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Daydreaming of crisp fresh air, blue skies, sprawling vineyards, exquisite wine and farm-to-table-cuisine? Look no further than Sonoma wine country in California. With more than 425 wineries, the rugged Pacific coastline and its proximity to San Francisco, Sonoma County is the perfect place to spend some quality time with your love. So whether you are planning a day trip, a quick weekend getaway, or your honeymoon, be sure to add Sonoma to your list!

Where to Stay

If you are planning on staying overnight in Sonoma County, head over to Healdsburg, a quaint and charming town approximately an hour and a half drive from the Golden Gate Bridge. The downtown is bustling with music, art galleries, exquisite food, and (of course) an extensive selection of tasting rooms from the best local vineyards.

Hotel Healdsburg is a wonderful option for those who want a boutique hotel in the town centre. After a romantic day of vineyard hopping or sipping hot chocolate while discovering the boutiques, art galleries and museums, head on back to the hotel to enjoy the country gardens, pool and spa. Sip on some bubbly by the fireplace before heading to dinner at the renowned Dry Creek Kitchen restaurant. The menu is sure to please all tastes with its progressive American fusion dishes that are paired exclusively with (you guessed it!) Sonoma County wine.

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Vineyard-hopping

It is easy to feel overwhelmed with the seemingly endless options of breathtaking vineyards to visit. Fear not, below are a couple suggestions of truly special and romantic places that are sure to please all levels of wine connoisseurs.

Skipstone Winery

The winery is on Skipstone ranch, tucked away between two stunning hillsides in the mountains above the Alexander Valley. The wine is award-winning, the people are welcoming and the views are stunningly picturesque.

Visits to Skipstone are by reservation only, last approximately an hour and a half where guests are brought through a scenic walk of the organic vineyards and gardens followed by a seated private wine and olive oil tasting with small accompanying bites. If you visit in the autumn, the rolling hills will be filled with warm red, yellow and orange leaves. Be sure to enjoy every moment of this special journey with your loved one, this romantic afternoon is not to be missed!

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Quivira Vineyards

Quivira is comprised of three separate vineyards, which are located within the stunning Dry Creek Valley. The tasting room at Wine Creek Ranch does not require reservations so it is perfect for a spontaneous drop-in. The friendly staff, laid-back feel and generous tasting menus are sure to make you and your beloved feel right at home. Make sure to sit outside on the patio to enjoy your wine flights while taking in the sunshine, fresh air and scenic rolling hills around you. If available, don’t miss out on the Late Harvest Sauvignon (a wonderful sweet dessert surprise)!

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Exploring the Pacific Coastline

In addition to the rolling hills and hundreds of vineyards, Sonoma County is also home to a stunningly rugged coastline. Take a break from the wine tasting and head over to Bodega Bay. The drive takes you along the coast on winding roads with beautiful views of the Pacific. Once you arrive at Bodega Bay, you can go on a small hike or simply sit on the benches and take in the view. If you are lucky, you may even spot some grey whales!

On the way back into town, be sure to stop by Patrick’s local saltwater taffy shop or Spud Point’s Crab Shack for a sweet or savoury snack.

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Sonoma County is a truly special place that makes you feel at peace. Be sure to fully immerse yourself into the laidback yet sophisticated lifestyle with your beloved and enjoy every minute. You may just never want to leave!

Note: Sonoma County has recently suffered immense loss due to the California wildfires. The community’s compassion, camaraderie and resilience is further proof of how special this place truly is. Many of the above-mentioned wineries and restaurants have donated and stepped in to help their local communities.

Ms Zigzag says: While nearly every Aussie is familiar with the Napa Valley, we don’t seem to hear enough about the equally stunning Sonoma Wine Country. Locals and wine experts are mad for Sonoma, don’t miss it! 

About Hana Benkirane: Hello! My name is Hana. I’m a citizen of the world, holder of three passports and a modern nomad. I have moved to a different country every three years of my life and was bitten by the travel bug at a very early age.

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Quebec City honeymoon

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Imagine wandering through the cobblestone streets of Quebec’s largest province with your partner by your side, freely admiring the seamlessly gorgeous blends of new and old. The array of world-class shopping, exquisite dining, and a vast history of tradition is enriched by the immensely beautiful blend of Canada and France all in one perfect city. Depending on the time of your visit, Quebec City accommodates all four seasons in the most delightful way possible – and then there are the destinations and locations that remain exciting and incredible all year round! Here’s your complete guide to Quebec City!

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5 Places to Stay

From the traditional hotels that are still full of the culture of the city, to beds and breakfasts that are incredibly charming in the way only they can be, you’re sure to find somewhere perfect to spend your time in between honeymoon adventures.

