Need help for wine country for 1 night

Old Mar 2nd, 2004, 10:20 AM
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Need help for wine country for 1 night

Hi all!

We will be driving from SF to wine country for 1 night- may 8th. This is mother's day weekend and I am having trouble finding a place to stay for just 1 night. Most have 2 night minimums on weekends. Does anybody out there have a suggestion?

We prefer the St. Helena area, but am looking at Sonoma and Glen Ellen, too. I'm looking at under $225 for the night.

All suggestions and ideas will be gratefully accepted!

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Old Mar 2nd, 2004, 11:09 AM
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Sonoma has a nice place in the Lodge at Sonoma. It's a Marriott property. We stayed there and it's nicely located and pretty new. We paid something like $189 maybe.
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We love the Sonoma Mission Inn, but it is over $225/night on weekends. You may want to check out the El Dorado Hotel located right on the Plaza. I have not stayed there, but have heard great things from a reputable source who is very picky. There is a website where you can check the property out.

There is also the Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn which is a very affordable, clean, comfortable property walking distance to the plaza. Enjoy Sonoma! ***kim***
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Old Mar 2nd, 2004, 01:08 PM
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We just got back from Napa Valley and stayed in Yountville at the Maison Fluiere (sp?). It was a little small, but a nice B&B adn within walking distance of all the major restaurants.
It was in the $150/night range.
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www.hoteleldorado.com is the web address. I think you will like this property. I know it is directly across the street from The Girl and the Fig and the Swiss Hotel, two of our favorite restaurants on the Plaza. ***kim***
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Old Mar 3rd, 2004, 07:43 AM
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Thanks for the help!

Kim- El Dorado has a 2 night minimum on weekends.

Q2- We are checking into the Maison Fleurie. Their website doesn't mention anything about a minimum stay. Were you there on a weekend?

We stayed in Yountville and Healdsburg on our last trip to the area and now we were hoping to experience the St. Helena area. I know it's all fairly close together, but we only have one night so want to make the most of it.

Keep the suggestions coming!

Thanks,
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Deb, I just thoguth of the El Bonita Motel in St. Helena. www.elbonita.com I haven't stayed there but have heard good things about it. I have driven by the property and it looks very nice.

The rooms go for around $209/night on weekends I believe. It is in a nice location.

Another idea is Calistoga where there are many moderately priced properites. The Comfort Suites and The BW Stevenson Manor are nice for one night stays and easy on the pocketbook. Have fun! ***kim***
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Deb, I just thought of the El Bonita Motel in St. Helena. www.elbonita.com I haven't stayed there but have heard good things about it. I have driven by the property and it looks very nice.

The rooms go for around $209/night on weekends I believe. It is in a nice location.

Another idea is Calistoga where there are many moderately priced properites. The Comfort Suites and The BW Stevenson Manor are nice for one night stays and easy on the pocketbook. Have fun! ***kim***
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Deb, I just thought of the El Bonita Motel in St. Helena. www.elbonita.com I haven't stayed there but have heard good things about it. I have driven by the property and it looks very nice.

The rooms go for around $209/night on weekends I believe. It is in a nice location.

Another idea is Calistoga where there are many moderately priced properties. The Comfort Suites and The BW Stevenson Manor are nice for one night stays and easy on the pocketbook. Have fun! ***kim***
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The El Pueblo Inn in Sonoma has a one-night minimum (we stayed one night over Labor Day weekend!). It's about a mile or less from Sonoma Square, but you'll have a car if you don't want to walk. The rooms are not fancy but are well-appointed and clean. Great pool area, wonderful staff, and the free breakfast bar is a treat. Lots of good food! I was expecting a tray of donuts and some coffee -- they had oatmeal, pastries, cereal, fruit, juices, yogurt, and more.
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Have you tried the Napa Valley Lodge in St. Helena? It's quite pleasant; some of the rooms have fireplaces.
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Old Mar 4th, 2004, 10:11 AM
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underhill,

I found a napa valley lodge in yountville. Same place? The online reservation form tells me no availabilty, but I suspect it's because they won't allow only 1 night on weekends. Thanks for trying!

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Have you tried Priceline?

Last week I got the Doubletree Rohnert Park for $58 for one night. My first bid on Priceline!

Go to biddingfortravel.com and see what the latest bids have been. Follow the rules - and good luck!
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You might also try calling them -- especially if it is a smaller place. Sometimes they will book you for only one night. However, remember that many of these places are only busy during "nice weather seasons" and since there are so many times of the year when they aren't booked, they need to maximize their bookings when it is nice. But if you only plan to be there, say Friday or Sunday night, they might negotiate and let you have one night. If it's Saturday...that's the easy night for them to sell out. oops. just looked. May 8 is a Saturday. Still, it wouldn't hurt to ask. You could get lucky and someone will say yes!
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Yountville Inn is great for a night or two. http://www.yountvilleinn.com
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We have stayed at the Yountville Inn for one night. It's a wonderful property. I believe it was a Thurs. night.

I know we stayed at the Indian Springs Resort in Calistoga on a Fri. night the first week of May. www.indianspringscalistoga.com is the web address, but the rooms are about forty dollars more than your price range. ***kim***
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