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Drives and Destinations

Drives and Destinations

Terra d'Oro winemaker Chris Leamy (left) and Darrell Corti discuss Barbera at retrospective tasting TASTE News Service, June 1, 2016 – Barbera fans have an opportunity on June 11 to congregate and enjoy many tastes of this classic food-friendly wine. At the Barbera Festival, held at Terra d'Oro/Montevina Vineyard in Plymouth, Amador County, more than 80 wineries will pour glass after glass of a wine that boasts a compelling story in the history of California wines. "The story begins at Montevina in 1974," said Darrell Corti of Corti Brothers, a Sacramento-based wine merchant. Corti is internationally known as a wine…
Bike trail follows American River for nearly 30 miles by Matthew Guillory May 24, 2016 - When you are planning your visit to Sacramento, remember that “California Begins Here.” That does not only refer to the history of California and our designation as the capital city – it also refers to the Sacramento lifestyle. Sacramento celebrates the California lifestyle in a laid-back, approachable way that its visitors can enjoy as well.
Rare '57 Buick Century captured in Giuseppe Lipari photo as it rolls through Petaluma                              TASTE News Service, May 19, 2016 - May and June are perfect months to plan a weekend getaway to Petaluma. You can go for classic cars, craft beer or just to relax and enjoy the beauty at the gateway to Sonoma County Wine Country.
TASTE News Service, May 6, 2016 - Founded in Balboa Park in 1916 by Dr. Harry Wegeforth, the San Diego Zoo commemorates 100 years as one of the world's leading animal presentation facilities with a series of special events through the summer including an uproarious new Wegeforth Bowl Centennial Show filled with music, video and animal ambassadors; a new centennial-themed Bus Tour Film Experience, featuring an exhilarating cinematic look at the zoo's global conservation work to save species from extinction, and Nighttime Zoo (Jul. 19−Sep. 5), when the zoo is open late with entertainment and animal encounters, culminating in a…
By Dan Rosenbaum There's a little congestion at the start May 5, 2016 - Bay to Breakers is a race the entire city of San Francisco comes out for, even if people aren’t running. The race, to be run on Sunday morning, May 15, has been a tradition since 1912. It brings out some of the best people-watching opportunities, from centipede runners to off-the-wall costumes that people think up. You don’t want to miss them. Here are the best places to watch the best of Bay to Breakers.
By David Armstrong May 2, 2016 - Fort Point, a Civil War-era fortress straddled by the Golden Gate Bridge, rose in 1861 on the site of an abandoned Spanish fort beside the chokepoint of the Golden Gate Strait. Its mission: protect San Francisco from Confederate warships. The red brick fortress was formidable, bristling with 140 soldiers manning 65 cannons behind 7-foot-thick walls. All to no purpose; the Rebel raiders never came.
Sasaki's serene design was implemented a century ago TASTE News Service, April 26, 2016 – Hakone Estate and Gardens' Centennial festivities continue with the upcoming April 30 debut of the latest exhibit, “Hakone Centennial: The Tilden Era.” The exhibit features photographs and artifacts from 1932-1961, the time frame Major Charles Lee Tilden owned and operated Hakone as a private retreat.
Wildflowers at Volcano TASTE News Service, April 26, 2016 — The small towns of the Sierra Nevada foothills are inviting all year round, but springtime reveals a bounty of natural and culinary spectacles to Amador County. This low-key county tends to stay out of the limelight, but lately it has been catching the eye of discerning travelers for its spectacular spring colors and an array of fine wines and foods. Below are just five of the many reasons to visit Amador County now.
A tranquil retreat on the Sonoma Coast TASTE News Service, April 19, 2015 - Renovations are under way at the venerable Jenner Inn, a landmark hotel and restaurant on the rugged Sonoma County coast. Spread over more than four acres at the mouth of the Russian River, the inn itself is a collection of historic buildings, some of which date back more than a century, to the inception of the seaside hamlet of Jenner. The unique main building was constructed entirely from redwood in about 1948 by Swedish boat-builders.
Sunrise on Golden Gate Bridge By Cailin O’Neil   1. Take a Bus tour While in San Francisco I stayed at the San Francisco USA hostel located only 4 blocks from Union Square where I would start my trip off with a hop on hop off bus tour. Various bus tours depart from Union Square, it actually seemed like every bus tour in the city stopped there, right in front of Macy’s.
A tribute to the wondrous work of the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific and Art Miles Mural Project Team Artists and participating public TASTE News Service, April 12, 2015- Visitors looking for something new in San Diego County don't have to look further than Oceanside, San Diego's North Shore. From food tours and artisanal dining venues to luxury bike excursions, one-of-a-kind museums, luxury whale watching, and a revamped golf course, this laid-back coastal town is bursting with new experiences for all ages. Here are ten new things travelers won't want to miss on their next visit:
By Bridget Meschen March 17, 2016 - Whether you're a seasoned local or just in town for a visit, the nightlife of a twenty-something year-old can be broken down into two categories: sip and socialize, or loud and a crowd. Needless to say, each involves having a drink in your hand, but the closer we get to that 30 year mark we are searching for a place to sit down and relax from time to time.
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