The experienced instructors at Sonoma Valley Flying Club guide students through ground training before escorting them through the scenic skies over the rolling hills of wine country. Plane whisperers first explain basic plane mechanics, control functions, and what shade of bomber jacket goes best with most complexions. The Bellanca Citabria plane's simple systems, electronics, and radios ease the learning process for beginning flyers, as do its tandem seating, stick controls, and responsive handling when it comes time to climb. To ensure that aerial adventures are as smooth as a butter sculptor's hands, the Bellanca Citabria undergoes a thorough inspection by a certified airplane mechanic every 100 flight hours. The small, local nature of Sonoma Skypark allows pilots-in-training to avoid the traffic jams of larger airports.
Long visited by dreamy visions of starting their own tour company, Jewels Wine Tours owners and Napa Valley residents Julia Young and Ryan Raes utilize their regional intimacy to construct guided tours to the finest wineries, distilleries, and restaurants the area has to offer. The team takes great joy in customizing packages to their guests’ preferences, whether customers are looking to taste-test a certain hard-to-find vintage, or just want to be driven around by someone other than the family dog. A dedicated driver handles navigation for the duration of each tour, allowing the grape gurus to focus on enriching the tour experience by answering in-depth questions and providing insights into Napa and Sonoma Valley history.
Mobile Pro Detail is a fully self-contained car wash on wheels. Its technicians travel to homes and business armed with their own supply of water—which they filter and de-ionize to prevent spotting—and set to work detailing all manner of vehicle, from cars to airplanes. Each of their professional-grade cleaning products is nontoxic, and their process complies with EPA regulations, bringing autos show-room shines without drawing crowds of protesting redwoods.
"We love to wash your car!" is the motto at Napa Valley Hand Car Wash. With six iterations of its exterior hand car wash, this must be true. Whether car owners want a simple wash and towel dry, or a more intense package that includes paint protection and tire dressing, the staff cares for each vehicle with meticulous attention. Interior detailing packages get cars looking equally as good on the inside, with services such as carpet steam cleaning and leather rejuvenation that reverse damage left by dogs who just love taco sauce.
Amenities abound inside the plush limos of California Elegance Transportation. As passengers cruise through the Bay Area and its surrounding wine country, they can enjoy satellite radio, a DVD player, and bar essentials, including complimentary ice and soda. When the limo stops, passengers alight at any destination of their choosing or at one of up to four wineries on their prearranged wine-tasting tour.
Novato Car Wash and Vallejo Car Wash team up to provide ride-refining exterior washes. During cars' 10- 15-minute adventures, technicians tenderly hand-prep tires and rims to remove any hard-to-reach grit, grime, and noisemaking baseball cards before exteriors bask in purifying baths of clear-coat conditioner and colorful triple-foam wax, leaving paint jobs polished and protected. Shots of tire dressing bring vehicles' rubbers back to a state of clean road-readiness, and applications of moisture-thwarting Rain-X allow busy windshield wipers to kick back and fully enjoy the precipitation. Lastly, cleansed cars leap into the towel-bearing arms of experienced auto polishers for careful hand-drying.