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Sequoia Winter shot PicmonkeySequoia in Winter

Several tourism entities and representatives from three National Parks have unveiled a new cooperative promotion highlighting Kings, Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks during a recent press conference held at Fresno/Yosemite International Airport.

The program, called Majestic Mountain Loop, will help visitors looking to experience some of California’s most popular attractions, was created by Visalia Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, and Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

“We see a lot of people who come through the area looking to see as much as they can during the limited time they have on their trips. The Majestic Mountain Loop website and other marketing material focuses on the highlights of each park, showing those time-crunched visitors what they can see in three national parks in three days,” said Rhonda Salisbury with the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau.

Danika Heatherly, Convention and Visitors Bureau Manager for the Visalia CVB, agreed.

“These parks are immensely popular and people want to see them, but so many travelers have such limited vacation time. The Majestic Mountain Loop shows they can do it all,” she said.

Yosemite Falls PicmonkeyYosemite Falls The itinerary starts in Sequoia National Park, with stops at popular highlights such as the Giant Forest Museum, Moro Rock and the General Sherman Tree. The next attraction is Kings Canyon boasting popular spots like Boyden Cavern, Roaring River Falls and Zumwalt Meadow. Day three takes travelers to Yosemite National Park and such iconic spots as Tunnel View, Glacier Point and the Wawona Pioneer History Village. If a guest is traveling from the north, they can simply reverse the order.

“We’ve mapped out the best route for people who have big travel aspirations but small time budgets,” said Rhonda Jorn, Marketing and PR Manager for Fresno Yosemite International Airport. “As the gateway airport for to all three National Parks, it’s the most convenient air facility for vacationers to fly in to, rent a car and then have the opportunity to experience the unique beauty of each individual park.”

The agencies are also crafting a unique way to add excitement to the trip.

“We are working on a fun passport for those who complete the loop,” said Salisbury.

“Travelers will be able to get a stamp at various locations showing they visited the parks and in turn will receive a Majestic Mountain Loop souvenir.”

For travelers with more time, the two visitor bureaus have additional resources to equip visitors with the best information to maximize their vacation.Roaring Falls2 PicmonkeyRoaring Falls at Kings Canyon

“Guests can custom-craft their own itineraries with as little or as much as they could possibly want to see in whatever time they have. The longer the stay, the more they can see and do. We certainly have enough to fill however long they are staying,” said Salisbury.

While the promotions is just getting started, what started as a partnership between two visitors bureaus has quickly grown in to a coalition of both public and private entities, including the leadership at all three National Parks.

“Officials from each of the parks have been great to work with on this project,” said Salisbury.

“They are fully invested and have each eagerly come to the table while bringing their considerable resources to make this project successful. We are excited to have such buy-in from the National Parks,” added Heatherly.

Several private entities have joined the efforts as well, some even dedicating funds for marketing, such as Wuksachi Lodge. Located in the heart of Sequoia National Park on the western slope of the Central Sierra at 7,200 feet, the 102-room Wuksachi Lodge operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts features a panoramic mountain setting as well as full-service restaurant. The hotel is also one of the stops along the Majestic Mountain Loop.

To learn more about the Majestic Mountain Loop, visit www.MajesticMountainLoop.com.

Editor's note: Visitors to Fresno and Visalia and the national parks east of them can access links to the websites of hundreds of lodging and dining options in the area at Taste California Travel's Resource Directory.

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Sunday, 06 January 2013 13:55

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Saturday, 10 November 2012 17:04

Beer Central Valley

Sacramento Valley

 

Yuba County

Yuba City

Sutter Buttes Brewing

www.sutterbuttesbrewing.com

 

 

Yolo County

West Sacramento

Broderick Roadhouse

www.broderick1893.com

The Streets of London

www.streetsoflondon.net

Davis

Burgers & Brew

burgersbrew.com

City Hall Tavern

www.sro-inc.com

Davis Graduate, The

www.davisgrad.com

de Vere's Irish Pub

www.deverespub.com

G Street Wunderbar

www.gstreetwunderbar.com

Sudwerk Privatbrauerei Hubsch

www.sudwerk.com

Winters

Berryessa Brewing Taproom

http://berryessabrewingco.com 

Preserve Public House

www.preservedrinkery.com 

Placer County

Lincoln

Chef's Table, The

www.chefdavidstable.com

Knee Deep Brewing Company

http://kneedeepbrewing.com/

Loomis Basin Brewing

www.loomisbasinbrewing.com

Newcastle

Constable Jack's

www.constablejacks.com

Rocklin

Chef's Table, The

www.chefdavidstable.com

Boneshaker Brewery Public House

http://www.boneshakerpub.com/

Roseville

Bar 101

www.bar101roseville.com

BJ's Brewhouse

http://www.bjsrestaurants.com/

Final Gravity

www.finalgravitybeer.com

Gordon Biersch Tavern

www.gordonbiersch.com

Owl Club, The

www.owlclubroseville.com

Perecto Lounge

www.perfectolounge.com

Roseville Brewing Co.

