Sip and Stay at a B&B for
California Wine Month
September is harvest time in California wine country. The vineyard-draped hills are awash in golden sunlight, the wineries are bustling with activity and in celebration of California Wine Month, there is an abundance of special events, tastings, tours and more. Clustered around the vineyards and charming wine country towns are dozens of bed and breakfast inns within walking or biking distance of the tasting rooms—some of which are even nestled among the vineyards.
Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast sits on a 100-acre ranch in Paso Robles wine country on the California Central Coast. The ranch has 28 acres of vineyards, including Grenache, Syrah, Viognier, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The ranch also features 850 olive trees and an extensive collection of antique carriages. Take a stroll through the vineyards, a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or learn how to create and maintain a vineyard with the inn’s educational tour, Grape Ed 101.
Also tucked along the scenic back roads winding through Paso Robles is HammerSky Vineyards, which is a 50-acre working vineyard featuring a restored farmhouse inn. The family-friendly, four-room inn features upscale décor and modern amenities such as WiFi and satellite television. The location of both HammerSky Vineyards and Carriage Vineyards Bed and Breakfast allows guests to explore the region’s back roads by bike or car to discover more Paso Robles wineries and tasting rooms.
Located at the base of the Sierra foothills near Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, Sequoia View Bed & Breakfast is home to the award-winning Cedar View Winery. Both the winery and the three-suite B&B are nestled on 20 acres with panoramic views. The winery produces Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel as well as unique wines from its estate Alicante Bouschet vineyard. Over the past five years, the winery has won nearly 60 medals in state, national and international competitions. The Winemakers Suite is located on the second floor of the winery building, which houses the winemaking cellar and tasting room. The Zinfandel and Alicante Suites are located in the Vineyard Guesthouse and are virtually surrounded by grape vines.
Further north in Amador County, the Amador Harvest Inn is tucked away on 40 acres amid rolling vineyards dotted with elegant oak trees and tranquil lakes. The Cape-Cod style inn is owned by one of the Shenandoah Valley’s oldest farming families, the Deavers. The adjacent Deaver Vineyards, which is renowned for its Zinfandel, features a tasting room and a croquet court. The inn is located within an easy bike ride to over half a dozen other wineries and tasting rooms along a mile-long stretch of Steiner Road.
In towns within large wine-producing regions like Santa Barbara, Carmel, Monterey and Napa, travelers will find a plethora of tasting rooms and bed and breakfast inns in close proximity to each other.
The Old Yacht Club Inn Bed and Breakfast is located at the heart of the and just one block from the famous East Beach. The Wine Trail features only wineries that have production facilities within the city. Created by a group of like-minded wineries, the Urban Wine Trail offers both novices and aficionados the opportunity to learn about and taste wines of many different varieties and styles crafted from Santa Barbara vineyards. Travelers who book their stay with the Old Yacht Club Inn Bed and Breakfast during the month of September will receive complimentary wine tasting tickets for two to Santa Barbara Winery.
Carmel Country Inn is located in the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea which features charming shops, restaurants, galleries and most recently, an abundance of new wine tasting rooms. Carmel’s new , which is available at Carmel Country Inn, features tasting rooms for a dozen Monterey County wineries, all located within an easy three-block radius. The pet-friendly inn features spacious suites and studios with fireplaces and whirlpool tubs.
Martine Inn in Pacific Grove is located just four blocks from Monterey’s legendary Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row and the tasting rooms for Scheid, Bargetto, Pierce, Taste of Monterey and Baywood. A number of wine-related events will be held in Monterey this fall including Pinofest on September 16. There are more than 30 wineries in the Carmel Valley and Salinas Valley regions, most of which are within a 20-mile radius of the Martine Inn. The inn features rooms with fireplaces, claw foot tubs, and views of the waves crashing against the rocky coastline.
