Where to Stay In Napa Valley

Slightly off topic and I apologize but I'm hoping for some good recommendations and this group should be a resource for what I'm seeking.
My wife and I will be in the San Francisco area the last week in March. I'd like to travel over to Napa Valley while there. I'm looking at some places to stay. I've seen the Wine Spectator reviews on Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Inn, the high end resorts, but I wanted to get some opinions from others. Has anyone taken this trip before and, if so, spent the night at a place you'd recommend? Or, heard/saw of another place that you'd like to try out on the next visit?
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John
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JB
I typically stay in more moderate places that are quaint.
Here a a couple of my favorites:
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/ They are not your full service hotels like Auberge, I have stayed there as well. I like the quaintness. Hope you enjoy your trip. > Slightly off topic and I apologize but I'm hoping for some good > recommendations and this group should be a resource for what I'm seeking. > > My wife and I will be in the San Francisco area the last week in March. > I'd > like to travel over to Napa Valley while there. I'm looking at some places > to stay. I've seen the Wine Spectator reviews on Auberge du Soleil and > Calistoga Inn, the high end resorts, but I wanted to get some opinions > from > others. Has anyone taken this trip before and, if so, spent the night at a > place you'd recommend? Or, heard/saw of another place that you'd like to > try > out on the next visit? > > TIA > > John > >
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Richard Neidich
in article JkNcd.71$%h1.65@newsread3.news.pas.earthlink.net, JB at jrbno@spamnoipa.net wrote on 10/18/04 3:57 AM: > Slightly off topic and I apologize but I'm hoping for some good > recommendations and this group should be a resource for what I'm seeking. > > My wife and I will be in the San Francisco area the last week in March. I'd > like to travel over to Napa Valley while there. I'm looking at some places > to stay. I've seen the Wine Spectator reviews on Auberge du Soleil and > Calistoga Inn, the high end resorts, but I wanted to get some opinions from > others. Has anyone taken this trip before and, if so, spent the night at a > place you'd recommend? Or, heard/saw of another place that you'd like to try > out on the next visit? > > TIA > > John
The Napa Valley has a large number of very good Bed and Breakfasts that are a good alternative to the much higher end resorts. One of the best proprietors is the Four Sisters group which has three B&Bs in the area. They're at foursisters.com. There's also a small B&B right at the Prager Port Works, in St. Helena. I can recommend all the above but here are many more good ones. Just Google "B and B" or "Inns" + "Napa".
Since you mention spending "the night": If I recall correctly, many of the inns in the area have a two night minimum reservation policy, so don't be surprised if you encounter that. I don't think March is "in season" for them, however, so it may not be an issue.
Enjoy!
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Midlife
Most of the 2 nights only apply to weekends at most places. > in article JkNcd.71$%h1.65@newsread3.news.pas.earthlink.net, JB at > jrbno@spamnoipa.net wrote on 10/18/04 3:57 AM: > >> Slightly off topic and I apologize but I'm hoping for some good >> recommendations and this group should be a resource for what I'm seeking. >> >> My wife and I will be in the San Francisco area the last week in March. >> I'd >> like to travel over to Napa Valley while there. I'm looking at some >> places >> to stay. I've seen the Wine Spectator reviews on Auberge du Soleil and >> Calistoga Inn, the high end resorts, but I wanted to get some opinions >> from >> others. Has anyone taken this trip before and, if so, spent the night at >> a >> place you'd recommend? Or, heard/saw of another place that you'd like to >> try >> out on the next visit? >> >> TIA >> >> John > > > The Napa Valley has a large number of very good Bed and Breakfasts that > are > a good alternative to the much higher end resorts. One of the best > proprietors is the Four Sisters group which has three B&Bs in the area. > They're at foursisters.com. There's also a small B&B right at the Prager > Port Works, in St. Helena. I can recommend all the above but here are > many > more good ones. Just Google "B and B" or "Inns" + "Napa". > > Since you mention spending "the night": If I recall correctly, many of the > inns in the area have a two night minimum reservation policy, so don't be > surprised if you encounter that. I don't think March is "in season" for > them, however, so it may not be an issue. > > Enjoy! >
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Richard Neidich
Thanks for the leads. This is exactly what I was looking for. The Bordeaux House is within walking distance of several nice restaurants, including the French Laundry. The price difference between Auberge du Soleil and here would more than cover the cost of a fine meal and bottle of wine. JB > I typically stay in more moderate places that are quaint. > > Here a a couple of my favorites: > >
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Both places I recomended are walking to Bistro Jeanty, Buchon and French Laundry. Plus Yountville is a quaint little town. Dick > Thanks for the leads. This is exactly what I was looking for. The Bordeaux > House is within walking distance of several nice restaurants, including > the > French Laundry. The price difference between Auberge du Soleil and here > would more than cover the cost of a fine meal and bottle of wine. > > JB > > > "Richard Neidich" wrote in message > news:44Rcd.294$ta5.219@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net... >> I typically stay in more moderate places that are quaint. >> >> Here a a couple of my favorites: >> >>
