May 2019 Events – Celebrate Spring in the Wine Country

May 2019 - Women drinking wine outdoors
May 2019 is here and there are lots of fun things happening throughout California. Make plans now to attend these events as many of them will sell out.

Go wine tasting along the beautiful California Coast or in the rugged foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Learn about fun things happening throughout the state from San Diego to Mendocino County.

Participate in an adult wine camp, wine seminars and cooking demonstrations. Attend a barbecue and dance. Experience both wine and art. Listen to live musical performance. Interact with winemakers and others who love to drink wine.

If you know of an event happening this May that we don’t have on this list, please scroll down and leave a comment. We’d love to add to our list to make it complete.

Don’t Miss the Fun – Upcoming Events

Santa Barbara Travel Information
May 4: Spring Weekend – Santa Barbara

Taste wines from over 100 Santa Barbara wineries. Drop by the Bubble Lounge to relax and sample sparkling wines from the area. Watch live cooking demonstrations and sample organic foods. Note: Discounted tickets are available to residents of Santa Barbara County.

Take a look at How to Have Fun in Santa Barbara

May 4-5: Hopland Passport Weekend – Mendocino County
Ten wine tasting venues will offer wine tasting paired with small bites, plus special bargains on wine purchases. This two day May 2019 event is the ideal time to explore the Hopland area of Mendocino County. Plan to also attend the the Hopland Firefighter’s Annual BBQ & Dance featuring retro-rockabilly sensation Derek Irving & His Combo. Sure to be a fun way to spend a Saturday evening!

grapevineMay 5: Valley Public Radio’s Annual Wine Tasting – Fresno
Sample wine from over 40 vintners at the gorgeous Lester Estate overlooking the scenic San Joaquin River. Enjoy food, a silent auction, and a raffle. The proceeds from this charity event will benefit Valley Public Radio. Fresno is located in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley, a rich agricultural area.

Discover the wineries of Fresno County.

Red Wine in Glasse4s May 7-9: Adult Wine Camp – Murphys
It’s a camp just for adults! Wine Campers participate in hands-on learning experiences working with winery owners and winemakers. Taste fabulous wines from Calaveras County and delicious food as well. Enjoy two days and two nights of fun that is also educational.

The historic mining town of Murphys is worth exploring. More than a dozen wineries have wine tasting rooms in this Sierra foothills town with many more wineries in the area. Learn about Wineries in Calaveras County

La Jolla CoveMay 11: Junior League of San Diego’s Food & Wine Festival – La Jolla
Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the La Jolla Cove while sipping wine and beer and munching on gourmet bites. There will be live music and a silent auction with exciting items on which to bid at this May 2019 event.

La Jolla is a charming seaside community located in San Diego. Well known for its sandy beaches and rocky coastline, it’s hard to beat the ocean views. Enjoy great restaurants and upscale shopping as well. Click Here to check out the other things you don’t want to miss in and around San Diego.

Pouring WineMay 11-12: El Dorado Hills Art, Beer, and Wine Festival
This annual festival is a two day event that features more than 80 artists from both near and far, displaying their fine art. There will be plenty of delicious food and live music. The event is free, but you will need to purchase tickets to sample the award-winning wine and beer.

Sonoma Valley
May 16-19 Signature Sonoma Valley

Discover the Sonoma Valley wine region at the weekend event. Attend wine seminars. Enjoy special wine tastings, live music, and gourmet food prepared by chefs in the area. Tour vineyards. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the wines, terroir, and people of the Sonoma Valley.

The Sonoma Valley is located in the southeastern corner of Sonoma County adjacent to the Napa Valley. Many world class wineries are located in this region. Experience Sonoma Valley wineries.

Paso Robles Downtown Park May 16-19: Paso Robles Wine Festival
There are a wide range of wine tasting events packed into 4 days of fun. More than 70 wineries will be pouring their wines at the Grand Tasting at the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. Wineries at the Grand Tasting will be arranged by regions: Bordeaux-style, Rhône-style, Zinfandel, Burgundian-style, Italian varieties and Other Wild Wines for your tasting pleasure.

