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Wine Tasting with Events & Adventures

Wine Tasting with the singles from Events & Adventures is just minutes away.

Just a few miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge is the world famous wine country of Northern California, which includes over 500 different wineries.  Napa and Sonoma are only a short drive away, and it’s now harvest season, the time of year when all the vines are filled with grapes and you can smell the wine fermenting in the air.  What better time to pay a visit for some wine tasting!  But this year, instead of spending a weekend just wine tasting, Events & Adventures got down and dirty by actually making some wine the old-fashioned way—stomping some grapes!  Several Napa Valley wineries offer experiences to truly write home about, including mushing the grapes with your feet Lucy and Ethyl-style.

Events & Adventures members got to stomp grapes, taste wine, and take home a t-shirt with their grape feet imprint. So how do you Grape Stomp, you’re wondering?  Well, for all of you looking to Grape Stomp before the end of the season here are five things you need to know.

  1. Plan Your Outfit Accordingly

Don’t let anything get in the way of winning, including your clothes!  The main event of a grape stomp involves trying to mash out as much juice as possible with your feet.  This process can be quite messy, and you’ll end up with sticky grape juice all over your legs.  Resist the urge to wear your cutest maxi dress or a new pair of pants and stick with something that you’re comfortable getting messy.

  1. Get Creative with Your Clothing

Speaking of outfits, plan your group’s costumes ahead of time, as most grape stomp events give prizes to the best and most creative costumes.  Team apparel can range from matching t-shirts to full-blown costumes, and creativity always counts!

  1. Stay Hydrated

This may be our most important tip of all! The majority of grape stomp events take place outside in August and September, when temperatures in Napa Valley often exceed 90 degrees. Grape stomps are usually held at a winery, and there is often plenty of wine available for tasting as well. So drink up!

  1. Bring Your Camera

This is an event that you’re going to want to document, so bring your camera (or cell phone) with you! Some favorite shots from previous events include pre and post-stomping photos, group costume shots and, of course, action shots during the stomping.

  1. Have Fun!

Diving into a barrel of grapes and making a mess with your feet isn’t something you get to do every day, so make the most of it! Get messy, stomp as fast as you can and don’t forget to have fun.

Events & Adventures in the Bay Area makes it easy to find fun new things to do, like grape-stomping!  If you don’t feel like you’re experiencing to the fullest, give us a holler and find out why hundreds of other singles join us for great events like wine tasting every single week.

world travel to spain

World Travel with Events & Adventures

The only way to sum it up our visit to Spain is to say that Events & Adventures really does world travel well.  This wasn’t a trip where we were on a clock throughout the experience; there was a great mixture of planned tours and free time.  We started our adventure at JFK in New York, getting some quick introductions to the over 40 people who were taking part in the trip.  And believe it or not, someone was sweet enough to bring everyone homemade cookies!

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Events & Adventures members from around the US and Canada visited Spain!

After landing in Madrid, we got to stretch our legs with a quick tour of some of the city’s most famous sights, before taking a break to enjoy a welcome lunch that offered a staggering amount of delicious traditional Spanish cuisine.  Our first full day started with a tour for the presidential palace, which was spectacular.  We then journeyed to the ancient city of Toledo, which is thousands of years old, and got the chance to get lost in the labyrinth of tiny streets that wind around the historic town.  Dinner was a casual five-course party with several small plates (tapas) before our entrees. We learned the hard way we would have to pace ourselves with the food here because they just keep bringing it out!

We headed to towns ancient towns of Avila and Segovia. The Roman aqueducts are still soaring over the town.  How can the residents just go on about their day when they have such spectacular history all around them?!   After we returned to Madrid we refreshed ourselves and headed out to a popular bar area for a Tapas crawl.  The bars here are more like pubs, not clubs—because those open way later.  Each bar we tried different luscious small dishes, and we loved how everyone shares!

