CA Wine Country

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As we adapt to spending more time at home, day dreams of hyper helpful (and entertaining) at-home amenities begin to dance in our heads. From the comfort of your couch, we’re bringing you an inside look into great properties with cool modern conveniences—from at-home yoga studios to chef-inspired kitchens and expansive wine cellars. 

1463 VINE LANE | ALAMO
The main floor of this 5,550-square-foot home features an executive office, wine room and gourmet kitchen that is fit for a true home chef with two granite islands, stainless steel Thermador appliances, two ovens, two sinks, two dishwashers and a generous pantry. The interior courtyard adds to the remarkable design of the home. Also on the main level is the master retreat, which is outfitted with a


As the weather heats up, so too does the real estate market. In the spring, buyers venture out to explore the latest offerings—it’s an ideal moment to make certain your home is looking (and smelling) its best. Here, we’ve shared a few of our favorite tips for making any home sparkle, whether looking to put your home on the market or to polish it up for a new season. 

Have a Home Checkup
Hire a professional inspector to point out any hiccups, quirks or problems potential buyers will notice. Go through room by room and make a list. If there are notes about more expensive items—like a new roof or windows—get estimates from pros and share those with your real estate agent (this info can come in handy during buying negotiations). Whether you want to sell or just


Ready for a weekend getaway? Here’s a rundown of our favorite Healdsburg spots—all just a short drive from San Francisco and the East Bay.  From primo coffee houses and rooftop eateries to soul-soothing day spas, these are must-dos and sees on your next (well-deserved) impromptu retreat. 

STAY HERE - Located just off Healdsburg Square, H2hotel is a fresh new eco-minded getaway with a solar-heated pool, bikes for rent, Sunday morning yoga and 36 rooms—each of which boasts its own private balcony or patio.

GET COFFEE HERE - Still in its original location in the historic Masonic Building after two decades, Flying Goat Coffee is a Healdsburg must-have. Order up a drip coffee —we like the balanced, cocoa and orange flavors of the Optimist Blend—grab a seat and


Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Northern California 

SEE BIG BLOOMS HERE - The Tulipmania Festival is exactly what it sounds like—a totally unforgettable celebration of all things tulips. Taking place at Pier 39 from February 8-17, the event will feature more than 39,000 blooming tulips as well as other seasonal blossoms. Want to go home with some good gardening tips? Participate in an educational tour led by the pier’s gardening experts.

JOIN THE PARADE HERE -  Celebrate 2020 and The Year of The Rat at the Chinese New Year Parade & Festival on Saturday, February 8. This long-running San Francisco tradition boasts one of the biggest parades of its kind. 

TEE OFF HERE - Head over to Carmel to catch the


It’s a new year and a new decade—now is the perfect moment to refresh your space. 

Here are a few looks that are gathering momentum for 2020, culled from a range of trend-setting sources, from design fairs to fashion runways and beyond. Happy (re)decorating, NorCal.   

Mixing Metals
Silver, gold, tin and copper will be shining in 2020. It’s been predicted that retro tin panels will gain traction as kitchen backsplashes while the mixing of contrasting metals like iron, gold, and bronze will become more common. The only rule? Try not to combine more than three metals in a space, such a blend could end up being overwhelming.

Warm Earth Tones
Try working in colors and textures that mimic wood, metals and foliage and apply them to furniture and home accessories.


After a day out and about in San Francisco, trekking the trails in the Marin Headlands or exploring the scenic landscape of wine country, there’s no better feeling than coming home to a cozy space. Here, we share hot tips to keep your Northern California home warm, welcoming and stylish all winter long. 

Rearrange Furniture for Gatherings
Create spaces to facilitate cozy, intimate conversation by bringing chairs, ottomans and seating poufs away from walls and into comfortable groupings. Floating furniture eight to 12 inches away from walls can create a feeling of space and lightness and prevent guests from feeling drafts from outside.

Bring Home the Green 
Add some easy-to-care-for plants—like succulents or cute cacti—to your space. These touches of green add


Whether you’re drawn to glitzy yacht parties on the Bay or relaxing spa treatments in Carmel, Northern California has plenty of options to help you usher in the New Year in absolute style and comfort. 

New Year's Ski Party and Fireworks in Lake Tahoe
Head to the mountains for the annual New Year's party at the Main Lodge at Mt. Rose—the peak with the highest base elevation of any Lake Tahoe ski resort. Spend the final day of the year on the slopes before heading to the evening party, complete with a Snow Cat Parade and fireworks just before 6pm.

New Years Day at Carmel Valley Ranch Spa
Book a night at the Carmel Valley Ranch and spend New Year’s Eve day at Spa Aiyana, which offers an herbal hot rock massage, honey lavender manicure and much more. And


It’s the season for making, sharing and enjoying delicious drinks, cool cocktails and flavorful mocktails. Here, four of The Agency’s own from our Danville and Noe Valley offices share their go-to winter beverage recipes, perfect for warming up wintery nights. 

Sean Mauser’s Santa's Little Helper
- 2/3 oz (2 parts) coffee liqueur 
- 1 2/3 oz (5 parts) vodka 
- 1 oz (3 parts) eggnog

To make Sean Mauser’s punchy holiday-themed cocktail, start with a rocks glass and fill it with ice. Then, pour in the coffee liqueur, followed by the vodka. Top with the eggnog and serve promptly. 

Zach Knapp’s Apple Cider Old Fashioned
- 1/2 cup of ice
- 2/3 cup apple cider
- 2 shots of whiskey 
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Apple slices, cinnamon 

Zach Knapp’s recipe for an apple cider


Yes, you can win at gift-giving. It’s all about getting creative and staying true to the individual’s interests. Here, we spotlight seven locally-inspired gift ideas that promise to be very well received, from city-specific stocking stuffers to surf and skate gear, from top-tier food tours to spa getaways and more.  

Sunset Dinner Cruise - Get family or friends together and gift them a special private San Francisco Bay cruise on one of six yachts, which range in size from 65 to 124 feet and can accommodate 10 to 400 guests. See the city skyline light up after sunset and enjoy cocktails on the bay—it’s an experience you and your guests will treasure for years to come. 

Carmel Food + Wine Tour - The three-hour Classic Carmel-by-the-Sea Food Tour guides guests

New renderings released by Yerba Buena Island provide a first glimpse inside the residential community taking shape on the naturally formed island in San Francisco. Located minutes from Downtown, Yerba Buena Island features a collection of 266 condominiums, flats, townhomes and custom estate homesites. The residences are surrounded by miles of parks, trails and beach while moments from the new Treasure Island ferry terminal, which will provide daily commuter service to and from Downtown San Francisco. 

“Yerba Buena Island is a unique place—a spectacular wooded island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay,” Chris Meany, partner at Wilson Meany, told Forbes. Wilson Meany is developing the residential community in partnership with Stockbridge Capital