Special dinners are being planned at local restaurants. Individual wineries are planning their own fun. You’re sure to enjoy live music, wine tasting, and gorgeous scenery. Click Here to learn more about Paso Robles Wineries.

Zinfest May 17-19: Zinfest – Lodi
Taste more than 200 Lodi wines at The ZinFest Grand Tasting at Lodi Lake on Saturday, May 18. Take in a fun and educational session at the wine or BBQ schools, play lawn games, hang out in the ZinFest Music Lounge or at the Main Stage, and meet the local winemakers.

Special dinners and wine tastings are available by reservation only for Friday evening. The weekend concludes on Sunday with special events at local wineries. Find out why we love Lodi Wineries.

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir FestivalMay 17-19: Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival
Sample Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (plus rosé and sparkling wines) from more than 40 producers, enjoy food pairings by local chefs, and listen to live music. Enjoy educational seminars, winemaker dinners, a BBQ, grand tasting, a silent auction, and free winery open houses.

Anderson Valley is worth exploring and this is the weekend to do it!

Livermore Wine CountryMay 18: Downtown Livermore Street Fest
This is your opportunity to explore the boutiques and restaurants of downtown Livermore while tasting both wine and craft beers from the local area. Interact with Livermore wine and beer experts. Enjoy live entertainment. Bring the kids to enjoy the fun and games being planned for them.

Plan a Tour of the Livermore Wine Country.

ConcertMay 24-26: BottleRock Music & Food Festival – Napa Valley
This popular Napa Valley event usually sells out. So, get your tickets early! More than 80 bands will perform during the 3 day event on five different stages. Chefs will perform on the Culinary Stage. Enjoy wine, craft beer, and specialty cocktails. Check the website for the various ticket options and to learn more about the performers.

May 25: Rotary’s Art & Wine Festival – Mariposa
Enjoy art and wine on the courthouse lawn. This historic courthouse was built in 1854. Proceeds from this annual event go to support local non-profit causes in Mariposa. Mariposa is a small town located in the rugged Sierra Nevada foothills not far from Yosemite National Park.

Discover Yosemite National Park.

If you attend any of these May 2019 events, please leave a comment below. We’d love to hear about your experience!

October 2017 – Events You Won’t Want to Miss

October 2017There are many events planned for October 2017. Don’t miss out on a event that you are sure to enjoy. Check out upcoming events and make your plans soon. October is the time to attend a Grape Stomp and experience other harvest activities. It’s always time to sample wines, enjoy live music, and learn about pairing wine and food.

Click on the name of each event for more information.

October 2017 – Wine Country Events

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October 6-8: Sonoma County Harvest Fair – Santa Rosa
Participate in a farm to table celebration that includes world-class wines, award-winning beers and ciders, as well as a variety of culinary delights. More than 100 wineries will be pour their wines.

Enjoy chef demonstrations, wine tasting seminars, and gourmet meals. This is one of Sonoma County’s most popular events.

grapes being harvestedOctober 6-8: Big Crush Harvest Festival – Amador County
Spend some time in the scenic foothills of the Amador Wine Country. Stomp grapes, enjoy creative food and wine pairings, live music, and a variety of harvest activities. This includes a Grape Stomp on Friday evening. Taste wine at more than 40 wineries.

grape stomping
October 7: 27th Annual Calaveras Grape Stomp
Teams of two compete to extract the most juice out of measured amounts of wine grapes. Prizes are awarded. Costumes are encouraged and prizes are awarded to best costumes. Participate yourself or come watch the fun!

There’s also a silent auction, street fair, and a raffle. The Grand Prize raffle winner will get to choose between a vacation to Australia or New Zealand. Murphy’s is an historic Gold Rush town with lots of wine tasting rooms and unique boutiques to explore.

View of Lake TahoeOctober 7: Truckee Wine, Walk, & Shop
Sip wine and sample local food. Enjoy unique shopping in Truckee’s historic downtown area.
Attendees will receive a commemorative wine glass to sample wine at 30+ venues as well as five food tickets and a map to all participating venues. Truckee is just a short distance from beautiful Lake Tahoe where you can enjoy a wide variety of activities.

