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Napa/Sonoma in 2 days???

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Napa/Sonoma in 2 days???

Hello

I will be in San Francisco from Sept. 14-19 and in wine country on the 20th and 21st. I do not want to rush wine country but I would love to start in Napa and drive north on 29 the first day(visiting Yountville, St Helena, etc), cut over to Healdsburg for the night and come back down 101 and do Sonoma the next day. I do want to visit a few wineries but I would rather take in the views, do the russian river valley, stop in small towns than try and cover a ton of wineries..5-7 would be plenty. Is this feasible??? Thanks to everyone in advance.

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1. Re: Napa/Sonoma in 2 days???

Absolutely - and we did it in June and had a wonderful time.

What type of help do you want beyond saying this is absolutely possible and your plans are great. For good restaurant at Healdsburg, you might try Zin. For good view wineries in Napa, try to include Sterling if the line is not too long; Beringer if you prefer not to go to Sterling also has very pretty gardens and nice old estate home which is very pretty to see also.

For a good picnic lunch, go to to V. Sattui Winery. Then go to one more on your drive through Napa. Towns in Napa Valley to enjoy are Yountville and Calistoga when it comes to smaller towns. If you prefer a nicer restaurant for lunch for a view go to Auberge du'Soleil.

www.aubergedusoleil.com/html/restaurant.shtml

For places to stay in Healdsburg:

Budget - Recommend Best Western Dry Creek Inn

Basic motel - good location - with a full bottle of wine in refrigerator in your room; continental breakfast.

Bed and Breakfast: Madrone Manor (if you stay here, also plan on having dinner here. Good food. If not staying here recommend one of the town square restaurants such as Zin for dinner.)

metroactive.com/papers/…madrona-0024.html

http://www.madronamanor.com/

For high end stay at the luxury hotel in Healdsburg town square.

You'll want to walk around this area as cute shops, wine tasting places, restaurants, good deli grocery store, bakery, etc.

http://www.hotelhealdsburg.com/

Any of the 3 is great to stay at - it all depends on personal taste and budget.

www.healdsburg.org/hbg_chamber/index.asp

On the 2nd day you might want to go to a winery in Alexander Valley http://www.alexandervalley.org/, this is north of Healdsburg; and after that drive down Westside Road and sample wineries.

inetours.com/PagesWT/…Westside_Road.html

Sample a couple and then continue down the road to Guerneville, take a right when you see the sign to go to Armstrong Redwoods State Park and enjoy the state park there. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=450

Continue through the Russian River area

http://www.russianriver.com/

and you will even have time to end up driving to the Sonoma Coast. This is a wonderful beach area from Jenner, the mouth of the Russian River, all the way down to Bodega Bay.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=451

http://www.bodegabay.com/index.shtml

A recent post gave some excellent suggestions and overview of some of the best places to have dinner in Bodega Bay.

You might want to look for that.

have fun.

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2. Re: Napa/Sonoma in 2 days???

mini gave great advice. We stayed at the Hotel Healdsburg and I highly recommend it. Our room came with the tasting dinner from Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen which was fabulous.

I would definitely plan on going to Geyserville and touring the Chateau Souverain winery. Have lunch at the Alexander Valley Grille, which is very nice and elegant. A fixed price lunch is about $19/pp which includes a salad and dessert. Present your wine cork (from server) for a complimentary tasting after your meal. Cheers! :)