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weldy76 Jul 7th, 2005 06:33 AM

Healdsburg or Yountville
 
Planning a long weekend in October for Napa/Sonoma. This will be the third time there so we are familiar w/ the areas. Stayed in Sonoma last time and liked that the town was within walking distance. Healdsburg (so cute) I know will is similar. I believe that Yountville has a town as well (?). Where would your vote be to stay (Yountville or Healdsburg)? Maybe Yountville b/c it's convienent to both valleys? TIA

easytraveler Jul 7th, 2005 11:01 AM

Difficult choice to make!

It all depends on what you want to do. Napa Valley has more of a "spa" experience, along with some great wines; while Sonoma Valley has more of the smaller vineyards along with beautiful drives experience.

It all depends on what you want to do when away from hotel, particularly which vineyards you want to visit.

Have a great trip! :)

historytraveler Jul 7th, 2005 12:39 PM

Excellent restaurants in Yountville.

razzledazzle Jul 7th, 2005 02:46 PM

I vote Healdsburg.
ans speaking of EXCELLent restaurants
here's my Healdsburg list:

OK,here we go, you've got many choices:
For Hip and trendy, you have
<b>Barndiva</b>
-read about it here-
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...ve/2005/01/30/
CMGAB98FPN1.DTL

One of my favorites:
<b>Willi's</b>
Oysters and yummy small plates,

<b>Ravenous</b>
A local favorite;steaks pasta,fish
very fresh local ingrediants

<b>Madrona Manor</b>
Continental cuisine in a richly
decorated Victorian setting.
Very romantic for a B'Day.

<b>Santi</b>
A short jaunt to Geyserville

<b>Cyrus</b>
Located within the new luxury hotel
Les Mars, is getting raves and my
industry friends say the buzz is
that it will be the French Laundry
of Sonoma County. I know the room has to be gorgeous as an old boss,
Howard Backen of Backen Gillam Architects is the architect/interior designer, it will be sumptuos for sure!
It is expensive-dinners are
3,4,or 5 courses and start around $50.

Enjoy!
R5

weimer Jul 7th, 2005 06:29 PM

Razzledazzle bedazzle! I vote for Healdsburg alzzo.

Shar Jul 7th, 2005 08:02 PM

Another vote for Healdsburg. Charming town, great restaurants and in the summer, concerts in the park and close to the wonderful Dry Creek wineries.

PamSF Jul 7th, 2005 08:35 PM

yup~the razzle is right on! We were just up in Healdsburg and checked out the Le Mars and Cyrus(mind you the menu not the experience)..it looks and feels essentially European. Our Healdsburg local friend had just eaten at Cyrus and found it DIVINE!

weldy76 Jul 11th, 2005 10:23 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions..I took them and booked the Grape Leaf Inn. And thanks for the restaurant recommondations. We'll definitely check a couple out and one night we are going to Tra Vigne since last time my fiance had me cancellation the reservation! (He suffered for it though).

kimamom Jul 11th, 2005 04:13 PM

Tra Vigne is great! Large, spacious dining room, great food, wine and service and lots of commaradarie. Enjoy the wine country! ***kim*** ((*))


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