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Soar Above the Vineyards

Experience a Sonoma sunrise in a magical way you’ll never forget. Your experienced and knowledgeable pilot will act as your guide pointing out local points of interest and the valley’s extraordinary beauty. Enchantment, romance and excitement fill every colorful moment of this graceful adventure.

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Take Flight in a Vintage Biplane

Strap on your flying helmet, climb up the wing and get snug in the open-air cockpit of a vintage biplane for a thrilling, nostalgic and ultra-romantic tour of wine country. Choose to tour the majestic vineyard landscape or opt for a flight south towards San Francisco with views of the Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Take to the Local Trails

For a quick hike with views, check out the Sonoma Overlook Trail. The adjacent Montini Open Space Preserve offers increased trail options to easily extend your hike. Jack London State Historic Park offers more than 10 miles of trails and fire roads that trek through grassy meadows, oak woodlands, and mixed forests.

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Attend a Winery Music Festival

Celebrated for its curated music and food & wine pairings, Huichica [wiCHEE kah], offers four stages of up-and-coming artists and food options from the North Bay’s most respected restaurants paired with estate wines from the host venue, Gundlach Bundschu Winery. Set amongst 300 acres of stunning vineyards, this historic winery offers critically-acclaimed wines,

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Brunch So Hard

After a long weekend of wine tasting, you’ll want to reserve your last morning in Napa for sleeping in and making plans to fortify yourself for the journey home with an epic brunch. A wide array of options has you covered from avocado toast to Eggs Benedict on fluffy homemade biscuits and even fried chicken and waffles – and it wouldn’t be a wine country brunch without a proper mimosa!

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Celebrate Film, Food & Wine

Film buffs descend on wine country each Spring to attend the Sonoma International Film Festival, which features more than 90 hand-selected films including independent features, documentaries, world cinema, and short films. All films are shown at intimate venues within walking distance of Sonoma’s historic plaza. This unique 5-day event offers world-class cuisine from local artisans and exceptional wine from Sonoma vintners.

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Taste Locally Made Olive Oil

A few weeks after the frenzy of the grape harvest, another harvest begins; this time for olives. Numerous local producers have storefronts where visitors are invited to taste and learn what distinguishes a good quality oil from the mass-marketed impostors. A bottle of locally made olive oil also makes a great gift for any non-wine drinking friends back home,

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Take Your Turn on the Track

Do you have the courage to unleash the power of the McLaren? Find out by participating in McLaren Experience Introduction, which includes classroom time to learn baseline skills, then hands-on time at the 2.52-mile Sonoma Raceway course. Test your skills with dynamic car-control exercises and four 30-minute lapping sessions. By day’s end,

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Tour a Botanical Garden

Quarryhill is a 25-acre botanical garden of mature, flowering plants from Asia. Magnolias, dogwoods, maples, birches, roses, lilies, rhododendrons, and many others grace the garden’s paths with hidden places to sit and relax, while surrounded by ponds, waterfalls, and vistas of the Sonoma Valley. Quarryhill welcomes visitors year round to enjoy our Asian woodland garden,

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Ditch the Wine for Beer

An undefined percentage of Sonoma Valley visitors are reluctantly dragged along on a trip to wine country to appease their wine-loving spouses. While everyone around them is sipping and swirling, they’re just dying for a cold beer. Fortunately, an increasing number of specialty breweries and pubs provide plenty of options for those who prefer a cold mug of suds over a glass of cult Cabernet.

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