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yesilovewine
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posted 03-09-2012 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
WOW!! I'd feel the same....think of all the wine tasting you can do with that $$$!

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RC456
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posted 03-09-2012 08:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine

Actually stayed at the Flamingo last September's visit. You are correct in all assessments about the property. Wife loved the spa. We had a ground floor courtyard room and was quite satisfied. Tried to book this May's trip back at the Flamingo. However, they were not as accommodating on the price as they were back in September.....basically doubling the cost. I know that we got one heck of a deal last September (we had an inside connection to the GM). The same GM is there, but he wasn't as willing to even come close to last year's cost. So, since I could stay at the Hilton for $100 less for the entire stay, went there. Even though we enjoyed our stay there last Sept. and the cost the Flamingo quoted me this time was in-line with the BWGI and the Hilton.....just couldn't get past the idea of paying twice the amount this time around.
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yesilovewine
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posted 03-09-2012 05:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
You know, RC, you might enjoy the Flamingo Resort for a change of pace. Its not quite as convenient for dining or travel but its a pretty cool place. They did a large scale reno recently and I see that they also offer access to a full scale health club for a VERY small fee. Price is comparable to the BWGI, I think.

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-08-2012 10:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
We are mainly interested in CLEAN and relatively quiet when we go to Sonoma, so that is why we stick with the BWGI. We haven't been disappointed in 4 years' of visits.
It is every inch the old timey motor court hotel, with flat screen tv, in-room frig and microwave, but reminds me of the old Holiday Inns my family used when we were kids. So, not really updated with what I think you have in mind, but absolutely adequate as a place to put your feet up after a day of tasting.
Oh yeah, and Left Brain enjoys the proximity to Willy Birds....

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RC456
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posted 03-08-2012 05:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine,

I know we are supposed to be talking wine here, but I almost booked the Best Western Garden Inn for this trip. Pricing was comparable to the Hilton (I pre-paid here to get the price down to the BW), so went with the brand I know usually doesn't disappoint. My question for future...is the BW Garden Inn nice/updated, clean, and comfortable? Comparable to a higher end brand like the Hilton? I travel a lot and know that it is hit and miss with the Best Western properties. I'm sure this one must be great or you wouldn't stay there. We don't stay at the fanciest & more chic places, but do want a nice place to stay when traveling. We, too, had rather save the money to spend on wine & food.

RC

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-07-2012 07:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well I'm glad to hear that its possible to meet a convert! We made the same assessment 4 years ago. I like having the extra $$$ for tastings and wine purchases.
We usually stay around Railroad Square, but at Harvest Fair we've found the Best Western to be about $60/night cheaper.

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RC456
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posted 03-07-2012 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine,

Yep....Santa Rosa is really convenient for us. The "city" conveniences, but with fairly easy and quick access to to all roads leading to wherever you want to go. Plus, not necessarily paying the premium at the hotels just because they are in the tourist destinations. Find that we get way more bang for the buck with the hotels. Like this May trip...staying at the Hilton Sonoma (suite w lanai deck) for what we could stay at a lesser property in the more traditional wine country towns. Can't see changing from Santa Rosa on future trips.

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-07-2012 09:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Yay!!! A convert to the positive side of staying in Santa Rosa!!!!!!

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RC456
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posted 03-07-2012 05:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
For what it's worth, after several trips out to wine country, we have opted to stay in Santa Rosa area the last few and for future trips. Have found to be convenient to all areas of Sonoma county and really not bad to travel over to Napa county, since we really don't do much in Napa proper.

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carjeff
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posted 03-06-2012 09:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
I would second yesilovewine's comments. We have visited Sonoma twice within the last few years, both times staying at the Lodge at Sonoma. Both times we drove to wineries in RRV - and I would agree that it's an easy drive. A few of our favorites are Lynmar, Mueller, Merry Edwards, and Rochioli. You could also stop by Landmark on the way back to Sonoma. I wouldn't try to change your lodging. Sonoma is a quant town, with many great restaurants within walking distance of your Inn.

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-05-2012 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
The Inn is a lovely property and you will probably like it.
I think you will be happier staying in Sonoma as it has more options for dining and other activities than you would out in Sebastopol or Forestville, which are the larger "towns" in the Russian River region.
Is there a particular reason you are not interested in driving yourselves for your day in the Russian River area? The Russian River region isn't hard to navigate- we have done it on several occasions- and traffic out there is minimal. If you are comfortable driving yourselves it is very doable.
A good place to begin would be along Olivet Road, and that would take about 45 min. from your location, if I remember correctly.

[This message has been edited by yesilovewine (edited 03-06-2012).]

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mopinotlvr
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posted 03-02-2012 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mopinotlvr     Edit/Delete Message
My husband and I are traveling to Sonoma for the first time in May 2012. We have reservations at Inn at Sonoma. A friend recommended staying in this area near the plaza. We want to find a way to visit the Russian River Valley for a day of tasting. Are we better of to stay in the RRV or could we find a tour operator to take us to that area?

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