Northern California Beach, Oyster, and Wine Trail Tour

Northern California Beach, Oyster, and Wine Trail Tour

Point Reyes Northern California Beach Wine and Oyster Trail

All-Inclusive | Private Tour | Available Daily | 8:00am – 6:30pm | Year-Round

Nov 1 – May 14: $1100 for two, plus $100 per additional guest

May 15 – Oct 31: $1300 for two, plus $100 per additional guest

Point Reyes Northern California Beach Wine and Oyster TrailHeading north out of San Francisco, the rush of the city gives way to the calm of windswept shorelines, tranquil bays, and culinary gems. This is the serene setting for your private coastal tour, where you’ll indulge your senses along our Northern California Beach, Wine, and Oyster Trail.

Let the ocean breeze wash over you along the rugged Point Reyes National Seashore. Taste oysters fresh from the clear, crisp waters of Tomales Bay. Take in the aromas of Fort Ross Vineyards’ wines, building anticipation for the elegant flavors to follow. And experience it all through the lens of your naturalist guide, who will uncover the region’s beauty to reveal the complex natural processes that shape the land.


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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Embark on interpretative nature walks along the cliff sides of Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Watch for seals, tule elk, gray whales (Jan & Mar), pelicans, herons, and egrets
  • Discover the impacts of the San Andreas Fault Line, which separates the Pacific and North American tectonic plates
  • Experience the workings of a sustainable oyster farm at Hog Island Oyster Co. and savor the shellfish with views of Tomales Bay
  • Enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch to accompany your oysters
  • Get a private tour of Fort Ross Vineyards with its sweeping views from the vines to the breakers
  • Taste the winery’s award-winning pinotage and other varietals
  • Learn about the culinary culture, history, and natural environments of the California coast

ITINERARY

tomales-bay-530057Start your morning with coffee and breakfast pastries overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll have time to take pictures and hear stories about the bridge before heading north to the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Point Reyes is no ordinary peninsula. Unlike the mainland to its east, Point Reyes is part of the Pacific tectonic plate, which is separated from the coast by the famously active San Andreas Fault Line. The division results in a completely different soil and landscape than what you find just 5 to 10 miles inland.

After a quick overview of the protected seashore, you’ll hike the Limantour Beach and Spit Trail with your naturalist guide. Strolling along the coastal dunes, you’ll soak in endless ocean views and learn about the geological wonders that lie under the surface. We’ll also be on the lookout for Tule elk grazing in herds, seals bobbing off the coast, and gray whales migrating in winter and spring.

Hog Island Oysters and Sonoma Wines

hog island oystersOnce you’ve worked up an appetite, we’re off to our next stop, Hog Island Oyster Co. All the oysters here are grown, harvested, and shucked on site, and you’ll try them plucked fresh from Tomales Bay and barbecued on the grill. We’ll also bring a light lunch to complement the shellfish. The bayside picnic area is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a leisurely meal.

From Hog Island, we’ll continue north on a drive along the coast to Fort Ross Vineyards. Set atop a mountain ridge that reaches 1700 ft above sea level, the vineyards at Fort Ross gaze down upon the Pacific. In fact, at less than a mile from the ocean, the vineyards are among the closest to the sea in all of California.

But it isn’t all about the vistas at Fort Ross. The winery’s exquisite vintages have been featured on Top 100 Wines Lists by both Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator. All the grapes are Estate-grown and the winemakers use native yeast to give their wines a distinct taste of the temperate terroir.

You’ll get a private tour of the winery’s scenic grounds and taste a range of varietals, including Pinot noirs and chardonnays. You’ll also try Fort Ross’ award-winning pinotage, a bold, unfiltered red made from grapes with origins in South Africa. The winery imported pinotage bud wood from South Africa, and spent years grafting it to rootstock at UC Davis before it could produce the desired grapes.

We won’t mind if you take a nap on the ride back to San Francisco after this full day exploring the California coast!


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You can also call us toll-free at (866) 203-7603!


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Full Day Northern California Beach, Oyster, and Wine Trail Tour from San Francisco

  • Activities | Hiking, coastal nature walks, wildlife spotting, birding, oyster tasting, wine tasting, ecological, historical, and geological sightseeing with naturalist interpretation
  • Interests | Ecology, geology, marine life, culture, food, sustainability, botany, natural & local history
  • Group Size | Flexible (please call us about groups larger than 10)
  • Inclusions
    • Pick-up and Drop-off at your Downtown San Francisco Hotel or the Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf at 555 North Point St. (see our pick-up zone here). There is some flexibility for private tour pick-ups, please contact us to confirm.
    • Expert naturalist and culinary guide
    • Travel in luxury SUVs or cars
    • Cascadian Safari locally sourced and/or organic lunch
    • Seasonal snacks and refreshments throughout the tour
    • All entry fees
    • Comprehensive naturalist commentary
  • Duration | 10.5 hours
  • Difficulty | Beginner to moderate
  • Season | Year Round
  • All-Inclusive Rate | Starting from $1,100 for 2 guests
  • Age | No age minimum

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You can also call us toll-free at (866) 203-7603!


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Escape Vehicle at Olympic National ParkEvergreen Escapes blends the natural wonders, boutique wineries, and urban enchantments into small-group day tours and private escapes from San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland. We’re a small business with a Big Mission: to create positive change in the world by connecting people with places and nature. Our guides aren’t just naturalists, they’re Escape Artists.[/tab]

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1. What should we wear/bring on our escape?

  • We recommend wearing layers that you can add if there is wind or rain, and remove when there is sunshine. We also suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes to allow you to explore further at some of our stops. Finally, it’s always a good idea to bring sunglasses and a camera! We will provide reusable water bottles, along with other snacks and refreshments. See more on how to Pack and Prepare.

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2. How strenuous is this? How much experience do I need to have?

  • The physical difficulty of our private tours is up to you! We will bring you to trails that match your ability level and mood that day. You’ll also have the option to limit walking to a minimum if that’s what you’d prefer. 

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3. Can I have vegetarian/ special diet food?

  • Yes. Please advise us if you have any food restrictions or requests, we can accommodate vegetarian diets, lactose intolerant diets. We can also provide gluten free meals when given enough notice.

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4. What is your Cancellation Policy?

5. Should I get Travel Insurance?

  • We recommend that you do. Travel insurance can be purchased to cover penalty costs in the event you need to cancel or change your travel plans (subject to approval of claim by the insurer). It also can provide medical and emergency assistance protection as well as some loss and delay coverage. Travel insurance can be purchased directly from Evergreen Escapes.

6. Should I tip my guide?

  • We take great pride in delivering rich and memorable adventures for each and every client. Sometimes our clients are inspired to show their appreciation in the form of a gratuity. While tips are not an expectation, our guides traditionally receive an amount consistent with the rest of the service industry in the U.S., somewhere between 10% and 20%.

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