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Thank you for your feedback. I'm figuring we're going to be rained on and have had a lot of wine and the lack of a corkage fee is an attraction since I'm sure we will have wine in hand, too! Is it too ordinary for one of only 2 nights in Napa? I'm just concerned about making a reservation outside of St. Helena that night since it will already be a drive from Healdsburg to wineries to our b&b in RustRidge in Chiles Valley where we are staying that night. If it is too plain of a choice, I would welcome other suggestions convenient to where we are staying.

Opinions on Healdsburg and St. Helena restaurants

We'll be arriving in Healdsburg on Wednesday for 2 nights and read about "BarnDiva Wednesdays" and made a reservation. Any feedback on this and/or recommendations for Thursday in the area? Looking for very good but maybe not over the top... Also, weather isn't supposed to be good for outdoor ambiance.

Friday supposed to be another rainy day and we'll be checking into RustRidge in Chiles Valley so would like to stay close - St. Helena - for dinner. Market sounds like good comfort food for a cold rainy night and doesn't charge corkage and gets good reviews elsewhere but I can't seem to find any opinions here. Saturday night we'll drive further to Bottega - my bf has his heart set on it!

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Bottega
6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

Need SFO to Healdsburg route/restaurant and winery ideas/feedback

Thank you for the heads up about the airport and about Wednesday specials.

Google seems to give me the route recommended above - 380 to 280 to 19th to 101/Golden Gate to Hwy 1. Will this avoid the possible stadium traffic at that time of day?

October isn't supposed to be a rainy month there!!! I can't believe how much rain you've already had and that more is forecast. Obviously, our plans will just have to roll with whatever weather arrives...

I would love to visit Dutton-Goldfield and Merry Edwards but probably won't make both that day. Any strong feelings on one over the other as our first winery visit? In either case, I'm starting to think lunch should be more of a quick stop than I had originally thought so we can get up there earlier.

Need SFO to Healdsburg route/restaurant and winery ideas/feedback

Thank you for your 2 cents! The coastal route through Bodega Bay is what I had in mind and hearing that it is so beautiful does reinforce my desire to take the extra time that first day. So, I guess I'm back to the question of where to have lunch on Wednesday! Is there anywhere in Sausalito or Botega Bay other than La Garage that is recommended for lunch? (My bf isn't a fan of sushi or oysters.)

Also, is Zin a good choice for a casual dinner in Healdsburg? I've read very mixed reviews of it, Ralph's and Barn Diva...

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Duck Club Restaurant
103 Highway 1, Bodega Bay, CA

Need SFO to Healdsburg route/restaurant and winery ideas/feedback

Thanks for your suggestions for the direct route! I actually looked at La Garage as well as Cliff House (for non-cuisine appeal!) but thought there might be something on the ocean above SF. I know that taking the Coast Hwy is not a direct route but I thought it would be a beautiful drive after arriving in SF... But, is there anywhere good to eat on the coast drive and is it worth it to take the extra time for the views? Or, should I plan a day trip to the coast from Healdsburg which will cut into winery time?

Need SFO to Healdsburg route/restaurant and winery ideas/feedback

My bf and I are both foodies/wine lovers in our 40's from Chicago and will be arriving at SFO at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, October 27th.

I have a vision of driving north up the coast and having lunch either in/near SF or within an hour or so further north. Ideally, I'd like a place with an ocean view but know that usually means the food will be sub par. 2 options that sounded interesting - Duck Club and River's Edge - are not open for lunch on Wednesday. Any ideas? Is the drive so beautiful that it is worth the extra travel time even if there are not any good lunch options? Also, after lunch, it would be nice to stop at a winery before we arrive at the Irish Rose B&B outside Healdsburg.

The other option is to take a route from SFO that would go through the town of Sonoma since we may not get there otherwise and have lunch there or along that route and stop at maybe 2 wineries on the way to Healdsburg. We are especially fond of Pinot Noir but enjoy a variety of dry well-made wines. (We have identified several to visit on the rest of our trip.)

If we take the inland route then I'd like to plan a partial day itinerary from Healdsburg to see the coast and redwoods with wineries and lunch on the agenda and would appreciate thoughts on this. (Although, it's now supposed to rain both days we'll be in Sonoma...)

Beyond my original inquiry... We will be in Sonoma for 2 nights before moving to Napa RustRidge Ranch and Winery in the Chiles Valley outside St. Helena for another 2 nights and then returning to SF for 2 days. We have reservations at Botega for Saturday night but are working on the rest of our dining itinerary, too! I've seen so much disagreement among Chowhounds for both Sonoma and Napa that I don't know what to think anymore! Just FYI, we're the type of foodies who would appreciate TFL or Cyrus and have done somewhat the equivalent in other locales but think we can find less obvious and expensive excellent dining options on this trip. More money to spend on wine!

Thank you for reading this long post. Any thoughts will be most appreciated!

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Duck Club Restaurant
3287 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549