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DAY #2: Bodega Bay - Guerneville - Yountville

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DAY #2: Bodega Bay - Guerneville - Yountville

Thank you to all the great forum contributors, you've helped me get to this point (We're 3 couples in our 40's, who enjoy being outdoors & leisurely active.) (Yesterday, from the East Coast we'll have flown into SFO & hustled up to Bodega Bay Lodge for our 1st nite [see separate DAY #1 post]) ... So, our DAY #2 is Monday Memorial Day ... STOP #1: should we eat breakfast at Bodega Bay Lodge or somewhere on our way ? ... to STOP #2: should we go to Bodega Head, Jenner, or somewhere in between, to enjoy some ocean views with an easy 1-2 mile morning walk/hike ? ... before we head onto STOP #3: Armstrong Redwoods in Guerneville for an hour or two ... OTHER STOPS: should we make a point of stopping &/or eating in Guerneville (i heard good things about Boon Eat+Drink)? any thoughts on Korbel, Hop Kiln or Kendall-Jackson wineries ? ... and then, how long do you think our drive will be (thru Santa Rosa-Windsor, i guess) to Yountville where we'll be staying for 4-nts? How does the pace of this day seem? Too much? Too much driving after day prior of flying (i hope not, because that would mean that Bodega Bay might not be a great 1st nite stay-over)? Thanks in advance for your help!

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1. Re: DAY #2: Bodega Bay - Guerneville - Yountville

Should we eat breakfast at Boedega Bay Lodge?

I would probably opt to eat where you are staying. For a gorgeous view of Bodega Bay while eating breakfast another alternative is The Tides Wharf Restaurant


I have always seen lots of sea animals; gorgeous view of the Bay; when dining here.

2) Where to go for views of the ocean?

You will have numerous opportunities along the drive to Jenner. I would definitely drive to Goat Head Rock area - which is also the mouth of the Russian River where it goes into the Pacific Ocean. This is a very popular drive down the hill to the ocean - worth doing. Jenner itself is small and a bit crowded - this is before you get to Jenner.


(Note: As you see on the web site - our politicians have closed many of our excellent places to pull off the road to see the ocean). Just be aware of this as you may see signs for other areas to go to but some may be closed).

3) Armstrong Redwoods - yes, definitely worth an hour or two.

4) For lunch, if you are interested in going to Korbel, I would go there for lunch. They have a nice deli there - lots of options and you can get a nice table overlooking the redwood forests. They have a variety of salads, sandwiches, and other lunch fair. Guerneville is a throw back in time - so you could eat there too; but I generally like Korbel deli for lunch.


5) Three wineries: Korbel, Hop Kiln, Kendall Jackson -

Korbel as mentioned would make a good lunch stop (about a 20 minute drive from when you exit Armstrong Redwoods - note: Other option for lunch is to buy some picnic goods and have a picnic at Armstrong Redwoods).

Hop Kiln - I almost always stop there (not for the wine - but for their mustands. They have wonderful mustards to buy there. There is a nice small pond; friendly service if you do wine tasting (note: This is more like week-day wine than reserve wine - but still fun). Its a a nice place to take pictures of the hop kilns there as well. Yeah - its right off the road; and worth a short stop.

Kendall Jackson - I am so so on that one. but if its your favorite worth going to. My two larger winery favorites similar to Kendall Jackson but much nicer


Coppola - amazing destination winery with restaurant, swimming pool; Hollywood exhibits; and more



Ferrari Cerrano (excellent wine - and gorgeous gorgeous gardens)


4) Driving Time

From Armstrong Redwoods to Healdsburg is about an hour drive.

From Healdsburg to Napa Valley is about an hour drive.

About half hour more to Yountville.

So plan on about 2 and a half hours from Armstrong to Yountville.

If you are eating dinner in Yountville, opt for a 7:30 or 8:00 dining time,.

5) Is this too much in one day?

Absolutely not - I love this trip a lot and am a repeater of this trip at least twice a year or more. As such, I would say, I have done it over 30 times - and each trip is unique and fun (yeah - Armstrong Redwoods is similar each time but I vary up the wineries; where I go on the ocean; how much time I spend shopping in Healdsburg; where I go to lunch and so forth).

