California Tour ~ May 16th - May 21st, 2014

Trip Leader: Cheryl Sullivan

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The Space Coast Ski and Travel Club just returned from a fun filled 5 days in San Francisco and Santa Rosa/Sonoma wine country.  Our group of 15 travelers included 5 new members, trippers from the Tampa club, South Carolina and Colorado.  We spent almost 2 days in San Francisco with plenty of free time to do your own thing.  We had bikers, visits to Alcatraz, Chinatown, Little Italy, Ghirardelli and even had Irish coffee at the first place to ever serve this in the United States…yum!

On our way to Santa Rosa we stopped for lunch in Bodega Bay at the famous Tides Restaurant (scene of Hitchcock’s “The Birds”) and visited Armstrong Woods to see “Coronel Armstrong”, the massive tree that is over 1200 years old. 

We had 2 days (not nearly enough) of facility tours and tastings, cheese pairings, vineyard and cave tours and more at Korbel, Ledson, Ferrari-Cerano, La Crema, Benzinger and Imagery wineries.  Some of the most beautiful facilities and scenery you will find in the valley.  We are all well on our way to becoming Wine Aficionados!  Here is what some of our trippers had to say about the experience…

Steve and Nancy Bachand…

We liked the whole trip.  Especially appreciated the free time in San Francisco.  We rented e-bikes and biked to Tiburon and took the ferry back to San Francisco.   A nice mixture of vineyards.  We particularly liked the pairing of wine and cheeses.  

Gail Berger and David Kiewit…

We both had a wonderful time and wouldn't change a thing.  We loved visiting all the wineries. 

Leigh Kimmell (from Tampa Snowskiers)…

 I enjoyed meeting new friends and hope to travel with many on future trips.   I liked how organized and detailed the trip was.

Tom Friedmann and Susan Moser…

Thank you for a wonderful trip.  It was a pleasure to meet and spend time with everyone and mark off two of the top items on our bucket list.

I could not have asked for a better group and PLENTY of fun was had by all.  Many are already planning our return visit.

Cheryl Sullivan

Trip Leader

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