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  • Napa and Sonoma ValleyPro 2014
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    Even "off season," this is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Touring the numerous wineries is a fun activity, but not all the area has to offer.

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  • Napa and Sonoma ValleyPro 2014

    Visiting Napa and Sonoma is a great way to spend a day, weekend, or week from San Francisco. The wineries are so much fun to tour, the wine tastings never get old, and there are plenty of additional attractions to enjoy in the region.

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  • Napa and Sonoma ValleyPro 2014
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    Napa and the surrounding areas are wonderful places to visit. There are beautiful vineyards and of course, great wineries. Even if you don't drink wine, there are great places to have a picnic or just explore out here. Of course, wine drinkers will probably enjoy the area the most. Give yourself at least a few days to enjoy the area. It can be done it one or two days, but it's much nicer to have extra time to relax and enjoy the individual wineries.

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  • Napa and Sonoma ValleyPro 2014
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    A must visit if you are traveling in Northern Cal. Other than the great wine and cheese you can taste here this is one of the most beautiful places in California.

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    Organising a mum's weekend away in Napa (wintertime)

    Winter season may not be top of mind for Napa but there are good reasons to do a wine trip then. Sure, you won’t see the grapes dripping from the vine trees. But on the other hand, it’s off season, so you should get good accommodation deals and the tasting rooms aren’t as crowded.

    1/ Transport
    Consider getting a car to drive you around so that you can enjoy your drink. Or better still, get a limousine and cruise in style. Celebrity Limousines had an attractive price and was very professional. Limo chauffeurs Gary and Shukri have been driving in the area for 20 years so you’ll be in good hands. Also bear in mind that taxis are very sought after in Napa. We tried to order a taxi to take us to a restaurant and the waiting time was two hours. So when it comes to transport, plan ahead!

    2/ Fill your tummy
    Even though you have just one day, make sure you fill your tummy before you hit the wineries. Oxbow public market or Oakville Grocery (between Yountville and St Helena) is a nice place to pick up sandwiches, salads and a cofffee. Villa Satui winery has an extensive delicatessen - a great way to kill two birds with one stone.

    3/ Hit the small ones too
    Don’t just go for the commercially big ones. There are hidden gems in the little family estates. Try James Cole and Elyse.

    4/ Recommended wineries
    Alpha and Omega had a nice seating area outside. Rutherford Hill’s ark like building was pretty impressive and our sommelier was the most knowledgeable, imparting technical jargon like “volatilizing the ester” and “umami’. Mumm’s is great for champagne and has a free tour first thing in the morning at 10am as well as a photography gallery which includes orginal Ansel Adam prints.

    5/ Shopping
    If you’re on a girls’ weekend, you can pair your wine tasting with some outlet shopping on the way back. Just make sure you’re not shopping inebriated or you might be purchasing more than you bargained for.

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  • Napa and Sonoma Valley

    I've never personally stayed in any of these listed Napa/Sonoma Valley vacation rentals--i've always driven up for the day--but check out Gogobot's link to 'Vacation Rentals' (it's under 'Explore Napa, California' on the right-hand side of the page.) Enjoy your trip--it gorgeous up there!

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  • Napa and Sonoma ValleyPro 2014
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    This place is my home. There is a lot of great local and fresh foods through out the area. If you are vegetarian, there is a lot of options here.

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    Is there anyone out there who never heard of Sonoma Valley? Maybe only dinosaurs… Anyway, don’t take it personal… There is no better place to visit in the U.S. for wine tasting than this! Besides wine, the scenery is spectacular and the weather is nice.

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    It is famous. It has world class wineries. It has some exceptional restaurants. It has pretty scenery. Unfortunately, with all that I still find it, with only a few exceptions, boring. The people are alike; the traffic is bad and unlike someplace like the Eastern Sierras, you look at the scenery long enough, your eyelids tend to droop.

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  • Napa and Sonoma Valley

    I love Napa and Sonoma Valley. With the majestic wineries and the beautiful sun, wine tasting is the thing to do!

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    Getting to Sonoma along the coastal roads is the way to go. Once in Sonoma you can enjoy rolling hills of grapes vines, beautiful rivers, quaint wineries with patio seating and huge redwoods towering everywhere. Hard to believe this beautiful countryside is just a short drive from San Fran. I recommend getting up early and enjoying a beautiful drive before stopping at wineries to taste or have a picnic. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Napa and Sonoma ValleyPro 2014
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    Napa, with the bigger wine names, has more of a formal environment. Sonoma is the little sister city with a much more relaxed setting. Both offer great views and wines, so take the time to enjoy! But just remember....free wine tastings (more commonly found in Sonoma) is better than paying for wines if you're not picky about your wines.

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  • Napa and Sonoma ValleyPro 2014

    This place is incredible. Hundreds of wineries spread on this area. Pick one grab a wine and some snacks and you can call it a day.

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    Beautiful place for cycling. And of course if you like wine, this is heaven. Climate is perfect, many many upscale hotels and restaurants

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  • Napa and Sonoma Valley

    Love the scenery, food, wine and everything! I feel very fortunate to be living close proximity to such a wonderful area, although I don't visit often enough. From San Francisco, it is about 1.5 hour drive. The drive is not anything special until you enter the region. There are so many winery and vineyard from Russian River Valley in the west to Napa Valley in the east. I much prefer low-key Sonoma to madness-prone Napa.

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    I could not stop saying "Oh my G-d, look at the view!" I felt like I was in a painting. The fields and rows of grape vines, the rolling hills and beautiful skies... I soaked it in as much as I could as a New Yorker craving fresh air and quiet. Napa and Sonoma Valley is truly heaven.

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    It's definitely worth a drive to Napa for some wine tasting. Check out Domaine Chandon for some lovely pink champagne and also Folies a Deux. Deelish. For lunch, if you fancy a bit of a splash, you can check out the little sister of French Laundry, Bouchon.

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    Initially this was an added part of a trip to San Francisco, but I enjoy Napa and Sonoma more. I would like to eventually go back for a visit to just Napa/Sonoma. Absolutely beautiful scenery and great wine tastings !!

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  • Napa and Sonoma Valley

    Hey I live here for a reason. INcredible weather, nature, beauty, coast, mountains, giants redwoods, lots of wilderness... O h ya, they grow awesome wine and lots of great food here too.

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  • Napa and Sonoma Valley

    Napa and Sonoma is absolutely beautiful! Some of the top wineries are located there. Whether you go for a day trip or a weekend, you will have a fantastic time. There are hundreds of wineries to choose from. Also, some of the top restaurants are located in Napa.

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Consider yourself a bit of a wine enthusiast? Looking to become one? As one of the world’s premier wine-producing regions, Napa Valley is home to over three hundred wineries and attractions for foodies and bon vivants. But don't overlook Sonoma. The less famous neighbor of Napa is no less beautiful, but without the crowds or overpriced tastings. Visitors flock to tours at larger wineries such as Mondavi or Beringer, but smaller vintners often boast exquisite grounds, such as Castello di Amorosa's 12th century castle or Frog's Leap trails and 19th century barn. Some operations require appointments, but many post daily open tasting hours. Leave your car behind and explore by bike tour, private van or the Napa Valley Wine Train. However, fine wine is only half of Napa and Sonoma's allure. A vibrant culture of fine dining exists to serve the experienced palates of Napa and Sonoma's visitors. For couples looking for a romantic vacation, the region's combination of beautiful wine country and delicious restaurants are complimented by world-class highlights such as golf courses, luxurious hotels, cozy B&Bs, spas, hot air balloon rides and Calistoga’s hot springs.

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