Valley of the Moon Wine & Historical hike !!!

**Fourth of July weekend  simmer & cool down wine event.

 This is always an super fun & easy wine & hiking outing.  Great for first timers.  Only about 4 miles &  to 750 ft. elevation. This will give us great views of the Southern Sonoma valley. A  beautiful area hidden away, known mostly to locals.  It's a private Foundation only open 3 days a week. 

WE will hike along, creeks, ferns, visit a side spur to some small Miwok Indian caves, to some high viewing areas, go thru a redwood grove to a hidden lake.  Another side spur takes us down to the waterfall dam with yellow flowers overhanging.  

WE will have a wine picnic under shady old Oaks at the Barthowlomew Museum & Winery.   A self guided history tour & wine tasting is optional.   This is where Count Agusto Haraszthy of Hungary started all Ca. wines & vines.  Then we will trek thru the beautiful park with unusual plants & trees to the oldest commercial reserve winery in Ca.  It was recently purchased by a wealthy French winemaker & he has thrown a few  zillion bucks to refurbish it.  The newly reopened wine caves have been closed for 15 yrs.  We can tour the cool caves & see the water Vortex & fountain.   A museum is also there along with wine tasting.  I will have passes for you .  

We return to Sonoma's Best for our last & comp. wine tasting experience.  

If you still have some energy left; we will head into the town Sq. for our usual social & fun optional dinner .  

What's included:  Lot's of wine, water, juice, soda, tea, latte's, energy & protein drinks, the soon tobe  famous Gourmet fruit & nut packs, trail bars & other snacks, hiking poles, car shuttles, etc.

Wear good hiking shoes & maybe an xtra pair of comfortable shoes for after. *** **BRING a lunch.  Layered clothes as it can get warm, but we will be under cover much of the time.

Only $25.  

Now go home & rest for your upcoming Slave day Monday.

Hey Tom, get the conversation started!


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  • Tom B.

    The photos are on the other Backroads site. If I had the time I would post them all the time. Maybe I can get some to this site?

    July 23, 2014

  • Tom B.

    A nice crowd showed up . I guess they need to unwind a bit from the Holiday events. It got pretty warm later on, but we cooled off in the wine caves, etc. The happy ten stayed on for the always fun after event dinner socials.

    July 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic! ( : ( :

    July 6, 2014

  • Leslie

    Gotta bow time for sure!

    July 5, 2014

  • Michelle B.

    Anyone heading through American Canyon and want to carpool to Sonoma. I usually stay for dinner with the group.

    July 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I could give you a ride from Hwy 29 @ Hwy 12...? But you are almost there by then..

      July 5, 2014

    • Michelle B.

      True. No worries. I'll see you there.

      July 5, 2014

  • Tom B.

    Looks like a big group is coming. Remember that when you hit hwy 29 from 12 or from American Cyn. stay straight & go over the Napa river bridge. Then turn left at the first light hwy 121/12. Keep going until you hit a Y intersection. Vere right on Napa rd. Then turn right on Eighth st. East at the next light. Go 1 mile plus & you will hit Sonoma's Best. See easy !!!!!!!
    NOTE: Get there earl & have them make you a lunch.

    1 · July 5, 2014

  • Leslie

    Sounds like fun.I will be coming in from Sacto...anyone want to share a ride?

    June 20, 2014

    • Cindy

      I will be coming from Sacramento too...did you plan on staying for dinner after the hike?

      June 23, 2014

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