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Honeymooning in Napa/Sonoma - Looking for someplace special

Honeymooning Aug 28, 2006 08:22 PM

My future husband and I will be honeymooning in Napa/Sonoma the second week of October. We decided to forgo the whole French Laundry thing because we figured we could find some highly exceptional restaurants at a lower pricepoint.

Could you suggest some special, romantic, outstanding restaurants ideas ideal for a honeymooning couple?


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    stebro Aug 29, 2006 08:35 PM

    I dissent on Girl and the Fig. We had lunch there and were very disappointed. I remember in particular ordering a cheese sampler which was $12.00. It consisted of three small pieces of very average cheese. I sent them an e-mail expressing my unhappiness and got a sort of from response.

    Anyway, back to the subject at hand. If you're staying in Sonoma, I again recommend Madrona Manor restaurant in Healdsburg. Also, in the town of Sonoma, we like the General's Daughter.

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      LarryW Aug 29, 2006 07:43 PM

      That would be "The Girl and the Fig", and is an excellent choice for a romantic dinner.

      Bistro Don Giovanni is good, but can get really boisterous (just had my rehearsal dinner there last week... great food) so be prepared for more joyous than quiet.

      Julia's Kitchen at Copia in Napa is also very nice, though a tweak on the expensive side.

      Also consider a daytime picnic while you're out here. The weather will be perfect and the grapes will be near crush time. A bottle of wine and a picnic can be really romantic.


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        susancinsf Aug 29, 2006 08:26 PM

        I really like the Girl and the Fig, but unless you snag a two top next to the fountain on the back patio I wouldn't call it romantic. Last time I ate there it was quite loud and boisterous. (with a private party going on in a side room and every table filled).

        Another good option on the Sonoma Square (and a bit quieter and more romantic, IMO, is La Salette. Delicious, upscale Portuguese Food...

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        foodgirl Aug 29, 2006 04:45 AM

        If you're in Sonoma, go to a restaurant with Fig and Girl in the name. It's right in the Square, funky-nice, really well priced for what you get, and offers lovely wine flights that are very reasonable.

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          tracee Aug 29, 2006 01:59 AM

          I think that Martini House in St. Helena is very romantic at that time of year. They also have great fall flavors on their menu!

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            AmySherman Aug 29, 2006 01:52 AM

            Lots of people rave about Cyrus.





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              chilipalmer Aug 29, 2006 01:35 AM

              Bistro Don Giovanni in Napa. Tell the reservations person you are honeymooning, will be arriving late, and want a quiet table in the corner. Drink only Champagne. Feed each other, by hand. Order 4 of the desserts, to go. Pay for the dishware or promise to return it on your 1st Anniversary.

              1. Junie D Aug 29, 2006 12:02 AM

                Congratulations! What town(s) will you be staying in? This will help narrow down the romantic choices.

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                  Honeymooning Aug 29, 2006 12:48 PM

                  We are staying in Sonoma, but don't mind driving to other towns. The suggestions so far are great. Thanks everyone!

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                  stebro Aug 28, 2006 10:57 PM

                  Madrona Manor restaurant in Healdsburg would fit your description--quiet, romantic, beautiful property to wander around, great food.

                  Also, we've always enjoyed the restaurant at Domaine Chandon. It's undergone wome recent changes, including the name (now called Etoile) and we haven't been there since these changes occurred. I assume that you can still dine outside on the beatiful terrace, overlooking the grape vines.

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                    ML8000 Aug 28, 2006 10:44 PM

                    Hard to say much w/o knowing your preferences. Auberge du Soleil?

                    Perhaps ask the hotel or inn you're staying at. At the least, they could be very helpful with a reservation. If you mention it's your honeymoon, they'll probably be extra helpful.

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                      dglove Aug 28, 2006 10:24 PM

                      If you are in Northern Sonoma/Healdsburg area, go to Santi in Geyserville. The food is fantastic and they have a nice wine list with a lot of Italian wines. It's not really cheap but it's not French Laundry prices either. Very nice place.

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