California Wine Country Travel Guide

California Wine Country Travel Guide
California's wine country is known for its charming bed and breakfasts, antique shopping and, of course, wine. However, the area's warm and comfortable climate is not only excellent for cultivating grapes, but for adventuring in the great outdoors as well, and the Napa Valley and surrounding area offers many diverting outdoor activities.

Ballooning Above Napa Valley

Hot air balloons are a unique and exhilarating way to see Napa Valley, and Balloons Above The Valley has been voted the most popular balloon company in the area for years. Soar with the wind instead of feeling it as you float above the lush fields of the valley, while your pilot tells you about the area's unique setting and climate. Enjoy a champagne brunch as well as transportation to and from your local hotel or bed and breakfast.

Balloons Above The Valley
603 California Blvd
Napa, CA 94559
(800) 464-6824

Sip 'N Cycle Tours

Getaway Adventures has been featured in the New York Times and Travel & Leisure magazine for their relaxing guided tours of California's Wine Country. Their most popular offering is the Sip 'N Cycle Tour, which includes a comfortable bike ride through California's wine country, as well as a gourmet picnic lunch, a support van, and a knowledgeable tour guide. This tour is available in both Calistoga and Healdsburg. Stop and taste offerings along the way, as well as witness various stages of the wine-making process, which may include barrel making, pressing, bottling or a sparkling wine cellar. The tour covers between 10 and 17 miles of flat, easy terrain. The tour takes place from 9:30 a.m to approximately 3:30 p.m. Bicycles are included in the tour fee, group discounts are available, and tasting fees are not included.

Sip 'N Cycle Tours at Getaway Adventures
2228 Northpoint Pkwy
Santa Rosa, Ca 95407
(800) 499-2453

Kayaking on the Napa River

Explore the scenic tidal estuaries of the Napa River from the seat of a two-person kayak. Get away from the well-worn tourist routes and see another side of the Napa Valley that few people get to take in. The river tour is gentle and slow-paced, allowing you to take in the scenery and wildlife in the area, including majestic Blue Herons. Reservations are required, but tours are offered 365 days a year. Your relaxing paddle will end with a visit to a local winery, so remember to bring cash for tasting fees, which are not included in your tour.

Kayaking with Napa Valley Bike Tours
6795 Washington Street, Bldg. B
Yountville, CA
(800) 707-2453

Article Written By Beau Prichard

Beau Prichard has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. He specializes in fiction, travel and writing coaching. He has traveled in the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and Australia. Prichard grew up in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing from George Fox University.

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