Friday, June 23, 2017

2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

For the sixth year running, Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travels has been awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence.  Thanks to our many guests who took the time to post reviews and for their very kind words.

When you visit San Francisco, come take a tour of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, or the Sierra Foothills wine country.  We'll make sure you have a fun outing.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Best Wine Country Restaurants

The latest edition of "Rick's Tips" is available.  Check it out to find the best restaurants in the Napa Valley, Sonoma County wine country, the Anderson Valley and Mendocino coast, Amador County wine country, Paso Robles, and Cambria.  To see how the reviewers at the Michelin Guide, San Francisco Chronicle, Zagat, TripAdvisor, and Yelp ranked the best restaurants, click here.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

This past weekend, we drove through the Anderson Valley on our way to the spectacular Mendocino County coast.  We stopped at three wineries to taste, Foursight, Witching Stick, and Lula.  At Foursight and Witching Stick, the owners were behind the bar in the tasting rooms.  At Lula, we talked with the owner while he was punching down his fermenting grapes from his Mystery Block.  This is an experience that one seldom gets in Napa and Sonoma Counties these days.  Tasting fees were $10 or less at each winery and were refunded with a purchase of a bottle of wine.  This is the way tastings used to work in Napa and Sonoma before so many visitors started to descend upon the Valleys.

The Anderson Valley is best known for Pinot Noir and Alsatian varietals, e.g., Riesling and Gewurztraminer.  If you like these types of wine and small, unpretentious wineries, check out this beautiful part of Northern California.  There is limited lodging in the Valley but plenty of places to stay our on the coast in the towns of Elk, Albion, Little River, Mendocino, and Fort Bragg.

Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel offers a two-day, one-night tour of the Anderson Valley and the Mendocino County coast.  This can be extended if so desired.  For more information call (415) 337-1874 or email