Secrets of Wine Country: Top Picks by Town
Our Insider's Guide to Sonoma County and Napa Valley Travel
January, 2009 - Jack

WORK IN PROGRESS - On this page, we pick our favorites and/or choices we would investigate first. The towns are also listed in our order of importance. We would spend Wed/Thur/Fri between Calistoga and Yountville (i.e., not the City of Napa). We would spend Sat/Sun/Mon in Healdsburg.

Napa Valley


Yountville
Must Dining:
The French Laundry (long meal)

Dining:
Bistro Jeanty
Bouchon (esp. for seafood)
Bottega

Lodging:
Vintage Inn
Yountville Inn
Napa Valley Lodge



Saint Helena
Dining:
Meadowood
Press
Martini House (esp. cocktails)
Go Fish
Market
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen

Less expensive:
Taylor's Refresher
Silverado Brewing Company

Lodging:
Meadowood
Harvest Inn

Wine Stores:
Dean & DeLuca
St. Helena Wine Merchants


Napa
Dining:
Ubuntu
Angèle
Pilar

Less expensive:
BarBersQ
Restaurants at Oxbow Market

Wine Bar/Store:
Whole Foods
Napa Wine Merchant
Bounty Hunter


Rutherford
Dining:
Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil
Rutherford Grill



Calistoga
Dining:
Wappo Bar
Solbar

Lodging:
Calistoga Ranch
Solage



Carneros

Dining:
Farm
Boonfly Cafe

Lodging:
The Carneros Inn

Mendocino

Cafe Beaujolais



Sonoma County

Healdsburg
Must Dining:
Cyrus (long meal)
Farmhouse Inn

Dining:
Madrona Manor

Less expensive:
BarnDiva (great bar)
Bistro Ralph

Lodging:
Le Mars Hotel
Healdsburg Hotel
Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza


Sonoma
Dining:
Estate
La Salette


Santa Rosa
Less expensive:
Rosso Pizzeria (best pizza!)
Sea Thai

Wine Stores:
Bottle Barn (top pick!)


Rohnert Park
Dining:
Hana Japanese


Windsor
Dining:
Odyssey
Mirepoix

Less Expensive:
The Green Grocer (takeout)

Petaluma
Less Expensive:
Della Fattoria


Kenwood

Lodging:
Kenwood Inn


Geyserville/Alexander Vly
Dining:
Santi

Less expensive:
Diavolo
Jimtown Store (take out)



Sonoma - West County


Sebastopol
Dining:
K & L Bistro
Restaurant Eloise



Graton
Dining:
Underwood Grill
Willowood Cafe (Brunch)



Forestville/Occidental
Dining:
The Farmhouse Inn
Bistro Des Copains



Bodega Bay
Dining:
Terrapin Creek (just opened)






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