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Admit it — you have a nerdy side. We all do. That’s why we compiled a list of the seven nerdiest places you can visit. Feel free to geek out. For Star Wars Obsessives: Rancho Obi-Wan The Force will definitely be with you when you enter Rancho Obi Wan, the world’s largest... Read More

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Bicycling through wine country may have a few unexpected challenges — but it comes with oh-so-many rewards. Never been on a wine country cycling adventure? These six tips can get you on your way. ... Read More

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Brosseau Wines, Monterey County, Northern California
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As darling as the wine regions in Napa, Sonoma, and even Santa Barbara are, their acclaim has led to high lodging prices and steep tasting-room fees. It’s not uncommon to plunk down at least $250 a night for an average hotel and pay $15-$20 at each tasting room. If... Read More

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Napa Valley - James Daisa - 620

Napa and Sonoma both offer great wines, great food, and incredible experiences, but because there’s so much to do in each county that visitors usually focus on one or the other. Which is the best option for you? Here’s a guide for how to choose. ... Read More

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When it comes to hotels, it’s always refreshing to see new takes on the four-walls-and-a-bed formula. In these five treehouse suites, woodsy interiors, jacuzzi tubs, and floor-to-ceiling windows give the idea of a childhood hideout a creative update. If you’re ready to stay among the treetops, and shell out... Read More

South Africa

In recent seasons, ABC’s long-running series The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have quietly turned their attention from catfights, crying, and ill-fated proposals to routinely showcasing some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Of course, there’s still over-the-top drama, but more and more, it’s set against a backdrop of bucket-list adventures in far-flung... Read More

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Heraldsburg, California

If you are looking for a fresh, laid-back take on California’s wine country, head for Healdsburg in Sonoma County. Here, you’ll find beautifully structured wines, locavore innovation, and ample ways to soak up the sunshine. A balanced blend of old-town charm and sleek modern architecture, Healdsburg has had quite... Read More

Hotel Healsburg Spa

While the rest of us are busy planning our sun-filled spring break, a few travelers – perhaps wisely – are weighing their options and thinking of ways to save on a quick, rejuvenating getaway that won’t involve too much hassle. For west coasters, this is as easy as getting into your... Read More

Best Sonoma Restaurants

Sonoma County boasts some of Northern California’s best wineries: Kenwood Vineyards, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Chateau St. Jean, and Gloria Ferrer, to name a few. It’s also home to some of the best restaurants north of San Francisco. If you’re looking for a great meal while you’re vineyard-hopping, or you’re... Read More

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By: Kate Sekules For a brief few months each year, warm weather, long days, and generous vacation time opens up a world of travel possibilities. Whether you enjoy climbing the top of remote mountains, exploring breathtaking river gorges, or biking quiet backcountry roads, we’ve selected 10 spectacular outdoor adventures that... Read More

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iStock InternationalFew can resist the lure of road trips once summer rolls around

By: Becca Bergman With summer around the corner, the open road beckons. In that spirit, we present our favorite American road trips from coast to coast. Some are well-known destinations and others are off the beaten path. Several are steeped in history, while a few pursue remote, wild beauty. Best... Read More

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You’re all grown up, so it’s time to leave the slumber parties behind and take a real vacation with your favorite ladies. Planning a weekend with your sister, a once-in-a-lifetime trip with mom, or a bachelorette party for your best friend? No matter the occasion, these exciting girl getaways... Read More

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Paper-thin cherry blossoms, bleeding hearts, tulips, golden daffs – it seems everything is in bloom nowadays, including those vine-grown buds that will give rise to plump wine grapes come autumn. Following a summer’s dose of sun, some three million tons of grapes will be harvested in California alone this... Read More

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Located at the north end of Santa Rosa, the 4-star Hilton Sonoma Wine Country is set on 13 immaculately landscaped acres with panoramic views of the alluring Santa Rosa Valley. Now through October 28, 2011, the Hilton is offering a shopping package with nightly rates as low as $169!... Read More

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Most Sonoma visitors are likely to spend a day exploring Napa, which I do recommend. Certainly it is also possible to stay over in Napa. If you expect to tour both Napa and Sonoma, Yountville in Napa County is a nice little town for bedding down. (Note that another... Read More