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Richard et al, I've got 4 days in wine country. (I'm liking the Bordeaux House in Yountville) Where would you recommend as a good place to stay for a couple of days in Sonoma? TIA John -- > Both places I recomended are walking to Bistro Jeanty, Buchon and French > Laundry. > > Plus Yountville is a quaint little town. > > Dick > > "JB" wrote in message > news:ey_cd.561$KJ6.1@newsread1.news.pas.earthlink.net... > > Thanks for the leads. This is exactly what I was looking for. The Bordeaux > > House is within walking distance of several nice restaurants, including > > the > > French Laundry. The price difference between Auberge du Soleil and here > > would more than cover the cost of a fine meal and bottle of wine. > > > > JB > > > > > > "Richard Neidich" wrote in message > > news:44Rcd.294$ta5.219@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net... > >> I typically stay in more moderate places that are quaint. > >> > >> Here a a couple of my favorites: > >> > >>
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> Richard et al, > > I've got 4 days in wine country. (I'm liking the Bordeaux House in > Yountville) Where would you recommend as a good place to stay for a couple > of days in Sonoma?
Sonoma's a lot bigger region than the Napa Valley. If you want to be near the town of Sonoma and the Sonoma Valley, I'd suggest Macarthur Place in Sonoma:
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It's a small hotel, conveniently located near the square.
Mark Lipton
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I have never actually stayed in Sonoma so I cannot help..When I do Sonoma I stay in Napa and drive accross the mountain. Sorry. > Richard et al, > > I've got 4 days in wine country. (I'm liking the Bordeaux House in > Yountville) Where would you recommend as a good place to stay for a couple > of days in Sonoma? > > TIA > > John > > -- > "Richard Neidich" wrote in message > news:rA_cd.1340$ta5.850@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net... >> Both places I recomended are walking to Bistro Jeanty, Buchon and French >> Laundry. >> >> Plus Yountville is a quaint little town. >> >> Dick >> >> "JB" wrote in message >> news:ey_cd.561$KJ6.1@newsread1.news.pas.earthlink.net... >> > Thanks for the leads. This is exactly what I was looking for. The > Bordeaux >> > House is within walking distance of several nice restaurants, including >> > the >> > French Laundry. The price difference between Auberge du Soleil and here >> > would more than cover the cost of a fine meal and bottle of wine. >> > >> > JB >> > >> > >> > "Richard Neidich" wrote in message >> > news:44Rcd.294$ta5.219@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net... >> >> I typically stay in more moderate places that are quaint. >> >> >> >> Here a a couple of my favorites: >> >> >> >>
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> Both places I recomended are walking to Bistro Jeanty, Buchon and French > Laundry. > > Plus Yountville is a quaint little town.
I remember when it was... 20 years ago...
:-)
Dana
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Guess that depends what your definition of quaint is. >> Both places I recomended are walking to Bistro Jeanty, Buchon and French >> Laundry. >> >> Plus Yountville is a quaint little town. > > I remember when it was... 20 years ago... > > :-) > > Dana
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Richard Neidich
While in Napa don't miss La Toque in Rutherford. Ken Franks restaurant is fantastic and a must stop. I like it better then the French Laundry. You will love the wine parings with the fabulous food. Rick Dalderis > Most of the 2 nights only apply to weekends at most places. > > > "Midlife" wrote in message > news:BD9936F8.785B%midlife@cox.net... >> in article JkNcd.71$%h1.65@newsread3.news.pas.earthlink.net, JB at >> jrbno@spamnoipa.net wrote on 10/18/04 3:57 AM: >> >>> Slightly off topic and I apologize but I'm hoping for some good >>> recommendations and this group should be a resource for what I'm >>> seeking. >>> >>> My wife and I will be in the San Francisco area the last week in March. >>> I'd >>> like to travel over to Napa Valley while there. I'm looking at some >>> places >>> to stay. I've seen the Wine Spectator reviews on Auberge du Soleil and >>> Calistoga Inn, the high end resorts, but I wanted to get some opinions >>> from >>> others. Has anyone taken this trip before and, if so, spent the night at >>> a >>> place you'd recommend? Or, heard/saw of another place that you'd like to >>> try >>> out on the next visit? >>> >>> TIA >>> >>> John >> >> >> The Napa Valley has a large number of very good Bed and Breakfasts that >> are >> a good alternative to the much higher end resorts. One of the best >> proprietors is the Four Sisters group which has three B&Bs in the area. >> They're at foursisters.com. There's also a small B&B right at the Prager >> Port Works, in St. Helena. I can recommend all the above but here are >> many >> more good ones. Just Google "B and B" or "Inns" + "Napa". >> >> Since you mention spending "the night": If I recall correctly, many of >> the >> inns in the area have a two night minimum reservation policy, so don't be >> surprised if you encounter that. I don't think March is "in season" for >> them, however, so it may not be an issue. >> >> Enjoy! >> > >
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> I've got 4 days in wine country. (I'm liking the Bordeaux House in > Yountville) Where would you recommend as a good place to stay for a couple > of days in Sonoma?