I would suggest being on your way by 9 or 10 in the morning to enjoy the day to the fullest (note: If you are an earlier riser, all the better as you will be in the scenic outdoor area during the day.)

Do dress in layers for the day - the coast may be cold in the morning but as you drive inland you may end up with a hot day. So do dress accordingly to shed or add clothes as needed.

Hope this helps.

Have a good time.

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2. Re: DAY #2: Bodega Bay - Guerneville - Yountville

Eat breakfast at the Casino Bar and Grill in Bodega!

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3. Re: DAY #2: Bodega Bay - Guerneville - Yountville

If you finish your day at Coppola (highly recommended) or Kendall Jackson, it's an hour's drive from either to Yountville. You will be going against the Memorial Day traffic so that shouldn't be a problem.

If you use google maps and enter those wineries as one destination and Yountville as the other, you will see the recommended routes.

p.s. Coppola might have some music going on Memorial Day at his Geyserville winery. So, do check their website when you get closer to your visit.

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4. Re: DAY #2: Bodega Bay - Guerneville - Yountville

I couldn't have asked for more perfect & helpful info, thank you all so much! I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day holiday ....

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5. Re: DAY #2: Bodega Bay - Guerneville - Yountville

The Duck Club @ Bodega Bay Lodge is a great place for breakfast! We really enjoyed our stay there in the Trumpeter Suite. Our room was very spacious and had a nice patio overlooking the water. Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom, turndown service with truffles and a friendly staff all made for a very relaxing stay. Enjoy! :_

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6. Re: DAY #2: Bodega Bay - Guerneville - Yountville

I live in Guerneville... so my recommendation would be to have breakfast in Bodega Bay (where ever sounds best) then head north enjoying the view along Hwy 1. Definitely stop at Goat Rock State Park. Then turn east on Hwy 116 and make your way to Guerneville.

You might want to consider having a picnic at Armstrong Woods. If so, you can pick up gourmet sandwiches at Big Bottom Market (affiliated with Boon - yes, wonderful food).

Other choices: The taco truck at the Guerneville Safeway store. Wonderful food - and a nice mention in Gourmet magazine a couple years ago. The deli at Korbel is quite good, and although their patio is lovely it does get lots of road noise from the traffic passing on River Rd. Consider getting lunch to go and eating at one of the wineries with picnic tables.

From Korbel you've got a couple choices. [A great source for wine tasting information is www.WineRoad.com they also have a nice phone app] You can head up Westside Road (scenic, lots of wineries, ending in Healdsburg) or out River Road (very slightly less scenic, wineries on side roads, pointing more towards Yountville).

As the other posts cover quite well the Westside Road option, I'll cover what you'll find if you head out River Road. Personally I'd probably head to Olivet Rd and turn Rt. About a mile down the road are several excellent small mostly family owned/operated wineries. My personal favorites: Harvest Moon, Sunce and Inman. You'll find more red wine than white. The reason I like this area is that it's a lot like wine tasting in Napa valley was like about 30 years ago. Small, unpretentious, very genuine and seriously wonderful wines. Pretty much what Sonoma County wine tasting is all about.

Back on River Road if you turn Left when you get to Fulton Rd (the only stop light you've seen) Kendall Jackson is on the left. Lovely and much nicer than their location in Healdsburg (building, grounds, etc)

Get back on River Road and keep heading east. You'll pass over Hwy 101 and River Road will change it's name to Mark West Springs Rd. This will take you over the hill to Napa Valley. Stay on Mark West Springs and at the 'T' turn Left. This will be Petrified Forest Rd (skip the attraction of the same name unless there's a geology nut in your group). Petrified Forest connects to Hwy 128 where you'll turn Rt and head south through Napa Valley to Yountville.

Just a note, when you head from K-Jackson and are back on River Rd. there is a wonderful little winery called Old World Wines on the right that you (if you haven't already had too much wine) might want to check out.

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