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EcoTourism in Sonoma

Ecotourism in Sonoma
It’s no surprise that tourism is a huge global industry. People love to experience new surroundings, from basking on tropical beaches to exploring ancient ruins. There’s a new trend in travel — ecotourism — that appeals to those who want to submerge themselves in the natural environment. Ecotourism in Sonoma What is ecotourism? According to The Nature Conservancy, “Ecotourism is distinguished by its emphasis on conservation, education, traveler responsibility and active …

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Funky, Cool Craft Breweries — another side of Wine Country

Craft Breweries
Sonoma and Napa valleys have long been known for world-renown wines. Touring through the vine-studded countryside, stopping at wineries to sample exquisite vintages, and chatting with local wine aficionados always makes for an enjoyable experience. But if you want a change of pace, Wine Country is home to dozens of microbreweries. Sometimes funky, always cool, local craft beer breweries offer a refreshing alternative. Craft breweries, the alternative Over the past …

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The Key to Happiness? Experiences, Not Things.

The Key To Happiness: Experiences, Not Things
Happiness comes from experience. I don’t mean it’s something you must learn over time — it’s something you do. We all want to feel good, and often we pursue the bright, shiny object in search of happiness. Our culture gives us the message that more money buys more happiness. Buy a bigger, better TV with surround sound, upgrade to the latest must-have tech toy, bring home a new car. These …

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Healdsburg Farmer’s Market — better than ever!

Healdsburg Farmers Market
Sonoma Wine Country is known around the world, but the rich agricultural heritage of Sonoma County isn’t only about grapevines. It’s no coincidence this fertile valley is a gourmet’s dream. Scores of Bay Area residents, including restaurant owners, come here to shop the best ingredients for their menus. And where better to find the freshest, local bounty than the Healdsburg Farmer’s Market? About the farmer’s market The market features a …

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Single Thread — New Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Healdsburg

Single Thread - Eleven-course tasting experience.
Don’t know whether you’ve been in Healdsburg Wine Country lately, but the buzz in town is all about Single Thread Restaurant— a whole new approach to farm-to-table restaurants. I haven’t been there yet, but it is definitely on my 2017 must-do list. It’s a farm-to-table sensory experience It just opened at the end of 2016 after a lot of fanfare about how great it was going to be. It seems …

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St. Helena — It’s All About the Experience

St. Helena - It's All About The Experience
Charming, intimate, upscale — the village of St. Helena in Napa Valley offers you everything you want for a Wine Country getaway. Situated in the heart of Napa Valley between Calistoga and Yountville, it’s only about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco. This quaint community of about 6,000 residents has always been an agricultural hub. Over the years as Sonoma and Napa valleys became known for growing grapes and …

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Shape and Size Matter — When It Comes to Wine Bottles

Shape and size matter when it comes to wine bottles.
Wine bottles come in many shapes and sizes. When you’re at the wine shop looking for a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, naturally you scan the shelves to find the clear bottles of white wine. What you might not realize is that you are also looking for a certain type of bottle. Each wine varietal can be identified by the shape of its bottle. There are at least 12 different wine …

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Art Trails — A Local Adventure

Art Trails - A Local Adventure
Heading out on Sonoma County Art Trails is a great way to soak up the beauty of Sonoma County Wine Country. Sponsored by the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Art Trails takes you into the studios of local artists for a “private” viewing of their work. Painting, ceramics, jewelry, mosaic, art glass, fiber arts — you will find art of every discipline. It’s fascinating to chat with the different artists, …

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Wine Smarts – Wine Apps Reviewed

Wine smarts
Tasting notes, reviews, price comparisons — which wine is the best? I’ve been searching for THE ultimate wine app for my phone, the one that will give me all the info I want with just a few swipes of my thumb. Take a short web browse and you’ll see that it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the choices. There are literally hundreds of apps available, so I decided to get some …

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