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Old 02-15-2010, 09:13 PM
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I am planning going to Sonoma or Napa for a weekend for my 21st birthday. We'll be staying in a hotel in Napa/Sonoma Friday and Saturday and would do the whole limo wine tour on Saturday. I have a good limo company lined up...but any other suggestions would be great also!

What are some good hotels? We're hoping under $350, but we could go up to $400. But if we could get some less expensive places...that would be great.

How's the Silverado Resort in Napa?

Also, what are some good resturants that you reccomend? Not "French Laundry" level, but pretty nice...maybe $50/person max.

Also, we'll be driving up from Santa Clara on Friday.

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Old 02-17-2010, 10:17 AM
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Hi, sounds like a fun birthday weekend!

The Silverado Resort is nice, there are also some hotels in downtown Napa if you want to be walking distance to restaurants there. I usually rent a house but my friends stayed here and liked it: AVIA Napa Valley - AVIA Hotels

I really like Zuzu and Bounty Hunter in downtown Napa, both relatively inexpensive, pennies compared to French Laundry!

I am not sure if you plan to tour Napa, Sonoma or both but I'd recommend going to a few wineries in Sonoma one day on your own and doing the limo tour in Napa. The wineries in Sonoma are pretty spread out and you tend to spend more time in the car. The limo drivers usually have great suggestions for wineries in Napa. In Sonoma be sure to check out Sojourn and Lynmar for some awesome Pinot! :-)
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:21 AM
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My favorite wineries in Napa are:

Grgich Hills
Frank Family
Pride Mountain (awesome wine caves!)
Paraduxx - they serve cheese with the wine
Joseph Phelps
Spring Mountain (be sure to do the tour!)

Many wineries will waive the tasting fee if you purchase a bottle so I usually end up bringing home a case or two :-)
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Old 02-18-2010, 04:38 PM
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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Ahhhhh Forget Napa. Come on up this direction (Sierra Foothills) much less expensive, some decent restaurants and wine that tastes as good or better than our coastal brethren.

Happy Birthday!
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:37 PM
Location: Rockville, MD
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My wife and I honeymooned in Napa and Sonoma a few years ago. While in Sonoma, we stayed at the Sonoma Inn, which is right on the square. It was lovely and a great location, and wasn't very expensive--highly recommended.
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Old 02-18-2010, 09:27 PM
Location: SF Bay Area
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If you are willing to drop that kind of change on a hotel room, I recommend considering The Carneros Inn. My wife and I love it there. You can get a garden cottage with two double beds for around $400/night. The view from the Hilltop, which you can enjoy from the infinity hot tub, is awesome.

Napa Valley Resort hotel Reservations

As for a restaurant recommendation, check out Brix. They have a magnificent garden where you can enjoy a glass of wine or two before having dinner on the terrace.

Brix | Restaurant • Gardens •Â*Wine Shop | Napa Valley | 707.944.2749

If you are willing to go to $75/person, I would recommend checking out Redd. The food there is fabulous.

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