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Wine country question

by Christine R
(Philadelphia PA)

Where would you stay in Sonoma/Napa area for a honeymoon 10/24-10/28? My fiancé and I are trying to stay on a budget. We do not need fancy, but charming and romantic would be nice. We are having a hard time narrowing it down, keeping under $300/night.

Thanks for any help you can offer. I love your website. We will be downtown San Fran for the final two nights of our trip. We rented an Airbnb because most hotels were already booked!

Also, aside from drinking wine, do you recommend any day trips or "must see" places out that way?

Thanks again.

Jill’s Reply

Thank you for your question Christine.

First of all, congrats in advance! It’s exciting that you selected Northern California for your honeymoon. You will love it!

This time of year in wine country is always expensive as it’s harvest season. However, you have a great budget and you shouldn’t have problems finding something lovely if you book soon.

I did some research for you and here are a few places that I think you might enjoy. All currently have openings the days you mentioned and all have rooms under your $300 a night budget.

Cabernet House, An Old World Inn: This cute place is located in Napa. It’s a bed and breakfast that has some rooms still available. Most of their rooms are suites and your nightly rate includes both breakfast and parking. There is a nightly wine reception for all guests and you can walk to downtown Napa for dinner/drinks. Click here to read reviews on TripAdvisor.com. The rooms available start at around $200 a night (+around $40 a night in taxes).

Beazley House: This is another cute Inn in the town of Napa. Breakfast here is included and one of the best you will find in the area. The owners (The Beazley’s) will welcome you to their Inn and help you with anything you need for your honeymoon. They also are within walking distance to restaurants and some of Napa’s best restaurants. You can check reviews out here on TripAdvisor. Their available rooms this weekend start at $263 a night (+$37 for taxes and fees).

Bear Flag Inn: Another fun option is the Bear Flag Inn. This small, cozy place is further north in Calistoga. It has only 5 rooms and is on 3.5 acres of land. It’s inside a historic 1900s two story farmhouse. They offer free breakfast (which is plentiful) and free parking. It’s not within walking distance to restaurants, but they offer a shuttle to help get you around. You can check out recent reviews on TripAdvisor here. Their open rooms for this weekend start at $212 (+$30 in taxes and fees).

You will also find a few great places in Sonoma County. Here are a couple of recommendations.

Inn at Occidental: This cute place features 16 rooms. It’s in the small town of Occidental in Sonoma County and offers easy access to many Sonoma County wineries. It’s gorgeous as it’s in a setting with several redwood trees. They offer free breakfast and parking. There is also a hot tub that is open for all guests to use. You can read reviews here. This place has rooms starting at $259 a night that weekend (+$28 for taxes and fees).

Auberge on the Vineyard: This is another place that you should enjoy. It’s another small Inn that is right in the heart of the vineyards of Sonoma County. You will find it near the small town of Cloverdale. They serve a three course meal at breakfast and you will get to use their winery pass/discount card with free tastings at around 120 wineries in the area. This place only has seven rooms and should offer you the peace and quiet you seek on your honeymoon. You can read recent reviews here. Their rooms start at $199 a night (+$18 for taxes and fees).

Other Fun Activities in Wine Country

There are so many other fun things to do in the area, that I would recommend spending all of your time in wine country. However, you don't have to just go wine tasting each day. Here are just a few additional activities you might enjoy during your visit.

Hiking: All around Napa and Sonoma, you will find dozens of gorgeous places to go hiking. Once you select a place to stay, you can ask them what is nearby.

Biking: You can also rent bikes for the day or afternoon. You can use them to go wine tasting and/or just to go out for a fun day around the region.

Spas: You will also find dozens of spas all around both regions. You can also ask the owner of the place you stay what the best options are close by.

Hot Air Balloon Ride: You could also surprise your sweetie with a morning hot air balloon ride. It’s an amazing experience and the ride usually starts around sunrise. You will get amazing views of the valley below and they usually serve up some Champagne either before or after the ride. I looked on Groupon for you and found these hot air balloon rides at a discount. There are many others, but wanted to give you a good place to start looking.

Napa Wine Train: You can also spend a few hours on the Napa Wine Train. It doesn’t stop at any wineries for tasting, but you can enjoy a wonderful meal or a few glasses of wine on the train as you enjoy the beauty of the region. Click here to find a list of their tour options.

I hope this gives you enough to help you get started. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help you plan your visit!

Also, thanks for the wonderful comments about my site. I’m glad it helped you start the planning process.

Congrats again!

Jill

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