We packed up from Madrid and headed to Bunol, where the residents were preparing for the Tomatina Festival the very next day.  It was such a cute little town. We spent our afternoon and evening touring and eating in this historical city by the sea.  The next morning was the beginning of the adventure that is the world famous Tomatina Festival—probably the world’s largest annual food fight.  Security was tight.  To make sure no one got hit with anything other than tomatoes we couldn’t bring anything in.  Twenty thousand people packed the long narrow streets before the dump trucks just started unloading as they drove down the street, and at the starting pistol—it was pure madness.  Goggles were the best idea ever—as long as you kept them on!  It was so exciting, and everyone was there for the fun of it, not to kill other with these little red bombs.  As much as we laughed, it was best to keep your mouth closed though!  After the ending pistol the fire department and locals brought out hoses to wash everyone off.  There is nothing like experiencing world travel by being involved in the local culture.  Getting smashed tomatoes out of hair proved to be the most challenging part of the whole trip.  Even playing in the warm and relaxing Mediterranean Sea didn’t get it out.

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Barcelona was the final hotel location for our world travel to Spain.

We took a tour of what is probably one of the biggest promenades you’ll ever see, and thousands of people were out for an evening stroll.  The shopping, food, bars, and views of the Gothic neighborhood were everything you’d expect it to be.  Small lanes that are no wider than one car have little bars and restaurants around each turn, with people spilling out into the lanes.

It wasn’t long before we got to witness La Sagrada Familia, one of the most incredible cathedrals in the world—and they are still building it!  Every tiny detail has a meaning, and the colors the stained glass creates and projects into the building are breathtaking.  Designed by several architects, the most influential being Gaudi, it has different styles in throughout the construction.  Afterwards, we had an amazing tour of Park Guell.  It was the original planned neighborhood.  At the time it was too far out of town and too expensive but for a handful of the super elite. Gaudi’s influence could be felt everywhere we went, and he managed to translate beauty even in the unusual, as everything he produced appeared to be curved and wavy.  His mosaics were everywhere and they were beautiful, even the monochromatic ones.  World travel can expose you to so many wonderful things you might have otherwise never seen.

Monserrat Benedictine monastery is a historical and religious jewel. Hidden up, up, way up in the mountains, disguised by the hills, how’d they build this gorgeous place?  There are still monks there and a school for boys!  So after our tram trip to the ‘top’ of the mountain (there’s a small chapel and alter up even higher if your legs can get you there), we went to the coolest place ever for another never-ending lunch—a traditional hacienda (ranch house) that was turned into a restaurant.  We learned the traditional Spanish way to drink wine and had never ending courses of family-style food (again).  People were stuffed before they brought out the chicken, traditional sausage (which tasted like Texas BBQ!), and meats.  We HAD to get to the winery so dessert was taken to go—Biscotti-like biscuits and fresh fruit!

Speaking of wine….  We had a tour of the most amazing winery I’ve ever seen, and I live in Northern California.  This was not a regular winery; it was a huge commercial business that makes great wine.  It was simply amazing.  The tram we rode had headset options for six languages, though we didn’t use them since it was a private tour.  Stories of the wineries founding and growth were projected on walls that lifted up so we could see the barrel storage.  We got to walk down the original storage cellars below ground. They told and showed us how they produce spectacular “healthy” wines that don’t harm the environment.  Using solar power the facility is almost entirely self-sustained!  Everyone was impressed before we even started the tasting and got to try four different delicious wines.  I imagine the wine drinkers were ready to move in.

Our last day of this world travel tour was spent visiting the ancient cities of Figueras and Girona.  Girona is a medieval city with narrow streets, castles and ramparts.  Figueras is another historical city that is such for a different reason—Salvador Dali.  The museum made of his birthplace was a trip in the madness of a truly brilliant artist.  The amount of art in so many different mediums was staggering.  Our farewell dinner was a little different since it was in the Catalonian style.  Less meat, meat, meat, more little flourishes on the dishes, but still way too much food.

The trip and tours were truly awesome, but getting to see people from the other E&A Clubs was like gathering of old friends while making new ones.  There were so many people I wanted to spend more time with but the time slipped away so fast. We’ll stay friends through social media until we meet again on our next world travel trip, maybe even on an in-between trip to visit friends!  We talked about the Amazon trip next month and Cuba and China trips already scheduled for next year.  I can’t wait to join my Events & Adventures world travel friends in our next exotic destination.

