Must Dos in Napa/Sonoma/St Helena

Old Nov 23rd, 2004, 10:26 AM
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Must Dos in Napa/Sonoma/St Helena

My husband and I are going to be staying in Sonoma from Nov-25 to Nov 28. We are not sure of the various places to visit and how to cover the Napa/Sonoma/St Helena area?
We want to visit all the romantic places as this trip is more like a getaway for us. Could someone suggest a plan?
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Old Nov 23rd, 2004, 10:33 AM
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WOW!! You're going to be in the area? You don't want to miss this Fodors Yountville GTG. Now, there's a plan. Drop Kal or Marilyn an e-mail.
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WOW...I don't know, those people scare me, LOL! Anna, where are you staying in Sonoma? There's a lot to cover in Sonoma; unless you just want to see Napa, it's a lot more touristy, traffic probs, fees for tastings etc than Sonoma. Sonoma has those beautiful backroads drives....small, friendly wineries, gorgeous settings, quiet. I love driving through Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys. Stop in Healdsburg for shopping and dinner in wonderful places. For romance, pack a picnic and sit on the terrace outside Lake Sonoma Winery. My husband and I also hiked at Lake Sonoma last week; it was beautiful.Definitely romantic driving through Sonoma...Gloria Ferrer for a glass of bubbly out on the huge terrace with great views.
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I would also concentrate just on Sonoma Valley with the time you have. There is alot to see.

We were there in Oct., and these were some of our favorites -

1) Willi's Seafood in Healdsburg - for lunch
2) Jordan Winery in Healdsburg (you'll need a reservation for the tour)
3) Westside Road - beautiful drive
4) Girl and the Fig - Sonoma
5) Della Santina - Sonoma
6) Chateau St. Jean Winery - Kenwood
7) Cafe Citi - Kenwood - for lunch
8) Sonoma Coast
9) There is a little Portugese restaurant right on Sonoma square - name escapes me now - very cozy and warm and romantic, and great food
10) Cafe La Haye - Could not get in here, but here it is great - right in Sonoma
11) Second the drinks at Gloria Ferrer
12) Chalk Hill Winery - Healdsburg - I believe you will need reservations
13) Farmer's Market Tues night on Sonoma Plaza

Whatever you decide, it will be great. Sonoma is a great place to stay. We were there 8 days and could not see it all. We spent one day in Napa Valley and wished we had just stayed in Sonoma Valley. Too much rushing around. We are going back again in March to see Napa Valley.
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Good catch, B'man.

But a Y'ville GTG may not be on the romantic side! Especially during a feeding frenzy!

Anna2-The more the merrier.

We like The Martini House in St.Helena as our "official anniversary" restaurant.
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We went in October as well. We loved the Cakebread Cellars tour and the Schramsberg tour. And Martini House was our favorite restaurant during our stay.
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Tops on my list of Sonoma wineries when I am escorting friends there are:

Ferrari-Carano for the lovely gardens and views (very, very romantic)

Chateau Souverain for the lovely views and maybe lunch on their terrace (very romantic)

And for contrast, on a modern note: Roshambo and

J Winery, where it's fun to "sophisticate your palate" with their pairing of wine and food - for a modest price. ("Romancing the palate"?)

Have a great trip! And try to make it to the Yountville GTG - we're pretty romantic folk, wouldn't you say, Kal?
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Oh yes, Roshambo ROCKS! Go and enjoy!
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