Unforgettable Sonoma County Winery Tours
California Rivers Wine Tours will take you on Sonoma winery tours. Visit Sonoma wineries in an air conditioned van, and enjoy a homemade picnic along the way.
This wine tour company is friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced. They specialize in Sonoma wineries located in Alexander Valley, Dry Creek, and the Russian River. Our visitors who have gone on tours with California Rivers all rave about how fun it was.
Reserve a California Rivers Wine Tour
Address: 575 Country Club Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Telephone: (707) 579-2209
Wine Tasting Tours
The friendly guides will go out of the way to ensure that you will have a memorable day in the wine country. They will choose the wineries for your tour or they will happily take you to wineries you select. Wine Tours usually last between 4 and 5 hours.
Transportation to and from you local place of lodging is included in the price of the tour. You can sit back and relax in the comfort of a 14 passenger van with large windows for viewing the gorgeous Sonoma scenery. You’ll enjoy a delicious homemade picnic lunch at a scenic stop along the way.
California Rivers Tours also offers scenic tours. The popular Russian River Tour follows this scenic river all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Sit back, relax, and enjoy traveling through the heart of the Sonoma Wine Country.
The views of the ocean’s crashing waves and sandy beaches are spectacular. It would be hard to beat the beautiful natural scenery along the way.
You will be able to stop and visit some of this area’s local sites (depending on your interests:
- California Rivers Carnivores – A unique nursery featuring over 400 types of insect eating plants.
- Bodega – Where Hitchcock’s classic thriller “The Birds” was filmed.
- Duncan’s Mill – Featuring some very unique gift shops and a great Art Gallery.
- Rivers End – Where the Russian River spills into the Pacific Ocean; with Harbor Seals frolicking in the surf (or lying around like big slugs on the beach).
Contact California Rivers Wine Tours to make arrangements for a custom tour to other places of interest in Sonoma County. They are happy to work out the details to create the tour you want.
Have you gone on a Sonoma Wine Tour with California Rivers Wine Tours? If so, please tell us about your experience in the comment box below. Thank you!
California hiking trails are some of the best hikes you’ll find anywhere. Get detailed information on nature hikes throughout California. Access hiking trail maps, tips, and directions.
California is a large state with diverse geographic opportunities to enjoy. Enjoy hiking along the coastline with spectacular views of
the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy breathtaking mountain views hiking through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Hike through dense redwood forests or beautiful desert scenery. California has so much to offer. Plan an outdoor getaway soon!
Northern California Hiking Trails
Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve
Coastal redwoods are the tallest living thing on the Earth. This state reserve is the place to visit and enjoy these amazing trees. Experience the amazing serenity and beauty of this redwood forest. The tallest tree in this redwood grove is 310 feet high.
Hiking trails at Armstrong Woods range from easy to strenuous. This park is located in Guerneville. This is the heart of the Russian River Wine Region. Hikes range from one to nine miles in length.
Bothe Napa Valley State Park
Discover a serene redwood forest. It’s located just off the highway in the heart of the Napa Valley. There are 10 miles of hikes available to hikers, equestrians, and bicyclists.
The most popular hike takes you to the top. Hikers are rewarded with scenic vistas of the Napa Valley and surrounding hills.
Caverns in the Sierra Foothills
Discover the underground world of limestone caverns in the Sierra Foothills. You can explore the caverns on a guided walking tour. Some of the caverns have trails that let you hike outdoors in the surrounding area. If you’re really adventurous, you might want to rappel down into the cave.
Hike Half Dome – Yosemite National Park
You’ll find many hikes at Yosemite National Parks from easy to strenuous. The ultimate Yosemite hike is the iconic hike to the top of Half Dome. I’ve done this hike numerous times. Read my tips and advice on planning for this exciting hike.
Yosemite National Park is a truly awesome place. This is the reason that visitors from around the globe visit this park every year. It’s definitely worth exploring.
John Muir Woods – Marin
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and drive into Marin County to enjoy a day of hiking at John Muir Woods. An amazing California Redwoods Forest is just a short drive from San Francisco. Pick up a trail map at the Visitor’s Center.Enjoy a variety of hikes beginning with a short half mile loop that begins as you enter the park.
Van Damme State Park – Mendocino
Find peace and serenity at Van Damme State Park near Mendocino. Hike or bike through a fern covered canyon along Little River Creek. A beautiful hike any season of the year. An easy hike on a paved trail! There are 10 miles of trails in this state park.
Central California Hiking Trails
Point Lobos State Reserve
You’ll love the dramatic ocean views at Point Lobos State Reserve near Monterey. There are a variety of hikes. They even have a few trails that are wheelchair accessible. You might spot a whale or two.
