December 12th , 2014Exploring Wine Country The season of indulgence is upon us, a tireless celebratory moment after another beginning in October and ending abruptly upon initiation of New Year’s resolutions. Some seasonal excess is more enjoyable between brisk outings and a little adventure. Northern California boasts still beautiful weather in November, a perfect escape to get your heart rate up while still spending time with your loved ones. Wine country has some of the most scenic trails and outdoor activities in Northern California, and the holidays are the perfect time to grab a friend or family member and take advantage of nature’s seasonal beauty. Whether you’re looking for wine tours or biking and hiking trails, wine country is an exquisite experience for all taste buds. With something for everyone, visitors come to wine country from far and wide to explore and experience its beauty. It has nationally become a top tourist destination. To get the most out of a vacation, it helps to plan ahead. Knowing where you want to go, and choosing the right activities for you is beneficial to ensuring your experience is robust. Some of the most frequented and popular activities to enjoy are listed below: Conn Valley Lake Hennessey This bike ride starting in St. Helena is perfect for the beginner or a gentle ride through the gorgeous region. Map Cold Springs Loop This bike ride is a bit more extensive than Conn Valley, but is still doable for the intermediate rider. Enjoy an afternoon biking 24 miles on this ride through wine country, generally staying off of the main highway. Map Napa Valley Woodlands This 3.1 mile hike is perfect for a morning or afternoon, usually taking around 1 to 3 hours. Just near St. Helena, this hike connects two state parks, Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and Grist Mill, and offers a great sense of the history of Napa Valley as it takes you through an historic cemetery and watershed. Map Beau Wine Tours Take a wine tour through different vineyards, enjoy a dinner and be escorted around wine country with Beau Wine Tours. This is another activity less on the outdoors side, allowing you to see the inside of different wineries in the area.