While in the Truckee area, be sure to check out Nevada County Wineries

LaJollaCoveNewOctober 7-8: La Jolla Art and Wine Festival – San Diego Area
This annual event is one of the most prestigious art and wine festivals in Southern California. It’s a juried art fair featuring works of art from over 150 established artists. Admission is free. Enjoy the charms of downtown La Jolla. Participate in a silent auction, enjoy live entertainment, visit the gourmet marketplace, and taste local wines and beers.

face paintingOctober 7-8: Camp Richardson Oktoberfest – Lake Tahoe
This Oktoberfest celebration offers fun for the entire family. Sip from a souvenir beer mug and sink your teeth into a freshly-cooked turkey leg or IPA beer-infused bratwurst. Thrill the kids with a trip to the face painting booth before heading to the bouncy house or bungee jump to burn off some energy. And in addition to a well-stocked beer and wine garden, an assortment of delicious German food and desserts, it’s your chance to get up and dance to live music by the crowd-pleasing Gruber Family Band. Plus, it’s free to attend October 2017!

Cheese and Wine
October 14-15: 41st Annual Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition
Taste locally produced artisanal cheeses, award-winning Central Valley wines, as well as a selection of craft beers. More than 100 vendors, consisting of artists and crafters from all over the United States, and food booths, add excitement to this festive occasion. This event offers fun for the whole family. There’s also a full carnival, a fantastic kids area with rides and games, and live music. Admission is free.

Dry Creek Valley
October 14: Wine Road’s Magical Mystery Tour
Enjoy a day of Wine and Food along the Wine Road with tours of four wineries in the Dry Creek Area The tour will visit four wineries, where you will taste four wines with a food pairing. Tours are limited to 20 people. Shh…It’s a secret where you are going. Don’t ask…they can’t tell you! You will be tasting Zinfandel, Rhone varietals, and other wines from Dry Creek.

Grape HarvestOctober 20: Harvest Wine Weekend – Paso Robles
Discover award winning wines at this annual wine weekend. Events take place at the more than 100 participating wineries located throughout Paso Robles. Join in the fun and discover a new favorite wine as well. Events include winemaker dinners, grape stomps, barrel tastings, food and wine pairing, and live music. A great time to visit Paso Robles!

accordion October 21: Swiss Day 2017 – Paso Robles
Kick off your shoes and enjoy a folksy, flavorful afternoon of Swiss-style delights! Explore traditional Swiss dishes prepared by Executive Chef Randal Torres paired with Vina Robles estate wines and melodies by accordionist Michael Gutin. Guests are also invited to participate in the grape stomp and imprint their feet on a souvenir t-shirt.

While in the Paso Robles area, be sure to check out Paso Robles Wineries

Have you attended any of these October 2017 events? If you have, please tell us what you thought. Our visitors would love to hear about your experience.

September 2017 – Fun Things to Do in the Wine Country

September Events You Don’t Want to Miss

September 2017 Fun Things to Do in the Wine Country
September 2017 – Mark your calendar now. There are many fun things to do in the Wine Country that will be happening soon. Make plans soon as many of these events do sell out.

Experience wine, food, music, and art. Kayak down the Russian River in Sonoma County. Watch a turkey race. Observe and learn how wines are harvested. Visit a reptile exhibit. Attend a small town barbecue. It’s all happening September 2017!

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival
September 3-4: The Last Blast of Summer

Celebrate the end of summer with the spirit and flavor of the Big Easy. Experience two days of music and wine at the 47th Annual Millbrae Art & Wine Festival. Browses the booths of high quality original works of art.
Check out the classic cars on display. This will be a weekend of Mardi Gras-style fun!

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
September 4-6: Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Head to Sonoma State University for this annual event. Wineries from throughout Sonoma County will be pouring wine. Local chefs will be preparing food paired with wine.

