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2 days in wine country and then on to Lake Tahoe - suggestions for route, sightseeing, restaurants please!

2 days in wine country and then on to Lake Tahoe - suggestions for route, sightseeing, restaurants please!

Old May 26th, 2001, 04:39 AM
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2 days in wine country and then on to Lake Tahoe - suggestions for route, sightseeing, restaurants please!

We are arriving in San Francisco on a Thursday morning and will be staying at Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park. Hope to spend Thursday and Friday exploring wine country. Never been there before. Can anyone give suggestions as to wineries not too far from there. I also like unique jewelry, crafts, etc. and would like some ideas for such shops. It seems Healdsburg has received lots of positive comments. Would that be worth visiting?

Any inexpensive restaurant suggestions in that area would be nice.

Then we go to L Tahoe for six days - staying at friends condo at Lakeland Village. What would be the best route to take from Rohnert Park to L Tahoe. We both like to hike. Any suggestions for hiking places near L Tahoe. Also would appreciate your advice for side trips from there and must sees. We are not into fancy restaurants or casinos but would like some help with good restaurants, reasonably priced, especially some on the water. Thanks so much!

Old May 26th, 2001, 07:54 AM
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Here is a useful wine website:
You will be closest to the Sonoma County wineries, though Napa is just a little further.
The fastest way to South Lake Tahoe is to take I-80 east to Sacramento, then US-50 east to South Lake Tahoe. You might consider going the "long way" (or maybe do this in reverse if you are driving back to SF) by staying on I-80 through Sacramento and taking 89 south at Truckee and driving through the towns of North and West Lake Tahoe to South Lake Tahoe. We have a part ownership in a place at North LT, so I could give you some recommendations for restaurants or hikes there. We generally only go to the South Shore if there is a show that we want to see at one of the casinos. There are lots of great restaurants and beautiful hikes in South Lake Tahoe also though. I'm sure you will have a great time.
You may find this website useful:
Old May 26th, 2001, 10:15 AM
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Sonoma is beautiful and from Rohnert Park you can choose to go east towards Napa or west towards the Russian River wineries http://www.wineroad.com/. Or North towards Healdsburg or some of each. Any way you go, you cannot go wrong.

My all time favorite winery is Buena Vista just outside of the town of Sonoma. This is what you will want all of the other wineries to be when they grow up. http://www.buenavistawinery.com/

This is a very helpful site for Sonoma. http://www.sonoma.com/ All of Sonoma's wineries can be found on this single source and they provide links to the wineries' personal sites.
Old May 27th, 2001, 12:17 PM
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The towns of Sonoma and Healdsburg are great and easy to get around and discover interesting sites and wineries. Take I80 via Sacramento to Tahoe, S or N.
Just play it by ear except for initial reservations for the evening.
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Old May 27th, 2001, 05:19 PM
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As a South Tahoe native I'd say that the 72 mile drive around the lake is a must although busy. Stop at Emerald Bay and take a short hike down to Vikingsholm castle. Also stop in Tahoe City and have lunch at Sunnyside which is on the lake and reasonable. Another must is to hop on the new gondola at Heavenly and check out the amazing panoramic view of the lake. For dinner on the water check out Riva Grill or the Beacon for reasonably priced dinners.

I hope you have a wonderful time. You will never forget Tahoe.
Old May 27th, 2001, 08:09 PM
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Chateau Souverain in the Sonoma Valley is a top notch winery. Enjoy! Spend a bit of time in the town of Sonoma and learn about the Bear Republic and see the mission.
Old May 27th, 2001, 10:33 PM
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Like "local" above said try Sunnyside resort. Very nice place for lunch or dinner. If it's a nice day try to eat on the deck otherwise ask to be seated at the window. Beautiful view of the lake. Don't look for it in Tahoe City itself though it is a bit south of there right on 89. I'd hate to see you driving around Tahoe City looking for it. Also you could Try Garwoods west of Incline. Great drinks, try a Wet Woody. For a fun day at the beach try Meeks Bay. Recently taken over by the Washoe who are doing a good job of caretaking. Stop by Chambers for a peek at the historic bar on the pier. Gets really busy during happy hour in the summer. Boaters stop in for a Chambers Punch. Stop by Sugar Pine Point State Park and take a tour of the Mansion and grounds. Sometimes they do a live action demonstration of what it might have been like. Have a great time.
Old May 28th, 2001, 01:17 AM
peter nuttall
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my wife and i are spending 2 weeks at the embassy suites south lake tahoe.any body know what the evening temperatures are like.we will be coming in on the i50 from sacramento,bit concerned about a junction known as the "y" at tahoe.anybody got an e-mail address for the hornblower stern wheeler cruises,i would like to book asunset cruise on it(when would it be the best day).2 years ago we had a coach tour around west coast and went to homestead point,i would like to make my own way there in a car but cannot find it on any map.i would welcombe any directions please.
Old May 28th, 2001, 10:41 AM
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Peter, When will you be arriving and visiting Tahoe. Some answers are dependent on that info.
Old May 29th, 2001, 07:45 AM
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The wine information center is right outside your door at the hotel, so make sure to go over there and they will help you get directions and get pointed in the direction that meets your interests.Welcome.

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