I have no idea what your budget is but there are many fine places in Sonoma County. The Sonoma Mission Inn in Sonoma is excellent but pricey. I would suggest Healdsburg. The Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza is a very nice place in the middle of town. You can walk to 6 or 8 tasting rooms from there. Over on Dry Creek road is a Best Western and Travelodge. The Grape Leaf Inn is a very pleasant B&B. Plan on breakfast at Fitch Mountain Eddies or Center Street Cafe. Dinner at Zin or Bistro Ralph.
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Agreed. Stayed at Rancho Caymus and ate at La Toque a couple times. It is outstanding. dick > While in Napa don't miss La Toque in Rutherford. Ken Franks restaurant is > fantastic and > a must stop. I like it better then the French Laundry. You will love the > wine parings with the fabulous food. > > Rick Dalderis > > > > > > > > "Richard Neidich" wrote in message > news:DEYcd.735$ta5.288@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net... >> Most of the 2 nights only apply to weekends at most places. >> >> >> "Midlife" wrote in message >> news:BD9936F8.785B%midlife@cox.net... >>> in article JkNcd.71$%h1.65@newsread3.news.pas.earthlink.net, JB at >>> jrbno@spamnoipa.net wrote on 10/18/04 3:57 AM: >>> >>>> Slightly off topic and I apologize but I'm hoping for some good >>>> recommendations and this group should be a resource for what I'm >>>> seeking. >>>> >>>> My wife and I will be in the San Francisco area the last week in March. >>>> I'd >>>> like to travel over to Napa Valley while there. I'm looking at some >>>> places >>>> to stay. I've seen the Wine Spectator reviews on Auberge du Soleil and >>>> Calistoga Inn, the high end resorts, but I wanted to get some opinions >>>> from >>>> others. Has anyone taken this trip before and, if so, spent the night >>>> at a >>>> place you'd recommend? Or, heard/saw of another place that you'd like >>>> to try >>>> out on the next visit? >>>> >>>> TIA >>>> >>>> John >>> >>> >>> The Napa Valley has a large number of very good Bed and Breakfasts that >>> are >>> a good alternative to the much higher end resorts. One of the best >>> proprietors is the Four Sisters group which has three B&Bs in the area. >>> They're at foursisters.com. There's also a small B&B right at the >>> Prager >>> Port Works, in St. Helena. I can recommend all the above but here are >>> many >>> more good ones. Just Google "B and B" or "Inns" + "Napa". >>> >>> Since you mention spending "the night": If I recall correctly, many of >>> the >>> inns in the area have a two night minimum reservation policy, so don't >>> be >>> surprised if you encounter that. I don't think March is "in season" for >>> them, however, so it may not be an issue. >>> >>> Enjoy! >>> >> >> > >
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> Guess that depends what your definition of quaint is. Of course. If it's quaint now, you shoulda seen it in 1975... > "Dana H. Myers" wrote in message > news:gs2dnc78Xt55v-vcRVn-rg@comcast.com... >> >>>Both places I recomended are walking to Bistro Jeanty, Buchon and French >>>Laundry. >>> >>>Plus Yountville is a quaint little town. >> >>I remember when it was... 20 years ago... >> >>:-) >> >>Dana > > >
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> >> Guess that depends what your definition of quaint is. > > > Of course. If it's quaint now, you shoulda seen > it in 1975...
Truth be told, Dana, there wasn't much to see in '75. As I recall from my trips up 29 to the Yellowjacket Ranch outside of Calistoga back then, Yountville'd pass by pretty quickly, even at the prevaling pace of a pickup hauling a horse trailer ;-) My, how the times have changed...
