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yesilovewine
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posted 08-26-2012 09:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Muir Woods is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area...its just north of the Golden Gate Bridge literally on the way.
What types of wine do you like? There may be other places that will offer better tasting experience.
If you are farmers ( good for you), then zazu in Santa Rosa is likely to be a place you'd like to have dinner. Most everything they make comes from what they have grown themselves

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Sunlover
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posted 08-26-2012 04:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sunlover     Edit/Delete Message
First I will check on Muir Woods. (Not sure where its at) if we get out of SF ok that sounds like a plan!
No, we are not stuck on those winerys. We are huge Vegetable famers and I do think my husband would like the tour at Benziger so I just started working up from Sonoma since I wanted to see the town.
You are being so helpful so thank you for all this information.

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yesilovewine
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posted 08-25-2012 07:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Another possible scenario would be to head straight for Armstrong from SFO...looks like it would be about a 2 hour drive, traffic notwithstanding, but since they don't close the gates until after sunset, it might make a nice into' to the area.
Drive up, enjoy riding through the park for an hour or so, then head to lodging...and if you take this option then Windsor would work about as well as Santa Rosa.
If you just want to see Redwoods, and aren't set on Armstrong, you could visit Muir Woods. It would be more convenient in terms of its location, but I understand that it does get crowded. You could easily slide that in either on the way to Sonoma or on the return.
I meant to ask before how you chose the wineries you want to visit. Are you already a fan of those wines?
Oh, and were you planning to do the tour at Benziger, or just taste?

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Sunlover
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posted 08-25-2012 07:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sunlover     Edit/Delete Message
Hopefully before 5 pm. Our flight (if all goes well) lands in SFO at 2:15, we have to get our car then will be on our way.
Yes, that was an option I thought about..going to Armstrong in the morning. Just didn't want to get started too late to Monterey. It is the Hampton we were considering. I will look into Hilton properties in Santa Rosa.

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yesilovewine
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posted 08-25-2012 06:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Here you are!!!
I posted to you on the wineries to visit, but not with much detail. Check that ( somewhat weak) post, too, but here is one opinion to work with.
First, we always stay in Santa Rosa well, almost always, but we find that it fits our style of visiting the best. It would be VERY convenient for the plan that you have as well since it sits right at the top of Sonoma Valley where you want to focus your visits.
If that Rhonert Park location you were considering is the Doubletree, our good friends stayed there last summer and found it "adequate" but inconvenient to their travels around the area, but they were focused on the upper county and Napa. Dining options there were limited in their view, so that may be something to think about.
For your itinerary, here's the thing...Armstrong and the town of Sonoma are located about as opposite as possible in the county geography. In my opinion, it would be a stretch to see Sonoma (town) with any detail, visit those wineries and Armstrong in one day.
Had you thought about using your 2nd day to visit Armstrong? Again, its in the opposite direction from Monterey, but I think that you could start your day there, then travel south along the coastal route for scenery . Again, we haven't "done" the coast yet and I don't have my distance chart handy, but I think it will work.
You said that you will arrive in the evening...would it be after 5pm?

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Sunlover
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posted 08-25-2012 06:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sunlover     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine...hoping you will see this and give me your suggestions. Unfortunately we will not have much time so we are concentrating on Sonoma area. We will arrive a Thurs. evening. Fri. morning thinking of heading straight to Sonoma for a few hrs. then heading to Glen Ellen for lunch and to go to Benziger and Imagery. Then go up to Kenwood( maybe to Kenwoodwinery) but definitely stop at Ledson.
Other than that no plans. Thinking after that drive to Armstrong Redwoods. Not sure if this is all doable in 1 day. We will have a few hours. Sat. morning, but need to get to Monterey as we will have 2 very anxious grandchildren waiting to see us!
I was debating between Hampton Inn in Windsor or one in Rohnert Park. Thank you so much for any hints/suggestions/or tips you can give.

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