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Night Kayaking

Night Kayaking with Events & Adventures

Night Kayaking Under a Full Moon – Extraordinary Excitement with Events & Adventures

Night kayaking is not something many people have experienced, but everyone with a love for the outdoors definitely should!  While kayaking has been featured as a competitive sport in the Summer Olympic Games since 1936, night kayaking is a new twist on an old favorite. So in the Spirit of Rio, Events & Adventures members in the Bay Area grabbed paddles and took on the Bay under moonlight for a kayak venture unlike any other.

Our members were dazzled by the serene and beautiful surroundings of the Bay, with both the moon and city light playing off the water.  “This is the most incredible trip you can do in the Bay Area at night! As you paddle along the San Francisco waterfront, you’ll be mesmerized by the beautiful city lights,” said Monica, one our great San Francisco members.  “It really adds to the ambiance as the sun sets and the moon rises.”

It was a magical experience as the full moon lit up the water and we could see animals swimming underneath our kayaks!  Seeing these animals made us feel like we were really connected with our environment and experience.  On nights of a full moon, time seems to stand still as it casts a mystical glow on the water.  Our kayaks coasted across the Bay, following the arc of the rising moon while we laughed and tried to keep our balance so no one fell in.

Events & Adventures gave our members the opportunity to be adventurous on a Friday night, instead of heading to a bar or restaurant they bonded with members and worked together to create a memorable experience.  There are many more of these experiences coming up; in a way, Events & Adventures turns the extraordinary into the ordinary!

Celebrate your Next 4th of July With Events & Adventures

The second President of the United States, John Adams, said the 4th of July “Ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other”. Events & Adventures members did just that, and we did it by both starting new traditions and by celebrating the classic ways.

We started our weekend with Floatopia…and if you’ve never given it a try, you should reconsider! It’s a few hours floating down the Russian River with drinks in hand. The river is very shallow, and during this amazing summer day the water was warm and the drinks were cold. Events & Adventures members met in the heart of wine country, attached all our tubes together, turned up the jams and floated four miles down the river to a local brewery where we hopped onto shore and all enjoyed the evening an evening full of great food and great company.

We kept the amazing weekend going with America’s favorite past times: softball and barbecue. The dogs and burgers filled the air with amazing smells while members stood up to the plate to test their skills. The warm day ended with a water fight leaving everyone laughing.  But what’s Independence Day without fireworks? When you live in the Bay Area, there is no better way to see fireworks than from smackdab in the middle of the water itself. Members boarded catamarans and cruised around enjoying champagne and snacks as they watched the sky light up.

One of our members was quoted as saying, “It was an epic 4th of July, I’m glad I spent it cruising on the adventure boat with the Events & Adventures crew!”  It was truly an amazing 4th of July weekend, and we got to spend it with some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet in Northern California!

 

 

Join Events & Adventures for Things to do in Silicon Valley

As a single person in the Silicon Valley, you know you have to work hard. But what do you do after your work day is done? Watch TV? Go to a bar? Go on another shot-in-the-dark date with someone that you met online? Well, here’s what singles in Silicon Valley who are Events & Adventures members do in their spare time.

We laugh.

This summer we attended a hysterical murder mystery dinner and two fun escape rooms. We have an evening at ComedySportz, a pool party at Raging Waters at our own private cabana and a sleepover at the Monterey Bay Aquarium coming up this summer, so there are still plenty more laughs to be had.

We are entertained.

We watched a marvelous production of the play Chicago, had tailgate parties before soccer games and went to a Pitbull concert.

We hike.

Our hikes have taken us to see the seals at Anu Nuevo, a winery in the hills and through the grand estate grounds of Filoli.

We sing.

Our members have taken center stage at Dueling Pianos shows and many of us share a passion for music and karaoke, which is always even more fun when you’re with Events & Adventures.

We learned.

We took classes on how to make sushi and ravioli from scratch. We learned a new sport called Jingafit, took an introductory scuba lesson, made gorgeous aromatic candles and we’re even going to take a human figure drawing class!

We mingle.

Nothing’s more relaxing than hanging with a dozen wonderful friends at some of the best and most unique lounges, sports bars and restaurants in the area.

We play.

