Please join Paula Holderman, your 2013-14 ISBA President and her husband, for a weekend in Sonoma, CA - October 11-14, 2013.We will be there at the peak of the Harvest so every winery will be humming with activity and tastings! This trip was hand selected by Paula to give you the best Sonoma has to offer along with plenty of time on your own to create your perfect weekend.
She has chosen to stay at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in the heart of Sonoma, enabling you entree into Sonoma County's plethora of wineries. To insure an intimate weekend with friends and colleagues she has reserved only a few deluxe rooms at a special rate – and since this is over their Harvest, the rooms are much sought after. In addition to the finest hotel in the area, Paula has set aside Sunday night for a private tour and tasting at the Benziger Family winery followed by a sumptuous dinner in their wine cave. The trip includes all this and more for $1,582.00 per person, plus round trip air from your home city.
Note: this special rate at the Fairmont disappears on February 27, 2013.
Of the luxury Sonoma hotels and resorts available, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is the ultimate Wine Country destination. Originally built in 1902 and blessed by natural mineral hot springs and an idyllic, world famous wine growing region abundant with local products, the Willow Stream Spa, championship Sonoma Golf Course and signature restaurant (Michelin award winning) Santé, offers an unforgettable retreat.
The location of the Inn couldn't be better for this weekend. Situated in the heart of Sonoma, the vineyards of the region are just steps away, as are the quaint, regional bistros that dot the county and are written about all over the world. The Inn boasts championship golf among its credentials with the historic Sonoma Golf Club just down the lane and a world class spa on site to sooth your tired muscles. The Inn has bikes to rent, is walking distance into town and has experts to pack gourmet picnic baskets allowing you to spend the entire day exploring the vineyards and landscape of the region.
The Benziger Vineyards are about three things: family, great wine and healthy vineyards. For more than thirty years they've searched Sonoma County for the most distinctive and expressive vineyard sites. Once found, they tended the Sonoma winery using certified Biodynamic, organic and sustainable farming methods. The result is a portfolio of authentic and memorable wines.
Once they had perfected the wine making, the Benziger family opened up their private cellar, which happened to be a natural cave, for distinctive and much sought after tastings. Later they added small private dining functions in the cave that encompassed only the freshest locally sourced ingredients prepared by the finest chefs and paired with their family wines. Your dinner here will be truly a memorable event!
Sonoma Valley: It's a magical state of mind, a historic legacy, a Mecca for the senses and a pastoral slice of paradise. And just 45 miles north of San Francisco, you'll find Sonoma Valley makes for an incredible getaway.
Located in California's "happiest" county—Sonoma Valley's scenic 17-mile span offers endless discovery for new and repeat visitors. The birthplace of the California wine industry, it continues to delight discerning palates and rack up awards for its dazzling vintages—produced by wineries of all shapes and sizes. Here serene vistas of rolling vineyards and lush farmlands stretch as far as you can see, and postage stamp towns glow with as much character as the local wines.
You'll find endless ways to experience your surroundings; explore the 13,000 acres of state and regional parks. Attend a private barrel tasting or savor world-class cuisine and browse stalls brimming with organic produce at local farmers' markets in the town of Sonoma. The town awaits you with open arms.
Italian Inspiration – Rome to Venice Luxury Cruise
May 14-22, 2014 • From $2,499 per person, double occupancy (Airfare included)
Rome • Sorrento/Capri • Amalfi/Positano • Messina • Corfu • Dubrovnik • Venice
Let Italian-influenced towns and islands inspire you from aboard the elegant and intimate Oceania Cruises Insignia as you cruise to captivating ports in Italy, Croatia and Greece.
Set out from Rome's port, Civitavecchia and journey south along Italy's sublime shores. Explore the lovely Italian village of Sorrento, a trove of cobblestone streets and dramatic vistas, or travel to Capri, an island so beautiful it served as a vacation getaway for ancient Romans.
Cruise further down the scenic Amalfi Coast and visit Amalfi or Positano, timeless towns with colorful Moorish-style houses set on stunning seaside slopes, before heading to Sicily's northeastern tip. Here you'll find Messina, a lovely medieval city that's home to a wealth of ancient churches and a cathedral where it is rumored Richard the Lionheart worshipped.
Discover the verdant island of Corfu, where beauty abounds among the emerald hills and lush fields, and then step back in time in Dubrovnik, Croatia's red-tiled jewel, evolved from centuries of Roman and Venetian rule.
Your voyage concludes in Venice, a romantic masterpiece built on water. Explore this legendary city of opulent palazzi and enchanting squares set amid a network of weaving canals and bridges.
The ISBA offers many wonderful travel opportunities available to you, your family and friends through GoNext. Please visit the ISBA page on GoNext's website for a complete listing.