Northern California luxury travel with Ker & Downey – a brand new journey exposing California’s natural wonders, from the vineyards of Sonoma to the Yosemite cliffs.
California is perhaps the most visited state in America—a fact largely due to the Hollywood and technology dream factories of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Yet beyond California’s booming metropolises, Northern California luxury travel reveals a beautiful landscape outshining the rest of the country with its “Serengeti of the Sea” waters, Sierra Nevada Mountain ranges, Yosemite and Redwood parks, and, of course, 90-percent of the nation’s wine-producing grapes.
California’s Natural Wonders is Ker & Downey’s quintessential Northern California luxury travel escape, exposing all of the Golden State’s natural wonders, from the vineyards of Sonoma to the granite cliffs of Yosemite.
Northern California luxury travel kicks off with the show stopping elegance of the Four Seasons San Francisco, a Union Square icon providing unique access to all of San Francisco’s quirky highlights. Take time for a guided exploration through the city before crossing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the birthplace of the California wine industry, Sonoma County. The romantic homestead-style accommodations of the Farmhouse Inn promise Michelin-starred cuisine, award-winning spa experiences, exclusive tastings at some of the finest wineries in the region, and a distinct farm-meets-five-star country charm.
While here, set out on a scenic drive along the breathtaking Coastal Highway 1, a curvy, cliff-hanging roadway leading to the estuaries of Pt. Reyes National Seashore and the towering giants of Armstrong Redwood State Park, home to some of the world’s tallest trees.
Northern California luxury travel continues southward, stopping in California’s historic Gold Country en route to one of the United States’ premier national parks: Yosemite. Chateau du Sureau is an 18th century Relais & Chateaux European fairytale brought to life in Yosemite’s heart and the perfect luxury retreat during an in-depth discovery of Yosemite.
Enjoy multiple guided hikes through Yosemite’s high towering granite cliffs, beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountain ranges, dramatic waterfalls, pristine old-growth forests, and Giant Sequoias, and allow “John Muir” himself—portrayed in costume and character—to share his plans and dreams for Yosemite yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
The best way to conclude Northern California luxury travel is along the sapphire waters of Monterey Bay in the heart of John Steinbeck’s famous Cannery Row. Urban energy, modern luxury, and coastal charm define the waterfront accommodations of Intercontinental The Clement Monterey and impart their influence on excursions to the galleries of Point Lobos, the somber coastlines of Big Sur, and the endangered birds finding new life at the Condor Sanctuary.
Spend the final day here listening to the sound of the ocean waves crashing in the distance and taking to the waters for a private marine wildlife cruise through Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. After witnessing first-hand the diverse ecosystem of humpback whales, sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, kelp forests, and pelicans, it is easy to understand why this corner of the world is considered the “Serengeti of the Sea” and an ideal end to Ker & Downey Northern California luxury travel at its finest.