Wine Country in Spring | Napa Valley, California

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Spring is an excellent time for a trip to wine country! The first small clusters of grapes start to form, and the lavender fields and brightly colored mustard plants are in bloom. Napa Valley also has numerous exciting events to check out in springtime. Culinary extravaganza Flavor! Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Marathon, and the Yountville Live music festival are all held in March.

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Auberge du Soleil

Pamper yourself at Auberge du Soleil, one of Napa’s most luxurious resorts. Auberge du Soleil’s amenities are anything but ordinary, including free use of Mercedes-Benz cars, an outdoor sculpture garden and olive grove, and rooms with private fireplaces, outdoor terraces overlooking the rolling hills of wine country, and free minibars. Create your own Napa Valley experience with their Celebration of Napa package, which includes sparkling wine when you arrive, breakfast for two each morning, and a four-course dinner for two. Top it all off with your choice of a hot air balloon ride, a six-hour private winery tour, or a massage for two.

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Oxbow Public Market

Get a taste of Napa at Oxbow Public Market, a 40,000 square foot marketplace that houses local restaurants, vendors, and shops. It features an outdoor deck that overlooks the Napa River and makes a great place to enjoy a glass of wine and a mid-afternoon snack. You’ll want to check out Whole Spice, where you can taste and purchase spices and spice blends from all over the world, as well as Napa Bookmine, an independent bookstore selling fun gifts and books of all genres.

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Gott’s Roadside

Need to stop and refuel in between wine tastings? Gott’s Roadside, located in Oxbow Public Market, uses local ingredients to craft specialty burgers, tacos, and salads. Order their Ahi Poke Crispy Tacos, stuffed with Ahi tuna, avocado, green cabbage, cilantro, green onions, sesame seeds, and spicy mayo, and an order of garlic fries. Gott’s Roadside also offers local wines and craft beers.

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Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train is a gourmet restaurant aboard a functioning antique train. Most of the train’s cars were built in 1915, and have been restored to maintain their early 1900s style. The Wine Train journey is 36 miles round trip, about a 3 hour ride through the valley. Explore each train car’s unique style and enjoy a glass of wine while you watch the countryside drift by, then indulge in a gourmet meal on board. You can also book the train’s Winery Tour packages to stop for tours and tastings at select Napa wineries.

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Artesa Napa Valley

Artesa’s 350 acres offer sweeping views of wine country. The winery, which is most known for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, is built into the estate’s highest hill and features impressive avant-garde architecture. Artesa has a variety of tasting experiences, including seated tastings and design-your-own wine flights, as well as tours of the winery. Artesa also hosts food and wine pairing events featuring Tapas, cheese, and chocolate. Sign up for the Pintxos and Wine Tasting, which pairs five wines with Pintxos, skewered small plates that are the Basque version of Tapas.

Why Now is the Best Time to Visit Mammoth | Mammoth Lakes, California

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There has never been a better time for a winter getaway to Mammoth Lakes – January 2017 was the snowiest month in Mammoth’s history. Take advantage of the 20+ feet of snow that has blanketed the mountains with a few days of skiing and snowboarding. Between outdoor fun, the exhilarating fresh air, and scenic views that come with 11,000 feet of elevation, your trip to Mammoth will be one to remember.

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Mammoth Mountain Inn

You can’t get much closer to the action than Mammoth Mountain Inn, just steps away from the gondola at Main Lodge. The convenient location, comfortable amenities, and variety of rooms make this hotel ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. The hotel also has great dining, including The Yodler, an outdoor restaurant where you can relax on a sunny deck and admire the scenery in between runs. With the Lift + Lodging Package, you can get lodging and a lift ticket starting at $175 per person, per night.

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Mammoth Tavern

Get a bite to eat and enjoy the friendly atmosphere at Mammoth Tavern. Go for dinner, check out happy hour from 3:30-5:30pm each day, or stop by for a midnight snack from 9:30 to close. The Tavern Burger, with white cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato, grilled red onions, Dijon-Mayo sauce, and sweet potato fries, is just the kind of meal you’ll be craving after a day on the slopes. Pair it with one of their craft cocktails like the Winter Cup, made with bourbon, honey, and raspberry sage lemon shrub.

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Snowcat Tours

A Snowcat Tour allows you to take a day off from skiing and snowboarding while still enjoying a snowy adventure. A comfortable and heated snowcat will take you around the mountain while you sit back, relax, and admire incredible views of the landscape. It’s the perfect way to see the jagged peaks of the Minarets in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Tours run at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm, and include gourmet snacks including wine, fruit, cheese, and charcuterie.

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Electric Tubing

Mammoth Mountain offers after-dark Electric Tubing Sessions on select dates throughout the season. Experience night tubing while colorful lights illuminate the snow and a DJ blasts energetic music. If you get cold, head to the fire pit for food and beverage specials.

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Black Velvet Coffee

No matter your drink of choice, Black Velvet Coffee is worth a stop. Visit their Espresso Bar to try coffee from all over the world, all of which is roasted fresh in Mammoth. The Espresso Bar also features craft beer, with four rotating beers on tap and over 20 bottled beers available. Upstairs, The Wine Bar serves over 30 wines from small boutique wineries. If you like the coffee, sign up for a subscription and receive a bag or two mailed to you every two weeks.