Mark Lipton
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> > Guess that depends what your definition of quaint is. > > Of course. If it's quaint now, you shoulda seen > it in 1975...
To say nothing of 1965. (Actually had first-person word-of-mouth to about 1885 when I was younger, but not specifically Yountville -- I assume it was named by then, the Yount family goes back a bit -- but the whole north bay was regarded as pretty open country in those days, actually it still was even in 1965, largely).
All different now of course.
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in article 10nehhqgn649k11@corp.supernews.com, Max Hauser at maxREMOVE@THIStdl.com wrote on 10/20/04 10:16 PM: >>> Guess that depends what your definition of quaint is. >> >> Of course. If it's quaint now, you shoulda seen >> it in 1975... > > To say nothing of 1965. (Actually had first-person word-of-mouth to about > 1885 when I was younger, but not specifically Yountville -- I assume it was > named by then, the Yount family goes back a bit -- but the whole north bay > was regarded as pretty open country in those days, actually it still was > even in 1965, largely). > > All different now of course. > > -- Max
My first visit was in 1968 or '69. I think there were less than 20 or so 'branded' wineries then. Now there are several hundred. My impression is that not that much more land is under grape cultivation in the valley itself, but these days most separately owned parcels are producing under their own names. And then there are those that buy grapes or juice and produce what I guess are essentially private label brands. The valley itself, though is still a wondrous place.......... if a whole lot more crowded.
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Midlife
I would have loved to see it in 75. My parents would not let me go back then. I was still in high school. :-) So, can you afford good wine on Social Security. :-) >> Guess that depends what your definition of quaint is. > > Of course. If it's quaint now, you shoulda seen > it in 1975... > >> "Dana H. Myers" wrote in message >> news:gs2dnc78Xt55v-vcRVn-rg@comcast.com... >>> >>>>Both places I recomended are walking to Bistro Jeanty, Buchon and French >>>>Laundry. >>>> >>>>Plus Yountville is a quaint little town. >>> >>>I remember when it was... 20 years ago... >>> >>>:-) >>> >>>Dana >> >>
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> Slightly off topic and I apologize but I'm hoping for some good > recommendations and this group should be a resource for what I'm seeking. > > My wife and I will be in the San Francisco area the last week in March. I'd > like to travel over to Napa Valley while there. I'm looking at some places > to stay. I've seen the Wine Spectator reviews on Auberge du Soleil and > Calistoga Inn, the high end resorts, but I wanted to get some opinions from > others. Has anyone taken this trip before and, if so, spent the night at a > place you'd recommend? Or, heard/saw of another place that you'd like to try > out on the next visit? > > TIA > > John
* My wife and I prefer the Calistoga area, since that puts your home base at the north end of the Napa Valley and the south end of a large number of Sonoma wineries. The Calistoga Inn is not what I would call a high-end resort. There are several almost equal hot-spring oriented inns in the area. *Don't* stay in Nance's motel -- it's too close to the highway and therefore noisy.
Also, don't succumb to those motels right on H'Way 29, for example around Trancas (sp?) Road. Even Dr. Wilkinson's in Calistoga is a reasonable place.
If you drive from San Francisco, I would not go across the Bay Bridge and head north for the city of Napa.
Go north across the GGate Bridge and turn east (right) on H'Way 37, then H'Way 121 and follow the signs to the town of Sonoma. Stop at the Sonoma Cheese Factory, right on the main town square, and pick up a loaf of good bread and a chunk of cheese. Then head for a local winery that has a good picnic area. I like Gundlach-Bundschu, which has some reasonably priced chardonnays and an absolutely beautiful picnic spot.
After lunch you can head east to Highway 29 and explore the Napa Valley. I would cross over to the Silverado trail as soon as possible -- less traffic and beautiful views.
If you have time, go north from Calistoga up toward the Dry Creek and Russian River wineries. One of my favorite stops is the Dry Creek Vineyards -- I've been visiting them since Dave Stare (MIT Engineer) opened the place in 1976. I remember drinking the free-run juice directly from the crusher -- beautiful stuff: sweet enough to put on your pancakes!
If you have lots of time and are really just touristing, take the gondola lift to the top of the Sterling Winery. There is a self-guided tour and the view is fabulous! The wine is less than fabulous, but not bad. The Merlot is probably their best.
Steer clear of those big places -- Inglenook, BV, etc. You'll see the tour buses parked all over.
Have fun!
earle *
PS: Re-reading the above, I think I'll join you!
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