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Guide To Spring: Enjoying Northern California

March 04 2016
March 04 2016
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Get ahead of the summer tourist season and take advantage of the warm weather, cool breeze, lush rolling hills and a multitude of flora and fawna that Northern California has to offer. Grab a notepad and start planning your trip!

Indigeny Reserve – Enjoy Sunday drive along the secluded tree-lined road and over the covered bridgeas you take in the breathtaking hills of Sonora, California.  It is a lush 160 acre preserve and apple orchard where you can spend the afternoon sipping onhand-crafted hard cider and apple brandy while relaxing and watching the clouds roll by.

San Francisco International Beer Festival Beer? Charity? How can you possibly say no?!Come be a part of the oldest beer festival on the West Coast.As an added bonus, the money raised will be donated to the Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School where it will go towards funding teaching and learning programs. Tickets go on sale MARCH 17, 2016 at 10:00am and this event ALWAYS sells out quickly.

Monterey – Located 2 hours from San Francisco along historic Highway 1,the magnificent Monterey Peninsula has been called “the greatest meetings of land, sea and sky” and is recognized both as an ideal vacation and business destination. Kayaking, scuba diving, surfing, whale watching and beach-going are just some of the activities to be enjoyed in and around Monterey. Golf, shopping along the Row, and driving the spectacular coastline to Big Sur are also some not to be missed activities.

San Francisco International Film Festival - The 59th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) returns this year from April 21–May 5. The Festival combines a range of marquee premieres, international competitions, compelling documentaries, new media work, musical performances and star-studded events. It truly is a “one of a kind” event that embodies the culture and atmosphere than San Francisco is so famously known for.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co – Similar to Monterey, this beachside community offers breathtaking views, sandy beaches and arguably some of the best seafood restaurants around. Half Moon Bay is known as an artist community and visitors can spend the day window shopping at local boutiques and artisan shops. Wrap up the day watching the sunset and enjoying “Brews and Views” happy hour situated on Pillar Point Harbor overlooking the marina in Princeton-by-the-Sea.

Bay to Breakers Marathon – Arguably the most notorious and reputable event held throughout the entire City. On Sunday, May 15, 2016, the City is taken over with racers and walkers adorned in any and every costume or getup imaginable. This race has been the subject of heated debate over the past few years as the City recently banned alcohol from the race. Regardless, this12K race starts in Downtown and winds through the City and Golden Gate Park, finishing up at the Great Highway and Ocean Beach. This unique event should not be missed and should be added to everyone’s “bucket list!”

Tri-Valley Beer Trail – The Tri-Valley area is best known for its world-famous wines and rolling vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see. Amateurs and aficionados alike can follow California’s newest beer trail, sampling flights of local brews, learning about food pairings and speaking with brew mastersand vintners. Many wineries offer custom private tastings and lunches which must be organized through the winery directly.

Napa Valley Wine Train -.The Napa Valley Wine Train is one of the most distinctive Napa restaurants, offering an authentic, memorable experience that echoes the glory days of train travel, with fine dining service, multiple course meals, Napa Valley scenery and ultimate relaxation aboard exquisitely restored vintage rail cars. This top dining establishment is housed in a museum quality, antique train that runs on 25-­miles of track in the heart of the Napa Valley. The train itself has two engines, three kitchens on board and a collection of early 20th century Pullman rail cars faithfully restored with Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions and plush armchairs that evoke the spirit of luxury rail travel in the early 1900s.

Carnaval San Francisco – Be a part of the Grand Parade and join a brilliant procession of feature beautifully adorned floats depicting rich multicultural themes. Brazilian-style “escola” samba schools dance through the streets in fantastic feathered headdresses, while Caribbean contingents perform the music and dance of the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Trinidad. Other parade groups include Mexican Aztec performers, traditional African drummers, Polynesian dancers, Japanese drummers, giant puppets and folkloric groups representing Guatemala, Honduras and Bolivia. The fun takes place on Sunday, May 29that 9:30am at the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets. This cultural celebration has become a tradition in SF and brings in thousands of people each year.

Shasta Cascade – California’s North East corner is an outdoor lover’s paradise, with safe-to-explore volcanoes, hushed forests, and trout-filled rivers. This is the place for blue-ribbon fishing, houseboats anchored in cool lakes, countless campgrounds and inviting trails for hiking and mountain biking. All this, plus friendly towns like Chico and Chester, and inviting rural farms near the Upper Sacramento River. Explore riverfront trails, Turtle Bay Exploration Park and elegant Sundial Bridge, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Caltrava.

Alcatraz Challenge - Iconic San Francisco. Known for its hilly landscape, year-round fog, Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and colorful Victorian houses. In the bay sits Alcatraz Island, the site of the notorious prison. Jump from a perfectly good boat into a chilly bay for your badge of honor, bragging rights (or just a good adrenaline rush.) Don’t forget to look back at Alcatraz Island and ahead to the Bay Bridge as you swim what many thought was not possible. Are you up for the Challenge? Whether you choose to participate or simply cheer on from the warmth of dry land, be sure to check this out on May 29th.

Whale Watching/Marine Wildlife - Each year, about 20,000 gray whales make an epic 6,000-mile/9,656-km journey between Alaska and Mexico—and then back again. Northern California has some of the best marine wildlife viewing in the world. Full and half day boat tours are available almost every weekend with opportunities to see blue, humpback and gray whales, dolphins and porpoises, seals and sea lions, rare seabirds, great white shark, leatherback sea turtles and other marine life up close!


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