Bachelorette Party in California Wine Country

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The Case for Throwing a Bachelorette Party in California’s Wine Country
You need two things for an epic pre-wedding weekend: stunning outdoor vistas (because #views) and a valid reason to start drinking before noon. California Wine Country is obviously the only option. While you really can’t go wrong with any winery visit (does it have wine? Check. Is it overlooking a sunny valley or on a flourishing vineyard? Check.), the sheer volume of options in this world-class wine-production region is what makes it such a popular destination.
Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Guerneville
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Guerneville — 1 night

Guerneville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): do a tasting at Dutton Goldfield Winery, then learn about winemaking at Korbel Champagne Cellars, and then immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Guerneville online sightseeing planner.

New York City to Guerneville is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Guerneville is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, Guerneville is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to St. Helena.
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St. Helena — 1 night

The Heart Of Napa Valley

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On the 9th (Fri), do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Beringer Vineyards, and then do a tasting at Alpha Omega Winery.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Helena road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Guerneville to St. Helena takes an hour. In September in St. Helena, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Sonoma.
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Sonoma — 1 night

Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sonoma day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from St. Helena to Sonoma takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will leave for home on the 11th (Sun).
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Sonoma County travel guide

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Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma County bills itself as the "Number 1 Wine Destination in the U.S." for good reason. Though not as famous as the neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma County features a rolling landscape dotted with over 250 wineries. The county ranks among the country's most agriculturally productive regions. It turns out not only some of America's finest grapes, but also hops, prunes, and apples. The county manages to cling to its leisurely way of life--which is how the local nickname "Slow-noma" got started (despite the fact that the valley attracts nearly 8 million tourists annually)--and is really more about simple enjoyment than a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary. Napa may be better known, but as the crowds of visitors continue to clog the roads there, Sonoma's appeal as a vacation destination only grows.

Napa Valley travel guide

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Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.