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Wine Country lodgings range from low-key to utterly luxurious, and generally maintain high standards. Newer hotels tend to have a modern, streamlined aesthetic. Most of the bed-and-breakfasts are in historic Victorian and Spanish buildings, and the breakfast part of the equation often involves fresh local produce. Many hotels and B&Bs have excellent restaurants on their grounds, and those that don't are a short drive away from gastronomic bliss.
Reservations are a good idea, especially from late spring through the fall harvest season and on many weekends. Two- or even three-night minimum stays are commonly required, especially at smaller lodgings. If you'd prefer to stay a single night, innkeepers are more flexible in winter. Some lodgings aren't suitable for kids, so ask before you make a reservation.
The official Visit Napa Valley and Visit Sonoma Wine Country websites have comprehensive lists of places to stay. BedandBreakfast.com has details about member inns in the area.
Information and Reservations
Visit Napa Valley (www.visitnapavalley.com.)
Visit Sonoma (www.sonomacounty.com.)
When pricing accommodations, always ask what's included. Some small inns may not have air-conditioning, so be sure to ask if you're visiting in July or August, when temperatures can reach 90°F. Many hotels now have Wi-Fi, although it's not always free. Most large properties have pools and fitness rooms; those without usually have arrangements at nearby gyms, sometimes for a fee.
Wine Country lodging prices, which on average exceed those even in high-end San Francisco, may come as an unpleasant surprise. Even the humblest accommodations start at nearly $200 a night in high season. If you're having difficulty finding something in your price range, remember that Napa and Santa Rosa have the widest selection of moderately priced rooms. Rates vary widely; call the property directly, but also check its website and online booking agencies.
Our local writers vet every hotel to recommend the best overnights in each price category, from budget to expensive. Unless otherwise specified, you can expect private bath, phone, and TV in your room.
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