For many; there isn’t much better than a tantalizing weekend sipping wines, exploring vineyards and indulging in enriching cuisine. As a wine enthusiast it is easy to strictly think about the taste and quality of the grapes that go into our favorite wines. What if you knew that the wines you drank were grown sustainably on organic farms, and the food you ate was sourced from mere footsteps away. More wine growers are making the leap to be sustainable and Sonoma County is leading the way.
If you are unfamiliar with Sonoma County, it is one of the premier wine regions in Northern California. Located next to Napa Valley, Sonoma has almost twice as many vineyards and a plethora of other things to do. As a wine region it is known for its amazing chardonnays, sparkling wines, pinot noir’s and red blends. Sonoma blended seamlessly with nature, runs along the Russian River. Following the Wine road you can start on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, wind your way through Redwood forests, kayak down the Russian River, stay in a solar powered B & B, eat locally farm raised foods and sip on a delectable selection of organic wines.
Sonoma County recently announced their commitment to become the first 100% sustainable wine region in America by 2019. Already 60% of the Sonoma vineyard acres have been certified sustainable as well as 40 wineries themselves.
As someone who has traveled all over the world and spent many hours and days of my life in airports, I know a thing or two about travel. I have learned through my own experiences some can't beat travel hacks for saving time and money while booking flights and navigating your way through airports.
My first tip starts before you even book a flight.
Joshua Tree National Park is located about 2.5 hours outside Los Angeles and close to Palm Springs. It is made up of both the Mojave and Colorado deserts with over 800,000 acres. It is a land of varying desert landscapes from row after row of Joshua Tree to towering boulders and wildlife.
Hot summer temperatures make the best time to visit over the winter and spring. A park full of great trails, rock climbing/bouldering and star gazing. For the best experience grab a campsite at one of the many campgrounds or head out into the desert for a night under the stars.
Florence is one of my favorite cities in Italy. It is an outstanding walking city filled with beautiful piazzas, churches, sculptures and food & wine. Here are some of the places you shouldn't miss.
Alice's Adventures started for me as a passion project. My dream had always been to be a travel host in the vein of Samantha Brown, traveling the world, introducing people to new traditions, cultures , adventures and incredible moments with nature.
My parents were avid outdoors people, hippies at heart. In his 20's my dad spent a year living alone in a teepee in the woods of Vermont, and my mom was an artist with a free spirit. They taught me to love and respect the outdoors.
An athlete from an early age I went to college competing in sports and graduating with a degree in sociology and public administration. By sheer luck and determination I had landed an internship in college with Vitaminwater which turned into a full time job upon graduation.
My hippie upbringing made it really hard to stick to any one job. I worked as a waitress, bartender, promo model, actress, gymnastics coach and sold shoes throughout college and while working for Vitaminwater.