Napa, CA (PRWEB) September 26, 2011
Web entrepreneur and Napa Valley native, Kathlene Swanson, provides travelers the local scoop on her website, http://www.WineCountryHiking.com. The newly launched site goes beyond winery tours and instead features lesser known Napa Valley gems.
“My goal is to show visitors what you can do in Napa Valley besides drink wine,” said Swanson. “There are a lot of outdoor activities – hiking, biking, and swimming – that people often miss out on.”
As has been noted in The New York Times, Napa Valley offers a unique “pairing of wine and wilderness.” The author of the Napa Valley feature piece for the prestigious newspaper wrote, “The climate and topography that make the region so ripe for viticulture also have created misty forests, petrified trees, striking rock formations and peaks with sweeping views of the vineyards.” At WineCountryHiking.com, visitors are treated to a guide of charming family run bed and breakfasts, inns, and spas. Viewers are encouraged to try a luxurious mud bath after a day of hiking or biking through the hills and valley. The site is an excellent source for travelers who want to round out their Napa Valley stay with more than just a tour of the vineyards, as well as locals who have not been turned on to these local gems.
While the focus of the site is to showcase the 91 percent of Napa Valley that is not covered in vineyards, Swanson does offer information regarding wineries in Napa Valley CA. Through the site, visitors can learn about the different American Viticultural Areas within Napa Valley, like Los Carneros, Howell Mountain, Wild Horse Valley, and Calistoga. Suggestions for food and wine pairings are also listed.
“I do my best to give the local perspective; there are insights I can give as a resident that you just can’t find on a generic travel site,” said Swanson.
Aside from extolling the hidden virtues of Napa Valley, Swanson’s passion is community service. She volunteers her time with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and is also passionate about supporting veterans. Under the Pay It Forward portion of her site, Swanson provides links to worthy organizations that do great work for children and veterans.
For reviews and recommendations for the best local eateries, head over to the site’s brand new blog, http://www.NapaValleyNewsBlog.com. Additionally, Swanson shares pictures from local hiking trips and gives readers a heads up on local festivals, theater productions, and outdoor sporting events.
WineCountryHiking.com – Discover a different side of wine country!
About the Company:
NapaValleyRebel.com is owned and operated by web entrepreneur Kathlene Swanson.