Enjoy live music as well as winemaker lunches, dinners, and barbecues. Sign up for seminars and demonstrations. The Sonoma Wine Country Weekend promises to be a full of wine, food, and fun.

Pinot Noir GrapesSeptember 8-9: Winesong Weekend
Escape to scenic Mendocino for two days of fun. On Friday guys will gather at the Little River Inn overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Sample Pinot Noir from over 30 wineries. Meet the winemakers and sample culinary delights paired with the wines. On Saturday the celebration moves to the Mendocino Botanical Gardens. Stroll through the gorgeous gardens sipping on wine and beer. Sample food from regional chefs. Enjoy live music, auctions, and fabulous art.

Calistoga wineries September 9: Calistoga Wine Experience
Join in the fun at Pioneer Park in Calistoga. 40 Calistoga wineries will be pour wine along with gourmet bites from local chefs. It’s a chance to mingle with the winemakers and winery owners. Enjoy live music as well.

Find out why Calistoga was recently voted “One of the Top !0 Wine Destinations in the World” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

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September 10: Taste of Downtown Livermore

Participate in a culinary stroll through downtown Livermore. Restaurants will be offering tastes of their delicious culinary creations. Shops are hosting wine and beer tastings. There will be live entertainment as well. This is a great time to explore the charming city of Livermore.

Capitola, CaliforniaSeptember 10-11: Capitola Art & Wine Festival
Visit the quaint village of Capitola overlooking Monterey Bay. Sip wine from over 22 Santa Cruz wineries. Browse the works of more than 160 fine artists. Enjoy live music and other performances. Try gourmet food from local restaurants. It’s still summer at this delightful little beach town!

Canoe Down the Russian River September 10-11: Russian River Jazz Festival
The focus at the Russian River Jazz Festival is on the music. There will be two stages of music. You can also taste local wines, dine on world class cuisine, and purchase art, apparel, and unique gifts from vendors. Experience the Russian River up close by taking a canoe, kayak or paddle boat ride. Camping is even available complete with BBQ area and laundry facilities. This is the perfect time to spend some time on the river.

September 14-17: Lodi Grape Festivalgrapevine
The Grape Festival is a long time Lodi tradition. It’s four days of continuous fun for the whole family. Enjoy live music and wine tasting. More unusual is their reptile exhibit, comedy circus show turkey races, BMX Bicycle Show, and live stingray experience. There will also be displays of quilts, art, photography, and floriculture.

Grape HarvestSeptember 16-18: Sonoma Valley Crush – Sonoma
Get involved in the 2017 Sonoma Valley Crush. Learn how grapes are harvested. Sample grapes in the vineyard. Tour a crush pad. Taste fermenting wine. 12 participating wineries will be teaching you the processes behind wine making. Enjoy wine tasting in the beautiful Sonoma Valley.

jazz September 16-18: Monterey Jazz Festival
Over 500 artists will be performing at this year’s festival. It’s considered by many to be the best jazz festival in the world. Enjoy the gorgeous grounds of the Monterey County Fairgrounds where there will be eight stages of live jazz. Experience the Jazz Festival – September 2017.

goat September 17-18: Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival
The 36th Annual Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival is sure to be a weekend of full of fun for the entire family. Taste wine and craft beer. Enjoy live entertainment on three stages. Visit arts and crafts booth. Carnival rides, a petting zoo, and games for children will be located in the Kids Kingdom area.

Casa Dumetz WinesSeptember 23-25: Los Alamos Old Days – North of Santa Barbara
This celebration honors the small town’s western heritage. Events include a 5 K Run/Walk, parade, car show, chili cook off, and silent auction. There’s a BBQ and live music as well. Los Alamos is a charming little town north of Santa Barbara. There are a few wineries with tasting rooms downtown, antique shops, and a fabulous place to stay and dine.
Learn more about Los Alamos.

Newport Beach, CaliforniaSeptember 29-October 2: Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival
Experience a variety of one-of-a-kind dinners by celebrity chefs in September 2017. Taste food from 40 top restaurants. Sip wine, spirits, and craft beer. Attend cooking demonstrations, tasting panels, and fascinating workshops.

