Whatever your pronunciation of everyone's favorite earthy red vegetable-that's-really-a-fruit, can we all agree that tomato season is one of the finest culinary moments of the year? Now that that's settled, head for Wine Country where a hearty lineup of festivals are scheduled to salute the juicy fruit.
Sure, San Francisco is great. But when you're itching for an adventure, check out some of the area's hottest getaways—some are closer to home than you might think. Here are this year's most popular destinations, new hotels, restaurants, and more.
Summer in Sonoma County means a bounty of local produce, artisan specialties, and heirloom gems. But among those stalls brimming with juicy berries, stone fruits, and tomatoes in red, purple and gold, something else beckons: a fine meal to munch as you wander.
When looking for a place to eat in Wine Country, "charming," "rustic," "al fresco," "quaint" spots abound. For foodies looking for something different, here are five out-of-the-ordinary restaurants to try. Who's afraid of ghosts?
A Wine Country escape is a prized ritual in Northern California. Tastings are a given, but add in the hiking, biking, spas, and hot springs, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. We’ve narrowed down the possibilities and divided them evenly by county:
For this edition of Escape From SF, we headed 100 miles north along the ever twisting Route 1 to The Sea Ranch on the Sonoma Coast. The small, highly planned community sits on ten miles of rugged coast line, with miles of private trails, providing panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, massive rocks, migrating whales and spectacular sunsets.
Hungry for something new? Get yourself to these recently opened or revamped Sonoma County restaurants.
When summer dishes out another cold, foggy day in the city, the best thing to do is head north. Add in wine and you’ve got a winning combination in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley. Here's our recommended itinerary:
Head north over the Golden Gate Bridge and it’s no secret that in about an hour you’ll be in Wine Country. But did you know, as you head up Highway 101 through the green, grassy hillsides of Marin and Sonoma County, that you’re in cheese country?