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Top 10 Weekend Getaways


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Napa Valley, Calif.
Winery tours abound in Napa Valley.
Winery tours abound in Napa Valley.
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Wine aficionados, newlyweds, and nature lovers, your Valhalla experience begins an hour north of San Francisco in Napa Valley. Napa offers an escape to romance as well as hundreds of wineries and estates. Bed and breakfast establishments dot the valley, and there's no shortage of deluxe accommodations or award-winning cuisine. Throughout the valley, you'll take in panoramic views, and there's shopping at every turn, with ample opportunity to return home with a touch of the vine.

In addition to the Robert Mondavi Winery, Beringer Vineyards, Domaine Chandon and Mumm Napa, you'll find a number of specialty vineyards worth exploring. The Rubicon Estate, owned by the Francis Ford Coppola family, hosts a museum of memorabilia from "The Godfather." Stop by The Hess Collection for local organic and seasonal dining as well as a visit to its art gallery. View the renowned wine labels at Paraduxx Winery. Each vintage bears a label commissioned by a different artist, depicting a postage stamp sporting a pair of ducks -- Paraduxx! Araujo Estate produces organic grappa, olive oil, olive oil soap and honey in addition to organic wines. If you're not afraid of heights, enjoy the view from the tram ride up to the Sterling Vineyards.

The Napa Valley Wine Train provides a perfect end-of-day wining and dining experience. Choose from several dining options while enjoying a 25-mile ride on a fully restored antique train, which boasts an extensive wine selection.

Back at home, break out a bottle of wine and savor your Napa Valley getaway memories.