Northern California Travel Guide

Andrew Zimmern travels to Northern California for Jelly Belly, Sonoma, and Napa wine and more.


Activities
Dove Hunting
Andrew meets up with Holly Heyser and Hank Shaw to take part in a beloved tradition in northern California, dove hunting. After the hunt, they sample grilled dove they caught themselves.
  • Sacramento, CA US

Dove Hunting

Andrew meets up with Holly Heyser and Hank Shaw to take part in a beloved tradition in northern California, dove hunting. After the hunt, they sample grilled dove they caught themselves.
Sacramento, CA, US
Ramini Mozzarella
Andrew is introduced to a couple on a quest to make their own buffalo mozzarella, a cheese not usually made in the US. Andrew meets the herd of water buffalo that provide the milk for the cheese and makes a small batch of mozzarella di buffalo!
  • 175 Gericke Road
  • Tomales, CA US

Ramini Mozzarella

Andrew is introduced to a couple on a quest to make their own buffalo mozzarella, a cheese not usually made in the US. Andrew meets the herd of water buffalo that provide the milk for the cheese and makes a small batch of mozzarella di buffalo!
175 Gericke Road Tomales, CA, US
Kick Ranch Vineyards
Andrew is invited to a picnic lunch at this vineyard, where the employees bring in foods made by their families, many of them from Mexico. They enjoy braised chicken mole and goat head.
  • 4903 Harville Road
  • Santa Rosa, CA 95409 US

Kick Ranch Vineyards

Andrew is invited to a picnic lunch at this vineyard, where the employees bring in foods made by their families, many of them from Mexico. They enjoy braised chicken mole and goat head.
4903 Harville Road Santa Rosa, CA, US
Jelly Belly Factory
Located about an hour north of San Francisco, the Jelly Belly Factory offers 40-minute walking tours that allow visitors to see how their favorite flavors are made.
  • 1 Jelly Belly Lane
  • Fairfield, CA 94533 US

Jelly Belly Factory

Located about an hour north of San Francisco, the Jelly Belly Factory offers 40-minute walking tours that allow visitors to see how their favorite flavors are made.
1 Jelly Belly Lane Fairfield, CA, US
Fort Baker
This historic Army post overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge and is part of the Golden Gate Recreation Area. It’s also where Andrew gets to go pokepoling for monkeyface eels with Kirk Lombard.
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • San Francisco, CA 94129 US

Fort Baker

This historic Army post overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge and is part of the Golden Gate Recreation Area. It’s also where Andrew gets to go pokepoling for monkeyface eels with Kirk Lombard.
Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco, CA, US

Hotels
Inn at Sonoma
Relax at this cozy inn that’s within walking distance to the historical town plaza. Rooms are all equipped with a private deck and fireplace. Also, enjoy complimentary wine, savory hors d’oeuvres and fresh baked cookies with your stay!
  • 630 Broadway
  • Sonoma, CA 95476 US

Inn at Sonoma

Relax at this cozy inn that’s within walking distance to the historical town plaza. Rooms are all equipped with a private deck and fireplace. Also, enjoy complimentary wine, savory hors d’oeuvres and fresh baked cookies with your stay!
630 Broadway Sonoma, CA, US
Phone: +1 888-568-9818
The Meritage Resort and Spa
This luxury resort boasts wine country’s only underground spa, tasting room and banquet room -- all located in a cave with steamy grottos, soaking pools and waterfalls!
  • 875 Bordeaux Way
  • Napa, CA 94558 US

The Meritage Resort and Spa

This luxury resort boasts wine country’s only underground spa, tasting room and banquet room -- all located in a cave with steamy grottos, soaking pools and waterfalls!
875 Bordeaux Way Napa, CA, US
Phone: +1 855-318-1768
Suites at Fisherman's Wharf
This resort, just steps from Fisherman’s Wharf and right on the Cable Car line, is perfect for a family vacation. You can easily create lasting memories at the nearby aquarium, zoo, the Discovery Museum and more.
  • 2655 Hyde Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94109 US

Suites at Fisherman's Wharf

This resort, just steps from Fisherman’s Wharf and right on the Cable Car line, is perfect for a family vacation. You can easily create lasting memories at the nearby aquarium, zoo, the Discovery Museum and more.
2655 Hyde Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-771-0200

Restaurants & Bars
Nojo Restaurant
Serving pub food and Japanese-style skewers, Nojo is where Andrew gets a taste of fried monkeyfaced eel served in a kakejiru sauce.
  • 231 Franklin Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94102 US

Nojo Restaurant

Serving pub food and Japanese-style skewers, Nojo is where Andrew gets a taste of fried monkeyfaced eel served in a kakejiru sauce.
231 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, US
Oenotri Restaurant
This downtown Napa restaurant prides itself on its sustainable practices, as well as its fresh Italian cuisine, made from local, seasonal ingredients.

Oenotri Restaurant

This downtown Napa restaurant prides itself on its sustainable practices, as well as its fresh Italian cuisine, made from local, seasonal ingredients.
1425 1st Street Napa, CA, US

Transportation
San Francisco International Airport
Located right against the San Francisco Bay, the airport is minutes from downtown San Francisco, Oakland, Redwood City and countless other must-see spots.
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Photo by Justin Sullivan
  • 780 S Airport Blvd
  • San Francisco, CA 94128 US

San Francisco International Airport

Located right against the San Francisco Bay, the airport is minutes from downtown San Francisco, Oakland, Redwood City and countless other must-see spots.
780 S Airport Blvd San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 650-821-8211
Napa County Airport
Don't want to spend the travel-time flying into San Francisco, no problem. The Napa County Airport is conveniently located in the heart of wine country.
  • 2030 Airport Road
  • Napa, CA 94558 US

Napa County Airport

Don't want to spend the travel-time flying into San Francisco, no problem. The Napa County Airport is conveniently located in the heart of wine country.
2030 Airport Road Napa, CA, US
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