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Sample Itinerary

Our 4-Day/3 Night independent package is a remarkable journey through the birthplace of California wine and home of world-class artisan cuisine. Just 45 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge is Sonoma County, the closest wine region to San Francisco. Nestled between the Mayacama and Sonoma Mountains, the Valley is composed of serene vineyard vistas, a lush patchwork of farms, and 13,000 acres of scenic parks. In the center is the charming shade tree-filled 8-acre historic Sonoma Plaza, bordered by adobe buildings. Amidst the rustic surroundings, sumptuous wine country and magnificent coastline, tour award-winning wineries, take an exclusive cooking class, learn about sustainability at a top-ranking farm, and taste the finest wine, artisanal cheese and award-winning olive oil.

Day 1, Monday

Arrive in Sonoma and check into your luxury hotel. You are at leisure for the remainder of the day. Explore nearby Sonoma Plaza; tree-studded and charming, it is replete with shops and cafes. Or enjoy a spa treatment at the hotel.

A welcome dinner with special wines will be at Sondra Bernstein's sophisticated and quirky restaurant, the girl & the fig. Cited by food lovers and national media as an iconic wine country destination, it serves rustic Provencal-inspired cuisine.

Day 2, Tuesday

Morning at leisure for shopping or a spa treatment. This afternoon, visit several private wine estates for wine tastings. Enjoy a regional guided olive oil tasting and be back at the hotel in time to attend the Sonoma Valley Farmer's Market in the Plaza. The weekly evening market offers an abundance of food stalls, crafts, live music and fun. Dinner is on your own and choices abound or you may try one of the many offerings at the market.

Day 3, Wednesday

This day will be a full one, beginning with a tour and tasting of artisanal cheeses at the award-winning Cow Girl Creamery in Petaluma, followed by a visit to the Green String Farm to learn about their sustainability practices. The farm, founded by Fred Cline and Bob Cannard, provides produce to many of California's top restaurants, and was one of the original suppliers to Alice Water's Chez Panisse. Your visit will include picking vegetables for your dinner and a special picnic lunch as well as time to shop in the farm store.

You'll continue on to the charming town of Healdsburg to explore its Plaza's shops and galleries. Visit SHED, a market, cafe, and community gathering space designed to bring the way Healdsburg grows, prepares, and share their food. It reflects the best of the local farming culture, delivering a seasonally curated selection of workshops, wares, and freshly prepared foods to guests. Early in the evening you will have a hands-on cooking lesson at the stylish, state-of-the-art Relish Culinary Center. Your instructor? Author, culinary educator and "The Father of Wine Country Cuisine", Chef John Ash. Your dinner will be the fruits of your labor, served with wine. Expect it to be an evening to remember.

Day 4, Thursday

Breakfast at the hotel.
Individual departures to the airport.