SANTA ROSA, CA – May 30, 2013 – Sonoma County, a region predominantly known for its wine and culinary offerings, is showing visitors its adventurous side with new and exciting activities this summer. From guided vineyard bicycle tours to paddle boarding the Petaluma River, Sonoma’s summer adventures create unique experiences for travelers of all ages. To take full advantage of the al fresco season, the Green Music Center has scheduled top classical, jazz and world music presentations, making for the perfect evening activity after a day of adventures under the sun. Below is a sampling of new distinctive activities available throughout Sonoma County this summer:
Bicycle Tour through Historic Roche Vineyards
Visitors can travel through the Roche family’s vineyard and private estate on two wheels with this 90-minute guided bicycle tour alongside olive trees and rows of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah vines. Each tour is led by a professional guide and includes complimentary tastings following the ride at the Roche Winery Tasting Room in downtown Sonoma. The tour is available to riders of all levels and ages and costs $70 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 707-996-6800 or emailing email@example.com
Petaluma Stand Up Paddle
Water lovers are encouraged to experience the Petaluma River from a different perspective with the launch of Petaluma Stand Up Paddle, a growing sport where guests paddle through the water while standing on a surfboard. Visitors can choose from a variety of experiences with the boards ranging from lessons and eco-tours to Stand Up Paddle Yoga Classes. A Sunset Paddle Tour is prime for beginners, as it includes an introductory lesson and a guided paddle into Petaluma for $80 per person. Rental rates start at $20 per hour or $55 for the day. To make reservations or to learn more, visit www.petalumasup.com or call 707-765-1131.
Scandalous stories and haunted tales collide in Healdsburg, and the newly launched Walk-a-Bout Healdsburg tours are inviting guests to come along as secrets are revealed. Guided by local resident and business owner, Lori Moore, the 90-minute walking tour includes stops at a local bed & breakfast and the Healdsburg Museum. Tours cost $25 per person for up to four people. Group rates apply for parties larger than four. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (707) 479-7488 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
These attractions join existing summer favorites in Sonoma County, including the below:
Sonoma Canopy Tours
A Sonoma County staple, Sonoma Canopy Tours brings the adrenaline rush as visitors zip-line through the world-famous California Coastal Redwoods. Guests can enjoy a two-and-a-half hour guided eco-tour that includes seven zip lines, two sky bridges, a spiral staircase and an 80-foot rappel. Tour prices are $89 per adult, ages 18-58; $69 for adults 59 or older; and $49 for children 10-17 years of age. For more information or to book a tour, call (888) 494 7868 or visit www.sonomacanopytours.com.
Wine Tasting with Horse Power
Car lovers can feel like they are back in time as they cruise picturesque Sonoma in authentic cars from the 1960’s and 70’s with Hot Rod Tours. The vintage hot rods available include a ’64 Chevrolet Impala, a ’70 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport Convertible and a ’69 Pontiac Firebird 850 Convertible. The High Performance Tour includes a four-hour rental through three wine valleys with stops at four to six wineries and a picnic lunch along the way. Tours start at $375 and are available Thursdays-Monday and for up to four people at a time. For more information, visit www.winecountryhotrodtours.com or call (707) 480-7637.
After an exhilarating day, guests can relax with renowned musical performances at Sonoma State University’s Donald and Maureen Green Music Center in Rohnert Park. With a highly successful 2012 grand opening season, the center returns with a packed summer schedule. The center’s MasterCard Performance Series brings artists including: Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, the San Francisco Symphony, the Russian National Orchestra, Jazz Trumpeter Chris Botti and more. For the expanded schedule or to learn more, visit http://gmc.sonoma.edu.
Sonoma County Wine, Grapes and Tourism
Sonoma County, California, located just 30 miles north of San Francisco, offers world-class wines from over 350 wineries in 15 designated wine regions, cuisine featuring locally grown and artisan products, and destination resorts including 40 spas and 21 golf courses. It is the birthplace of premium California wine more than 150 years ago. As leaders in sustainable farming, a majority of the 62,000 total vineyard acres follow the California statewide guidelines. Family heritage, community and dedication to the land are what make Sonoma County a friendly first-rate wine and food destination.
Sonoma County Winegrape Commission
www.sonomawinegrape.org / http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sonoma-Grapes/133401176715690
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