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Northern California Culinary Delight
Calling all Foodies! You're in for a treat on this leisurely culinary fly-drive holiday through scenic California.
Price per person includes:
Return flights to San Francisco
9 nights accommodation in sought after locations
10 days car hire
A personalised road book with travel tips and day to day driving itinerary with
local area information
San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge
Oakland amd Sonoma County
Sacramento and Napa Wine Valley
Days 1 - 3 : San Francisco
San Francisco is as famous for its restaurants and food trends as it is for its Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars.
Among the unique or regionally typical foods to be sampled in San Francisco are abalone, Dungeness crab, sand dabs, bay shrimp and crusty sourdough French bread. From lush California valleys, with an endless variety of top-quality fruits and vegetables, local organic ranches with select meats and poultry, to the internationally acclaimed and locally produced wine and top chefs which win awards time and time again, the Bay area is a culinary dream.
Recommended Foodie hotspots: Taste something new every day at the SOMA St Eat Food Park, chow down on Chowder in a Sourdough bread bowl at Boudin Bakery or sip amazing cocktails at Bourbon & Branch.
Day 4 : Oakland
Many restaurants across the state are hyper focused on farm-to-table. Oakland has been living that food style since the Disco decade. They’re so micro-focused that they take that ethos all the way down to the cocktails. The result is drinks that just can’t be made outside Bay Area borders. Oakland’s urban wineries are all the rage. Nearly a dozen local tasters are creating a buzz as a part of the East Bay Vintners Alliance, many of which are located along the waterfront. Take your tasting to the next level and hop on a bike with the East Bay Winery Bike Tours.
Recommended Foodie hotspots: Coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee, Chicken & Waffles at the Brown Sugar Kitchen or one of the 12 different types of mac n cheese at Homeroom.
Day 5 - 6 : Sacramento
Sacramento is America's Farm-to-Fork Capital, offering diners some of the freshest and most exciting cuisine. The city is the heart and the capital of California. Locally, 70 percent of the region's land is agricultural, forest or other open space. The region also contains more than 1.5 million acres of farmland and 50 regional farmers markets - including the largest Certified Farmers' Market in California. Diners across the states enjoy meals containing ingredients from the Sacramento region, and locally, restaurants serve everything from fine dining options to more casual fare, directly from area farms and growers, meaning visitors sample some of the freshest food around.
Recommended Foodie hotspots: A squeezeburger at the Squeeze Inn, brunch on the patio at Tower Cafe or fantastic cocktails at Hook & Ladder
Day 7 - 8 : Napa Valley
Napa Valley has been producing legendary wines for more than a century. Indeed, the words Napa Valley have become synonymous with great wine to enthusiasts all over the world. Yet many wine lovers have not discovered the full, expressive range that Napa Valley wines have to offer.
Explore the distinctive personalities of their wines and our wineries. With more than 400 wineries, 95 percent of which are family owned and operated, the region has many different tasting opportunities. Furthermore, the region is home to more than 125 exciting restaurants, and awarded more Michelin stars than any other wine region in the world. In Napa Valley the farm-to-table culinary scene meets the creativity of some of the world's best chefs, resulting in a wide range of culinary adventures.
Bon Voyage can include the Napa Valley Wine Train as part of your holiday.
Recommended Foodie hotspots: Enjoy relaxed, fine dining at a Michelin starred restaurant in Yountville, grab picnic food at Oxbow Public Market or let the train take the strain on the Napa Valley Wine Train and sip your way past the stunning scenery.
Day 9 : Sonoma County
As they like to say around here, what goes together grows together. Nothing matches up more perfectly than the local wines and foods here in Sonoma County.
From locally produced cheese, honey, olive oil, bread and more, Sonoma County’s sophisticated-yet-grounded culinary culture is a draw for anyone who appreciates food that is locally grown, sourced, and prepared. We believe in food, as we do wine: the best flavors begin with pure ingredients, and there are few places that offer the stellar combination of locally-made food and wine – like Sonoma County does.
And as for the wine, the unparalleled combination of climates and the unique topography and soils create an array of distinct wine producing areas within Sonoma County. Through a commitment to preserving the natural landscape, nurturing the crops that grow best here, balancing generations of harvest tradition with the technology of today and delivering premium quality grapes, we have a hand in producing some of the world’s finest wines.
Recommended Foodie hotspots: Sample the amazing food & wine pairing at the St. Francis Winery, explore The Barlow in Sebastapol for the best from wine makers, food producers and artisans or visit the restaurant at the Farmhouse Inn for locally sourced, inspired culinary creations. For the best Clam Chowder in the USA - head for Spud Point Crab Company in Bodega Bay.
This is your last stop on your holiday, however your adventure doesn't have to end here. Perhaps you may want to extend your stay and include a visit to Yosemite National Park or enjoy the rugged scenery along the famous Pacific Coast Highway.
Call the travel specialists at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect Northern California Culinary Delight adventure.