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Napa/Sonoma Itinerary help, please!

Thank you, all! I'll report back when we return. I think we will stop for a snack at Oxbow Market and wander over to Sweetie Pies, then hit Peju and check out Yountville. Still considering the windy Trinity road route. Hoping for good weather!

Feb 14, 2012
lakesregionnh in San Francisco Bay Area

Napa/Sonoma Itinerary help, please!

Super bummed about Bouchon. It was a highlight for my mom - any other great bakeries we could hit? Thank you, goldangI95 for the winery suggestions, and cortez for the lunch ideas. We'll probably spend more time in Napa now and may even eat there before exploring Yountville since the bakery is closed.

Feb 13, 2012
lakesregionnh in San Francisco Bay Area

Napa/Sonoma Itinerary help, please!

Thank you, both! I will carefully consider the planned cut off...may be hairy for one of our "less hardy" members! Especially excited to learn that it's olive season...I will do some reading on that!

Feb 13, 2012
lakesregionnh in San Francisco Bay Area

Napa/Sonoma Itinerary help, please!

Heading to Napa/Sonoma this week for a first-time visit with my husband, my parents and my brother. We are celebrating my parents' 40th wedding anniversary. Here's our itinerary, which I'd love some feedback on, and a couple of suggestions. I've spent a lot of time reviewing information here, but need a little bit of help on some specifics.

Day 1: Drive in a.m. from SFO through Napa to Yountville. We may stop in Napa to walk around a little bit - is there a better section we should park/walk for an hour or so to shop and people watch?

Lunch in Yountville @ Bouchon bakery (or are we better off eating somewhere else and coming here for goodies after lunch?).

Looking for a tasting somewhere along the 29 to the Oakville/Dry Creek/Trinity Rd. cutoff toward Glen Ellen- please suggest a stop that is both scenic and doesn't require an appointment. Considered Hope & Grace right in Yountville, but it seemed a little touristy and not quite what we're looking for as a first stop on our trip. We have cab lovers and chardonnay lovers in the group, so the particular wine isn't as important as that it's a pretty stop with a reasonable tasting fee and no appt. required. We're staying in Sonoma and doing a Sonoma tour on Day 2, so just wanted to do one Napa tasting.

Is the Oakville/Dry Creek/Trinity Road route really tough to drive?

Stop in Glen Ellen to poke around - I don't know much about this town - anything we can't miss?

Drive to Sonoma, check in to Inn at Sonoma.

Dinner at Cafe la Haye - suggestion for drinks afterward for the "younger" members of our group?

Day 2: Breakfast at Inn.

Private Platypus tour.

Dinner in town - plan to not make a reservation since it's tough to tell how people will be feeling after a day of tasting (!). Suggestions for walk-in (it'll be a Thursday night) type, casual but really yummy place in Sonoma?

Thank you, in advance, for your help!

Feb 12, 2012
lakesregionnh in San Francisco Bay Area