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Best town, lodging and dining recs in Rioja for big foodies

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We are planning a mini-break to Rioja for a couple nights. We are torn between some tiny village or country hotel or something with a little more happening. We don't want a city atmosphere but do like to be able to walk to dinner and/or have a drink at a bar before dining. For a couple reference points we LOVE Cortona, Italy and we live in Yountville, California.

Here's my take or questions:
- Logrono seems large but like the idea of the Pinchos crawl and some restaurants nearby. While city is larger, wondering if you stick to the historic center does it still feel charming (similar to Florence)?

- Haro - seems like it may be a good option that's small and you could walk to bodegas and restaurants.

- Laguardia - gets high marks for charm but too quiet?

Also appreciate any dining recommendations for seriously good (not fancy) food. We just ate at a Michelin starred restaurant in Modena and it was lovely but I was sitting there thinking I really liked the family restaurant with great food the night before even better (we're big foodies but just not into the tasting menu thing). A great wine list with some local unknowns would also be wonderful.

Any hotel or B&B recommendations welcome also. Considered the Riscal property (I'm Starwood platinum for life and have zillions of points) but even though it gets great reviews it seems a little isolated and fussy. We would love to find a comfortable spot with great linens and simple furniture but not tacky). There appear to be a lot of dumps or overly modern places.

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