You will visit Sausalito and Muir Woods, and finish your trek in Glen Ellen, where you will visit Jack London State Historic Park and superb Sonoma estate wineries. You enjoy all the rugged beauty of the mountains as well as the pleasure of private wine tastings at the end of your journey.
- 6 days/ 5 nights
- Hiking 5 to 9 miles (8 to 14 km) daily
- Elevation gain up to 2300 feet (700 m)
- 3 days hiking, one with wine tasting
- 1 day walking between private estate wineries for wine tastings.
Day 1: Sausalito. Start your vacation in the historic village of Sausalito. Your luxury boutique hotel is on the waterfront, where you can enjoy the artists' studios, cafes, spas and restaurants of this charming town. Dinner this evening is at a Michelin recognized Wine Spectator restaurant. Hiking today: No planned hikes. Your personal Trail Guide will suggest local walks and sights to see.
Day 2: Sausalito to Muir Beach. Hike across the beautiful coastal hills in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to the village of Muir Beach. Enjoy spectacular views of the rugged Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco skyline. Take time to relax on the sandy beach when you arrive in town. Tonight's lodging is a classic English Tudor Inn with an elegant salon for guests and a Pub reminiscent of Stratford-on-Avon where you'll enjoy classic pub fare paired with excellent local and international wines. Hiking today: 9 miles (14 km) with 2300 feet (700 m) of elevation gain and loss.
Day 3: Muir Beach to Mount Tamalpais. Hike onto Mount Tamalpais taking in the dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean. Descend into Muir Woods National Monument enjoying the ancient and magical redwood forest. Ascend through fern and redwood canyons to your destination: a romantic inn with beautiful views from every room! Relax on the expansive deck with other hikers comparing hiking and nature notes. You'll enjoy a delicious three course California cuisine dinner right at your mountaintop inn. Hiking today: 9 miles (14 km) with 2100 feet (640 m) of elevation gain and 1100 feet (335 m) of elevation loss.
Day 4: Mount Tamalpais to Glen Ellen. Move from the seashore to the land of vineyards today. A transport will pick you up and take you to the famous Jack London State Historic Park where you can visit the author's home and grave, as well as a museum established by his wife. You'll hike up into the Park enjoying the redwoods, creeks, wildlife, and vistas of Sonoma's Valley of the Moon vineyards. Finish your day with a special tour and tasting at a family owned vineyard estate and winery. Tonight's lodging has a world class reputation as one of the best luxury inns in the U.S. You'll relax by the pool, enjoy the Zen spa and walk to one of several wine country restaurants with fabulous food and a wine list to match. Hiking today: 6 miles (10 km) with 900 feet (270 m) elevation gain and loss.
Day 5: Glen Ellen Winery Walk. The final day of your trip is an immersion into the wonderful world of Sonoma Valley wines. A short transport will bring you to the first private winery estate you will visit today. As the day progresses, you will enjoy delicious reserve wine tastings walking between private wineries. At your final tasting, the wine maker/owner will greet and escort you into his estate where you'll enjoy his cult status Pinot Noirs. A short walk back to your inn lets you relax before another lovely wine country restaurant dinner. Hiking today: 5 miles (8 km) walking between wineries and private wine country estates with 300 feet (90 m) elevation gain and loss.
Day 6: Trek Conclusion. Your Wine Country Trek comes to an end.
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