March 2019 – Top Things to Do in the Wine Country

March 2019 is sure to be a fun-filled month in the California Wine Country. There are many exciting events being planned for March. Make plans to attend.

While exploring the wine regions of California, stop and visit our Favorite California Wineries. Different wineries are favored for different reasons. Check out wineries with the best views, favorite wineries for picnics, and top winery restaurants.

Discover wineries that offer overnight lodging, have unique wine caves, and those that are kid friendly. Some wineries host exciting concerts. Others have annual grape stomps where you can actually stomp the grapes yourself.

Click on the links below to learn more about each March 2019 event.

What’s Happening – March 2019

Santa Barbara March 2019
March 1-2: World of Pinot Noir – Santa Barbara
More than 250 producers of Pinot Noir will gather in Santa Barbara to share and discuss their wines. World class chefs will pair these wines with locally prepared dishes. Enjoy two days of two days of in-depth Tasting seminars and excursions, grand gastings, and gourmet lunches and dinners.

Tasting Wine at Tasting Rooms
March 1-31: Spring Passport 2019 – Morgan Hill
Meet the talented winemakers of the Santa Clara Valley. More than 30 wineries will be pouring their wines throughout the month of March. Enjoy food and entertainment, special wine tastings, barrel samples and passport discounts.

Sonoma Grapevines March 1-3 and 8-10: Barrel Tasting – Sonoma County
Two exciting weekends of wine tasting will be happening this year. Sample wines from the barrel, talk to winemakers and explore the beautiful Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys.
Many wineries will offer “futures” on their barrel samples. This is a chance to purchase wine now, often at a discount, then come back to the winery when the wine is bottled, typically 12-18 months from now. Many wines are so limited, buying futures is your only chance to purchase them.

California Adventure March 1- April 23: Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
A variety of free seminars, demonstrations and presentations are being planned.
The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will also feature ticketed events, such as premium dining events, wine tastings, and demonstrations by celebrity chefs.

Wine and ChocolateMarch 1-2: Pechanga Chocolate Decadence & Wine Festival – Temecula
Sample a variety of chocolates. Experience wine from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Temecula, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand. Enjoy live music. Sip and savor as you sample a variety of distinguished dishes from the award-winning chefs of Pechanga Resort & Casino.

wine and beer toastMarch 9: Hop ‘N Vine Festival – Santa Clara
The Hop ‘N Vine Festival features tastes from Santa Clara wineries and craft breweries. It will also include lite bites and live entertainment. This year’s Hop ‘N Vine will also have a “Hop ‘N Vine University” area with great speakers, a wonderful exhibit of historical photos of wine and beer production in Santa Clara County, plus several fun artisan vendors.

solvangMarch 15-17: Taste of Solvang
Experience a culinary weekend featuring Solvang farmers, chefs, bakers, winemakers, brewers, distillers, and artisans showcasing the bounty of Santa Barbara wine country set amidst the quaint Danish town of Solvang. Taste your way through dozens of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and wine and beer tasting rooms. Events include a special dinner or brunch, wine and beer tasting, food sampling, and live music. It’s sure to be a weekend full of fun!

Fresno County Wineries
March 15-17: Vintage Paso Zinfandel Weekend – Paso Robles

Discover why Paso Robles is known for its world class Zinfandel. More than 140 wineries have special events planned. Visit wineries to sample their wine. Join in the fun at winemaker dinners, special tastings and seminars.

March 16: Humboldt Wine Festival – Arcata, California
This annual event takes place at Humboldt State University in the Kate Buchanan Room. This is your chance to meet local wine and cider makers. Taste the wines and ciders of Humboldt and Trinity Counties while dining on a wide selection of locally sourced gourmet treats.

January 2018 Wine Events
March 17: Family Winemakers Pasadena Tasting
This one day event features award-winning small, family-owned wineries from throughout California. This is your chance to taste over 500 wines offered by over 125 wineries. 40 different varietals or blends will be available for tasting all in one location.

wine and beer toast March 22-24: Palm Desert Food & Wine
Enjoy three days of culinary, wine, and beer tastings. A four-course luncheon prepared by celebrity chefs kicks off the weekend. This is followed by two days of grand tastings. Sample gourmet bites from local and regional restaurants, sip more than 60 premium wines, and savor some of the country’s most unique beers and ciders. Vintners and chefs will be available to discuss their culinary offerings.

wine barrelMarch 23-24: Barrels, Tasting Weekend – Livermore
Join more than 30 Livermore Valley wineries, meet winemakers and sample wines still in development–right out of the barrel. A number of the wineries will be holding special brunches to help get you off on a good start each morning. As you visit the wineries throughout the valley, keep your eyes open for the hand painted one-of-a-kind barrels. If you find a unique barrel you like, purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win that barrel!

