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Wine Country Active Gourmet Walking Tour New!

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Trip Highlights
  • Intimate and interactive instruction from award-winning chefs and bakers
  • Chat, hike and taste with local winemakers
  • Seasonal produce, a multitude of cheeses, fresh-baked breads, olive oil, honey...the local bounty is virtually endless!
  • Superb dining opportunities, including an unforgettable Michelin-starred dinner at Calistoga's acclaimed Solbar
  • Sink into the lap of luxury at a trio of chic Wine Country hotels

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Vineyards & Farm-to-Table Delights in Sonoma & Napa

Some wines have a complexity. Flavors that reach you in different ways at different times. This adventure puts you in the hands of experts and artisans to give you a rare and unique epicurean experience. Hiking on the estate of one of the region's first winemakers. Enjoying cheese tastings and listening to the farmers discuss sustainable farming. Experiencing the wild of Jack London State Park and picnicking on mountain tops. Every day a simple, raw piece of the complex place that we call Wine Country, seen through the eyes of the people who live and work the land. Enjoy every taste.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Walk in the mountainside vineyards of Kunde Family Estate to witness sustainable winegrowing and the grape-to-glass process firsthand  In Sonoma, hike through manzanita-covered hillside to a spectacular overlook, explore the town's historic Spanish-style plaza, have a sip in a cozy tasting room or relax at our hotel's spa  Partake in an olive oil tasting before our evening cooking demo and dinner.

Day 3 Learn a few secrets from the pros during a hands-on pastry making class, paired with coffee from a local producer In Jack London State Park, explore the oak-shaded "Beauty Ranch" of the famed author and adventurer Visit a small eco-friendly farm and learn about sustainable farming and the farm-to-table movement.

Day 4 Dine in Michelin star-studded style at chef Brandon Sharp's Solbar restaurant  Ancient coastal redwoods provide a majestic backdrop for our hike in Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve  Gain a new appreciation for the local sheep, cows and goats during a cheese tasting at Oakville Grocery  Treat yourself to some vinotherapy at our hotel's award-winning spa or enjoy a lively round of bocce ball.

Days 5-6 Life is sweet at the CIA culinary school - enjoy a chocolate tasting!  Follow a rocky trail through a historic mining area for views of the Napa Valley It's no ordinary soil: rejuvenate with a Calistoga mud treatment and find out what the fuss is all about Walk amid veggies and herbs in the French Laundry's gorgeous kitchen garden before a stroll and dinner in Yountville, the culinary capital of Napa Valley  There's no better way to wrap up this delicious week than with a walk and cooking demonstration at St. Helena's bustling farmers' market.

Premiere Inns

Kenwood Inn & Spa
Kenwood Inn & Spa

Sonoma (2 nights) Surrounded by lush gardens and towering palms, this romantic Tuscan palazzo-style hotel is one of Sonoma's most luxurious boutique retreats. (pool, spa)

h2hotel
h2hotel

Healdsburg (1 night) A hip eco-friendly hotel praised by the New York Times for its living roof, solar heating and cool aesthetic. (pool)

Solage
Solage

Calistoga (2 nights) With guest rooms that resemble high-ceilinged urban lofts, this laid-back hotel is "a young, hip alternative to more traditional Napa resorts," according to Travel + Leisure. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

We've been sharing the secrets of Northern California's wine country since 1980, and it seemed only natural to create this itinerary as part of our new Active Gourmet Collection. It's been said that this region probably has more superb cuisine packed into fewer square miles than anywhere else in the world. From multi-course gourmet meals in the chicest surroundings to tasty homespun specialties in relaxed settings, you can experience seriously good food here, inspired not only by the region's wines but also its fresh, colorful, nutritious - and distinctly Californian - ingredients.
Riley Pearce - Regional Manager, North America

Trip Dates & Prices

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2015 CLASSIC DATES
May 2015
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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 4 400
5 400
2 2* 250 5* 500
3 2 200 4 600
4 2 0 6 1100
5 5 1300 9 1900
French Laundry Garden Guided Tour (1 Hour)
6 St. Helena`s Farmers Market Visit (2 Hours)
 
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* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $5,098 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,398 pp dbl. occ.

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All meals included except 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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