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Mar 24, 2014 07:57 AM

Muir Woods to Napa winery

We are driving from Muir woods to Napa as part of our honeymoon. Any suggestions for someplace to stop for lunch and/or a good winery to hit? We were planning on taking rt. 101 to 37 then 121 (not sure of road names, this is google map suggested route) Thanks chow nation!

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  1. A more scenic route would be up Hwy 1 and then through Petaluma to 116, with a stop at one of the wineries around Sonoma.

    Is your final destination the city of Napa or one of the nicer towns in Napa Valley? If you're staying in Yountville a different route would make sense.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Terrapin Creek is in Bodega Bay on the Sonoma Coast, some distance from Tomales Bay.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Oops, of course it is. That would be quite a detour.

    2. Your route selection is most efficient from Muir Woods to Napa. You will pass Fremont Diner on Hwy 121. My regular visitors insist we stop there on every trip to Napa, it has been mentioned frequently on this list, and features local sources. Always fun.

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      1. re: alfairfax


        If you wanted to take the slight detour -- where 12 splits off from 12/121 on the way to Napa and heads directly into the town square of Sonoma (the city proper) -- you could see the charming town square and eat at La Salette or any of the other recommendations for Sonoma restos near the Sonoma square. (See other threads.)

        That's what I'd do, if I didn't go to Fremont Diner or Boonfly, both of which are along Highway 121. All are good choices.

        1. re: maria lorraine

          Agree with ML, we did the 116 route in the other direction a couple of weeks ago, cruising by the Sonoma Square, turning off of 12 as it turns north (to avoid retracing back on 12) to head south and catch 116. Be aware that you will need to make a poorly ID'd left turn to remain on 116 to access 101 more easily.

          Again, if the north Napa area is your destination, the route through Healdsburg makes more sense, visually definitely, and timewise I believe.

          1. re: PolarBear

            116 takes much more time, probably 30-45 minutes more. The detour through Healdsburg is a long long long detour I wouldn't recommend. Probably adds 2-3 hours.

            The best and prettiest route with a Sonoma Square detour: 101 to 37 to 12/121 north to 12 to Sonoma Square. Then to Napa: 12 south to 121 East to 29 North to Napa.

            Otherwise, the route straight to Napa with no detours is: 101 North to 37 East to 12/121, to 29 north to Napa.

            Hope this helps. I'm a road warrior who's willing to drive a bit more for beauty (and obviously, good food) but in this case, the most direct route is also the prettiest.

            Happy Marriage!