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14 Day trip to Sonoma area. looking for suggestions.

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14 Day trip to Sonoma area. looking for suggestions.

2 Senior adults traveling to Sonoma area but also enjoy the ocean. Staying Bodega bay 2 days. May book 2 days further north along the shore then 2 days booked near Geyserville. Open after that to explore area and enjoy local wines.

Would appreciate any suggestions to make our trip memorable.

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1. Re: 14 Day trip to Sonoma area. looking for suggestions.

Consider staying in Gualala...really cute place. We enjoyed eating at Fisherman's Cove in Bodega Bay.

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2. Re: 14 Day trip to Sonoma area. looking for suggestions.

Coppola is a popular winery to visit with a good restaurant on site. Virginia Dare, also owned by Coppola, also has a unique restaurant open for lunch on weekends. Don't miss the new Silver Oak facility on Hwy 128.

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3. Re: 14 Day trip to Sonoma area. looking for suggestions.

What is your budget for a 14 day trip?

Are you fine with very curvy roads, that hug the hills and ocean? Highway 1 north of Jenner has a 12 mile or so stretch where the road twists and turns. Just be prepared for that if you go north.

Since you like the water I would look also at Tomales Bay and Point Reyes National Seashore.https://nickscove.com/

tomalesbayresort.com/lodging/lodging-options/

Other lakes to see is Lake Sonoma. There is a fish hatchery there, boating facilities, hiking and picnics.

There are wineries you can visit on the drive to and from.

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4. Re: 14 Day trip to Sonoma area. looking for suggestions.

There are as you finding out 100s of wineries to visit in this area.

A few I would suggest to make your trip memorable.

1) Benzinger - Good Tour of fields, winery, caves and also good tasting

https://www.benziger.com/

Then go take a walk in nearby Jack London State Park

http://www.jacklondonpark.com/

2) The food and wine pairing (good for a lunch) at St. Francis is superb

https://www.stfranciswinery.com/culinary/

3) For a day when you just want to see 3 wineries close together suggest Cline, Viansa, and Jacuzzi

Viansa has good views of the area and has a deli. Jacuzzi has wine tasting and olive oil tasting. Cline is just a very fun place to do wine tasting. After that then go explore Sonoma Plaza area.

https://sonomaplaza.com/

4) Another day, for redwood views have a nice tasting at Gary Farrell.

https://www.garyfarrellwinery.com/

Then have lunch at the deli at Korbel

/www.sonomacounty.com/restaurants/korbel-delicatessen-market

Then go explore nearby Armstrong Redwood State Park.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Revie…

So just some ideas for Sonoma. You will have time to go explore Napa one day if you choose.

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6. Re: 14 Day trip to Sonoma area. looking for suggestions.

There are a lot of parks to enjoy in West Sonoma County. Armstrong Grove in Guerneville, Annadel in Santa Rosa and Bodega has hiking along the cliffs at Bodega Head. Jenner has some small boutique motels and so do the towns along the Russian River. Too many wineries to mention! In Geyserville, try Catelli's Restaurant for an authentic meal. Its been there since my grandparents lived up there! Out in Alexander Valley, Soda Rock Winery is great for a visit and to enjoy the artwork.

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7. Re: 14 Day trip to Sonoma area. looking for suggestions.

Thanks for your reply. What is the best type of local seafood for that area?

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8. Re: 14 Day trip to Sonoma area. looking for suggestions.

Local crab is dungeness and it should still be available in Bodega. Clams and oysters are also excellent. Right now rockfish are in season as well as halibut. Salmon is expensive as it is already out of season. Just ask the waitstaff and they should be able to point you in the right direction.

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9. Re: 14 Day trip to Sonoma area. looking for suggestions.

Dungenes crab is seasonal....from about November until February. If you get it now it has been frozen. Not the same as fresh at all.

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10. Re: 14 Day trip to Sonoma area. looking for suggestions.

Clams for sure. The oysters are good, but VERY expensive compared to the Gulf Coast.

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