I've looked through the forum and the forum guides and I think I now have down what I need to ask to get started. I'm planning a trip with two of my friends from college - we're in our 40's.
We think we've decided on Sonoma County but I'm wavering a little and questioning if we should consider Napa Valley. That's my first question - Sonoma or Napa. I know I'm posting in the Sonoma forum but I know there are people on here who have been to both.
Once the general area is decided, I need to narrow down to a specific city and would appreciate any recommendations.
I know that a lot of these things are so dependent on the person so if you could bear with me, I'll let you know more about our little group. We're pretty casual in both dress and what we like - nothing fancy. Our taste in wine (which is the main reason we're going other than having fun together) is all over the board - sweet white all the way to dry red and everything in between.
We're going to rent a car but would like to minimize using it to get to dinner, shopping etc. In fact, I'd like to better understand how people handle getting to the wineries for tastings when no one wants to be the designated driver.
We enjoy a nice meal out but it doesn't have to be anything fancy. I personally like to eat natural, local foods if possible but we can't break the bank on this trip.
We don't need a nightclub scene - our idea of a fun evening out at home is dinner at a place that has a good margarita. We're going for the winery experience and to have a nice weekend away to catch up.
Last but not least, we're going the first week of November.
Any thoughts, ideas, etc. you can give me based on what I've said, would be great. I hope I wasn't too verbose.