Point Lobos is home to many animals including sea lions, sea otters, seals, and a variety of birds.
Garland Ranch Regional Park
Garland Ranch is located in the scenic Carmel Valley. It’s a dog friendly park. There are areas that allow dogs to roam off-leash.
You’ll find lots of hiking trails to choose from for beginners to experienced hikers. Gorgeous scenery!
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Hike through a redwood forest, along a creek, past lush waterfalls, and on sunny ridge tops with fabulous views. You’ll find just the hike for you at Big Basin. This was California’s first state park.
Big Basin State Park was established in 1902. This park is well known for having some of the best California hiking trails.
Bishop’s Peak is a popular hike in San Luis Obispo. This 4 mile round-trip hike to the peak offers a panoramic view that includes Morro Bay, the Pacific Ocean, Cal Poly, and the surrounding hills.
The Bishop Peak’s hike takes approximately 2 hours to do this hike. Hike in the morning and head to the beach or a nearby winery in the afternoon.
Black Hill Trail at Morro Bay State Park
Black Hill Trail is a 3 mile round-trip hike located in Morro Bay State Park. Park in the marina parking lot across from the campground. The hike begins in the campground.
It’s an easy hike with an elevation gain of 600 feet. The hike can be done in approximately 2 hours. It’s often foggy during the summer months. On clear days the view at the summit is stunning.
Nojoqui Falls – near Solvang
This is an easy hike (.6 miles roundtrip) for all ages. Located just 1 and a half miles off of Highway 101, it would be a perfect break for travelers driving along 101.
It’s best to do this hike in the winter or early spring when the water will be at full flow. However, this picture was taken mid-summer and it’s still pretty even in the summer. One of the shorter California hiking trails!
Southern California Hiking Trails
Torrey Pines State Reserve
Explore eight miles of hiking trails at Torrey Pines in the La Jolla area of San Diego. This coastal park has 2000 acres of stunning scenery. Highlights include rare Torrey Pine trees, miles of gorgeous beaches, and a lagoon that is a habitat for migrating seabirds.
Hike to Cedar Creek Falls in San Diego
Cedar Creek Falls is a scenic hike through the hills of Eastern San Diego. The falls cascade into a pool below. It’s a blast to swim in the pool beneath the falls. The 80 foot high Cedar Creek Falls is located southwest of Julian.
Spring is the best time for this hike. Wild flowers will be blooming. The falls do dry up in the summer and the extreme heat can be dangerous during those hot summer months.
Hike Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain is a six mile roundtrip hike that takes you to the top of Iron Mountain. On a clear day you can see all of San Diego. There’s even a magnified viewer that zooms in on the sights. It’s fun to point out the landmarks you can recognize.
Iron Mountain is located on Highway 67 near Poway in east San Diego County. The hike usually takes two to three hours, but depends on your pace and how long you linger at the top to enjoy the stunning view.
If you have hiked any of these California hiking trails, please leave a comment below to tell us about your experiences.
California Adventure is a Disney theme park located in Anaheim, California right next door to Disneyland. This theme park is dedicated to the history and culture of California. Scroll down to learn about wine tasting in this park, the best rides, park hours, a park map, and special tips!
Guests to the Anaheim Disney Resort can purchase a variety of different tickets. You could purchase a ticket that admits you into just California Adventures or splurge on a “hopper” ticket that lets you go back and forth into both parks. Multi-day tickets are available as well as a variety of season passes.
Where to Go for a Glass of Wine
Unlike Disneyland, this park does allow alcohol. Enjoy wine, beer, and cocktails at these locations:
Golden Vine Winery
Choose from these options at the Golden Valley Winery:
- Mendocino Terrace – Buy wine by the glass or by the bottle with experts on hand to discuss the wine.
- Sonoma Terrace = Enjoy meat and cheese trays along with craft beer.
- Alfresco Tasting Terrace – Order wine and appetizers.
- Wine Country Trattoria – Italian restaurant serving both lunch and dinner.
Cathay Circle Restaurant
This is a full service restaurant with an award-winning chef. They are open for lunch or dinner and reservations are recommended. They also have a relaxing bar, which I highly recommend. It’s a nice break from the Disney crowds throughout the park. They sell wine by the glass as well as made-to-order cocktails.
A special find! Located upstairs from Ariel’s Grotto, this bar sells appetizers, fun cocktails, as well as beer and wine. They are famous for their lobster nachos, but the tri-tip sliders are not bad either. Tip: Arrive close to closing and they’ll let you stay for the Color of Magic Show. The viewing is to the left of center, but well worth it if you’re like me and would like to watch the show sitting down.
