I recently had a great experience with a guest, Silvia, a world traveler from Switzerland. After taking her on a 6 hour tour of San Francisco and Muir Woods, she booked me 2 days later to show her the surrounding Bay Area. She said whenever she travels (and she’s been all over the world), she not only likes to see the city, but the countryside that is nearby. This way, she said, she feels like she gets to know more about the city. Plus it’s fun.
She wanted to see all the diversity that Northern California has to offer. So we started driving the convertible MINI up the coast, stopping in Bodega Bay for coffee, and continuing to highway 116. There we turned along the Russian River, and drove through Monte Rio and Guerneville, where we were surrounded by redwood trees. Then down through Sebastopol to the Sonoma and Napa wine countries. And Silvia could just relax and enjoy it all, because she didn’t have to focus on driving.
It was a great experience, and driving along in this beautiful Northern California scenery in a convertible is considered to be a “real California” adventure. It was so much fun, I decided to offer it as a tour, and name it after the guest who inspired it.