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See Napa Valley In Wine Colored Lenses

By James Harden

The Wine Country of Northern California is a destination for wine connesuirs from all throughout the nation and around the globe. Napa, Sonoma, and Calistoga offer visitors a magnificent vacation experience with the laid back mind-set of Northern California. From the romantic bed and breakfast tour to the exhilaration of winery tours for the wine connesuir, the Wine Country is really a fabulous destination.

The area has definitely been built on the wine industry’s success. In 1975, Napa Valley had about 20 wineries. Today visitors can choose between an extraordinary 275. Nearly all of these wineries offer tours and tastings and many are open to the public daily. The Wine Country continues to grow and to draw visitors who are interested in the finest wines that California has to offer.

The city of Napa is the largest in the valley and has all of the amenities one might expect from a city of its size. There is mainstream shopping and many options for visitors looking to have a convenient base of operations in the valley. Prices for vacation rentals and hotels are generally less in Napa than beach rentals on directly on the coast line. The drawback is that the city is less refined and certainly more mainstream than the rest of the valley’s wine destinations, but the proximity to the rest of the valley may make that a small price to pay.

If you are searching for something uncommon, then Calistoga should be on your list of vacation destinations. The town is adorned with false fronted stores in the manner of the Old West. There are real 19th century hotels and marvelous opportunities for guests looking for bed and breakfast inns in the wine country. The fine dining enjoyed elsewhere is replaced by unassuming cafes and a casual atmosphere that permeates the town. The town was designed as a resort destination, and a number of the original inns and hot springs are still in operation. This is definitely the place for visitors who are fascinated in the Wine Country but also have a wish to see Northern California the way that it once was.

Another 19th century creation, and the oldest town in the Wine Country, is Sonoma, California. There are a variety of attractions here and many of them are unrelated to the food and wine culture of the surrounding area. There are areas preserved from the Spanish Mission era, 19th century adobes, old hotels, and even a theater preserved from the 1930s. Sonoma is definitely an excellent place to find vacation rentals to set up your base of operations, though there are authentic hotels and a variety of bed and breakfasts here as well. Make a stop in the city’s central plaza to see what real life is like for locals of the California Wine Country.

James Harden is part of the travel team at and These directories provide detailed information on California vacation rentals and things to do.

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