NorCal Travels

Fun stops and eats in northern California!

 

Napa Valley Olive Oil Manufacturing Company – St. Helena.  Walk into this tiny family run store and you’ll dream of going to Italy!  The aromas, the hanging salumi, cheeses and business simplicity has you lingering over the goods.

nvoo-groceries

 

New Clairvaux Vineyard – Vina.  This winery is located on the Abbey of New Clairvaux Trappist monks monastery in a small farming community 20 miles north of Chico just west of Highway 99.  On the grounds is also a chapter house still in the making.  While you’re roaming around in that area of California, also tour Chico’s Sierra Nevada Brewery.

Chapter House 1

 

Tomales Bay Oyster Company – Marshall.  A delicious way to spend a day on the coast.  Plan ahead for an appointment and stop by Pt. Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company that’s just a couple miles south on Highway 1.  Update:  visitors can no longer picnic on the premises – fresh oysters are still available for purchase.

Oyster Toast

 

Winters – Yolo County.  This tiny town is full of history and food.

Putah Creek Cafe

 

Pt. Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company – Pt. Reyes Station.   See rolling pastures and content cows.  Tours by appointment only to get a glimpse of their cheesemaking and milking operations.  Stop by and get some cheese on the way to Tomales Bay Oyster Company.

Cheese Tasting

 

Ella’s Dining Room and Bar – Sacramento.  Modern décor.  Varied menu.  Special dining restaurant.

Salmon Ella's

 

Alexander Valley – Geyserville.  Group crush at Monson Vineyards overlooking the misty Alexander Valley.  More Alexander Valley crush photos here.

Alexander Valley Geyserville