The instructors at Skydive Hollister conduct their highest jumps at 18,000 feet?the greatest height from which one can dive without supplemental oxygen. Even at this altitude, they have to pump oxygen into the plane?s cockpit before a jump. Once outside, the 120 mile-per-hour free falls last little more than one minute. They help students navigate this rapid descent on tandem dives, during which they strap into the same harness as their student and coach them in proper body position, steering, and parachute release over the sound of roaring wind. At 5,000 feet, instructors deploy the parachute and instruct their partner in parachute control and landing techniques as the blue waters of Monterey Bay and the hills of San Francisco unfold below.
Instructors also train students seeking skydiving licenses through two programs. In the Accelerated Free-Fall program, they teach skydiving principles and technical basics in a four- to six-hour ground school before strapping students into their own parachutes for seven jumps. The Instructor-Assisted Free-Fall program precedes this solo training with two tandem skydives, during which instructors teach their prot?g?s the basics of free-fall turns, altitude awareness, and filling in for the lead goose flying in V-formation.
The locations that comprise Paintball Tickets challenge hue-happy gamers to a range of combative revelry fought with air-powered paintbrushes. During games, referees maintain a fun and lighthearted wartime experience while competitors engage in capture-the-flag style strategy. As players navigate the terrain on a quest to invade the other team's territory and avoid epidemics of trenchfoot, they covertly scope opponents and peg them with bright-colored pellets to dull their chance at victory.
Bay Area Glider Rides's gliders fly companionably next to hawks and eagles, reaching elevations of a mile or more as they soar over the Diablo Range, Monterey Bay, and other local landmarks. A certified pilot helms each ride, which can fit one or two passengers, but those who wish to fly solo also can obtain personal glider-pilot licenses at the facility's flight school.
DMZ Paintball Canada's outdoor fields set the stage for an afternoon of intense paintball showdowns. Access the courage-dessert mom packed in your school lunch while racing from cover to cover with your semi-auto paintball gun and fleet of 200 premium paintballs. The open play rental also includes a paintball mask, safety goggles, and unlimited air to power your gun.
Set to the backdrop of sweeping mountain vistas at Peppertree Ranch and the vineyards of Guerra Cellars, Hollister Concerts' Summer Concert Series entices eardrums with a bevy of tribute bands, headlined by Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute Fortunate Son. Relive Tom Petty's iconic voice and meaningful lyrics live with The Refugees, a Bay Area band that covers each of Petty's stints, from the Heartbreakers to the Traveling Wilburys to his brief stay with the United Nations' 50-piece choir. Seasoned musicians join forces in the Mid Life Vices, which meticulously recreates the sounds of The Beatles, The Who, the Gin Blossoms, and other classic rockers. Food, beer, and Guerra Cellars wine will be available for purchase to lubricate throats to sing along to "Free Fallin" and the Latvian national anthem.
Cuisine Type: Wine
Established: Before 1950
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Wine
Alcohol: Wine Only
Outdoor Seating: No
The fertile soil at the base of the Gabilan Mountains drew winemakers early in California's history; farmers began growing grapes in the area beginning in 1851 at what was to become DeRose Winery. "We offer wine made from dry-farmed vines that [are] over 150 years old," says office manager Nicole Manske. "Our wines are inky, fruit-forward, and well balanced." She invites guests to try these time-tested vintages, including the signature zinfandel, during tastings. The selection comprises wines from DeRose-owned vineyards around the world, including locations in Spain, Italy, France, and Argentina.
In addition to producing quality wines, the staff aims to keep its soil fertile and its practices sustainable. The winemakers never irrigate, saving gallons of fresh water for other uses such as cultivating a native population of piranhas. They fertilize the soil naturally and even power the entire vineyard with solar panels.