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posted 02-10-2012 08:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi All,

I think your final destination will determine which route to take. If your destination is Healdsburg, take Hyw 128. If your destination is Santa Rosa or south, take the Oakville grade. Personally, I do not find Hwy 128 daunting.


posted 02-10-2012 06:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message

Take the Calistoga Rd route like loveswine suggest. Really not that bad of drive. I take it all the time when we are there, because we usually stay in Santa Rosa but spend more time in Napa Valley than Sonoma. Except for our trip in late May. Have 3 days planned in Sonoma and only 2 in Napa. I have gone back thru your post concerning Sonoma for all the good spots to hit over the past couple of weeks. Have them down on my list.....will see how many we get to! Thanks for your insights into Sonoma.



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posted 02-09-2012 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for loveswine     Edit/Delete Message
Depending on where I'm going in Napa, I drive the center route, which is the Oakville grade. And yes I drive it myself! I wouldn't on icy or rainy days, but it really isn't that bad. And the view coming into Napa Valley is worth stopping and enjoying. And by the way, this is Trinity Road from the other end. Changes names a couple of times during the journey.

From the North end, I go over Calistoga Road. Just north of Calistoga and it ends just south of Santa Rosa. Again a bit of a driving test, but for the time it saves well worth it. I've even seen limos on it but that is a bit of a stretch.

[This message has been edited by loveswine (edited 02-09-2012).]


posted 02-09-2012 07:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yes,

From the Healdsburg area, the best way is to take Hwy 128 through the Alexander Valley (more opportunity to taste) to Calistoga. Any way you go will have some twists and turns, but this is not too bad. Last time I went across, they were working on two bridges and there may be some delay. However is is usually less than 15 minutes.

If you are in the south, Hwy 12 goes from Napa to Sonoma town and is a pretty good, fairly straight road. But them, you have quite a drive to the northern parts.

Well, that is my take on it and may be worth exactly what you paid for it.



posted 02-09-2012 06:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Okay gang- the big question..what's the best way to get from the Sonoma side to the Napa side without having a heart attack?
I know that Trinity Road is out of the question ( our younger and sturdier friends nearly got divorced over that debacle) so what's the best way to get over?
Looking at a day trip, from Santa Rosa, to include wineries in STH and Calistoga...


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