Grape Harvest is Magic Time in Napa!

Every year, the changing colors of autumn bring something truly magical to the Napa & Sonoma Wine Country: The Grape Harvest!

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When imagining the grape harvest, you may think of images of foot stomping, and Lucy and Ethel falling over in a wooden vat of crushed grapes. And really, the fall grape harvest is a fun time to visit wine country, a time for celebration, and a chance to taste wines from last season’s harvest.

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8 Bars And Restaurants You Cannot Miss While In San Francisco

Gastronomic journey through San Francisco

When it comes to food and drinks, San Francisco has got something for everyone. Whether you like cocktails “Sex in the City-style” or prefer to enjoy your night with a frosty beer and a pool table; whether you prefer vegetarian, casual, up-scale or anything in between, San Francisco has it all. Here are some hot tips on spots to visit while in San Francisco.

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8 Great Places For An Outdoor Adventure In The Bay Area

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Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods – Visit some of the tallest trees on Earth at Muir Woods National Monument.  Just North of the bay, this National Park offers some fresh air in a very tranquil setting. Whether you want to take a leisurely stroll or go for a hike to Muir beach, Muir Woods National Monument has something for everyone. Admission to the park is $7; arrive early to beat the crowds. For trips to Muir Woods from San Francisco click here.

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7 Essential Stops for your Monterey and Carmel Vacation

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Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea provide some of California’s most beautiful coastline.  From the Monterey Bay Aquarium to the 17 Mile Drive this stretch of central coastline has a little something for everyone.  Here is our guide to some of our favorite things to do between Monterey and Carmel.

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10 Unique Activities and Places to See in San Francisco

Land's End Labyrinth - Photo by Eugene Kim via Flickr

Land’s End Labyrinth – Photo by Eugene Kim via Flickr

San Francisco is full of amazing sights that attract both visitors and locals alike.  Most people are aware of some of the more popular “can’t miss” attractions, but San Francisco has a lot more to offer than you will be able to find in a guide book.  From hidden art alleyways to picturesque lookout spots the city is packed with things to see and places to visit.  Here is our list of things to do or see in San Francisco that you may not know about.

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Win a Trip to Wine Country for 4

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Upload a photo that shows that you are truly a Wine Lover to win a semi-customizable, luxury wine tour for 4 to Napa and Sonoma.  On the tour, your group will receive free wine tastings at Mayo Family Winery, Madonna Estate, and Cline Cellars.

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10 Can’t Miss San Francisco Events

Radiohead performing at Outside Lands Photo by Arnold Gatilao via Flickr

Radiohead performing at Outside Lands Photo by Arnold Gatilao via Flickr

San Francisco is a city known for encouraging self expression and celebrates this throughout the year.  From street fairs, festivals, parades and everything in between, the city takes every opportunity possible to throw a great party.  Although there are outdoor parties and events all year long, many of the local favorites take place April-October.  To help prepare you for the “festival season” we have prepared a list of some of our favorite can’t miss San Francisco festivals and events for the Extranomical Blog. 

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Half Dome Permit Lottery is Now Open

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If you have ever contemplated taking the 10-12 hour hike to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, maybe this summer is the time to make it happen!  However, if you are interested in hiking to the top of Half Dome you will need to obtain a permit to use the cables to hike to the top.  300 hikers are granted permits to ascend to the top via the cables secured to the backside of half dome.  This number accommodates approximately 225 day hikers and 75 backpackers.  If you are interested in obtaining a permit through the preseason lottery, you can fill out an application here.

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Mayo Family Winery – Reserve Room

Food and Wine Pairing

The Reserve Room

Mayo Family Winery is an Extranomical favorite when visiting Sonoma Valley wine country.  A stop at Mayo is generally offered on our Wine Country and Redwoods Escape tour and an optional stop on our Wine Lover’s semi-customizable tour to Napa & Sonoma.  In addition to sampling some of the delicious wine offerings from this highly recommended winery, Mayo also offers a food and wine pairing in their Reserve Room.  Each pairing is thoughtfully created by Chef Clayton Lewis and will leave you more than satisfied.

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Tips for a Rainy Day in San Francisco

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Photo by Bark via Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/barkbud/

Although it has been a very dry winter, the forecast over the next week shows that there is a high chance of continuous rain here in San Francisco.  Due to the rainy weather it is very probable that many San Francisco residents and visitors will have to change their weekend plans.  However, moving your plans indoors does not necessarily mean that they are ruined.  Here is our guide to having a perfect rainy San Francisco weekend.

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