We play sand volleyball, disc golf, flag football, glow-in-the-dark soccer and softball. And this summer we’re looking forward to an inner tube water polo tourney, trampoline dodgeball and indoor skydiving.

If this kind of lifestyle is what you’re looking for, join Events & Adventures in the Bay Area and you’ll be living a life you love in no time.

Meet New People in Northern California

One of the most exciting things about Events & Adventures is that you never know who you’ll meet at an event. Sometimes you’ll go to an event that mostly men have signed up for, other times there might be more women attending, and often it will seem like a pretty even split of genders.

Events & Adventures has a diverse member base. Our members range from 21 years of age to those who are several decades older. One of the best things about being a part of the club is getting to meet a wide array of interesting people, of all races, religions and ages.  However, sometimes it’s nice to know that you will be going to an event that is geared specifically for those in your particular age group. That’s why we hold Young Professionals and Premier Club events.

Events for young professionals are geared toward those members who are under the age of 40, and Premier Club events are geared toward those who are 40 and older. However, the northern California clubs allow all members to attend either event. We want our members to use the event as an opportunity to get to bond with members in a particular age group. We want it to be known that all members are welcome to attend PC or YP events.

In the last few months, Young Professional events have included a casino night at an upscale lounge, dancing at a luxury nightspot, a wild evening playing Cards Against Humanity in a V.I.P. area in a trendy bar, and an evening trying mini foot golf, followed by a get-together at a gourmet burger bar.

Premier Club members have enjoyed wine tasting on a private patio while a live blues band played in the background and a soiree at a swanky hotel with live jazz. In May, PC members savored delicious BBQ with smokin’ hot live music and a unique event which consisted of an olive oil tasting class combined with a wine mingle.

In Santa Clara, we often hold our Premier Club Events on the same night as our Young Professional events, members often attend both events. At Events & Adventures in northern California we always believe the more, the merrier.  We find that the members who have the best time at events are those that open themselves up to new experiences and to new people, regardless of their age.

Events & Adventures San Francisco has a Week of Outdoor Activities

Hiking! Mingling! Zipping! It was another epic week of outdoor activities with the Events & Adventure Bay Area club.  We started off the week by strolling through the rolling green lawns and colorful, showy blooms that highlighted the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden.   San Jose’s Municipal Rose Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, drawing thousands of visitors each year. Hardly a day passes when some species is not in full bloom, which isn’t surprising when more than 3,500 plantings and 189 varieties featured.

We visited many of the garden’s original features – including the reflection pool in the center of the structural entrance, the ornate garden vases and the famous rose garden’s two-tiered water fountain.  After our walk through the rose garden, we traveled a few blocks away and ended the evening with a mingling session at the Normandy House.  This week we also went on a docent-guided nature hike through the estate’s nature preserve. It surrounds one of the finest country estates of the early 20th century, Filoli Mansion.

Our outdoor activities continued with a hike in the woodlands at dusk, the ideal time of day to spot Filoli’s resident wildlife. We came within feet of deer and marveled at the beauty of the flora and fauna at the Filoli pond. Our guide taught us about the plants in the area. We learned which ones were edible, poisonous and used those used for a variety of fascinating purposes. What an amazing way to spend a weekday evening!

The highlights of the week came on Saturday when 16 of our members went zip-lining through the grand sequoias of Mount Herman. The two-hour guided eco-adventure included six zip lines and two sky bridges that our members had to traverse at heights of up to 150 feet. Along the way, two certified guides shared ecological knowledge and stories that brought the forest to life.

Another eight brave members chose to participate in the Sequoia Adventure Tour. Those members experienced an exhilarating adventure while exploring the redwood forest. Members pushed themselves to conquer multiple activities, including swinging logs, cargo nets, and cables set 30 to 80 feet in the air! Three self-guided courses of varying levels of difficulty allowed everyone to be challenged at their own pace.  One of the best aspects of being a member of Events & Adventures is that we get to choose own pace and the kinds of adventures we want to experience!