Enjoy the beautiful area of Newport Beach and go wine tasting at Orange County Wineries.

If you attend any of the September 2017 Events listed here, please let us know in the comment section below what you thought. Our visitors will benefit from your experience.

San Diego Family Vacation – 25 Top Things to Do in San Diego

San Diego Family VacationThere are so many fun things to do on a San Diego Family Vacation. Due to the fabulous year-round weather outdoor activities such as hiking,golfing,playing on a beach, and water sports are popular. San Diego is home to the world famous San Diego Zoo as well as the Safari Park, Sea World, and Legoland.

California’s oldest city, San Diego has many historical sites to visit. This gorgeous city is perfect for a couple’s getaway or a family vacation!

Windansea Beach San Diego#1 – Head to the Beach
With 70 miles of coastline San Diego has lots of beaches. Some beaches are known for surfing while others are ideal for families. Some beaches are full of activities, nearby restaurants, shopping, and bars. Other beaches are less crowded and more intimate. Find the beach that is perfect for your San Diego family vacation:
Guide to San Diego Beaches

#2 – Have a Bonfire on the Beach
Enjoy a San Diego tradition. Sit around the fire with your family or friends. Enjoy an evening under the stars. Roast marshmallows or even make s’mores. Most San Diego beaches provide fire pits and allow bonfires during the hours of 6 AM and midnight. Beaches without fire pits do not allow bonfires. Best beaches for bonfires include La Jolla Shores, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, and Silver Strand Beach. Fire pits are first come, first serve.

Tip: If you drive to the public area behind the Bahia Resort in Mission Bay, you may be able to have a bonfire and time it so you also view the fireworks from Sea World. The perfect combination for a San Diego family vacation.

#3 – Watch a Spectacular Sunset
La Jolla Cove Sunset
San Diego is known for its fabulous sunsets. It’s hard to beat the experience of watching the sun slowly sink in the Pacific Ocean. Best beaches for watching the sunset are La Jolla Cove, Sunset Cliffs, and Windansea. The cliffs along the shore at these beaches begin to glow as the sky changes colors

Tip: Make reservations to dine near the water at George’s Outdoor Terrace Bistro in La Jolla. If you tell them you’re interested in watching the sunset, they will know the best time to reserve. This photo was taken while dining at George’s. Diners actually clapped as the sunset ended. It’s quite an experience!

#4 – Bike Along the Coast
BeachBikingThere are numerous places to bike in San Diego and enjoy gorgeous ocean views at the same time. Bring your own bike or rent bikes at one of the many rental companies.

Some of the most popular places for biking are along the coast, on Coronado Island, and around Mission Bay. You can join an organized biking tour or rent a bike and venture out on your own.

#5 – Relive History By Taking a Flight in a Biplane
historic biplane
Relive history by riding in a biplane driven by an experienced pilot who can make the ride nice and gentle or fast and thrilling depending on what you want. Most successful early airplanes were biplanes. This includes the Wright Flyer invented by the famous Wright Brothers.
Air Tours of San Diego

#6 – Kayak Through the La Jolla Caves

Kayak through caves and get up close to fascinating marine life. Join a guided tour in downtown La Jolla. It’s an exciting way to spend a few hours in the beautiful La Jolla Cove.

La Jolla, Mission Bay, and Coronado Island are the most popular places for kayaking. There are a variety of businesses that rent kayaks. They have all the equipment you need. Both single and tandem kayaks are available. Tandem kayaks have room for two people making them convenient for families with young children.

#7 – Take a Cruise
San Diego CruiseGet out on the water to truly appreciate San Diego. Enjoy the coastal scenery, San Diego’s skyline, and unbeatable ocean sunsets. Experience a short excursion, a dinner or brunch cruise, Tour the San Diego Bay or venture across Mission Bay. Rent a speed boat or even a jet ski. There are a variety of cruises and rentals available.

