Post # 1
We are taking JetBlue up on their 39$ tickets to San Fran from Long Beach, California. Does anyone have any recommendations for a relaxing, near the vineyards hotel? We are hoping to pay around 200-300 in summer. So far these look promising. Anyone heard of them/stayed there/recommends another?
Also what town is best? Napa? Sonoma? Yountville? Healdsberg? Oakville? Calistoga? Glen Ellen?
Post # 3
I love Yountville, Healdsburg, and Calistoga. All three have cute walkable downtowns with restaurants (Yountville has GREAT restaurants) and shops so you have other things to do besides wine tasting. Keep in mind that Healdsburg is in Sonoma valley whereas the other two are in Napa. Most tourists go to Napa so if you’re looking for a more quiet weekend then you should stay in Sonoma valley. You could do both of course depending on how many days you’ll be here.
Since I live in the region I don’t stay overnight so don’t have personal experience, sorry.
Post # 4
Definitely stay in a bed and breakfast – they’re the best, especially in wine country. The fairmont is more fancy and less country than a B&B. If you’re looking for a hotel with everything, go to Fairmont. Although the rooms aren’t that exciting, but the one in San Jose has a sushi bar in the lobby, giant tv screen, piano and live music, etc. It depends on your style. Some of the hotels are real nice but personally I like the feel of the B&Bs.
If you’re coming up here and you have time, definitely see if you can go to Big Sur and/or Carmel/Monterey. You can whale watch, and wine taste there too. I like driving down there and just staying for a night in a cheap hotel near downtown. It’s fun. Enjoy Northern California!
Oh, and I’d stay in Napa…more to do.
Post # 6
We’ve stayed at Roman Spa in Calistoga a couple of times and really liked it. They have a room with a giant whirlpool we snagged once which was awesome. Calistoga’s a fun town to walk around – a few bars, some good restaurants, etc, all on the one main street. I don’t have much experience with the rest of Napa or Sonoma, though… need to find another time to go up there.
Post # 7
Have you checked tripadvisor? Sometimes I’ll even pick where in an area we’re going based on the best hotel or B&B. You’ll definitely have to pay for your wine tastings in Napa, you may get away with some free ones in Sonoma. Make sure you’re not driving so you can winery hop safely.
Post # 8
We’re booked at the Fairmon for our honeymoon in June. I can’t tell you if its good or not yet – but the customer service while booking was great and I read a ton of positive reviews before booking.
Post # 9
@daniellezara: good point, we don’t want to have to drive to wine tastings. i totally forgot about that.
@jennypenny: what type of room did you get? the basic, basic ones look like a good deal but i wonder how theyd be compared to the more fancy ones…
Post # 10
We booked a really nice looking Inn via http://www.luxury-link.com