Napa and Sonoma Travel Guide


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Plan Your Napa and Sonoma Vacation

Few getaways enable you to escape like a trip to Napa and Sonoma in California. Easily accessible from San Francisco, the area celebrates the good life with superb wineries and wine, trendy restaurants, intimate resorts, and pampering spas. Gentle hills and vineyard-laced farmland make Napa and Sonoma perfect for back-road driving or cycling—or a picnic. Along with famous chefs and chic shops, there's plenty of small-town appeal in towns such as St. Helena, Yountville, Sonoma, and Healdsburg. Time may seem to stand still in the iconic countryside, but the luxury and sophistication here are thoroughly modern.


Napa and Sonoma Hotels

Upscale accommodations are concentrated in the Napa Valley towns of Yountville, Rutherford, St. Helena, and Calistoga;... read more


Napa and Sonoma Restaurants

Excellent meals can be found everywhere in the Wine Country, but the small town of Yountville has become a culinary... read more


Napa and Sonoma Experiences

  • Top Napa Wineries

    The modern, minimalist layout of Artesa blends harmoniously with the surrounding landscape, yet this Napa winery makes a vivid impression... Read more

  • Top Sonoma Wineries

    It's best to visit Benziger in fine weather so that you can enjoy a tram ride through the vineyards before tasting wines—most notably... Read more

  • Wine Tasting 101

    Don't be intimidated by sommeliers who toss around esoteric adjectives as they swirl their glasses. At its core, wine tasting is simply... Read more

  • Napa and Sonoma Winery Tours

    Some wineries in Napa and Sonoma have opulent faux châteaus with vast gift shops; others welcome guests with rough converted barns where... Read more

  • Money-Saving Tips

    Those $20 tasting fees can add up awfully quickly if you're not careful, so consider the following tips for whittling down your... Read more

  • Buying and Shipping Wine

    Don't feel obliged to buy a bottle of wine just because the winery has given you a taste, especially if you have paid a tasting fee.... Read more

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