#8 – Picnic at Presidio Park
Presidio Park is a gorgeous park with expansive green lawns and lush landscaping including tall trees, grassy hillsides, palm covered canyons, and flowering plants. You can enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Mission Bay, and Mission Valley from this hillside park.
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9 – Spend the Day at Sea World
Sea World is a fun place to spend the day and learn about marine life at the same time. You will love the entertaining shows and interesting exhibits. Plan to spend the entire day at Sea World San Diego. There’s even a colorful fireworks display during the summer months.

Tickets are available online or at the gate. AAA members and the military usually get discounted tickets. Local Costco stores often have great deals on Sea World tickets as well.
Sea World Website

#10 – Hang Out With the Wild Animals at Safari Park

Safari Park Escondido
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is an 1800 acre zoo located near Escondido in northern San Diego County.
It is home to more than 2,600 wild and endangered animals including species from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia.

The largest exhibits are the open-range enclosures that let some of the larger African and Asian animals roam in a more natural environment. It’s here that you will find rhinoceros, giraffe, gazelle, zebras, and buffalo.

Visitors ride a tram out to the area to view the animals. For an additional fee you can experience a tethered balloon ride that allows visitors to see the plains exhibits from 400 feet up in the air.
Safari Park Website

#11 – Explore Balboa Park
Balboa Park Botanical Building
Don’t miss this San Diego tourist attraction. Many of the structures in Balboa Park were built for the First World’s Fair, The 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition. There are 15 museums, lush gardens, an outdoor organ pavilion, the Old Globe Theater, the San Diego Zoo, a planetarium, restaurants, and numerous other recreational activities. It’s a beautiful place to spend a day exploring.
More Information on Balboa Park

#12 – Step Back in History at Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego
Old Town San Diego is a vibrant neighborhood frequented by locals and visitors alike. You’ll be delighted by the variety of great restaurants, unique shops, hotels, a state historic park, gorgeous park, museum, and various other attractions.
Old Town State Historic Park

Legoland - San Diego
#13 – Take A Child to Lego Land
This is a park that is enjoyed by families with young children. Legoland California offers 50 thrilling rides, shows, and attractions. If you have young children, Lego Land is sure to be a treat. One of the most popular stops on a San Diego family vacation!

Learn More About Lego Land

#14 – Enjoy the Panoramic View From the Top of Mount Soledad

Mount Soledad La Jolla
The view is breathtaking in every direction. To the south you can see past San Diego and Coronado all the way to Mexico. Look east and view the mountains; south you see the Pacific Ocean; and north you gaze past the University of California at San Diego, and Torrey Pines. More Information

#15 – Go Wine Tasting at San Diego Wineries

wine tasting in vineyardDiscover San Diego wineries located throughout the county. Scroll down to learn about the more than 60 wineries in San Diego, Ramona, Escondido, Fallbrook, Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Julian.

As you explore San Diego, stop and sample wine at a winery in the area. Or plan a day full of wine tasting as you tour the best wineries in the area. Learn more about the best wineries by clicking on the link here:
Facts About San Diego Wineries

#16 – Fish From a Municipal Pier
Pier Fishing

An inexpensive and fun way to experience fishing while on a San Diego family vacation is by grabbing a pole and heading for a municipal pier. A license is not required for fishing one of these popular piers. If you don’t have a pole, you will find rental poles available in the areas around most of the piers.

Bring a couple of chairs so you can relax and enjoy the ocean views. Pack a picnic lunch as well or stop at of the nearby restaurants for a meal. You’ll find dining options close to most of San Diego’s piers.

#17 – Mount Helix
Mount Helix San DiegoVisit Mount Helix to enjoy spectacular views, picnics, family outings, hiking, Easter sunrise services, weddings and other special celebrations. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors.

The 360 degree views this park are breathtaking. On a clear day you will find sweeping views all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
Learn More About Mount Helix

#18 – Brewery
San Diego breweriesSan Diego is one of the premier beer destinations in the United States.Beer lovers from all over visit the area to sample the special brews being produced. It’s easy to make a day or two of touring the best breweries. Some breweries focus strictly on the beer. Others have both beer and food.

