4-Days in California Wine Country

Advisor - Katherine Ferguson
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Katherine Ferguson

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  • Arts & Culture

  • Luxury Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • California

  • USA

  • Wineries

  • Hidden Gems

  • Vineyard

A row in a vineyard.
Curator’s statement

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of wine country lies an enchanting realm where passion, discovery and indulgence intertwine. Exploring the bountiful vineyards and tasting the myriad flavors of beautifully crafted wines awakens a sense of appreciation for the artistry and dedication that permeate this remarkable region. Beyond the vineyards, wine country beckons adventurers to traverse its majestic coastline and wander through ancient redwood forests. With its ever-evolving tapestry of culture and culinary delights, wine country invites you to immerse yourself in an unforgettable journey of flavors, sights and experiences. Savor the magic and embrace the endless possibilities that await in Napa Valley, where every visit is an extraordinary voyage of discovery.

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Hotel Healdsburg

Luxury property with hip rooms and suites as well as an upscale beauty spa.

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Archer Hotel Napa

A refreshingly low-key boutique in walkable, downtown Napa.


Located in the heart of Northern Sonoma Wine Country, this eco-chic hotel features rooms with private balconies, organic aesthetic and creative amenities.

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  • Complimentary bottle of wine.

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Day 1: Arriving in Sonoma

a vineyard

Welcome to your unforgettable journey through wine country! Day 1 begins with your arrival in the vibrant city of San Francisco. Take some time to explore the city or hit the road straight north to Sonoma Valley. For a delightful lunch, make your way to Blue Barn, where farm-fresh ingredients are transformed into culinary masterpieces that will tantalize your taste buds. Head to Healdsburg and check into the charming Hotel Healdsburg. Indulge in your first tasting experience at MacRostie Winery. Immerse yourself in the vineyard's breathtaking landscapes and savor the distinctive flavors that define Sonoma Valley's winemaking heritage. Head back to downtown Healdsburg and consider stopping by Lioco, a tasting room brimming with local wines, to enhance your evening before making your way to Chalkboard, where innovative culinary creations await. Savor a delicious dinner, expertly prepared with locally sourced ingredients.

Day 2: Armstrong Redwood State Park

Place with looks like a forest with long trees and green plants.

Begin the day on a scenic drive to Armstrong Redwood State Park. As you venture through the towering redwoods, a sense of awe will wash over you, as if stepping into a fairy tale. Lose yourself in the enchantment of these ancient giants, their massive trunks and sun-dappled canopies creating a magical setting. Continue onward to Goat Rock State Beach, where you experience the untamed beauty of Highway 1 and the azure waters of the rocky beach. Returning to Healdsburg in the afternoon, indulge in a private tasting at Kistler Vineyards, with meticulous attention to detail and a passion for perfection. Head to Little Saint, a culinary haven reminiscent of a food hall, offering a vibrant array of flavors and options. Be sure to check out the calendar online to see when they host live music.

Day 3: Napa to Sonoma

Long glass windows with an outside view.

Begin the day with a delightful visit to Costeaux French Bakery in Healdsburg, sipping your coffee and savoring the delectable pastry. Next, venture to Sonoma Cutrer, a renowned winery that offers a taste of the larger-scale winemaking process. As the afternoon unfolds, make your way to the esteemed Donum Estates. This hidden gem promises an exceptional tasting experience amidst picturesque vineyards. This starts your journey from the Sonoma Valley to the Napa Valley. If time permits, consider stopping by Mayacamas Tasting Room in downtown Napa for an additional tasting or indulge in a refreshing drink atop the Archer Hotel, taking in the breathtaking views. For an unforgettable dining experience, head to Oenotri, where rustic Italian cuisine meets the artistry of wine pairing.

Day 4: Yountville

A vineyard with small hills and blue sky with floating clouds.

Embrace the morning by renting bikes from downtown Napa, ready to embark on a picturesque journey to Yountville. Pedal through vineyard-lined roads, immersing yourself in the stunning landscapes that define this region. As you arrive in Yountville, a heavenly aroma leads you to Bouchon Bakery, where the promise of the finest pastries awaits. Be sure to get there early or prepare to wait in line – it’s a staple! Biking back to Napa, stop by the Napa Farmer’s Market for fresh vegetables, local crafts and other artisan treats (I love my candle!) Head to Hall Vineyards in St. Helena for a tasting and tour. Continuing your wine tasting escapade, make your way to Progeny Winery, where passion and innovation converge in every bottle. Allow their distinctive wines to enchant your palate as you uncover the hidden gems of this boutique winery overlooking the rolling hills of Napa. For an exceptional dining experience, venture to Celadon, where tantalizing flavors and a warm ambiance blend seamlessly to create an unforgettable meal.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Kristyne Wada’s guide, Discover California Wine Country: Sonoma's Hidden Gems.

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