide to Sonoma & Napa Valley.  It may be from a few years ago, but the advice is definitely all still relevant. Read about what not to miss on your next trip to some of the world’s best vineyards in Sunny California.

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