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Itinerary Change - 2 nights in Guerneville, 3 nights in St. Helena

Pam in NJ Jul 26, 2013 01:53 PM

Traveling to the SF Bay area in October. We’ve got the 3 nights in SF covered as we are staying with friends….then we are let loose to explore Wine Country!

Decided to change itinerary from 1 night in Guerneville to 2 so that we can enjoy the area without feeling rushed. This will give us 3 nights in St. Helena.

Monday
- drive up coast
- would like to have lunch at Café Aquatica in Jenner unless it makes more sense to find a spot in Bodega Bay
- wine tasting at Fort Ross
- check in at Sonoma Orchid Inn
- dinner: open to suggestion; Boon Eat & Drink is on our radar

Tuesday
- breakfast at inn
- Armstrong redwoods park is a MUST!
- Lunch – open to suggestions
- Wine tasting – open to suggestion
- Dinner: Dry Creek Kitchen

NOTE: some Sonoma Wineries on my list include Twomey, Jordan, Rodney Strong, & Thumbprint

Wednesday
- breakfast at inn
- head to st. Helena
*have a 2:30 tour & tasting appt at Schramsburg which I could make earlier if it makes sense
- lunch could either be in Healdsburg or at Solbar in Calistoga
- check in at Wine Country Inn
- Dinner: Farmstead

Thursday
- breakfast at inn
- 10am Pride tour & tasting (90 mins); picnic lunch on property – food from Sunshine Market
- 1pm Spring Mountain Vineyard tour & tasting (90 mins)
- 3pm Barnett Vineyard (60 mins)
- Dinner: open to suggestion; Press & Cook are on our radar

Friday
- breakfast at inn
- 11am Corison for tasting
- could picnic on property or head to Yountville for lunch
- afternoon is open – maybe a bike ride if weather permits
- Dinner: open to suggestion

Saturday
- breakfast at inn
- should we pick up lunch somewhere along the way to eat at the airport?
- depart for SFO; 2:30pm departure
- not food related, but would we have time to stop at the Marin Headlands on the way home?

Thanks in advance to all the great contributors on this board!!!

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    goldangl95 Jul 26, 2013 04:45 PM

    While in Sonoma, I would want to try Pinot and Zinfandel. The only winery on my radar from your list is Twomey. Some suggestions:

    Pinot and/or Syrah:
    Copain (call ahead), Paul Hobbs (appt only), Lynmar (call ahead), Littorai (appt only), Freeman (appt only), MacPhail (appt only), Papietro Perry (no "grounds" - far away from the other Pinot places I listed), Dutton Goldfield (no "grounds")

    Zinfandel:
    Ridge, Seghesio , Talty

    1. Pam in NJ Jul 26, 2013 02:15 PM

      note: switching tasting times at Spring Mountain & Barnett on Thurs. just looked on the map....

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