From the front porch of the Brannan Cottage Inn in Calistoga, on the northern end of Napa Valley, guests can walk or bike to over a dozen wineries and tasting rooms, including Chateau Montelena, Clos Pegase, Sterling Vineyards, Vincent Arroyo, August Briggs and many more. The 1860 Victorian inn is located one-half block of the main street and features a wraparound porch, ornamental gardens, four one-bedroom units and two mini-suites. Every Friday evening, the inn invites local wineries to pour wines for guests on the shaded patio.
The Inn at Schoolhouse Creek
Apple Cheddar Muffins
Makes 12 Muffins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
3/4 cup skim milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 large Granny Smith or Pippen apple, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch dice
3/4 cup grated sharp white cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, white pepper, cardamom, allspice and rosemary. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs and melted butter. Stir apples and cheese into egg mixture. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir just until blended.
Pour batter into greased muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool muffins in pan for three minutes, then remove to a wire rack.
The Inn at School House Creek
Experience a true luxury on the Mendocino coast: solitude. With over eight acres of ocean views, gardens, meadows, forest and a secluded beach cove, guests will truly feel like they’ve gotten away from it all. The cottages have Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, feather beds, private decks and kitchenettes. Come relax in the hot tub, while contemplating the sunset over the Pacific Ocean or enjoy a massage in the inn's private spa.
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Fall Wine Packages
The Sommelier’s Choice Wine Tasting Package at is a new package is designed for wine and food enthusiasts. Wine Director and Sommelier Thomas Perez carefully selects wines for the guests’ gift box and hosts a private tasting in which he covers all facets of the wine selections. The package includes a one night stay at L’Auberge Carmel, a four-course prix fixe dinner for two with wine pairing at Aubergine, a wine gift box and private wine tasting with Thomas Perez and breakfast for two. Seasonal package prices start at $1,045 mid-week and $1,095 on weekends through October 2011, excluding holidays and special events. Prices include service fees and restaurant taxes; hotel taxes are excluded. Two night minimums may apply on weekends.
Stay two nights at the in Mendocino and savor a luxury wine tour of the Anderson Valley from the comfort of a stretch limousine or Lincoln Town Car. The Wine Tour Package includes an organic gourmet breakfast each morning, guided VIP wine tastings and tours, sparkling wine served en route, gourmet picnic lunch, and $14 daily in food and beverage credits valid in the evenings at the MacCallum House Inn restaurant or bar. The package price is $940 (retail value $1,200).
In the heart of the Lodi Appellation in the San Joaquin Valley, the is offering a September Wine Exploration Package. The package includes a two-night stay and a tasting ticket for two at the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center. If you plan to visit for the Lodi Grape Festival September 15-18, the inn will also provide a pair of complimentary tickets. The package rate for rooms in the main house is $300; the Tower Suite is $470. Must mention Wine Exploration Package when booking. May not be combined with any other special offer.
Calistoga Wine Country Wellness Packages feature wine tastings and tours of Lava Vine Winery and Vincent Arroyo Winery. In addition, the package includes an overnight stay at the inn, a multi-course breakfast for two, choice of bath treatments and one-hour therapeutic massages for two at Lavender Hill Spa and a three-course dinner. All of the package partners are within walking distance of the inn. The package is $489 per couple on weekdays (Sunday through Thursday) and excludes taxes, dinner beverages and gratuities. Valid through October 31, 2011.
The Suite, Wine Tasting and Massage Package offers relaxation and romance with an overnight stay in a Victorian suite with a fireplace, spa tub and full breakfast for two. Along with the suite, guests receive a couples’ massage, $50 dinner voucher, a bottle of Codorniu Cava Pinot Noir Brut Sparkling wine, four hand-dipped chocolate strawberries and free wine tasting for two at the award-winning Gianelli Vineyards Tasting Rooms in nearby Jamestown. Valued at $619, the package offer is available for $549 through October 14, 2011. Taxes and gratuities are additional. A second night may be added for $295.