Guide to San Diego Breweries

#19 – – Go Parasailing on Mission Bay
Parasailing Mission Bay San Diego
Experience the thrill and excitement of sailing through the air while enjoying the beautiful scenery of San Diego. Gliding through the air over the water is an unforgettable experience, both fun and exciting!
Check out San Diego Parasail Adventures

#20 – Hike Along the Coast at Torrey Pines State Reserve
Torrey Pines State Reserve
Torrey Pines State Reserve is a wilderness paradise located in the La Jolla area of San Diego. Hikers can enjoy 8 miles of beautiful trails as they explore the 2000 acres of coastal scenery. Highlights include rare Torrey Pine trees, miles of gorgeous beaches, and a lagoon that is a habitat for migrating seabirds. Great fun for a San Diego family vacation!
Learn More About Torrey Pines State Reserve

# 21 – Discover Cabrillo National Monument
Cabrillo National Monument
Learn a little history on your San Diego family vacation. Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego honors the location where Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo became the first European to step foot on the western United States. This is the most southwestern point in the continental United States.

Cabrillo National Monument is one of the most scenic locations in the entire city. Explore tide pools, visit the lighthouse, enjoy the gorgeous coastal views on the two mile scenic hike.
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#22 – Go Hanggliding/Paragliding for the Thrill of a Lifetime
hanggliding La Jolla
If you are look for a true adventure for you San Diego family vacation consider hanggliding. Enjoy the excitement of soaring high above the ground along. Tandem flights are available for people who have not done this before. Torrey Pines Gliderport in La Jolla is the place to go for hangggliding. Your flight will take you over the beautiful Torrey Pines coastal area. If you want to check it out before trying, drop by and watch as others experience their own flights. It’s fun just to watch!

#23 – Experience a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Hot Air Balloon
Soar peacefully over beautiful scenery. Relax as you gently glide along 500 to 1500 feet above the ground. Flights are typically 60 to 90 minutes long.

The flight is typically 60 minutes in length. The entire experience usually takes from 3 to 5 hours and will be a memorable adventure. There are a variety of companies that offer hot air balloon rides in San Diego.
Soaring Sports

#24 – Go Skydiving
Jumping off of an aircraft with a parachute on your back can be an unforgettable experience. Most skydivers make their first jump under the guidance of a trained instructor who jumps with you. This is called tandem skydiving. San Diego offers the perfect scenery for a fabulous dive.
Skydive San Diego

#25 – Take the Water Taxi Over to Coronado Island
Coronado Ferry Take the ferry from downtown San Diego to Coronado Island. It’s a 5 minute ride across the bay. A great way to view the San Diego skyline. There are interesting specialty shops and restaurants as well as bike rentals at the Coronado Ferry Building. Call (619) 235-8294 for more information or reservations. It’s reasonably priced excursion on your San Diego Family Vacation – $7 each way on my recent ride.

If you know of other things to do while on a San Diego Family Vacation, please share with us below.

August 2017 – Things to Do in the California Wine Country

Wine Tasting FunAugust 2017 is going to be a busy month. What a fabulous time to visit the California Wine Country. There are so many fun and exciting things happening that you do not want to miss.

Check out upcoming events for wine lovers to do throughout California. Learn more about each event by clicking on the links below. Some events do sell out; make your reservations soon.

What’s Happening in the Wine Country

August 2017 Things to Do August 4-5: Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition
Attend the reception to honor the winners of this annual competition. Be there when they announce the Best of Class and the five Best of Show winners for August 2017. Sample over 200 wines. Enjoy delicious appetizers. Mingle with the judges.

August 5 – Preston Castle Wine Tasting & Tour – Ione
Sample outstanding wines of Amador County at the historic Preston Castle. Enjoy food, live music, and self-guided tours of the castle. Preston Castle was built in the late 1800s. It opened in 1894 as the Preston School of Industry, a reform school for juvenile offenders. It’s a stunning example of Romanesque Revival architecture located in Mother Lode. The castle is said to be haunted. If you’re interested there are a variety of paranormal investigations throughout the year at the castle.

