For more than 30 years, the specialists at Images on the Windsor Town Green have been prepping and piercing ears of all ages and outfitting them with American-made and hypoallergenic studs. Once the ears are healed, they will help their clients outfit themselves with selections of one-of-a-kind jewels created by local designers or child-safe earrings for the wee ones. In addition to earrings, they sell necklaces, watches, clocks, and handbags.
At J Vineyards and Winery, no reservations are required; simply walk into the modern, art-laden tasting room and taste the winery's vast variety of fine wines, many of which hail from the Russian River Valley, an area known for its lush, fully matured grape trees. The five-wine tasting allows sippers to traverse the wine spectrum, dancing from reds to whites straight on through to the sparkling conclusion. In the event that a particular varietal or sparkling beverage catches your tongue's attention, feel free to purchase a bottle to bring home and raise as your very own.
Mutt Lynch Winery owner Brenda Lynch loves wine and dogs, so it makes sense that her winery seamlessly integrates these two interests. Both Dog Fancy and Wine Advocate have praised Brenda for her dog-friendly winery, where canines and their owners can tour the facilities and sample several tasty wines. Cleverly named varietals range from the 2009 Merlot Over and Play Dead to the 2007 Portrait of a Mutt Zinfandel, while series include the limited production "mbf"—man’s best friend. Not only does Lynch oversee the winemaking process, she also donates a portion of the proceeds of every bottle to support local animal rescue organizations.
Through the multimedia resources and informative exhibits that earned executive director Nicole Myers-Lim a 2010 Native American 40 Under 40 award, the California Indian Museum educates visitors on the diverse history and culture. Museum members can bring a guest or their children free of charge to explore various topics of California Indian history, such as the Gold Rush, native languages, military history, and anthropology. The museum's principal exhibit, Ishi: A Story of Dignity, Hope and Courage, uses cultural artifacts to tell the story of the Indian who was studied for five years by the anthropologists at the University of California. Members of the museum will also receive the educational bi-annual newsletter and timely notifications about The Tillie Hardwick Lecture Series, which features a collection of hands-on basket making, dancing and music making, and storytelling while highlighting the history of the landmark Tillie Hardwick v. United States case.
In business since 1959, the family of proprietors at Molsberry Market prepares handmade sausages, slings grill-ready marinated meats, and gathers fine local cheeses and wines. Patrons stock up for backyard cookouts with Harris Ranch USDA Choice beef to stack between artisan breads baked fresh daily. Clearly labeled gluten-free items help customers with dietary restrictions navigate the aisles, and fresh fish on ice perform triple axels to entice and impress judges. Molsberry Market also assembles massive catering platters filled with sandwich fixings, veggies, and seafood, and the store can even shuttle staffers to special events to serve and clean up afterwards.
Edinburgh Castle has stood for more than 800 years on a rock overlooking the Firth of Forth. The current home of Scotland's crown jewels and one of the country's most iconic landmarks, the castle has withstood siege after siege across the centuries. On the five-night Best of Scotland tour, you'll have a chance to tour the castle and many more historic sites in Edinburgh, and visit the Scottish Highlands on two full-day group excursions. The luxurious Apex City Hotel in Edinburgh will serves as your home base.This trip does not include airfare. Click here to see a detailed trip itinerary.Day 1: After arriving at Edinburgh Airport, you'll check into the Apex City Hotel. Drop off your bags and walk over to Edinburgh Castle, or soak in the flavor of the Old Town district along the Royal Mile, a lively stretch of shops, pubs, and historical sites. As dusk falls, you'll join your tour mates for a Witches, Ghosts & Spirits walking tour through the city. Keep an eye out for the specter of Agnes Fynnie, who was burned as a witch in 1641.Day 2: After a refreshing night's sleep, the group convenes on the morning of day 2 for a full-day tour of the Scottish Highlands. The chauffeured Mercedes minibus will meander past craggy green hills and desolate moors to Fort William, built by the English in 1650 to exert control over unruly Highland clans. Other stops include scenic Glen Coe, the village of Pitlochry, and Loch Ness, alleged home of chupacabra.Day 3: During a full day in Edinburgh, you can investigate the mysteries of Gilmerton Cove—a series of underground passageways rumored to contain the Holy Grail—or tour the Royal Yacht Britannica, one-time floating residence of the British royal family. Later in the day, the group takes part in the Scotch Whisky Experience, an amusement-park-style tour through a replica distillery.Day 4: The tour's second full-day excursion begins with a minibus ride back into the Highlands, during which you'll visit the Wallace Monument, built in honor the real-life Braveheart, William Wallace. After a lunch stop in Melrose, you'll visit Rosslyn Chapel, a 15th-century gothic masterpiece. Days 5–6: The final full day of the trip is left purposefully open for you to explore Edinburgh on foot, or make a daytrip of your own. The tour officially concludes upon your checkout from the Apex on the morning of day 6.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.