The Castello di Amorosa, located in Calistoga, is truly one of the most unique wineries in the Napa Valley. This genuine (albeit fairly new) castle in the Napa Valley took 14 years to build and opened in 2007. The castle has many features that make it truly one of a kind here, including a moat and drawbridge, chapel and even a torture chamber, complete with authentic instruments of torture like the iron maiden (which dates back 300 years!) All of the craftsmanship in the castle was done using original, old-world techniques. The Castello offers several different wine tasting packages, although they do not have a winery on site. Visitors can also take horse-drawn carriage tours of the estate and attend church services in the castle.
This is considered by many to be the most beautiful 18th-century chateau in North America. The chateau also has one of the most prominent vineyards. Domaine Carneros produces award winning sparking and Pinot Noir wines. You'll feel just like a king in the Louis XV-style salon with gracious service to match. Snuggle up to a warm fire during the cold winter months or enjoy the summer air from the terrace. Check out the in-house store, where you can pick up a number of vintages for friends and family. The tasting tours are offered daily.
Founded as Inglenook in 1880, the historic Rubicon Estate has the honor of being one of the few remaining family-owned wine estates of its magnitude in existence. It is comprised of 235 acres (95 hectares) of organically certified vineyards, and is located in Napa Valley's Rutherford appellation. Rubicon Estate is home to the region's most famous Chateau and Rubicon—the estate's flagship wine. Dominated by a special clone of Cabernet Sauvignon that can be traced back to the original vineyard plantings of 1880, Rubicon is a Bordeaux blend that reflects the unique terrain of this property. In addition to the collection of award-winning wines, Rubicon Estate offers an array of tours and tastings, some historical, others are hands-on and interactive. From guided walks through the vineyard to barrel sample tasting in the cellar, the property's tour guides are experts at creating dynamic wine experiences for all guests. The estate also is home to the Centennial Museum housing memorabilia from Francis Ford Coppola's movies.
Formerly known as Marine World, this is a combination wildlife park, oceanarium, and amusement park. Some of its most popular attractions include a killer whale show, water rides and roller coasters, an animal nursery, a family of elephants, and roaming cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny and Batman. Bring the kids to take in a sea lion show after you get splashed by Shouka, the resident 4000-pound killer whale, or check out the thrill ride Vertical Velocity. The park is located a short 30-minute drive north of San Francisco.
The Trione-Annadel State Park has more than one reason which makes it worthy of a visit. Spread across an area of 5,092-acre (2,061 hectares), the park is steeped in Native American history and is known for its volcanic rocks. Ecologically blessed with a diverse flora, the park is home to oak woodlands, maples, fir forests. Come spring, the park is blanketed in fully blossomed wildflowers.
Tilden Park Merry-Go-Round is located at Tilden Regional Park near Berkeley. It was built in the year 1911 C.E and is one of the few antique carousels left in the United States. It was constructed by the Herschel-Spillman Company of Tonawanda, New York and the carousel was used at amusement parks in San Bernardino, Ocean Beach, and Los Angeles. It was added to the National Registrar of Historic Places on September 29, 1976.
Kennedy Park is a verdant park situated right next to the Napa River. Apart from the scenic views, the park offers visitors the opportunity to indulge themselves in a variety of recreational sports. Hiking, boating, softball and soccer are just few of the activities possible here. The park is also home to the 18 hole Napa Golf Course. The various picnic spots and children’s playground also make this park a great destination for spending quality time with the family. A meeting space inside the park can also be used to host private parties, meeting and corporate events.
Although the Rockville Cemetery Stone Chapel was built in 1856, its story begins in 1850 when the pioneers who resided here were introduced to the gospel. People traveled long distances to attend the camp meetings that were held along the Suisun Creek before the chapel was established. Funded by generous donations, the chapel soon came to be at the center of the community's religious and spiritual lives. After the civil war the church fell into decline and became ruinous in condition although the premises continued to be used for worship by the families for those buried in the cemetery. In 1940 the church was finally restored and is a popular choice for wedding ceremonies even today. While this humble church may not be elaborately adorned or impressive in size, its simple charm is undeniable. The chapel continues to hold a place in the hearts of the people of Fairfield and is revered for its place in the town's history.
Sonoma Plaza is a historic national park, located in Sonoma County, California. With over 100 shops, 30 multi-cuisine restaurants and 25 wine tasting rooms, this famous national park is always bustling with tourists throughout the year. Some of the most frequented spots for tourists include the LaSalette Restaurant, Sigh Champagne & Sparkling wine tasting room, Pangloss Cellars, the Red Grape restaurant, Cafe La Haye, Three Dog Bakery, Bossa Nova and Eminent Design boutiques. Offering a relaxing and rejuvenating wine country lifestyle, this national attraction is a must visit the next time you choose to visit State of California.