Where to stay in Sonoma Valley?

Old Dec 19th, 2004, 09:16 AM
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Where to stay in Sonoma Valley?

My husband and I are looking to travel around Sonoma for 3 days in late May (we have already been to Napa). After looking at a map, I am confused as to the best "area" to stay? Someone told me about Healdsburg but it seems so far North and away from everything. Is that accurate? On the otherhand, the town of Sonoma seems so far south?!?!

We are in our thirties, would like a little luxury, spa ammenities, etc. Can anyone help with a place to stay and enlighten me on how easy/difficult it is to travel to different areas and which are the "must-do" areas/wineries?
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Old Dec 19th, 2004, 09:33 AM
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Here's a website for some wineries in the area:


We only spent one day exploring the wineries around Healdsburg, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Type in Sonoma in the search this forum box, and there is a lot of great information on wineries in the area and hotels/accommodations, etc.

P.S. We were there in late May, and it was a great time/great weather.
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Old Dec 19th, 2004, 12:41 PM
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budman is showing you a good choice
in the wineroad.com link-this site covers much of the Russian River/
Dry Creek/Healdsburg area. Lots to do with many good restaurants,wineries and
inns. The same is true of the Sonoma
Valley where the town of Sonoma is
central. You could choose to stay
in our around Healdsburg or Sonoma
and spend one of your days touring the other area. 45 mins to 1 hour in-between, and many wineries along the way. In Healdsburg take a look at the Honor Mansion, Farmhouse Inn or duChamp.
In Sonoma, MacArthur Place is the
best IME. Their spa and rooms are divine. You can click on my name as I've
got lots to say about my Sonoma county,
I don't think you'd go wrong either way! I could give you lists and lists of my favorite wineries and restaurants
for each area-what wine do you like?
what kind of dining experience(s)?
Perhaps narrow down where you would be staying, and go from there. Also,
sonoma.com is a good resoource to
help you "see" the differences in our different areas.
Happy Planning!
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Old Dec 20th, 2004, 03:06 AM
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dreamingofitaly -

We were in Sonoma this past October and loved it. We also loved Healdsburg but found it quite remote. We would not want to stay there to tour.

From Sonoma we were able to see easily all of the valley, including the coast, and then pop over to Napa Valley for a day.

We saw McArthur Place and it looks wonderful - also very convenient to town - I think you could walk.
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My husband and I are celebrating our 6 year anniversary this coming January and we are staying at the Gaige House Inn. It has some of the best reviews from Conde Nast Traveler and a great spa. Check them out.
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I liked the looks of the Gaige House, but there's very little around it. Glen Ellen is just a tiny town. I prefer Healdsburg with restaurants on the square, shopping , etc. Driving and touring is a piece of cake. You don't have lots of traffic, the wineries are marked at intersections. In three days, you can do 3 different valleys. Do you enjoy hiking? Lake Sonoma is fabulous!
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A little luxury, spa amenities, say no more than the Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. www.sonomamissioninn.com We'll be staying there ourselves in March, hopefully in the newly remodeled rooms in the main building.

I've ordered a bunch of their Apricots N Cream lotions and candles for Christmas presents this year! ***kim***
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I enjoy making my 'home base' The FountainGrove Inn in Santa Rosa. It is right by the freeway and easy to head in any direction and a delightful place to stay.
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HI bodi, business in Santa Rosa is actually what brings us to the area each year. Have you been to the Charles Schultz museum there? Huge Peanuts fan, here! Happy Holidays! ***kim***
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