www.rosevillebrewingcompany.com

Yard House

www.yardhouse.com/CA/roseville

 

Sacramento County

Folsom

BJ's Brewery

www.bjsbrewhouse.com

Cellar Wine Bar

www.cellarwinebar.com

Gekkeikan Sake (USA)

http://www.gekkeikan-sake.com/

Manderes

www.manderes.com

Samuel Horne's Tavern

http://samhornes.com

Sudwerk Riverside

www.sudwerkriverside.com

Citrus Heights

Sacramento Brewing Oasis www.sacbrew.com

City of Sacramento

American River Brewing

www.americanriverbrewingcomany.com

Bella Bru Cafe - Natomas

www.bellabrucafe.com

BJ's Brew House

www.bjsbrewhouse.com

Blackbird Kitchen + Bar

www.blackbird-kitchen.com

Bonn Lair

bonnlair.com

Bows & Arrows

www.bowscollective.com

Burgers and Brew

www.burgersbrew.com

Capitol Beer & Tap Room

www.capitolbeer.com

Capitol Garage

www.capitolgarage.com

Coyote Tap House

coyotetaphouse.com

Dad's Kitchen

www.ilovedadskitchen.com

de Vere's Irish Pub

www.deverespub.com

Enotria

www.enotria.com

Extreme Pizza

www.extremepizza.com

Firestone Public House

www.firestonepublichouse.com

Flaming Grill Cafe

www.flaminggrillcafe.com

Fox and Goose

www.foxandgoose.com

Golden Bear

www.goldenbear916.com

Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co.

www.hookandladder916.com

Hoppy Brewing Company

www.hoppy.com

Hot City Pizza

www.eastsacpizza.com

Kilt Pub

www.kilt-pub.com

Kupros Bistro

www.kuprosbistro.com

La Trattoria Bohemia

http://latrattoriabohemia.com

Low Brau

www.lowbrausacramento.com

Magpie Cafe

www.magpiecafe.com

Mulvaney's B & L

www.culinaryspecialists.com

New Helvetia Brewing Co.

www.newhelvetiabrew.com

OneSpeed Pizza

www.onespeedpizza.com

Panagea Two Brews Cafe

http://pangaeatwobrews.com/

Petes Restaurant & Brewhouse

http://petesrandb.com

Pour House

www.pourhouse.com

Pyramid Alehouse

http://www.pyramidbrew.com/alehouses/sacramento

River City Brewing Company

http://www.rivercitybrewing.net/

Rubicon Brewing Company

www.rubiconbrewing.com

The Shack

www.eastsacshack.com

Shady Lady, The

www.shadyladybar.com

The Porch Restaurant and Bar

www.theporchsacramento.com

The Streets of London

www.streetsoflondon.net

Swabbies

www.swabbies.com

Ten22

www.ten22oldsac.com

Tuli

www.tulibistro.com

Thir13en

www.thir13en.com

 

Elk Grove

BJ's Brewhouse

http://www.bjsrestaurants.com/

 

El Dorado County

El Dorado Hills

33 Handles

www.36handles.com

Pete's Restaurant and Brewery

www.petesrandb.com

 

Solano County

Vacaville

BJ's Brewhouse

ww.bjsbrewhouse.com

Fairfield

Blue Frog Grog and Grill

http://bigbluefrog.com/

 

San Joaquin Valley

 

San Joaquin County

Lodi

Crush Kitchen and Bar

http://www.crushkitchen.com

Lodi Beer Company

http://www.lodibeercompany.com/

Stockton

BJ's Brewery

http://www.bjsbrewhouse.com/

P. Wexford's Pub

http://www.pwexpub.com

The Abbey Trappist Pub

http://abbeytrappistpub.com/

Valley Brewing Company

www.valleybrew.com

 

Stanislaus County

Modesto

St. Stans Brewing Company

www.st-stans.com

Turlock

Dust Bowl Brewing Company

http://www.dustbowlbrewing.com/

 

