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Sep192013

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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour

San Francisco, California

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3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This tour was good, but not great. The three wineries we visited were very different. The first was a small family winery, where we sampled three wines. This winery was nice because we could walk through one of the vinyards. The second winery was a family-owned mid-sized winery, Madonna Estates. There we sampled three wines and then could choose 3 more to try based on preference. The wines at this winery were delicious. It was nice to see the storage areas here. The third winery was Sutter Home, which is very large, but most of their grapes are trucked in from other places. This stop was really just for sampling a handful of wines and shopping in their store. The tour guide was helpful and nice, but not overly informative. His seemed more interested in name-dropping than talking about wine-making and local wine culture.

Sep172013

Tour/Activity

Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Day Trip

San Francisco, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This trip was wonderful. One thing to know about this trip is that it is actually two separate events. The Muir Woods and Sausalito trip are a half-day excursion hosted by the tour company. Muir Woods is beautiful and we had a very nice and relaxing walk. Sausalito is a very quaint town, where our lunch was delicious. Our driver, John, was very knowledgable and helpful. After the Muir Woods and Sausalito portion, we were dropped off at the ferry terminal where we caught the Alcatraz ferry operated by the National Parks Service. The ferry times are very specific, so it is important not to miss the scheduled ferry. You need to be there at least 30 minutes before the scheduled ferry time. As a caution, it is helpful to bring bug spray, such as Off, to Alcatraz, as the flies are annoying. The bug spray seemed t help. Alcatraz is very well done and the audio tour is excellent. After the tour the bus picked us up and took us back to the tour company office and then back to our hotel.

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