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posted 04-28-2011 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
By the way, EOD, I do prefer Sonoma, but Napa has some great things to offer. I just prefer the wine on the other side of the mountain.
Also, Sonoma county is HUGE compared to Napa valley; Napa has the cache` but Sonoma has the acreage- its nearly 3x the size.
You didn't mention what YOUR interest is, since you are not really into wine, so maybe if you could share that information we could come up with some specific things to consider.


posted 04-27-2011 09:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Now D'.....!You don't mean it!!
I really don't know about camping for either area in certainty,EOD, but I believe that if you would access the 101Things to Do guide for each area that you will have enough information to make an informed decision.
I should ask, are you using the phrase "Sonoma Valley" with the meaning of the area between Carneros and Santa Rosa or, are you referring to the entire Sonoma County area between the Mayacamas and the coast? A lot of people don't realize that the Sonoma Valley is just a small part of "Sonoma Wine Country". To be honest, in our years of visiting the area, I can't recall seeing campgrounds in Sonoma Valley...but there are several very nice parks down there, so I would not be surprised to learn there are some. Jack London State park would be my first choice of places to look into- lots of great scenery and history.
I do know that the western part of the county, in the Russian River area, is very outdoor oriented and famous as a getaway for folks from SF in the summer.
Saying which is better depends on what you think is important, hence the suggestion to check out the 101 Things website.
Ha! We were posting at the same time!
Yes, you can travel between the two areas pretty easily via several different routes.
***Another Note****
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is off Adobe Canyon Rd and they do have campsites. They also have the Ferguson Observatory which is open to the public some evenings.
This would be very convenient for wine tasting and for going over to Napa for day trips.

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posted 04-27-2011 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EODwife     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for the info. Yes we have a truck. I'm not a wine drinker and my husband is and he doesn't have any preference at all.
So I guess I can assume that you can stay in one valley and drive to the next?


posted 04-26-2011 07:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
As to winery suggestion, do you have a wine preference?


posted 04-26-2011 07:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Quick, before yesilovewine shows up - Napa is BETTER than Sonoma!!!
Just joking, (and yanking her chain)...
I'm afraid I have no suggestions for RV/campground sites, as I am the sort of person who considers my favorite Best Western in Napa as my "camping" Once you find a campground, I'm assuming you will have a car to run around in? I ask because somewhere along the way, there was a question here about driving the RV from winery to winery and it was determined that it wasn't the greatest idea because many wineries parking areas are not set up for large vehicles. There are some, the larger wineries, who have ample parking, but the smaller "family owned" won't.
As far as Napa vs. Sonoma - Napa Valley runs from Napa (town) north to Calistoga and I think it's around 30-35 miles in length. There are two roads, Hwy 29 and the Silverado Trail, which run parallel to one another up the valley. You could leave one winery and turn right into another within moments or just a few minutes. Sonoma County is far larger and much more spread out. There are several areas within Sonoma County where you could easily visit neighboring wineries, but there is greater distance from one end of the county to the other... As far as wines go - there are fabulous wines to be tasted in each place. Generally speaking, tasting fees are less in Sonoma County, but often times a tasting fee is waived with purchase.
Personally, we spend half our time in Napa Valley and the other half in Sonoma County.
Good luck with the planning - which can be half the fun!!


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posted 04-25-2011 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EODwife     Edit/Delete Message
Hi all! We are planning a trip to Napa valley and would like to know if anyone can recommend a campground/RV Resort to stay at?

Also any suggestions of what wineries to visit would be appreciated. And is Napa better than Sonoma valley?

First time time to CA!

Much thanks!


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