Top 10 Disney California Adventure Rides & Attractions
1. California Screaming
This is the longest and fastest roller coaster at Disney’s California Resort. It whips around Paradise Pier for a 1 1/8 of a mile. The loop-de-loop that takes you upside-down is so quick, it’s over before you realize. (*Single Rider Line available.)
2. Grizzly River Run
Expect to get wet, soaking wet! This exciting rafting ride is a whitewater rapids ride. If you don’t want to get wet, bring a poncho or buy one in the shop nearby. (*Single Rider Line available.)
3. Soarin’ Over California
This simulated flight adventure takes you on a tour of California. Visit San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, the Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, Palm Springs, San Diego, Malibu, and Los Angeles. You will enjoy the beauty of California, smell distinctive smells, and wonder at the entire experience. (*Single Rider Line available.)
4. Mickey’s Fun Wheel
This towering ferris wheel features Mickey’s face. The 9 minute ride gives you two ride options. You board a gondola that holds 6 people to spin around the wheel. 8 of these gondola are stationery and not as adventurous as the 16 swinging gondolas which sway as they move. Select the gondola you want.
5. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Experience the “twilight zone” aboard a haunted elevator. The elevator rises but then plunges down over and over again. Exciting ride great for teens and adults!
6. Toy Story Midway Mania!
This is a ride. You sit down but you actively participate as the car moves through various midway games. Grasp the spring-action shooter and aim at the targets as you progress through this exciting ride. Compete against others for the highest score!
7. Radiator Springs Racers
Get a Fast Pass for this ride as soon as you can. They often run out of passes. This adventure ride has you racing another person for a fun adventure. Even more fun at night when the neon lights come on.
8. It’s Tough to Be a Bug
Experience the world from a bug’s point of view. This 3D film and live show might be too scary for toddlers and young children. Visitors experience darkness, smells, pokes in the back, and unhappy bugs.
9. World of Color
Images of Disney characters come to life during this spectacular water, light, and music show. This 28 minute show takes place in front of Mickey’s Fun Wheel. You can pick up a FastPass to reserve a spot (standing-room only). Another option is to purchase a World of Color dining packs that gives you a voucher letting you be admitted into a preferred viewing area (still standing-room only). I prefer visiting the Cove Bar just before closing time and watching the show from the comfort of their seats. You can sip on wine or a enjoy a signature cocktail while munching on their delicious Lobster Nachos.
10. Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular
Enjoy this Broadway-style musical based on the movie, Aladdin. You’ll recognize many of the popular songs from the movie. Performed in the Hyperion Theater.
California Adventure Hours
Hours for California Disney parks vary by the season. What is confusing to many people, is that the hours are not the same for Disneyland and California Adventures. For example, during the Summer both parks open at 8AM, but Disneyland closes at midnight while California Adventure closes earlier at 10 PM. During the Fall, Winter, and Spring both parks will close earlier. Be sure to check the current hours on their website before you leave home.
California Adventure Map
Print the California Adventure Map from the Disney Resort Website.
Click this link to view the map.
Have you been to Disney California Adventure? If you have, please make a comment below. We would love to hear about your day at California Adventure.
Discover the beauty of Bothe Napa Valley State Park. Stroll through the towering redwoods as you hike along a creek surrounded by ferns, madrone, California redwoods, and douglas-fir. Picnic or camp at this gorgeous park located just off the highway in the heart of the Napa Valley.
Daytime visitors to the park can enjoy picnicking and hiking. There is a large picnic area that makes a nice break from wine tasting. Bring a bottle of wine and a lunch and spend some time relaxing in this beautiful park.
There are over ten miles of trails. The Ritchey Canyon trail takes you on an easy stroll along the creek.
The sound of the water splashing over rocks as it flows downhill combined with the lush vegetation make this an enjoyable hike.
Click on the triangle to view this short video:
The campsites at this park are quite nice. You definitely don’t feel you are camping in a parking lot. Both RVs and tent camping are allowed here. They have a limited number of walk-in sites where you will find even more privacy.
Some of the sites are situated right next to the creek. During the spring and early summer you can listen to the sound of the water flowing in the creek as you sleep at night.
During the summer months there is a swimming pool open for campers as well as horseback riding. Make reservations for horseback riding by calling Triple Creek Horse Outfit at (707) 887-8700.
Bothe Napa Valley State Park Contact Information
Address: 3801 Saint Helena Hwy., Calistoga, CA
Telephone: (707) 942-4575
Day use hours: 8 AM until Sunset
The park entrance is located on Highway 29 between St. Helena and Calistoga.
After learning about Bothe Napa Valley State Park, explore other exciting things to do in the Napa Valley:
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