Le Bonne Entente

This charming 5-star hotel offers complete relaxation and luxury that can only come from 65 years of successful experience. The interior of Le Bonne is just as incredibly sweet as the exterior, and with a wide range of restaurants to choose from and their premium location, it’s just perfect!

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ALT Hotel Quebec

This refreshingly contemporary hotel provides luxury and relaxation in the centre of Quebec City. Overlooking the beauty of the street, the rooms are a modern escape from the outside world. When you’re all refreshed, head down to the Bistango Restaurant for a delicious meal.

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J.A. Moisan L’Auberge

The L’Auberge is one of the most incredible places to stay in all of Quebec City! The charming inn was built in 1805 and still maintains the Victorian air that was the source of its beauty over 200 hundred years ago! The inn is also home to the oldest gourmet food store in all of North America.

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Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Ideally located in Quebec City, this hotel is brilliant in blending the old with the new all in one exclusively gorgeous resort. The heritage and history of the hotel is accentuated by the private concierge, personalised service, and the array of exquisite dining experiences.

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Chalets Plage Saint-Jean

In this lovely resort you enjoy an entire cottage to yourself! The close locale and fully equipped chalets are made that much more charming by the beautiful views that surround each cottage. Enjoy breakfast by the St. Lawrence River, and then kayak out for some of the best experiences in Quebec City.

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5 Places to Visit

There is so much to see in Quebec City! Everything within the walls of the historic city is brimming with exciting adventure – and in each is a hidden gem worth exploring! Make sure you venture out to experience it all!

Plains of Abraham

This incredible parkland is a natural attraction that is just as beautiful now as it was in 1908 when it was made to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of Quebec. Almost everything happens at this park, from festivals to shows aplenty. And on the outskirts there’s plenty more to see!

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Rue Saint-Jean

Make sure to take a day to stroll through the lanes of Saint-Jean. Along this road you’ll find a lovely mix of boutiques, restaurants, churches and historic buildings that all contribute to the incredible architectural value of the city. The Rue Saint-Jean is a highly celebrated gateway to Old Quebec.

Place Royale and Petit-Champlain

This legendary square is full of incredible history! The amazing architecture that surrounds the square includes a fort, storehouse, trading post and an ancient place of residence. As the first permanent French settlement in North America, it’s easy to feel like you’re walking the streets of Paris!

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Old Port

For outstanding panoramic views, be absolutely sure you take the time to visit the Old Port of Quebec City. Here you’re greeted by picturesque, romantic architecture that looks like it could have easily been a castle in another time! Enjoy stunning views and incredible culture by the St. Lawrence River.

Parliament Hill

When you’re in Quebec City, you really can’t afford to miss Parliament Hill! The Fontaine de Tourny is especially stunning and serves as one of the most spectacular backdrops to the hill! For an even more incredible experience, head on over to Porte Saint-Louis (just mere minutes from Parliament Hill) to complete the quirky and charming adventure!

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5 Things to Do

Amongst the incredible architecture you’re absolutely sure to find something so spectacular you’ll want to take a different tour every day for your entire honeymoon!

Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

Discover the absolute pleasure of a horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets of Old Quebec with Caleches Quebec, a team dedicated to providing the most wonderful tour experience in all of Quebec City! It’s truly one of the most unique and memorable ways to see the beauty of the city; if you’re there in winter, we highly recommend this as a “must do”!

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Festivals and Events

Quebec City has festivals and events all year round so you’re sure to come across something during your honeymoon. Consider the German Christmas Market or the Festival d’ete de Quebec for a must-see experiences.

Hidden Gems Routes and Trails

Discover the abundance of hidden gems in Quebec City on a walking, bus or bike tour through the city! Tour services, such as Cicerone Tours and Tours Voir Quebec, offer exclusive access to the best of the city. Take your time wandering the streets of the fortified area and enjoy access to some of the best attractions of the region – all the while enjoying the romance!

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Museums and Galleries

For a truly remarkable experience, and to finish off the historic adventure of your honeymoon, make sure to stop in at as many museums and galleries as possible! The entirety of Quebec City is like an open-ended museum. To get your concentrated dose, check out the Musee de la Civilisation, the Musee de la Place Royale, and the Morrin Centre amongst others!

Native Tourism

For a truly historic and culture experience in Quebec City, consider Quebec Aboriginal Tourism for a tour of a lifetime! On any of their nature tours, you and your significant other will get to see life through the eyes of Quebec’s oldest citizens, as well as have exclusive access to a vast richness of knowledge.

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Quebec City is an incredible array of history steeped in culture and tradition. The ancient architecture blends French and Canadian culture and provides a range of new, contemporary experiences that rival that of the old. Be sure to pack a camera, because you will  be taking a lot of memories back home with you!

Ms Zigzag says: With chic sophistication melding beautifully with fascinating history and charm, Quebec City is one for the romantics!