Have you attended one of these March 2019 events? If so, please leave a comment below. We’d love to hear about your experience!

January 2019 – Celebrate the New Year All Month

January 2019
January 2019 has started out with a bang. The fun continues throughout the month. There are many fun things happening throughout California that are sure to be loads of fun.

Attend special wine tastings and dinners, discover unique artwork, participate in a Champagne seminar, enjoy live music, go crab fishing, and more!

Make reservations soon as many of these events do sell out.

Top Ten Wine Events for January 2019

January 16: Bubbles for Every Occasion – Napa
Champagne Sparkling WineAttend a wine tasting class at the CIA at Copia where you explore sparkling wines from around the world. Taste the differences between Champagne and other wines made in the same style. Discover your favorites as you explore sparkling wines in a variety of price ranges.

The CIA at Copia is a branch campus of the Culinary Institute of America. Located in the Napa Valley, it’s the place to go for cooking classes, wine and beverage explorations, chef demonstrations, and wine tasting classes. Check out their schedule for a full list of upcoming events!

ZinfandelJanuary 17-19: Zinfandel Experience – San Francisco
If you love Zinfandel, you won’t want to miss this annual event. Imagine three days devoted entirely to Zinfandel. A variety of options are available including seminars, special dinners, auctions, and wine tastings. This is your chance to taste a wide variety of Zinfandel and experience delicious food in beautiful San Francisco.

January 17-20 Big Sur Foragers Festival – Carmel


Attention all mushroom lovers! If you love mushrooms (or want to know more about them), this is the event you don’t want to miss.

This annual event benefits local healthcare services in the Big Sur area and focus on mushrooms. Plans for this January 2019 event include fund-raising dinners, a special raffle, a Fungus Face Off, Mushroom Walks, and seminars.

crab, beer & wine days
January 18-27: Crab Feast – Mendocino County
Head to beautiful Mendocino County for a ten day celebration of crab. Enjoy crab-themed dinners, crab and wine pairings, whale watching, and crab fishing. Participate in the Crab Cake Cook Off.

Mendocino offers spectacular scenery, world class wineries, uncrowded beaches, and charming towns to explore.

January 19-20: Winter Wineland – Healdsburg
January 2019 Wine EventsTravel from winery to winery tasting wine on Northern Sonoma County’s “WineRoad”. This popular event is in its 27th year. Wineries are in the Healdsburg/Geyserville area.

This is your chance to meet the winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases or library wines. All participating wineries will highlight a Vintage, Varietal or Vertical tasting for the weekend.

Santa Cruz Mountains
January 19: Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Passport
Passport Days are held quarterly throughout the year at Santa Cruz wineries. January 2019 is a great time to go wine tasting in this beautiful region. Some wineries that are not normally open to the public will open their doors to visitors for passport days.

Special events are planned at participating wineries . Discover the great wine being produced here on the Central Coast! Click here to learn about Santa Cruz wineries.

January 19: Art & Wine With Something More – Placerville
Placerville, CaliforniaEnjoy tastes from 20 local wineries, breweries & distilleries with food from 20 of El Dorado Counties best restaurants & caterers. There’s also a raffle, live and silent auctions, music and the best part …. unique, original art pieces created by our talented artists. The artists are developmentally disabled adults and the proceeds go directly to the artists.

This event takes place in historic Placerville. A fun town to explore! There are many great wineries scattered in and around Placerville.

January 25: Cambria Art and Wine Festival
Enjoy three full days of fun in the charming coastal village of Cambria. The activities are all about art and wine. There’s an art show, silent auction, and demonstrating artists spread throughout the village. Taste delicious wines while enjoying fabulous ocean views. Take a walk along the beach and visit the unique shops.

I always enjoy staying at the Blue Whale Inn when visiting Cambria. It’s right across from Moonstone Beach!

January 26: Uncorked: LA Wine Festival
This is your opportunity to sample over 200 wines in one location. Dance to the music of a live band and a D.J. Gourmet food trucks will be on hand for an evening of fun.

Funds raised will benefit the Rose City Crystals Figure Skating Team of Pasadena. Tip: Use code WINE for $10 off the price of tickets.

January 28-29: Annual Barrel Tasting – Temecula ValleyTour and taste wine at Temecula wineries at this once a year event. Each winery will provide food paired to go with their wines. You can purchase a single day or a two-day ticket. Visit participating wineries that you select and go at your own pace. A great way to explore the Temecula Valley!

Learn more about Temecula wineries!

If you attend any of these January 2019 events, please scroll down and leave a comment. Our visitors really would like to hear about your experiences!

