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TRAVEL GUIDE: NAPA VALLEY - SONOMA

Napa Valley

There's no denying that wine is king in Napa Valley and Sonoma County. The fertile grounds and bountiful wineries produce a quaint portrait of abundance and growth to which the region is known. Boasting more than 300 wineries, the agricultural landscape of the region is resplendently ripe with fields of its trademark fruit, which is a major economic resource flourishing through tourism and production. Although Napa County has preserved its bucolic and serene environment, Sonoma County has developed a more commercial and residential setting to accommodate the more than five million tourists who visit every year.


RESTAURANTS

FARM at The Carneros Inn in Napa

The interior of the girl & the fig, one of our Top 10 Wine Bars in Napa/Sonoma

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HOTEL REVIEWS

From Calistoga to Yountville, we offer professional hotel reviews and ratings, so you can enjoy the perfect stay:

Napa/Sonoma Hotels

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Meadowood Napa Valley

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HOTEL PROFILES

• The Bodega Bay Lodge & Spa (Sonoma)
Embassy Suites Napa Valley (Napa)
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa (Sonoma)
The Lodge at Sonoma, a Renaissance
Resort & Spa
(Sonoma)
Meadowood (St. Helena)
Napa River Inn (Napa)
Vintage Inn (Napa)

Gaige House in Sonoma, one of our Top 10 Romantic Hotels in Napa/Sonoma

HOTEL SPECIALS

La Residence
La Residence
Situated on two acres of oak- and pine-sheltered land, this bucolic château is a great place to relax and enjoy the calm of rural Napa Valley. Vintners Craig and Kathryn took over in 2006 and have made the property more luxurious than ever before.

TRAVEL

EPICUREAN TREATS
Sonoma County
Having lived in the shadow of its big brother, Napa, Sonoma County is now making a name for itself. As the region’s wines have gained prominence over the last 20 years, so have its many hotels, spas, attractions and restaurants.
Sonoma vineyards

Napa Valley wine grapes
NAPA UNCORKED
72 Hours in Napa Valley

As the paramount destination for a wine country odyssey, over 300 wineries can be found in the Napa Valley, as can the headquarters of various culinary masters. No matter where you go here, you'll leave with a palate that's well-pleased.
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WINE

California Classic:
Joseph Phelphs 2003 Insignia

Joseph Phelps Vineyards released its 1974 Insignia in 1978, the first California winery to produce a blend of traditional Bordeaux varietals under a proprietary name. The release of the 2003 Insignia marked the 30th vintage of this highly acclaimed series.

Joseph Phelps 2003 Insignia

Anything but Chardonnay
Anything but Chardonnay
Learn about the other grapes with this user-friendly primer, which discusses the characteristics of different types of wine and features pairing recipe suggestions and dinner party trivia.

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COOKBOOKS

Eating Napa & Sonoma

SPAS

Auberge Spa at Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley, California
TOP SPAS
Napa Valley - Sonoma

Escape to the world-famous wine country of Napa Valley and Sonoma for some romantic renewal at one of these select spas. Lounge in quaint country houses as you gaze across the beautiful scenery, sip wine and receive tip-top treatments from head-to-toe.

* Banner images courtesy of Napa Valley Conference & Visitors Bureau Website

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