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Sonoma w/ baby - Thanksgiving

mehrirubin Oct 10, 2011 01:56 PM

Hi all,

My wife and I are coming to visit from the east coast (first time for her), and we're looking for some baby-friendly upscale restaurants near Sonoma. Our baby is well behaved and just loves to sit and watch. As for my wife and I, we are eager to try some of the many great restaurants in the area! Especially interested in places with local ingredients and seafood.

We are also looking for a restaurant to go to on Thanksgiving day.

And while I'm writing -- has anyone visited any of the oyster farms on the coast? Worth visiting??

Thank you!

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  1. CarrieWas218 RE: mehrirubin Oct 10, 2011 04:20 PM

    Visiting Hog Island on the coast is definitely worth the drive!

    For Thanksgiving, I would look at The Farmhouse Inn. It is in the Russian River and not Sonoma proper, but worth the drive as well.

    Farmhouse Inn
    7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436

    1. wolfe RE: mehrirubin Oct 10, 2011 05:14 PM

      How about the Vineyards Inn?

      Vineyards Inn
      8445 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, CA 95452

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        cortez RE: wolfe Oct 11, 2011 09:07 PM

        When you say "Sonoma", are you referring to the county or the town? The county is enormous-- Russian River to Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, the coast north of Point Reyes, and inland to Valley of the Moon, town of Sonoma and south to Carneros. Recommendations will depend upon where you will be staying so as to pinpoint what's best in your area.


        1. re: cortez
          mehrirubin RE: cortez Oct 12, 2011 05:21 AM

          I mean the town of Sonoma, but we are planning on day trips to others places in the county. Thanks for the recs so far!

          1. re: mehrirubin
            cortez RE: mehrirubin Oct 12, 2011 01:41 PM

            Some thoughts:

            If you travel over to Tomales Bay for oysters (beautiful drive via 116 to Petaluma and then onward to Marshall), please consider Osteria Stellina in Point Reyes Station for lunch. Local products, simply prepared on the main drag in town. Delicious. Close walk to Cow Girl Creamery and multiple local spots for top ingredients. Marin Sun Farms just south of town is a superior shop for locally raised meet products. Unusual and very worthwhile.

            In Sonoma proper, The Girl and the Fig and Cafe La Haye (dinner only) are reliable and fun and very fine for a child. Both are casual. For coffee and pastries, look to the cafe in the El Dorado Hotel for a good table overlooking the Sonoma Plaza.

            For a bigger deal Thanksgiving experience, drive a little west towards Napa for the special Thanksgiving meal at Farm in The Carneros Inn. A bit more upscale but nonetheless compatible with the rural Carneros vibe, Farm offers a bigger city experience to family and extended family groups for Thanksgiving. The menu will be posted on the Hotel's website, www.thecarnerosinn.com.

            Have a great visit!

            Cafe La Haye
            140 E Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476

            Sonoma Plaza
            475 1st St W, Sonoma, CA

            Osteria Stellina
            11285 Highway 1, Point Reyes Station, CA

            1. re: cortez
              wolfe RE: cortez Oct 12, 2011 03:43 PM

              East is east and west is west and the wrong one you have chose. Napa is east of Sonoma.

              1. re: wolfe
                cortez RE: wolfe Oct 12, 2011 04:01 PM

                You are right. Drive east from Sonoma a short distance to reach Farm at The Carneros Inn.

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                  cortez RE: cortez Oct 13, 2011 07:39 PM


                  Taking my own recommendation, I looked into Farm for Thanksgiving day. It's family style (rather than buffet) for $69 per adult, $35 for kids 4-12 and free for kids<4.

                  I'm thinking of taking my own family there this Thanksgiving!

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