Santa Barbara Travel Information – How to Have Fun in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Travel Information
Santa Barbara Travel Information is the ultimate guide of things to do in Santa Barbara. This lovely city is located between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It’s known as the “American Riveria” because of its Mediteranian climate and stunning ocean views. It’s a popular resort destination.

Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Wine CountryGo Wine Tasting at Wineries
Santa Barbara is home to many world class wineries. Most wineries are located in the Santa Ynez Valley. However, there are wineries scattered throughout Santa Barbara County. Take time to explore the urban wineries in Santa Barbara, Solvang, Buellton, Los Olivos, Santa Maria, and Lompoc. This area is most recognized for its outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. However, many other varietals are also produced. Learn about these wineries. Plan a tour of these wineries soon!

Stearns Wharf - Santa Barbara PierThere’s lots to do at Stearn’s Wharf. Dine, fish, shop, have your palm read. There’s even an interactive marine museum. East Beach is located next to the pier. Relax on the beach, swim in the ocean, or play a game of beach volleyball. Enjoy the skateboard park just east of the wharf. Rent a bike or surrey or even walk down the Cabrillo Bike Path that runs along the coastline.

Santa Barbara Brewing

Santa Barbara Brewing

Taste Craft Beer
Santa Barbara has a number of breweries where you can taste handcrafted, quality brews. Many of these breweries also serve food and televisions. Some have live music. It’s easy to find good beer in a fun setting. Browse the list and make plans to check out the Santa Barbara beer scene!

Santa Barbara Golf Club

Santa Barbara Golf Club

Make reservations to play a round of golf at the wonderful Santa Barbara Golf Courses Many courses overlook the Pacific Ocean. Others have scenic mountain views. Find the course that fits your needs.

Nojoqui Falls Santa Barbara

Hike to Nojoqui Falls. This is a short hike to a waterfall that has a 80 foot drop. Spring is the best time for this hike because the falls will disappear by summer. This hike through a shady canyon is less than a mile roundtrip. Nojoqui Falls is seven miles south of Solvang, not far off of Highway 101.

Victorian Mansion

Victorian Mansion

Explore the charming town of Los Alamos, which is 45 miles south of Santa Barbara. Browse the antique shops. Taste wine at the tasting rooms. Enjoy a wonderful meal at Full of Life Flatbread. They have the most delicious wood-fired pizzas. Stay at the Victorian Inn where you will find the most unique themed rooms. This small town is quickly becoming known as a place to “get alway from it all”.

Where to Stay in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a popular vacation destination. You will find all of the typical hotel chains in the area. There are many choices for lodging. Consider staying overnight at one of these unique options:

Simpson House Inn Santa BarbaraSimpson House Inn is a beautiful Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast. The lush gardens are lovely. Staff is friendly and welcoming. Rooms are well appointed. Food is excellent. This is the place to go if you want to be pampered. Simpson House is the only bed and breakfast in North America that is rated 5 diamonds by AAA.

El Capitan Canyon - luxury camping
El Capitan Canyon
offers unique lodging in Santa Barbara. This resort offers a “glamping” experience. It’s camping, but with all of the luxuries of home. Enjoy luxury accommodations complete with private bathroom and down comforters. There’s a campfire and picnic table outside each luxury cabin or tent. Ride a bike down to the beach. It’s your chance to be close to nature, but still have all the amenities you desire.

This Santa Barbara Travel Information guide also recommends The Fess Parker Doubletree if you are looking for a hotel on the beach. This dog-friendly hotel offers upscale accommodations. Many rooms have an ocean view and there’s also a bar with an ocean view.

Where to Eat in Santa Barbara

Jane Restaurant - Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara Travel Information has a number of recommendations for dining in the area. One of our favorites is a small restaurant on State Street called Jane. The food is fabulous and the price is quite reasonable. It’s a family owned restaurant that takes pride in their service. Don’t miss a chance to have their signature dessert, coconut cake!

You can’t go wrong with Bouchon for exceptional fine dining in a French atmosphere. It’s a charming restaurant with excellent service. If you are in the mood for authentic Mexican cuisine, head to Mony’s Mexican Food. Enjoy great food at a reasonable price. This small restaurant is extremely popular. Many find it convenient to order their meal take-out. Pizza lovers rave about Olio Pizzeria. They have a large variety of delicious pizzas and salads to choose from. Friendly service in a comfortable, relaxing setting.

Please leave a comment below regarding this Santa Barbara Travel Information. We would love to hear about your experiences in Santa Barbara.

You Tube Videos of the California Wine Country

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Fun Things to Do in Napa Valley

Napa is known for its world class wineries and fabulous gourmet restaurants. However, you’ll find that there are many other fun things to do in the Napa Valley. If you are headed to the world famous Napa Valley, be sure to check out this you tube video to see what else there is to do in Napa.

