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Snooth User: nvansicklen

Houses in Napa/Sonoma

Posted by nvansicklen, Sep 16, 2009.

I am taking a family trip to Napa/Sonoma in January. I am looking for some suggestions on places to stay. There will be eight of us so ideally, I want to get a house for 3 nights. Does anyone have some ideas? Unique places to stay?


Reply by dmcker, Sep 16, 2009.

Budget? Desired location? "Napa/Sonoma" covers a wide area, and some careful thought about driving logistics will save more time for visits to wineries, restaurants and other sites you want to see.

I posted some links about house rentals in an earlier thread about Sonoma. If you spend any time googling you'll find plenty more. The links are in one of my posts about halfway down this thread:

There's also a thread on 'Going to Napa' that you can find using the 'Search the Snooth Forum' box on the right. It doesn't talk about places to stay, but does provide pointers to places to visit.

Reply by John Andrews, Sep 16, 2009.

Wine Country ( is a good resource as well. It can definitely help you get started looking for places.

Reply by nvansicklen, Sep 16, 2009.

Budget is 800/night. I hope that is feasible. I am going in the off-season so I am hoping that it will be more affordable. I need a 3 bedroom. Not sure on location. I guess the house will dictate the location. I am open to areas...the more scenic and close to good restaurants the better.

Reply by John Andrews, Sep 16, 2009.

There are TONS of locations that are available. There are many great locations so a little more info would be helpful.

1. Are you looking for proximity to wineries to do some wine tasting?
2. Do you have a preference in styles, varietals of wine?
3. Are all people going adults are you looking for something that accommodates children too?

Healdsburg, Sonoma, Napa, St. Helena and Calistoga all have great options but so do some of the more out of the way areas like Geyserville and the mountain areas.

Reply by dmcker, Sep 16, 2009.

Sonoma is going to be cheaper than Napa. Again, I'd suggest you try to focus on one of the two, with maybe a day's trip to the other. There's so much to see, and lots of travel time between farflung points, so some focus really pays off. Your $800 budget should be plenty, depending on what you want.

Within Sonoma, the Russian River Valley is nice for both wineries and restaurants, and that Russian River Getaways site has a number of 3 BRs that are far less than your budget. Bear in mind, though, that if you're stuck under the redwoods when the weather's not great during January, it can be a bit dark. So try to find a place that's open to the sky, unless you want to kick back in the rain and groove to Enya... ;-) Bodega Bay is good for access to the Sonoma Coast wineries, but far from others, and January will mean the ocean is quite cold, even if it can be romantic. Sonoma town is more centrally located to various wine-and-food related options, and Healdsberg, further north, is another very nice option, in close proximity to a number of prime wineries, and also allows quicker access to the upper Napa Valley. The Wine Country site that John indicated provides the second link, and the final two sites are considerably more upscale, and though you'll have to inquire to get the rates, I imagine some will fall within your budget, especially in January.

So read through the two Snooth threads and their related links, consider what it is you most want to do during your time there, and then search for a house in a central (to your plans) location through the links above, or any others you want to chase down.

If you have any more specific questions, I'll do my best to try to answer.

Reply by dmcker, Sep 16, 2009.

When I mentioned Bodega Bay, I was also (mentally) including Jenner and Sea Ranch in that description.

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