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July Honeymoon Hotels and Ideas...

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July Honeymoon Hotels and Ideas...

Hello! My fiance and I will be making a trip to Sonoma in early July for our Honeymoon. We're thinking of staying 2 nights at the Carneros Inn and 2 nights at the Lodge at Sonoma. Anyone have any thoughts on these two places? Are they romantic? Luxurious? Private? Proximity to things to do?

Also, we reallly like red wine and champagne and would like to do some winery tours. Any thoughts on this? Anything else that you could recommend honeymooners to do? Restaurants??

Anything and everything is welcomed. We are really looking forward to this!

Thanks so much!

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1. Re: July Honeymoon Hotels and Ideas...

Both places are wonderful....

It looks like you'll be visiting both Napa and Sonoma.

For champagne would recommend

Gloria Ferrer in Sonoma


Tours at 12, 2 and 4

Of course tour Domaine Carneros


For Reds suggest

Chateu St. Jean in Sonoma


Grgich Hills for a boutique winery in Napa


Hop Kiln - for a unique setting (Westside road drive out from Healdsburg


Beringer in NAPA


For things to do

Sonoma State Beaches especially Goathead Rock


Armstrong Redwoods State Park


Railroad Square in Santa Rosa for night life


Downtown Healdsburg for trendy shopping and easy wine tasting...several in town


Konocti Harbor if you're there and want a drive on cocert night and want to see Clear Lake


Snoopy Musuem (if like the cartoon)


COPIA- ain interesting place in NAPA


Have lunch here at Julia's Kitchen....

If like cooking visit

Culinary Institute of America at Greystone


and for something completely different vist the

Jelly Bean Factory


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2. Re: July Honeymoon Hotels and Ideas...

I stayed at the Lodge with my 3 sisters. We had a cottage room in one of the one story sections of the cottage area. Our room was right outside the pool area and the room was very nice. I'm not sure about the honeymoon aspect though. I try to think if I'd want to stay there for romance and I'm just not sure. Let me explain why. The lodge has lots of rooms and cottages that face the parking lots that rim the property. At night the headlights go right into your room/cottage from people returning from dinner. It's right off the main road though in our location we did not hear any noise. But there are rooms that would get this noise. I'd say it would be a great choice only IF you got a room facing the pool. I think those rooms are nice and we used the cushy terry bathrobes. The Raindance spa there is very nice too.

You can see our cottage if you look at the picture on this site


The straight line of umbrellas goes right to the door of the one story cottage. We had a nice patio and yummy smelling bathroom products. Room service was very prompt.

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3. Re: July Honeymoon Hotels and Ideas...

Sorry forgot the winery part.

Right in town is Ravenswood which is fantastic. Great staff and good wines. They even pour their Amador county wines which are really different in flavor.

B.Cohn is small but pretty and they also have olive oil tasting which is a nice change of pace.

Benzinger is very pretty and nice for a picnic. The tasting room is remarkably dreary but the shop area has lots of nice things.



Bistro Jeanty may be a bit loud for romantic though.

Della Santinas which is hard to get into so get reservations. Very yummy.

We took a hands on cooking class and at the end we had a nice dinner paired with wines at Ramekins right in Sonoma on

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4. Re: July Honeymoon Hotels and Ideas...

Thanks so much for all the information. I really appreciate it! I've got tons of research to do now.

Thanks again!!