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December 6, 2017

MYSF Insider Tips


 Wine Country Edition

MYSF Insider Tips

On Oct. 26, we held a Sonoma County Tourism Ambassador/Wine Country Training class where we raised money for the North Bay Fire Relief Fund as well as spread the word that wine country is back in business! We received many insider tips about wine country from our graduates; check out their tips below!


You must check out Sonoma Square for the amazing boutique shops and see the Mission and try to eat at the Girl and the Fig - sitting outside is a must and trying the flounder fish.

Mina Norman, Haiyi Hotels

In the Bay Area for a few days and looking to experience wine country in a day? Start your day early and drive north across the Golden Gate Bridge and come to Sonoma County. Enjoy the beautiful vineyards and scenery on your way to Benziger Winery for a vineyards and winery tour that features tastings along the way. Be sure to go online and make reservations in advance as the tours of their biodynamically farmed estate are popular. First one starts at 10:15 a.m. and the tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours. On your way back south through Sonoma wine country, stop for a quick bite of lunch in Sonoma and soak up the ambiance of Historic Sonoma Plaza, the historic Mission and perhaps do a little shopping. On your way back south to San Francisco, head south through the beautiful Carneros Region.

-Evonne Hopkins, a Tour Guide of San Francisco

Exciting outdoor family activities including horseback riding, kayaking, beaches, local histories.

-Diane Root, a volunteer representative at the Visitor Information Center

You're going to need more days! More than 350 wineries to taste, redwoods groves to hike, wonderful coast and beaches to explore! More than wine at Sonoma County you'll find a mix of world-renowed microbrews, farm-to-table cuisine, zipline, safari - oh yes, I said safari! Parks, museums, art scene and much more... just 50 miles from San Francisco. Visit Sonoma County, now!

-Waldana Andruchechen, Tourism Blogger

Take a ride around Sonoma with Sonoma Segway ( and enjoy a picnic lunch at a winery!

-Carol High, a volunteer representative at the Visitor Information Center

Napa and Sonoma also have some amazing art galleries and museums to visit.

-Tom Volking, Guest Services

Check out more about the Outer Sunset here!

Airbnb San Francisco Locals List


Whether you're into local produce or burritos, graffiti or go-go dancing, getting lost on a hike or amongst the shelves in an old Beat hangout, feeling like a local here takes nothing more than an open mind and a healthy dose of curiosity.

Airbnb reached out to their eclectic San Francisco host community and compiled a list of their neighborhood favorites. Illustrated by Agnes Lee, The Local List will guide you through muraled alleys and reclusive vistas, from the Embarcadero to Lands End and back. Click here to check it out. 

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