5 Easy Steps for Tasting Wine

Have you ever wondered exactly what you are suppose to do as you taste wine? These tips will walk you through the basic tasting step by step. This is an informative guide made especially for newbies!

Bothe Napa Valley State Park

Bothe Napa Valley State Park has beautiful hiking trails, campgrounds, streams, and picnic areas. Enjoy breathtaking tall trees and landscapes. Hike numerous trails that the park has to offer. Located near Calistoga in the Napa Valley. Conveniently located just off of Highway 26. My recommendation? Stop at Ad Hoc and picked up some of their amazing chicken dinners to go and stop here for a picnic. It’s a nice break and not out of the way at all!

Discover Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast in Salinas California!

Enjoy a unique vacation with safari surroundings. Some animals at Vision Quest are: elephants, bears, birds, reptiles, anteaters, hyenas, Kinkajous, kangaroo, ferrets, monkeys, and many others! Located in Monterey County. Come for a tour or spend the night in their safari tent cabins. Guides escort some of the animals right to your tent so you can feed them breakfast. This truly is a unique experience!

Paso Robles Golf Courses

Combine a California wine tour with a round of golf in the Paso Robles area. Enjoy wine tasting at world class wineries and golfing surrounded by the gorgeous central coast scenery. Paso is the place to experience both passions in one destination.

San Luis Obispo Golf Courses

Take time out in San Luis Obispo to enjoy a round of golf! San Luis Obispo has many charming golf courses. Some of the golf courses are highlighted in the video: Cypress Ridge Golf Club, BlackLake Golf Resort, Monarch Dunes Golf Club, and Pismo State Beach Golf Course. If you are a golfer, you’ll want to view this video!


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California Bed and Breakfast Cambria – Fabulous Place to Stay

The Blue Whale Inn

California Bed and Breakfast Cambria

Discover a delightful California bed and breakfast Cambria. The Blue Whale Inn is a bed and breakfast located in the charming seaside town of Cambria.

It offers wonderful oceanside lodging for a romantic getaway along the Central Coast of California. Stay at this charming bed and breakfast inn while on a Paso Robles wine tour or visiting Hearst Castle and enjoy spectacular ocean scenery as well.

This California bed and breakfast Cambria has an ideal location on the California coast. Just across the street guests can wander the seaside walking trails meandering in both directions. Binoculars are provided to guests for viewing the coastal wildlife. You might spot a sea lion, seal, sea otter, or even a whale as well as a variety of birds.

We recently stayed at the Blue Whale Inn on our way down to San Diego to visit with our daughter, Melissa. The only thing we regretted about our stay was that it was a one night stop. Next time we will definitely stay longer.

Cambria LodgingAs we checked in, we were greeted warmly by the hosts, Jay and Karen. They helped us with our bags, offered us tea, and showed us to our rooms.

The room was lovely. It was immaculate and tastefully decorated. We loved the fireplace, which came on instantly with the flick of a switch. The marble bathroom came with a Jacuzzi tub and soft robes.

California Bed and Breakfast CambriaAfter a walk along the beach, we enjoyed appetizers in the lounge. The appetizers (stuffed mushrooms, artichoke dip, gourmet cheese, and crackers) were prepared by Karen and they were delicious. It was fun talking with the other guests and our hosts and the appetizer hour was over before we knew it.

There are binders in the lobby with menus of local restaurants. We made reservations at Madeline’s, which Jay highly recommended. It was so fabulous that we have recommended Madeline’s on our restaurant page.

The bed was comfortable and we enjoyed a quiet night’s sleep. The next morning we were treated to a delightful breakfast prepared by Karen and served by Jay.

Cambria Lodging - CambriaIf you are going to California’s central coast, we highly recommend Blue Whale Inn. This California bed and breakfast Cambria provides excellent lodging. It is very deserving of its 4 diamond rating from the Automobile Association of America.

This inn is a short drive from the famous Hearst Castle and is located in the heart of California’s Central Coast Wine Region. While staying at the lovely inn, enjoy a wine tour:

Paso Robles Wineries
San Luis Obispo Wineries

Contact Information:
Blue Whale Inn
Address: 6736 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, CA 90328
Telephone: (805) 927-4647 or (800) 753-9000
Directions from Hwy. 1: Turn west onto Weymouth Street. Turn right onto Moonstone. Continue on Moonstone until you see The Blue Whale Inn on the right.

The Blue Whale Inn is our #1 recommendation for a California Bed and Breakfast Cambria
A great place to stay while wine tasting or visiting Hearst Castle.

Have you stayed at this California bed and breakfast Cambria? If so, please tell us below how you liked the Blue Whale Inn