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Napa V. Sonoma

Missme May 5, 2010 06:46 PM

My brand new husband and I will be headed to Hawaii for our honeymoon. In route to the islands we are doing a stop over in San Fran and want to head to the wine country. We are looking for advice on wheather we should base ourselves in Napa or Sonoma, and can't miss resturants. We don't want to do French Laudry and are looking to be there for dinner for one night. Also interested in any great places to stay that you can reccomend. I realize this is extremely broad, but looking for something special without being extremely expensive. As we are only there for one night we would be looking for something romantic, and an ambiance that screams California. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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    Cary Jun 7, 2010 12:46 PM

    Regarding the region to stay, I would stay in the Sonoma area. A little bit less commercial and touristy. Still lots of great food and wines, especially if you like pinot noir.

    If you end up staying in the Napa region, I would stay in Yountville and eat a meal at Keller's Bouchon. Classic French bistro cuisine with a good level of technique (although there are always detractors who say the food is overpriced for the "simplicity"). Share some raw oysters, have some rillettes, and dig in to some boudin noir and other French comfort food.

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      Indy_Foodie Jun 7, 2010 10:03 AM

      Ad Hoc in Yountville is another Thomas Keller restaurant that is very good. $49 per person fixed price and you get whatever they are serving that day. The 4-course menu changes daily. One of the best meals I've ever had. I also agree with everyone else about Boon Fly (breakfast and lunch only I believe).

      Ad Hoc
      6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

      Boon Fly Cafe
      4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559

      1. maria lorraine May 7, 2010 09:55 AM

        Honestly, a trip to wine country may be too much for a stopover. When will you land at SFO and at what time do you have to be back to SFO? What day of the week will it be? Might be best to simply stay in San Francisco and enjoy its wonders.

        It's two hours from SFO to the southern end of Sonoma or Napa Valley. Sonoma County is huge. Napa Valley is much smaller and more concentrated. Depending on where you are, they are equally scenic.

        1. Shane Greenwood May 6, 2010 07:46 AM

          Look into the Carneros Inn. Very nice place to stay with some chow worthy eats on the premises in Farm and Boon Fly Cafe. It's a great location to go into Napa or Sonoma.

          Boon Fly Cafe
          4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559

          Farm At Carneros Inn
          4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559

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          1. re: Shane Greenwood
            BubblyOne May 6, 2010 09:06 AM

            I absolutely LOVED the Carneros Inn, rooms, service and food were top-notch. I had the best Eggs Benedict ever at the Boon Fly Cafe and their room service is great too. This last trip, we did the Calistoga Ranch and it was much pricier and about time for some upgrades-although fabulous grounds and major butt-kissing by the staff.

            Boon Fly Cafe
            4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559

          2. rworange May 5, 2010 10:58 PM

            How many days and what days of the week are you planning to be in Wine Country?

            1. myst May 5, 2010 10:06 PM

              I think Glen Ellen Sonoma is nice or Harvest Inn in St. Helena. Napa itself is not that pretty but Yountville, St. Helena are scenic and Sonoma/Glen Ellen area is very quaint. Girl and fig in Sonoma is popular. In Napa area you have Redd, Bistro Jeanty, Etoile, Bottega all of which have been discussed on this board.

              Bistro Jeanty
              6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

              6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

              Harvest Inn
              1 Main St, Saint Helena, CA 94574

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