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First visit to CA wine country

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First visit to CA wine country

We will be flying PHL to SFO and want to stay 2 nights in the beautiful CA wine regions on a Thurs.&Fri. nights Sept. 12,13. Should we spend one night in Sonoma and one night in Napa or stay both nights in the same location somewhere in between? I also want to see Muir Woods and the Point Reyes National Seashore on the way up or back. Already discovered that a last minute decision to travel causes angst as many of the B&B's are booked and we may have to resort to a chain hotel. We love CA wines but spending a lot of time in tasting rooms is not our thing so looking for a few special off the beaten path places. Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: First visit to CA wine country

I will give you a link to an article which describes a day trip from San Francisco to the wine country, which includes a drive on the Sonoma Coast and a visit to a redwood state park, which is more pleasant to visit than Muir Woods because it is not crowded with people and tour buses.

The trip can be extended to include an overnight or two, described in the article.

Point Reyes is wonderful to visit but it really needs a day of its own. It is 65,000 acres, and you can't really do it justice on the way to, or from, another destination.


Edited: 10:09 am, August 17, 2013
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2. Re: First visit to CA wine country

Go to Hess Winery - amazing art gallery to browse through and then some wine tasting.....

Perfect combination (not on the main winery route - but a short drive from Napa city area)


If you like Port, funky little tasting room is fun - its fun just to look at all the singed dollar bills and enjoy some fantastic sweet port


Although larger winery, in the later afternoon we love to do the higher end tasting at Mumm - you get comfortable outdoor chairs; order a cheese platter, and soak in the Napa valley views.


And for small bites with wine, Sinsky is delightful - and if you want to splurge a bit do their Farm to Table experience.


but so many great places so little time - have a great time.

In terms of lodging, I checked some of my favorite haunts and it looks like it will be hard to find a place. You might want to book something with availability with cancellation today - and then look a bit further for other places to stay. I was amazed that one of my favorite looked booked for the entire month of September save 2 days....its harvest so its a busy time to go.

Edited: 7:59 pm, August 18, 2013
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3. Re: First visit to CA wine country

Decide where you want to be and spend both nights there. Picking up and moving is a horrible waste of time. I'd choose Sonoma but that's just MO.

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