Napa/Sonoma

New York is known for theater, Los Angeles for movie stars.  The "stars" of Northern California are the farms, wineries, artisan food producers, and restaurants that make Napa and Sonoma counties a culinary capital.  Each region has its own personality, and both offer visitors world-class wines along with a bounty of culinary treasures and memorable scenery.

Though they’re just an hour’s drive northeast of San Francisco, the regions’ vine-covered hillsides—lush green in spring and summer, golden in fall—are reminiscent of Tuscany, and home to nearly 400 wineries (producing mostly Chardonnay, Pinot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot varietals). You could easily spend a week here flitting among tasting rooms, but that would mean forsaking some of the area’s other sensory pleasures—which include spas, idyllic sightseeing, and some of the country’s best locally sourced cuisine.