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Old 05-17-2013, 12:16 PM
 
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Great questions by countofmc, I have one and figured I might as well ask in the same thread. Do wine tours, such as bus tours, allow kids ? I'm traveling to SF July 14-20 with my Mom, Sister, Brother in Law, and my 13 year old Nephew. My Mom and sister want to go to Napa, and we are debating whether to take a tour, which I like because then I can sample wines without worrying about driving, or driving (and one of us has to not drink). IF 13 year olds are allowed on tours, we will probably do that. The one tour I love, stops at V. Sattui for a wine tasting and a picnic lunch.
Don't know about bus tours, but there is no shortage of Napa Valley family-friendly wineries:

Napa Valley Wineries That Are Family-Friendly

Enjoy your visit to Napa!
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:23 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Don't know about bus tours, but there is no shortage of Napa Valley family-friendly wineries:

Napa Valley Wineries That Are Family-Friendly

Enjoy your visit to Napa!
Oh, I've been to Napa dozens of times :-), lived in Walnut Creek for 7 years. That's why I mentioned V. Sattui, which is my favorite winery.
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Liminal Space
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I really enjoy driving (or biking) around the hills of Napa the winter and spring months from about January to April when it's green from the winter rains. However it will be dry and brown for the next few months.

I would recommend Sonoma County over Napa for non-wine related pursuits. If you are a foodie you will be in heaven in both counties regardless of alcohol consumption.
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Great questions by countofmc, I have one and figured I might as well ask in the same thread. Do wine tours, such as bus tours, allow kids ? I'm traveling to SF July 14-20 with my Mom, Sister, Brother in Law, and my 13 year old Nephew. My Mom and sister want to go to Napa, and we are debating whether to take a tour, which I like because then I can sample wines without worrying about driving, or driving (and one of us has to not drink). IF 13 year olds are allowed on tours, we will probably do that. The one tour I love, stops at V. Sattui for a wine tasting and a picnic lunch.
The 13 year old might like the Wine Train. It is fun in a touristy way. Basically you get on the train, tour the regions and get food and drink.
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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If you're not interested in wine, there is no reason to visiti the Napa area. It's a very scenic rural agricultural area, albeit pricey, but there are many other scenic rural agricultural areas in the state. If you want to see how something is made, visit .:: Marin French Cheese ::. in Marin county.

For other things to see, visit Pt. Reyes National Seashore or drive down Hwy 1 between San Francisco and Monterey/Carmel or visit Big basin Redwood state park.
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:38 PM
 
Location: San Josť, CA
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You got a lot of good ideas already - I don't want to mimic them. But one place I enjoyed as much as Yosemite was Lassen Volcanic National Park. It's about the same drive-time from the Bay Area as Yosemite (except you drive north instead); it's just as awe-inspiring.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:17 PM
 
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Absolutely worth visitng. The town of Napa is not great but a drive through Napa valley towns like Yountville, St. helena, Calistoga is absolutely stunning in natural scenery. There are also many amazing restaurants in these small towns and food in Napa tastes so good. A trip to Napa valley never disappoints whether you drink wine or not-
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Old 05-18-2013, 12:13 AM
 
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Sonoma Valley is also a beautiful place to visit even if you don't drink wine. I love staying at different bed and breakfasts and the host or hostess can recommend activities or places to visit. If you are into early morning thrills there are hot air balloon rides in Napa and maybe Sonoma.
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:00 AM
 
Location: las vegas
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i go there mostly for the scenery...
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Reservoir Hill, Baltimore, MD
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thecooler recommended Bodega Bay. I agree. We just visited there, and the drive along Hwy 1 is stunning. I recommend Spud Point Crab Co. across from a marina. The fresh crab sandwich is soooo good. Visit The Children's Bell Tower and the schoolhouse in Bodega where Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" was filmed.

Drive south to Petaluma and have dinner at Central Market. If you don't have a reservation, you can eat at the bar. The food is outstanding.
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