North Bay (Bay Area)

North of the Golden Gate Bridge, in the hilly country across the chilly waters from San Francisco, lies the North Bay region of the Bay Area. Perhaps best known as the home of Napa Valley, America's largest wine producing region, here you'll find lovely natural scenery and some very pleasant small towns in the hills and valleys of the area.

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Other destinations

Drink

Although overshadowed by the world famous wine industry in the region (more detail on that can be found in the Napa Valley guide), there is a high concentration of microbreweries in the area, following the well known saying among beer aficionados, "It takes great beer to make great wine." The dominant style in the region is the West Coast IPA, popular for the aggressive hops brewed into the beer, but a vast array of styles are available. Popular breweries include Bear Republic Brewing Company in Healdsburg, Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur, Moylan Brewery in Novato, Napa Smith Brewing Company in Napa, and Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa.

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