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russian river dining suggestions?

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we're staying in Occidental over Christmas - any interesting and dining options? we're also looking for winery recommendations - I'm thinking its wise to stay the whole weekend (dining+wineries) in the Russian River are and not try to venture out to Napa/Yountville - does that make sense?

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  1. You are indeed wise to stay in the Russian River area. There is plenty to see and do in Sonoma County. I would venture no further than Healdsburg/Dry Creek Road.

    There have been many posts on dining options & wineries in this area made on this board over the past 3-6 months. It would be worth your while to do searches for Occidental, Bodega Bay, Guerneville, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Jenner, Sebastopol, etc. You will find many helpful suggestions already here for you.

    1. here is good website to try.... we did their november wine and food affair which was great, but tiring after two days (14+ wineries) of drinking and eating. Since we did all of the eating at the wineries, we really didn't have dinner when we were up there... so here are at least my recommendations in terms of wineries based on some of my favorties from this year: Chateau Felice, Geyser Peak (great port), Taft, Rosenbloom, Simi
      http://www.wineroad.com/

      1. I can't remember if it's the Willow Wood or Underwood in Graton that's good.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Both are. But radically different atmosphere and price points, under common ownership.

        2. In Sebastapol I had a really great time at K&L. I thought it was easy, delicious, and sitting at the bar seemed like the best deal around.

          1. Pignoli in Occidental is very nice. The winter menus included wonderful short ribs. If you are willing to drive a bit
            Mosaic in Forestville is worth the trip as are Stella's and the Farmhouse Inn.

            1. And the Bistro des Copains in Occidental is a very solid French bistro.

              1. since my last post was deleted due to an honest opinion, i still recommend The Farmhouse Inn in Forestville and The Applewood Inn in Guerneville. I would avoid K&L. (is that better moderators?)

                1. Mirepoix in Windsor - cozy, top-notch French brasserie. The space seats only about 20 so reservations are a must.