Studying wine grapes in their natural habitat is much more enjoyable than exploring the dank, melancholy caverns of root beer's namesake. Stroll through blissful vineyards with today's Groupon: for $33, you get a wine-country bus tour, complete with two to three private tours and complimentary wine tastings from Gray Line San Francisco Sightseeing (up to a $66 value), presented by Coach America. Tours begin daily at 9:15 a.m.
The wine-country tours present fermented grape fanatics with vineyard knowledge and tastings from local vine cultivators in the picturesque counties of Napa and Sonoma. The luxury coach bus meanders passengers through the verdant countryside toward two to three wineries where they're treated to free samples of lush libations culled from plucked backyard fruit. Learn the nuances of each establishment, from how it cultivates its grown-up juice drinks to where despondent grapes sought therapeutic treatment during Prohibition.
The historic square of Sonoma or the Vintage 1870 Marketplace in Yountville pose as veritable and savory lunch havens for midday munchers in need of solid sustenance during the nine-hour adventure. An ideal outing for oenophiles or individuals seeking alternate uses for wine glasses formerly used as fragile cat hats, the tour also extends free hotel pick-up and return service from most San Francisco hotels. Call to arrange transportation.
San Francisco Sightseeing
California is full of scenic wonders, and few people have marveled at them longer than the guides and owners of San Francisco Sightseeing. Founded in 1911, the company provides motorcoach-based tours of the city and surrounding sights, from the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods, wine country, and Yosemite. Guides ferry people over the miles, giving them hours to wander outside the coach and pre-planned stops; Muir Woods excursions include a leisurely walk through the towering red wood forest, while wine country visits span nine hours of stops and tastings at various vineyards.
The company preserves the sights that make the tours specials, as well, through green practices meant to help sustain the environment at large. They retrofitted all of their motorcoaches with diesel particulate filters that greatly reduce emissions. They also fuel up their vehicles with ultra-low-sulfur diesel, a formula that, according to the EPA, could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 2.6 million tons a year and make baby animals 10% cuter if adopted nationwide.
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