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Pair Your Adventure: Where to Hike in Northern California

For those looking for a bit of nature along California’s North Coast – you’ve come to the right place. From ancient redwood forests, craggy Pacific Ocean cliffs and further inland with mountains and valleys, lace up your boots for the best hikes (for all levels) in the Golden State. Afterwards? Tap into that natural pioneer spirit and relive those outdoor adventures your favorite Virginia Dare wine.

Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen CA
We already know about Sonoma’s great outdoors. Intrepid traveler and acclaimed writer Jack London’s former 1,400 acres lets you stroll over 29-miles of trails. Set your sights on the ruins of his “Wolf House” and the historic cottage where the author penned House of Happy Walls.  Explore the park on your own, taking in views from Sonoma Mountain, his bountiful orchard and tranquil lake. There’s also bird watching and horseback riding. Pair Your Adventure: Two Arrowheads

Marin Headlands, Sausalito CA
Offering stellar views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the surrounding Bay Area, this popular 2,100 acre area presents rigorous green hills and windswept 10.1 mile loop takes you through a lovely smattering of coastal views, bursts of wildflowers in the spring and come fall, prime raptor (mainly hawks and owl) sightings.   Pair Your Adventure: Lost Colony White Blend

Stout Grove, Del Norte CA
Located in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, this scenic 44-acre grove is chalked full of towering trees.  Take the half mile loop trail though the majestic, old-growth redwood grove before descending into a hazel and vine maple canyon.  In the spring, you will also find thimbleberry and clintonia as you weave along the quiet, winding Smith River. Pair Your Adventure: Lost Colony Red Blend

Ewoldsen Trail, Big Sur CA
While Big Sur hosts plenty of hikes, take this 4.5-mile trail through the woods and climb up to 1,500 feet for unrivaled views of rugged coastline and iconic cliffs. The most scenic views let you criss-cross the creek stocked with rock formations and lofty redwood trees.  Emerge from the forest to a coastal vantage point where condors roost and look down at the famed Highway 1. Pair Your Adventure:Virginia Dare Hard Cider

Lassen Peak, Northern CA
This dormant volcano offers sweeping views of the park and surrounding wilderness backcountry. A popular 5-mile trek offers steep, rocky inclines and various switchbacks –you can also opt for an accessible 2.5 mile one-way summit. Good vantage points are from Lake Helen and Manzanita Lake—open to offer the second highest views in the Cascade Range; alongside ashy clues of early 1914-1917 eruptions. Pair Your Adventure: Manteo