Julian, California - Witch Creek August 5: Sip of Julian – San Diego
Eight tasting rooms will be offering samples of their wine, beer, hard-cider, or craft cocktails along with food pairings. This is a great time to explore the historic town of Julian. Step back in time at this 1870s gold rush community that’s an hour’s drive east of San Diego. Unique shops, restaurants, and charming bed and breakfast inns. The town is famous for its delicious homemade apple pies.

 Salinas Wine CountryAugust 12 – Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival The Salinas Valley lies along the Salinas River 120 miles south of San Francisco. This valley is known as “America’s Salad Bowl” due to the large amount of vegetables and fruits grown here. This festival is the ideal time to visit. Enjoy live entertainment, world class wines, craft beer, and gourmet food. Make reservations to attend special winemaker dinners and the optional Kickoff Party in August 2017.

August 12: Gala Wine Festival – Ukiah
Taste the best local wine and food all under one tent at Mendocino College in Ukiah. Featuring Ziggy the Wine Gal as the even emcee, there will also be a live auction and a wine pull raffle. This annual event is a fundraiser for Mendocino College.

applesAugust 12-13 -Gravenstein Apple Fair – Sebastapol
Get ready for a weekend of old-fashioned fun at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. Listen to music on two stages and browse arts and craft booths. Sample wine, microbrews, food, and cider. Participate in a variety of contests and activities.

Hotrod August 18-19 – Main Street Reunion – Downtown Napa
Car lovers and history buffs will be heading to downtown Napa for this annual car show. It’s an opportunity to view 400 pre-1976 classic cars and hot rods. Also enjoy fabulous food, wine, beer, and live music. This should be a fun two days in Napa.

grapes growing on vieAugust 18-20 – Sta. Rita Hills Wine & Fire – Lompoc
This year’s annual Wine & Fire will be showcasing amazing local foods and world class wines. Participate in special wine tastings and seminars. Enjoy live music. Register for one or more of their three events: Barn Party, Lunch with Special Wine Tasting, or the Grand Tasting.

August 19 – 11th Annual Taste of Petaluma
Experience a culinary journey of Petaluma’s finest foods, wines, and microbrews. Enjoy a variety of live entertainment. Petaluma is just 32 miles north of San Francisco, making it a great day trip from the city. The Petaluma River flows through the historic downtown. Enjoy water activities in the river or explore the unique shops and restaurants in the area.

Ocean Wine Glasses August 19-20 – Pacific Wine And Food Festival – Newport Beach
Sample summer inspired culinary bites from top chefs paired with fabulous wines. Listen to live music while enjoying stunning ocean views. Choose from a variety of events that include celebrity cooking demonstrations, special dinners, happy hours, and an After Party.

San Francisco Golden Gate BridgeAugust 20 – Family Winemakers Tasting – San Francisco
Attend this one day event where you can taste wines from award-winning family owned wineries. More than 125 wineries will be pouring over 500 wines. It’s a great opportunity to taste wines from throughout California all in one location. Sign up now for a special wine tasting in beautiful San Francisco!

Bodega Bay, CAAugust 26-27 – Bodega Bay Seafood, Art, and Wine Festival
If you want a reason to visit the spectacular seacoast of Bodega Bay, this it. The Bodega Bay Seafood, Art, and Wine Festival features fantastic food, wine, and beer. Browse the quality arts and crafts for sale and enjoy a variety of live entertainment. Bodega Bay has charming shops, gourmet restaurant, and historic sites to explore.

Beach August 25-27 – 32nd Annual Central Coast Wine Classic – San Luis Obispo
This event showcases wines from the Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Shell Beach, Avila Beach, and South San Luis Obispo County. Participate in vintner dinners and both live and silent auctions. Take a look at exotic cars and quality art work. Definitely an August 2017 event to attend!

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After browsing this list of Things to Do August 2017, let us know below if you attend any of these event. We would love to hear about your experiences.