The Country’s Greatest Wineries Are Found by Booking One of These Weekend Getaways
“Inviting your friends to an excursion along a wine trail is always a good idea. In 2021, it’s an even better idea: In an era when it’s important to find activities that keep you at a safe distance from other people, the spacious outdoor settings at most wineries and vineyards are perfect for relaxing, imbibing, socializing, and staying safe. But even for the biggest wine lovers among us, such a trip could benefit greatly from some other activities on the itinerary. (You know, to round things out and give you a little break from all the vino every now and then.)
Lots of American wineries and vineyards are conveniently situated in areas full of activities that complement an afternoon of wine tastings. Hiking, biking, spa time, surfing, and horseback riding are just some of the things you can find in the country’s best wine regions. Depending on what else you want to do on your weekend getaway, there’s likely a city that’s got it all.
If you love wine, you’ll want to plan a trip to these destinations across the country. Some are very well known—like iconic Napa Valley vineyards grown in the Californian sunshine or, on the East Coast, the Finger Lakes region of New York state—while others are more unexpected—we have more than a few suggestions in Texas, New Mexico, and beyond. Whether you’re looking for a weekend of wine and outdoor activity, rest and relaxation, or even a history lesson, there’s the perfect weekend getaway for you.
You already know Sonoma as a wine hotspot, but the region offers more than just vineyards and California sunshine. Spend the afternoon hanging out outside or playing yard games at Cast Wines, a great spot with a terrace that overlooks the region, or Anaba Wines, a solar- and wind-powered winery. For a more active vacation, head to Bartholomew Estate Winery and hike among the oaks, madrones, and redwoods; or, explore the historic 300-acre estate on a 45-minute trail ride. At Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens, you can take a private tour of the property’s seven sensory gardens and four-acre culinary gardens—and then enjoy a fresh farm-to-table dinner. Visit Dry Creek Vineyard to blend your own bottle of custom wine. Afterward, enjoy luxury accommodations at MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa, the rustic and romantic Farmhouse Inn (complete with its own Michelin-starred restaurant), or the historic Honor Mansion in downtown Healdsburg. The newly opened Cambria Hotel Sonoma Wine Country offers craft beers from local Sonoma County brewers, al fresco poolside dining, and an outdoor patio with fire pits.” – Amy Marturana Winderl, August 2021