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October TPMDear Reader,

This month’s Travel Post starts out with an alternative to the San Francisco Bay Area’s conventional beer and wine tasting venues. In Takara Sake USA’s “zen-looking” tasting room, “bird and leaf-themed mobiles spin gently in a light, airy space.”

Our next writer enjoyed a more typical wine tasting experience at William Chris Vineyards, just one of the 15 wineries along Wine Road 290 in the Texas Hill Country.

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival offers attendees the chance to sample food and drinks from around the world for a small price per sample. Our writer warns, however, that these “small prices” can add up quickly, and gives us some ideas for minimizing the costs.

Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, in the remote northwestern corner of Nevada, allows you to experience “the solitude and wildness of one of America’s last great ranges.” It is indeed remote, so be prepared to get along without your cell phone while you’re there.

And finally, “the Tudor theme is evident everywhere” at the Tudor Inn in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Our writer was particularly impressed by the outstanding customer service at this small B&B.

Read these stories — and see the great photos that go with them — below.
Safe travels,

Janette Jones
Editor, Travel Post Monthly

 This Month …

  • Beyond the Breweries: Sake Tasting in an Eclectic Berkeley Hideaway (10/1/2016) - The San Francisco Bay Area is famous for its Napa Valley wineries and, more recently, for an influx of craft breweries in the East Bay. But if you want a one-of-a-kind experience off the beaten tasting track, skip the wine and beer and go sake sampling in Berkeley!
  • William Chris Vineyards: A Tasty Trip Down Texas Wine Road 290 (10/1/2016) - Between pours of two medium reds, the server shares that the vineyard grows grapes for other vintners, as well as for its own wines. The tasting closes with a sampling of Jaquez, a dark red, slightly sweet port, while the server carefully wraps purchased bottles of favorite wines and crystal glasses etched with the vineyard logo for the ride home.
  • 4 Easy Ways to Save Money at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival (10/1/2016) - Summer is wrapping up, which means a whole host of exciting things are on the horizon for fall: the kids going back to school, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, pumpkin beers, and, of course, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Disney World. If you’ve been living under a rock and have never heard of this wildly popular Disney event, it’s a food-lover’s siren song: visitors can sample cuisines and beverages from around the world, and attend culinary demonstrations and seminars. It’s held at Disney’s Epcot theme park every year; this year, the event takes place from September 14 through November 14.
  • Home on the Range: Rustic Weekend Adventures in Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge (10/1/2016) - Covering an expansive 900 square miles of wildlife habitat in northwestern Nevada, the refuge is home to over 270 species including greater sage-grouse, California bighorn sheep, mule deer, pygmy rabbits, and its resident star, the pronghorn antelope. The refuge was established in 1931 through the efforts of the Audubon Society and Boone & Crockett Club primarily to preserve pronghorn populations.
  • Tudor Inn: Splendid Customer Service! (10/1/2016) - Opened April 16, 2013, the Tudor Inn, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, fulfills the promise of treating its guests like royalty. Stepping through the front door you are transported back in time and across the ocean to the sumptuous luxury of 15th century England. Henry VIII’s era is the inspiration but the decor which gives the inn its ornate character simply begs you to relax and enjoy.