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Napa and Sonoma Valley Travel Guide

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4.5 out of 5
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132,838 people visited Napa and Sonoma Valley
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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    Foodies
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  • 71%
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
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    Local Culture
  • 63%
    Budget Travelers
  • 63%
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    Susan Prevo
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley is a slower way of life.
    A lot of grapes Grape vines growing . Wine cellars,
    Vinyards. Top quality grapes same as FRANCE

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    Katy Paterson
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Both Napa and Sonoma Valleys are just beautiful. Enjoy a day of wine tasting around both areas. I prefer Sonoma Valley as it's a bit more quiet and peaceful but they are both lovely areas.

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    Cassandra Edds
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Everytime I visit up here, I fall in love with this area more. There is so much personality and beauty up here.

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    PatMeierJohnson
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Exquisite people, food, wine and nature. The ultimate best of life and friendliness, particularly Sonoma. Napa may be a bit hard sell but Sonoma is kind and pleasant and gentle. It's for real, folks, and seductive as it is beautiful.

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    Jennifer Scholnick
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Avoid the big well-known wineries, it's a less authentic experience. Try Joseph Phelps, Quintessa, Cakebread...

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    Becky Mahan
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Some of the state's most fertile and beautiful lands, paved with vineyards and dotted with small towns and villages perfect for antique shopping and wine tasting. It makes a great side trip from San Francisco.

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    Keane
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    As Bay Area residents, we are so blessed to live near Napa and Sonoma. Two of the most beloved wine capitals of the world, we are privy to affordable wines proudly called "local." St. Helena was also rated as one of the most beautiful places in the country.
    Take a sip of wine and enjoy the slower life up in the valleys.

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    Jonathan Cardella
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Great resort but kinda pricey. Just outside of Sonoma town square (walk) and built on a geothermal hot spring. amazing grounds, great service/food but a bit more stuffy than cool.

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    Rene
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    World class wine in a relaxed atmosphere. An easy day trip from San Francisco. If you can swing an overnight, do not miss out on the many stellar dining options. There is more to the region than just the French Laundry.

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  • Napa and Sonoma Valley
    Sharon K. Yapp
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    An easy drive north of San Francisco, Napa Valley is a perfect weekend getaway! It's great for couples or groups of friends to explore different wineries--some with really awesome architecture, indulge in new wines, and drive along some the most beautiful nature views ever. Fall is a great time to go if you'd love to see the beautiful change of colors that comes with fall (red, green and gold everywhere!) and grapevines lush and heavy with grapes. Another great thing about Napa Valley is the abundance of hotels and restaurants, from rustic to modern. And of course, there are also the bed & breakfast options for those seeking a cozier experience! By far, Napa Valley is one of my favorite getaways!

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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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