Merced County

City of Merced

BJ's Brewhouse

http://www.bjsbrewhouse.com

Firehouse Brewpub

www.firehousebrewpub.com

 

Fresno County

Clovis

BC's Pizza and Beer

http://bcspizzaandbeer.com/

Cty of Fresno

BJ's Brewhouse

http://www.bjsrestaurants.com/

Full Circle Brewing Co

www.fullcirclebrewing.com

Sequoia Brewing Company

http://sequoiabrewing.com

Viisalia

Brewbakers Brewing Company

http://www.brewbakersbrewingco.com/

Howie and Son's Pizza Parlor

http://www.howieandsonspizzaparlor.com/

 

Kern County

Bakersfield

BJ's Brewery

http://www.bjsrestaurants.com/

Lengthwise Brewery

http://www.lengthwise.com/

Sandrini's

http://www.sandrinis.com/

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 20:22

Sacramento Named America's Farm-to-Fork Capital

In an effort to foster community pride, celebrate regional farming, and to create further demand for the region as a culinary tourism destination, the Sacramento Region is laying claim to being "America's Farm-to-Fork Capital" and made the announcement at a press conference on October 31, 2012.

Sacramento is positioned to claim this identity because no major city in America is more centrally located amid such a diverse range of high-quality farms, ranches and vineyards.Sacto Farm to Fork Announcement PicmonkeyMayor Kevin Johnson and Sacramento area chefs announce Farm-to-Fork program.

"This recognition as America's Farm-to-Fork Capital isn't something that this region needs to grow into because we've been walking this walk for decades," said Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. "It is part of who we are and this is our opportunity to embrace that identity, celebrate it locally, and champion it to the rest of the world."

Sacramento is the capital city of the largest producing state of agriculture in the nation and, locally, 70 percent of the region's land is agricultural, forest or other open space. Additionally, the region contains 7,000 to 8,000 acres of boutique farms and provides numerous public sales platforms at more than 50 regional farmers markets, many of which are year-round fixtures.

In fact, Sacramento is home to the largest "Certified Farmers' Market" in California and offers the most ethnically diversified market in both produce offerings and customer demographics.

Local restaurants utilize the abundance of regionally-grown products to create a Farm-to-Fork freshness that's unparalleled in this country. While many local farms ship their products across the country — a process that can take days — regional restaurants can pick up fresh product in the morning and serve it to patrons for lunch and dinner.

"We buy blueberries from Stockton, lamb from Dixon, lavender from Placerville, fresh fish from Sloughhouse and broccoli and cauliflower from Sacramento," said Randall Selland, owner of The Kitchen, Ella and Selland's Market. "There is no other place in the United States that grows and distributes more food for consumers than the Sacramento region does."

Aside from local restaurants, regional farmers provide products to establishments across the United States. Superior Farms in Dixon provides product to restaurants in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Snake River Farms beef, which is raised at VanVleck Ranch in eastern Sacramento County, is distributed locally at Corti Bros. Market and nationally in San Francisco, New York, Denver, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Silva Family Farms, located in Yuba City, ships walnuts to New Jersey, Tennessee, Washington, Philadelphia, Dubai, Turkey, China, Korea and Spain.

On the heels of this proclamation is an announcement from Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) President & CEO Steve Hammond that Sacramento will host a culinary week in the fall of 2013.The week-long celebration will include events at local farms, at restaurants across the region, and will be anchored by a major festival on Capitol Mall. High-end dinners, wine tastings, other culinary-focused events—and even a cattle drive in downtown Sacramento—will be scheduled throughout the week.

"In 1992, Austin, Texas, became known as the Live Music Capital of the world because the city had more live music venues per capita than any other city. Since then, Austin has embraced this identity and used it to positively brand the city and draw in visitors," said Hammond. "Similarly, Sacramento is being named the America's Farm-to-Fork Capital because we have thousands of acres of boutique farms and year-round local sustainability. This region literally provides tons of food to the rest of the country and it will be the job of the SCVB to market that identity to the rest of the world."

The SCVB is currently in the planning stages for the 2013 event and is collaborating with the regional restaurant and farming community, The California Farm Bureau, The Certified Farmers' Markets, and the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, among others. The branding campaign will be on-going, and the culinary promotions will be an annual celebration.

 

TravMedia.com sources contributed to this article.

 

Planning a visit to the Sacramento area? In Taste California Travel's Resource Directory you'll find links to the websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining options. Also in the directory arelinks to many "beer-centric" pubs and restaurants, as well as links to nearby wineries.

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