Mud Sweat and Tears – the San Francisco Club Takes on Tough Mudder

This isn’t your typical race; Tough Mudder is 10 to 12 miles of mud and obstacles built to test your mental grit, ability to work as a team, and all-around physical fitness. Tough Mudder is not a competition; it’s about working together with your teammates to cross that finish line! Events & Adventures members trained and built up the courage to test their ability by heading up to Tahoe to take on the altitude in a once-in-a-lifetime challenge.  It was a bright, cool morning and the run took place on piney mountain trails. We stretched, we cheered, and when whistle blew—we were off.

Despite how tough it was we all had a great time.  One highlight of our run was the Block Ness Monster, which was as epic and tricky as Nessie herself.  Mudders had to help one another push, pull and roll their way through 60 feet of slick, rotating barriers.  After that, we ran eight miles. We were cold, but had to push through even greater deep freeze when we slid into a huge dumpster of ice and then jumped over a barrier into more ice. Not surprisingly, our bodies started to tense up, and we could no longer feel our fingers, but there was no time to wallow in the pain—we had to get up and run again.  This time it was through a field of live wires, but hey, a little electricity never hurt anyone.

Events & Adventures is all about working together, meeting people and having fun. Tough Mudder is a prime example of how people of all different ages, physical ability and mental strength came together to all cross the finish line. We lifted each other over walls, up ramps and pulled each other out of the mud. Without one another, there was no way to finish that challenge; it had to be tackled as team.  At the end we all were freezing cold, but the free beer and the smile across every face was worth it!

Memorial Day Camping in San Francisco

Sometimes you need a little motivation to get up and get back to nature. The process of finding a campground, organizing and packing your gear can deter even hardcore campers from venturing out. But this Memorial Day, Events & Adventures members had no excuse because we did all the hard work for them.  All our members had to do was show up and have fun.  Camping gets our members out from behind their desks and puts them in the middle of nature with other great people. Through our camping adventures we met some really cool people and strengthened our bonds with the members we already knew.

The San Francisco and Santa Clara Club came together with over 100 members to head up to the American River for three nights of camping!  We braved the heat and the mosquitoes to have an EPIC weekend.  On Saturday, a group of us hit the rapids as we strapped on our helmets, buckled our life vests and set out on a four hour raft trip. We had to work together to make it to our destination. There were splash fights, paddle air guitars and only one member fell out of their raft.  Other members took a journey down the road to sit in vineyards, sip some wine, taste some cheese and bask in the sunshine. There was something for all our members to do from hiking to just hanging out at the camp site and throwing the baseball around or tossing bags for cornhole.

When the sun went down we all helped cook dinner. We were spoiled with tri-tip fajitas and delicious stir fry. The great thing about camping is at night it’s just you and the stars, and of course all 100 other Events & Adventures members. We wrapped up the night around the camp fire to roast marshmallows and sing songs.  Memorial Day weekend was nothing short of an amazing time. We all left a little tanner, with some awesome memories, experiences, new friends and about a dozen itchy mosquito bites.  See you all for the next camping trip!

Great Golfing Events in San Francisco

Events & Adventures members spent a Sunday on the green at one of our great golfing events. They learned the proper techniques swinging techniques and played some fun games, such as closest to the hole or longest drive. Members were able to enjoy gorgeous views of Marin County while playing on one of Northern California’s best heritage courses.

Any golfer will undoubtedly tell you that there are few things that feel as good as hitting a great golf shot. It’s almost like magic. Practice and swing drills are the key to good shots and Events & Adventures members mastered them. Afterwards, members rewarded themselves with a 19th Hole cocktail and mingled.

Why learn how to golf, you ask? It’s not just a great way to schmooze on a business trip, but it’s an awesome addition to your social life, as well. More and more people are learning to play and going to golfing events. So next time you want to have a double date, why not head out to the course and get to know each other over 18 holes. Golf is the perfect venue to make new friendships as well and strengthen old ones. When a golfer joins a friend for 18 holes, they are guaranteed three to four hours of time with them. If you show up at the course alone, a golfer has the opportunity to meet someone new, share a tee time and spend the afternoon getting to know them.

And believe it or not, the course is a great place for guys and girls to meet their future spouse or partner. If you’re an avid golfer, meeting a fellow golfer definitely earns some bonus points! Take aim, swing and meet the members of Events & Adventures San Francisco out on the course!