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Poohh66
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posted 01-31-2011 07:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
wow... I so thank the tripadvisor member, WarEagleGal, who directed me to you all !!!!!! (she needs to join in here) Hawkeye, you are amazing..... THANK YOU, i sure hope one day I can help somebody feel as good as I feel when someone like you helps out with great advise

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-31-2011 06:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Poohh66, I don't think you will be disappointed with the Marriott in Napa, It is a pretty nice hotel and very close to Hwy 29. It is also very easy to find. As you are coming north on 29, exit on Redwood Road, cross over Hwy 29, and turn right at the first light on Solano Avenue and it will be on your left. Back to the south on Solano Avenue, you will find two wine shipping companies, Stagecoach Express and Buffalo Shipping. I have used both and their prices are very similar. If you go to winecountrythisweek.com/print/9034 you can print a coupon for a free shipping carton.

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Poohh66
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posted 01-30-2011 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
We are Marriott gold reward members which automatically either upgrades us to the concierge level or at least gives us access to it, I knew this one would be a step down from The Lodge but last time when we stayed at The Lodge in Sonoma we spent most of the time in Napa, so we thought we would try The Napa Marriott, hope we wont be disappointed.
We don't mind the driving, we actually enjoy it specially in pretty scenery.
Starting a new Message with my tentative itinerary so you can all help me out..
thanks in advance

I do not mind if I have to make appointments

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-30-2011 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Okay, Poohh66, tell us how many days, then maybe we can help.
We have stayed at the Napa Valley Marriott many times. It will be a cut below the Lodge. I have not stayed there yet, but have visited friends that were there. If you are Marriott Rewards members, ask for an upgrade to the concierge level. Do you want to make some reservations or not? Many of the smaller wineries taste by appointment only.

You will be on the south end of Napa Valley, so that means you will have to do some driving. But, do not despair, you will still have a great time and a lot of good tasting experiences.

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Poohh66
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posted 01-30-2011 04:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye

Just reading through some of these messages, which by the way I find very entertaining and informative.... we stayed at The Lodge back in 2008 and found it to be very nice and on the high end of the Marriott chain, the rooms were huge, the one we stayed at had a separate living room area with a small kitchen, very comfortable beds. Hope you find it enjoyable.

Going back in a couple of week but we decided to stay in Napa this time, so we have reservations at the Napa Valley Marriott Resort and Spa, it doesn't look as nice as The Lodge so we shall see..... ( we are marriott gold reward members, but I would have chosen The Lodge even if we weren't)

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-03-2010 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I am familiar with the barrel tasting weekends, Hawkeye. Unfortunately our timing is never quite coincident with the event so we haven't made it yet. Seems like we are usually a week or so before or about 2 weeks after.
If you haven't used trip advisor before, you might want to try exploring some of the threads regarding the barrel tasting event. I have seen some good tips about how to optimize your time. I get the impression that the whole thing has become something of a free-for-all and gotten away from the original intent which was to give the public a chance to taste and participate in the "futures" opportunities from what different servers and winemakers have told us; to the extent that some wineries have stopped participating altogether.
I can say that if you are going to Glen Ellen you really need to stop and see Chris Loxton. He is the NICEST guy, and a native Austrailian whose family is in the wine business over there. He makes a syrah port that will knock your socks off.
Also, the Mayo Family winery is just down the road from him and their food/wine pairing is very nice. Just be sure to make a reservation for that; none needed for a regular tasting.

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Hawkeye
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posted 11-03-2010 04:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine,

Guess the three of us will need to keep this message board going. We are going to spend two nights at The Lodge at Sonoma because we receive a certificate for two free nights. Guess we can branch out from there tasting up around Glenn Ellen, etc. I think we will purchase a ticket for the 33rd Annual Barrel Tasting in Sonoma and the Healdsburg area so will probably move to the Dry Creek Best Western. Do you know about the barrel tasting? It is the 1st and 2nd weekends in March. Here is the website.
http://www.wineroad.com/annualevents/3
It actually goes on for two weekends and some of the wineries are open for Friday tasting.

Then we will move back to Calistoga and get in more familiar territory.

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-02-2010 11:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well, Hawkeye, we spend most of our time in the Russian River and Alexander Valley areas, and have always saved Sonoma Valley for the visits "on the way back" to San Francisco.
The Lodge at Sonoma looks like a nice place and gets a lot of good press on trip advisor but I can't offer any personal experience from there.
Aside from The Red Grape, which is a very casual place just a half-block off the Plaza that serves a really good pizza, our only Sonoma (town) dining has been picnic supplies from the Cheese Factory. Friends like The Girl and the Fig very much, and Cafe La Haye, but that's all I can offer on that front. I have heard that Saddles is very good for steaks.
Regarding wineries, do you have anything particular that you are looking for- either in wines or other aspects that might give me a clue for making suggestions?

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Hawkeye
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posted 11-02-2010 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yesilovewine,

Our next trip to the valley will be in March. This time we will be spending 2 nights at The Lodge at Sonoma prior to moving to Calistoga. We have not stayed in Sonoma or at this hotel before, so this will be a new experience. We will have to find new wineries and new restaurants. Any suggestions?

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-01-2010 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks Hawkeye! Its REEALLY slow on that board....
By the way, I would invite you to dine in Sonoma county more often if Napa isn't suiting you. I can only think of one poor dining experience ( or poor enough to remember) in our 6 years of visiting and that was at a hotel restaurant.

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Hawkeye
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posted 11-01-2010 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Day 3 - Saturday, October 23

Since the day was spent in Healdsburg, the posting is on the Sonoma Bulletin Board.

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