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California Dreaming - From Yosemite to Napa Valley

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An August 2007 trip to Napa Valley by MilwVon

Entering Napa Valley Photo, Napa Valley, California More Photos
Quote: During our weekend trip to Northern California, we enjoyed our time in the wine country of Napa Valley.

California Dreaming - From Yosemite to Napa Valley

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Overview

The Road to Yosemite Photo, Napa Valley, California
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Our weekend trip to Northern California was really just about 60 hours total. We arrived to SFO midday on Friday and drove out towards Yosemite National Park. We stayed the night in Groveland, which was a wonderful little mining town from the 1850s gold rush.Traffic from San Francisco to Groveland was terrible! It took us nearly 3 hours to go approximately 80 miles. Once outside of the "city" (or series of cities) traffic moved much better along CA HWY 120. I don't know if the day of the week mattered (we arrived on a Friday) or if it is just that busy in California.The drive once out of the city, however, was very pretty. The rolling hills and valleys were lush and very green. At one ...Read More

Driving Napa Valley - CA29

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Story/Tip

Grape Vines - Up Close Photo, Napa Valley, California
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Napa Valley and its neighbor Sonoma Valley are known for their vineyards and wineries. We spent a Sunday afternoon touring by auto. Because we wanted to make sure that we got to do the actual tour at Sterling Vineyards (see separate review), we headed out CA29 through the Napa Valley through Napa and past St. Helena. The traffic midday was not too bad. We stopped along the way to take some photos of the fruit heavy vines at several of the accessible vineyards. With harvest a few short weeks away, there were a lot of wonderful opportunities for photos.As we drove the CA29, we passed many well known brand names . . . Beringer, Mondavi and Sutter Home. Some of the buildings were spectacular! Ther...Read More

Sterling Vineyards

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Attraction

Sterling Vineyards Photo, Calistoga, California
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In Napa Valley, there are so many wineries and vineyards . . . so little time! How does one select one or two to explore and tour? We are not big wine aficionados, so making the choice was even more difficult. I asked some fellow travelers what they would suggest, and Sterling Vineyards with their sky tram to the tour and tasting area was highly recommended. We are really happy with our choice on two accounts. First, it was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon . . . and second, it forced us to drive deep into the Napa Valley, beyond St. Helena which is seemingly the end of the tourist area of the wine country.Upon our arrival, the entrance roadway was beautifully landscaped and welcoming....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2007

Sterling Vineyards
1111 Dunaweal Lane
Calistoga, California 94515
(800) 726-6136

Nutcracker

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Restaurant | "The Nutcracker Restaurant"

Nutcracker Photo, Oakdale, California
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We found the Nutcracker Restaurant on our drive on CA Hwy 120 from Yosemite National Park heading in towards Napa Valley. With nightfall coming quickly, and hunger setting in, we stopped here largely based on the huge billboard proclaiming "the best prime rib in town." Once there, however, the dining choices were such that neither of us really felt much like prime rib.After long thought and consideration, I selected the jumbo prawns which came with choice of soup or salad. David went for the chef's special Jack Daniels' steak which also came with soup or salad. Both meals were also served with choice of potato and vegetables. Perhaps the most unique accompaniment was the cheese fondue served w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2007

Nutcracker
502 N Yosemite Ave.
Oakdale, California
(209) 847-4145

Angelo's Restaurant

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Angelo's Restaurant Photo, Vallejo, California
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Angelo’s is tucked away in a gated community of Hiddenbrooke in Vallejo, near the entrance to California’s famous Napa Valley. We learned of them via the website Restaurant.com and were glad we did! Since we were only in the area for essentially 24 hours, we needed to make things convenient to where we were staying or near the main freeway system. Angelo’s markets themselves as a "fine Italian dining" establishment. That may be a bit over-exaggerated, but the meals provided are indeed outstanding!We stopped in Sunday morning for breakfast at around 8:30am. Given their published 7:30am opening, we were concerned that perhaps they were closed as there wasn’t a car in the parking lot, the ...Read More

Angelo's Restaurant
8308 Bennington Ct.
Vallejo, California
(707) 644-5500