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  Guys please help, travelling to Napa at the end of October!!!

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bigsemi
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posted 09-13-2008 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
For Napa: Most of the Spas in Calistoga are great, Golden Haven is nice and inexpensive. Most wineries open around 10:00 and close between 5:00-6:00. Lots of wineries are just walk up. Some good ones: Sterling(Cool tram ride), Rutherford Hill(inexpensive cave tour), V. Sattui (free tasting and great deli), and Hall.
One tour i would highly recommend (you'll need reservation)is the $40 Barrel Tasting at Del Dotto in Napa, try to get the last tour of the day, it will last longer. Del Dotto this year opened up a new Winery in St. Helena, the $50 tour sounds very similar to the one in Napa, and I'm sure it will be awesome. Del Dotto makes awesome wine. There are tons of small wineries that you can get reservations at if you want to look into them more.

Couple other places to check out in Napa, The Bounty Hunter, Oxbow Market, and Dean & Deluca.

As for Sonoma:
I never stayed out there, but some of the wineries you might want to try are, Benziger (cool tractor ride), Chateau St. Jean, Viansa, and Cline. Also, down town Sonoma is great, a couple cheese stores, great places to eat, and shop.

Another Cool spot in Sonoma is the Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve.

Hope this helps. All else fails get a Frommers Wine Country Day by Day guide book. It has lots of great recommendations, including best of tours for both valleys 1-7 days.

IP: 70.244.169.76

JuliaA
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posted 09-11-2008 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JuliaA     Edit/Delete Message
Guys,
Me and my fiance are travelling to Napa on 20th of October for the first time, and I have to help all trip myself as a surprise for his birthday.

For one day we are planning to stay in Napa and rent a car, to drive from winery to winery. Any suggestions on where would be the best to stay under 200$/night so it would be closer to most wineries? What time do the wineries close? Do you have to make reservation in advance, or can you do it when you arrive?

The second day we are planning to stay in Sonoma, and take a tour. Any suggestions again on lodging and the tours as well as good restaurants???

IP: 68.55.75.25

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